Original blog post by Pras Chatterjee, EPM Product Marketing, SAP. Issued with permission.
SAP recently announced the release into ramp-up of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1, version for SAP NetWeaver, powered by SAP HANA. In this new version, SAP accomplishes its vision of uniting its SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse-based planning solutions all within one solution. It also provides next generation reporting through a new HTML5 Web Client.
SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1 is a milestone for SAP and in particular SAP business planning customers who run in an SAP NetWeaver environment, as this latest software release now offers more options regarding how they want to proceed with their modelling for budgeting and forecasting. Models now available include:
• Classic Model – based on the application’s 10.0 version for SAP NetWeaver – End user owned
• Unified Model – based on the SAP NetWeaver BW-IP / Planning Applications Kit model – IT owned
The concept of the Unified Model will be new to most current SAP Business Planning and Consolidation customers – however inclusion of this takes SAP integration to a whole new level. As this video demonstrates (see image link below), when creating a model in the Unified Model, users base it on an existing SAP NetWeaver BW InfoProvider, thereby enabling them to leverage existing hierarchies and master data in real time. This also provides tighter integration with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.
In the Unified Model, existing SAP NetWeaver BW-IP/PAK customers will notice a brand new HTML5-based administration client and new administration functions such as audit trail, business process flows, and work status.
By assigning users to teams and configuring work status, as shown here, security-related functions are in the hands of the end users. This provides them with a greater sense of usability.
HTML5 web-based reporting also will be available with both the Classic and Unified Model and so no doubt be welcomed by current SAP Business Planning and Consolidation customers as well as appealing to a wider SAP business planning community. As this third video shows, users can easily create web-based reports in the Unified Model based on SAP NetWeaver BW queries. This brings about a better user experience, including:
• Right to Left Language support for languages such as Arabic and Hebrew
• Personalized branding, with the ability to customize the visualization aspect
• Intuitive page switching when multi-tasking
• Optimized for mobile, with HTML providing easier mobile access
In addition to all the new features and functionality available within SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1, version for SAP NetWeaver, there is enhanced scalability and performance for better decision making due to the power of SAP HANA. More planning functions have been moved to the SAP HANA layer, which allows for the extreme optimization of planning functions for unparalleled performance and real-time simulation.
As the numbering on the videos implies, watch out for more videos and information regarding the new version of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1, version for SAP NetWeaver in the coming weeks. All in all though it seems like this new release will give traditional SAP customers extended options for maximizing the investments that they have made in SAP planning solutions, and greater choice and flexibility in terms of the planning model options that they have available. Coupled with this the delivery of enhanced visualization and planning functionality, along with the ability to leverage the power of SAP HANA for exceptional performance, means that this release seems set to deliver much to current and new users of the solution alike.