SAP BW-Integrated Planning (BW-IP)

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.

SAP BW-Integrated Planning (BW-IP) is BW’s inherent planning environment and was strategic for SAP and its BW customer base for a long time. However, due to the acquisition of OutlookSoft in 2007 (now SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC)) and the subsequently developed BW version of BPC, BW-IP is no longer a strategic product. BPC is now SAP’s strategic on-premises planning product and release 10.1 saw capabilities from BW Integrated Planning introduced into BPC. BPC 10.1 runs on BW on HANA and combines IP’s integration in BW with BPC’s ease of use. For planning applications, BW-IP uses BW’s on-board functionality to create data models (cubes), define planning logic and set up input-ready queries in BW. Such technical tasks are not suitable for business users and should be done by skilled IT users. This is why planning applications created with BW-IP typically support centralized and standardized planning scenarios for collecting planning data from a large number of planners in a bottom-up planning approach. In contrast to BPC, BW-IP is not business user oriented and does not support flexible planning in business departments.

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.

User & Use Cases

Current vs. planned use (besides planning)

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Percentage of employees using SAP BW IP

N=41

Planning users (as a percentage of all users)

N=41

Total number of users per company

N=41

Planning users per company

N=41

Company size (number of employees)

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SAP BW-Integrated Planning (BW-IP)

Peer Groups Enterprise software vendors, European vendors, Flexible planning platforms, Global vendors
VendorSAP
Number of responses41
ProductBW-Integrated Planning (BW-IP)
OfficesOffices in more than 130 countries worldwide
Employees> 85,500
Customers> 378,000 (in total, not only BI customers)
Revenues (2017)€ 23.46 billion
Websitewww.sap.com