With the introduction of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5 version for SAP Netweaver, there is ample opportunity for significant improvements of the workflow and consolidation of data for planning processes and applications. Having had the opportunity to provide a solution for our client using BPC Netweaver version 7.5 along with SAP BW v7.01 we can share the vision and the solution design we implemented. The vision is to provide a common infrastructure for centralized planning, forecasting, and reporting. The new netweaver 7.5 version provided us with the opportunity to migrate from the currently unsupported Microsoft 5.2 version to the NetWeaver technology stack. Here is what our solution looks like and some of the opportunities we took to implement enhanced process improvements and functionality.
Why does this solution work? First, by standardizing on a common technology stack you gain leverage of existing knowledge and skillsets. While there is plenty of BPC upskilling needed, BW integration is critical and leveraging known BW skillsets will take you a long way in an implementation. Second, the common technology platform, offers the opportunity of leveraging common reporting tools. While reporting on Plan/Actual data is best served using BPC EVDRe functions–trust me exel is not going away anytime soon–adding BW reporting tools into the information delivery strategy instantly broadens information access across the corporate user base.