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SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidation :

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is a corporate performance management tool that can cater for all types of planning and forecasting, from simple small processes to complex multi layer processes, while also providing consolidation and reporting.
 
There are two versions of SAP Planning and Consolidation: a version for the Microsoft platform and a version for SAP NetWeaver.
 
SAP BPC is no more a standalone application and its one of the prime application of EPM suite, which also contains other applications like SAP Strategy Management, SAP Spend Performance Management, SAP Supply Chain Performance Management, etc. However the functionality of the SAP BPC is same.
 
The main features of SAP BPC are:
 
a) Multi-Dimensional:
The multi-dimensional nature allows users to ?slice and dice? the data according their needs.

b) Dynamic:
As SAP BPC utilises OLAP technology, this means that data is available as soon as it has been entered ? no need to aggregate data.

c) Workflow Management:
Enables an organisation to keep track of its progress through a budget/forecasting process.

d) Unified:
Whilst other software requires different modules to do consolidation or forecasting, SAP BPC handles these within a single software product.

e) Integrated with Microsoft Office:
Embedded in Microsoft Excel, with the ability to report directly in to corporate Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents.

f) Zero footprint Option:
Using the Web portal, data can be accessed and reports shared without the need to install the client add-ins (or even have Microsoft office installed!).

g) Store Comments: SAP BPC allows the user to store commentary against any data point in the application.
 
Advantages of implementing SAP BPC :
 
A faster month-end closing process.
Improved access to critical business information
Reduced effort to produce information and reduced cycle times for budgeting / forecasting and consolidating actual.
Cost reductions, better cash management and less financial risk from improved processes and a better view of the future
Improved process control using system workflow and version controls
 
Data fetching from SAP BPC cubes to Business Objects enterprise on top of Microsoft platform:
 
For fetching data from data cubes we have to create a Business layer ( UNX ) on top of OLAP connection using information designing tool .Then the published Business layer can be used for creating reports in Webi Intelligence crystal reports or dashboards using dashboard design tool.
In Business Objects enterprise following two OLAP connections are possible .
1) By creating Microsoft analysis service 2008 ( MSAS ) OLAP connection.
2) By creating SAP BPC 10 planning and consolidation ( XMLA ) connection.
 
- By Aditya Singh
 
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