SAP was founded in 1972 as a business applications company. Today, the vendor has a turnover of €29.52 billion, employs more than 100,000 people, and is one of the largest business software vendors in the world.

SAP’s data and analytics portfolio is based on SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP), which provides cloud-based data, analytics, application integration and extension services across all SAP products. It encompasses solutions for BI, analytics, enterprise planning and performance management. From a strategy perspective, SAP is investing heavily in innovation in the cloud while still supporting and developing its on-premises solutions. SAP’s analytics and EPM solutions are spread across different product lines. For planning and budgeting, SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and the on-premises solution SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) are the core offerings. Both are supplemented by SAP S/4HANA Finance for Group Reporting for financial consolidation and close. SAP Analytics Cloud plays a central role in the company’s BI and analytics portfolio and combines comprehensive capabilities into one cloud environment. It is built on top of SAP HANA in-memory technology.

SAP BPC is SAP’s recommended product for those requiring an integrated on-premises planning and financial consolidation solution. As an additional front end option, SAP BPC customers can combine SAP Analytics Cloud with the product’s planning engine. SAP Analytics Cloud can access SAP BPC’s Embedded model (data and structures) using a ‘BPC Live Connection’ without replicating data, thus providing write-back options for planning data directly into SAP BPC’s planning model in BW through write-back enabled queries.

User & Use Cases

This year we had 21 responses from SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) users. At the time of the survey, 67 percent of them were using version 10.1, 20 percent were running version 11, 7 percent version 7 and 7 percent version 11.1.


Peer Groups Financial Consolidation Products
Number of responses21
ProductSAP Business Planning & Consolidation