Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Lecture in my SAP BPC Fundamentals Course

New Lecture in my SAP BPC Fundamentals Course

I have added a new lecture to my SAP BPC Embedded Fundamentals course available hereThe lecture 'Add Buttons to Analysis for Office Workbooks' makes the Analysis for Office workbooks a little easier to use.

As usual, the source code is in the downloadable materials to this lecture.
Let me know what you think of the new lecture and also what you would like to see in the future. The next planned lectures will have a focus on S4H content.

Some fun with GIMP and Tilt-Shift

Being a bit tired of SAP, I created this course on Skillshare. It is on how to create a tilt-shift effect using GIMP. This is a sample of one of the images:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

My courses are now also on

All my courses are now on

Since not everyone likes or use udemy, I have also added my courses to

The courses can be accessed here:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Four Qualities of a Successful SAP BPC Embedded Consultant

Four Qualities of a Successful SAP BPC Embedded Consultant

In the last few months I have been interviewing for SAP Embedded consultants and that made me think why do I prefer certain candidates over others. Here is a short list of the qualities that, in my opinion,  every SAP Embedded consultant must have to be successful.

1. Learning

SAP is always evolving and SAP BPC Embedded is no exception. If you look at the history of planning in SAP, from transactional planning in ERP to SEM-BPC, BI-IP, Outlooksoft etc. the changes that have occurred may seem overwhelming. But it is no reason to sit back and expect your current or prospective employer to provide training. It is largely up to you. Be curious and access the multiple learning resources that are available online.

One of the interview questions I always ask is 'Tell me about some of the projects you do in your spare time'. Successful candidates usually can't stop talking excitedly about the new programming languages or problems they set themselves to solve. Unsuccessful candidates usually have excuses about work-life balance or that they don't have the resources available. One c candidate I really liked was systematically debugging through the SAP classes that handle FOX code to understand the mechanics behind the scripting language.

2. Master of many

This is closely related to learning. BPC Embedded consists of many different components. Succesful BPC Embedded consultants ensure that they are not labeled as 'functional' or 'technical' but can fulfill multiple roles on a project. For example, the expectation is for a consultant to be able to write basic ABAP and sql for planning functions, write FOX code, load and transform the data required for their planning application and so on. There is nothing more frustrating than a consultant saying he can't progress because he can't write basic sql in HANA for a characteristic relationship. 

Having more than a basic understanding of a SAP functional module is also a significant indicator of a successful consultant. Knowing the SAP business process, configuration, and underlying tables is a must for any consultant I look to hire.

3. Attitude

The right attitude can make up for a lot of sins. I prefer a consultant who will put in extra hours to learn a missing skill than an experienced consultant who works only set hours. This is also something that I learned the hard way. Being aloof, arrogant or confrontational is not the way to act on projects.

4. Be a trusted advisor

Having all the technical skills is not enough, especially if you want to progress to a senior consultant or solution architect. Can you recommend a solution that is correct for the customer, regardless of the specifications produced by the customer? Do you add value to the project and the customer over and above the coding and configuration you do? You want to be the person that everyone looks at when the going gets tough and creative and innovative solutions are required. If all eyes go to you in a workshop when the project is faced with a particularly difficult problem, you are probably close.

Let me know if you agree/disagree and if you can add other qualities.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

New SAP Controlling Course

New SAP Controlling Course

I am creating new SAP Controlling courses. There will be four courses in total:
  • Overhead Cost Management
  • Profit Center Accounting
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Product Costing
The courses will be a deep dive into the configuration settings required to get SAP CO up and running and will also include changes in the Controlling module's transactions and configuration brought by S/4.

Let me know what you think and also if you have any requests for specific training topics.

The link to the first lecture can be found below...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New lectures added

New lectures added

Based on some requests I have had over the last few weeks, I have added new lectures on how to create Planning Functions in BPC Embedded as AMDP's.

You can have a preview of the lectures below:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New school on

My SAP BCP and HANA school is now on

This school contains two great courses. One for SAP BPC Fundamentals for application design, and the other a SAP BPC Price Planning Application. 

What makes teachable so great is that you can subscribe to the course on a monthly basis or pay an annual subscription rate at a reduced cost.

The school can be accessed here.