SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC)
SAP was founded in 1972 as a business applications company, long before it entered the BI market with the acquisition of Business Objects (BO) in 2008. Today SAP is one of the largest applications vendors worldwide. Its original strategy was to view BI as an extension of its all-inclusive ERP offerings. Therefore, SAP launched SAP Business Warehouse (BW) in 1998, a completely packaged and plug-and-play BI solution designed to complement SAP ERP applications.
Today, SAP follows a dual analytics strategy with its front ends, which is aimed at delivering continued innovations for on-premises solutions while building new cloud solutions. For on-premises analytics, SAP offers the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) and SAP Predictive Analytics products. In the cloud analytics segment, SAP Analytics Cloud consolidates analytics functionalities such as analysis, reporting, planning and predictive analysis for different users into one product built on the SAP Cloud Platform.
BPC – SAP’s strategic on-premises planning product – is a core element in SAP’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) portfolio. The product was originally developed by OutlookSoft based on Microsoft SQL Server as a database platform. Since the acquisition, SAP has developed a second version for BW, and it now sells both versions. With release 10.1, capabilities from BW Integrated Planning (SAP’s own former BW-based planning product) were introduced into BPC. BPC 10.1 runs on BW on HANA and combines IP’s integration in BW with BPC’s ease of use. BPC is an integrated, Microsoft Excel and web-based solution for planning and financial consolidation that can be used to develop individual, workflow-based planning applications for various planning topics (sales, financials etc.) in a flexible manner. The latest version of the product (version 11) uses BW/4HANA as a basis, SAP’s next generation data warehousing offering released in 2016.
BI capabilities in the SAP Analytics portfolio are available via SAP Analytics Cloud for cloud solutions and SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise for on-premises deployments. SAP Analytics Cloud is designed specifically for the cloud and combines the traditionally separate processes of data modeling, planning, reporting, visualization and predictive analytics into one solution aimed at business users. SAP Analytics Cloud can be integrated with SAP BPC in a so called hybrid scenario (aligning master data and transaction data). SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise incorporates various end-user tools with a moderate level of integration. The suite contains strong individual products as well as several clients for various types of analysis and capabilities for building custom guided BI applications that can be published to the web or mobile devices.
The suite currently consists of the following products: SAP Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Analysis. Some products leverage the central Universe semantic layer to access data sources, while others access data sources directly. As a future direction, SAP’s BI strategy is focused on combining SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise more closely into a hybrid solution that leverages the strengths of both platforms by supporting hybrid cloud and on-premises use cases.
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