Monday, January 2, 2017

Three reasons why SAP BPC Embedded on HANA rocks


In this post I would like to share three reasons why I think BPC Embedded is an incredibly powerful tool for creating planning applications.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of the classic version as well, both planning tools have their strengths and weaknesses and both have their place in the planning, budgeting and forecasting landscape. This post is purely stating three features of the Embedded version that I think helps to build enterprise strength planning applications.

Application Architecture

Embedded generally sits on top of a Real-Time Info-Cube, which means that it is easier to address larger numbers of Characteristics (dimensions in Classic terms) than Classic and we can also use multiple Key Figures. For example, at one customer our Sales Planning application contains more than 30 Characteristic (or again, dimensions) and more than 20 Key Figures. This allowed for quite a bit more sophistication in application design that could be achieved in the Classic Model. In Embedded, we can also have a larger range of Objects to plan on, for example, planning enabled DSO's, Local Providers and Composite Providers, which adds flexibility to the design.

Integration

Embedded uses the SAP Namespace and the same infoObjects as ‘Standard’ BW. This reduces redundancy and in fact increases flexibility in application design.

Speed

Yes, HANA does offer a significant boost to performance. We are able to calculate production costs by exploding the Bills-of-Material for thousands of products, (BoMs that are up to 15 levels deep and contain recursive processes), in a matter of minutes (most of which is the data transfer time of the data from the server to the front-end). 
All this adds to the capability to not only create the sophisticated planning applications in their own right, but also to model scenarios to determine the impact of, for example: 
  • Shifting of factory shut dates on the factory's ability to meet customer demand,
  • Changes in input costs, exchanges rates and material substitutions on the Product Cost and,
  • Various sales scenarios on demand and inventory levels from the Finished Goods all the way down to the Raw Materials.
Do you agree or differ with my points? I look forward to hearing your opinion.
Look out for my next post, which will cover the integration SAP's Predictive Analytics Library with BPC Embedded.
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