Expert Guide to Migrating from the SAP NetWeaver BW Integrated Planning Tools to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation

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  • 2. An Expert Guide to Migrating from the SAP NetWeaver BW Integrated Planning Tools to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Anna Vladi LAZAR Consultants © 2009 Wellesley Information Services. All rights reserved.
  • 3. In This Session, We Will … • Introduce the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application • Discuss Corporate Performance Management (CPM) • Cover when it is an appropriate time strategically to migrate from the integrated planning features of SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Compare side by side the planning and consolidation application and the integration features of SAP NetWeaver BW • Cover in depth functionality of the planning and consolidation application • Discuss the SAP Roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Discuss the project scope and project plan • Talk about involving the Steering Committee and what role it plays in controlling the project scope 2
  • 4. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 3
  • 5. What Is SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation? • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is a robust planning and consolidation application that can meet all of your budgeting, planning, consolidation, and reporting requirements  Version for SAP NetWeaver  Version for Microsoft platform • The application supports the full array of top-down and bottom-up financial and operational planning needs  As well as consolidation processes necessary to ensure the smoothest, most timely financial close possible • It does this all through a single application! • As a result, you gain the confidence to meet increasingly stringent regulations and reporting requirements across the globe 4
  • 6. What Is SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation? (cont.) • Typically, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation covers six key areas:  Strategy Management (strategic planning, initiatives, etc.)  Budgeting/Planning  Financial Close/Consolidation  Forecasting  Financial Reporting & Analysis  Performance Reporting (profitability, dashboards, scorecards, etc.) 5
  • 7. Benefits of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Planning that is traditionally done once a year • Many companies are moving to a rolling monthly/quarterly forecast • Often begins by setting top-level targets and pushing down • Top-down process typically followed by intensive bottom-up process at a fairly low level of detail  Detailed revenue planning  Detailed headcount plan (employee-level detail or higher)  Detailed expense plan  Detailed capital expenditure plan  Balance sheet/cash flow plan • Allocations/corporate adjustments  Various overhead allocations  Adjustments to bring bottom-up plan in line with top-down targets • Consolidation/reporting  Consolidations, eliminations, etc.  Distribute budget reporting package(s) 6
  • 8. The Keys to Evaluating SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Almost always a Finance-led decision • Ease of use • Ability to be maintained/managed by Finance • High user adoption • Short deployment timeframe • Ability to interface with multiple systems (G/L, data warehouse [DW], legacy systems, etc.) • Fast consolidation time • Secondary concerns  In line with IT standards/strategies 7
  • 9. SAP Financial Closing Cockpit Integrated into SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Instead of using a series of local checklists, you want to manage the period-end closing process centrally • In addition, you want a central reference point for all the tasks that must be carried out regularly in your company 8
  • 10. Financial Close/Consolidation • Monthly/quarterly process • Regulated by standards dependent on country (GAAP, IFRS, etc.) • Disparate source systems (multiple G/Ls, DW, etc.) • Inter-company matching often comes first  Declaring activity with inter-company partners  Matching between partners to ensure balance  Elimination of inter-company balances • Site submission  Data load from G/L (includes mapping into standard Chart of Accounts, etc.)  May require manual input for some subsidiaries  Supplemental information (roll forward, headcount, etc.) • Consolidation  Complex ownership and various consolidation methods  Automatic eliminations and adjustments  Reporting and distribution 9
  • 11. Forecasting • Typically summary level of information • Often includes extensive assumptions/driver-based models • Most companies moving to a rolling 12-, 18-, or 24-month forecast • Frequently included as part of quarterly guidance provided to analysts • Profit and Loss (P&L)  Consolidated or divisional level of detail (not usually cost centers)  Largely handled by Finance with less input from division managers • Balance sheet  Derived from P&L using drivers/assumptions  Some lines may include complex assumptions/forecasting methodologies • Cash flow  Derived from balance sheet and P&L using assumptions  Often the most important component of the forecast – Everything else done in support of the cash flow 10
  • 12. Performance Reporting • Encompasses a wide variety of reporting needs • Report books/packages • Crosses business processes (forecast vs. actual) • Extensive ad hoc requirements • Dashboarding and scorecarding • Where does SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation do well?  Ad hoc reporting  Basic metrics management and reporting  Production report creation and distribution • Where does SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation not do as well?  Balanced scorecarding  Activity-Based Management (ABM) 11
  • 13. Areas of Consideration • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation provides:  User experience  SAP NetWeaver native integration  Many functions are code-driven  Microsoft Excel intensive existing processes  Microsoft Excel automation  SAP ERP optimization 12
  • 14. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 13
  • 15. Let’s Compare … SAP BusinessObjects Planning Integrated Planning with and Consolidation 7.0, version for SAP NetWeaver BW SAP NetWeaver Owned and managed by IT Owned and managed by the Business Microsoft Excel-based analysis features Self-service-reporting and analysis with complete Microsoft Office integration Data Warehouse-centric Agile planning processes driven by end users Standardized hierarchical planning processes managed by IT Unified planning and consolidation Engine-based approach Application-based approach 14
  • 16. Architecture SAP BusinessObjects Integrated Planning with Planning and Consolidation SAP NetWeaver BW Planning Consolidation Reporting 15
  • 17. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation User Experience • Unified  No integration between applications = Less costly implementation  No integration = Less costly, less time consuming maintenance  Simple administration = Finance-owned, saving IT $$ and time 16
  • 18. Integrated Planning with SAP NetWeaver BW User Experience Too many layers 17
  • 19. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation — Training • Leverage existing skill set (Microsoft Office) = Less training time and $$ • High user adoption = Increased ROI vs. products that quickly sit on the shelf • Users spend time on analysis vs. time figuring out how to accomplish tasks in the application 18
  • 20. Integrated Planning with SAP NetWeaver BW — Training • Proprietary knowledge cannot be obtained without specific training 19
  • 21. The Solution • Business process, application, data, Web services, and planning all on the SAP NetWeaver platform 20
  • 22. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 21
  • 23. Initiating a Budget Report Unification of tasks, activities, and results 22
  • 24. Budget Report in Microsoft Excel Reports are developed in Microsoft Excel 23
  • 25. Dashboards Activities Panel Web Interface 24
  • 26. Regulatory Jumping to regulatory reports from the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation menu 25
  • 27. Financials Exporting into Microsoft Office is a native functionality 26
  • 28. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 27
  • 29. What Is SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office? • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office combines the power of the application with the rich functionality of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel  With SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office, the user has all the Microsoft functionality that everyone is familiar with  Plus your worksheets, documents, and slide shows that are linked directly to the application database that houses your company’s reporting data • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office allows users to collect the data; build, and distribute reports; perform real-time analysis; and publish reports in a variety of formats  Users can save reports disconnected from the database and OTHER AVAILABLE INTERFACES take reports completely offline and distribute them according to user access rights 28
  • 30. Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Microsoft Excel 29
  • 31. Understanding the Toolbars • Data Manager toolbar • Journal toolbar 30
  • 32. Creating Book Templates • A book template is a pre-formatted worksheet used to create a book of reports  You can start with the empty worksheet or an existing book template, and modify it to meet the needs of the information you want to publish • A sample book template, called Performance.xls, is provided with the sample application set, ApShell  Performance.xls contains a section called TOC, which provides an index of the reports created by the Performance Reports section  The section called Performance Reports, by default, provides performance data for a set of entities within a set time period  You can edit the fields in the performance.xls workbook to create a new book template 31
  • 33. Creating Book Templates (cont.) 32
  • 34. Creating Book Templates (cont.) 33
  • 35. Starting SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Word • You start the application for Word from the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office launch page • After starting the planning and consolidation application for Word, you can start using it by making a selection from the action pane  You can also use the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office toolbar to perform tasks  To start the application for Office, select SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Word from the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office launch page 34
  • 36. Starting SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for PowerPoint • You start the application for PowerPoint from the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office launch page • After starting the planning and consolidation application for PowerPoint, you can start using it by making a selection from the action pane  You can also use the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office toolbar to perform tasks 35
  • 37. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation System Reports • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation system reports are predesigned Web reports that allow you to report on system information and activity • You can report on:  Activity audit information  Security  Comments  Data audit information  Work states 36
  • 38. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 37
  • 39. Major Steps in Migration • Evaluate your current environment  Business Planning and Simulation (SEM-BPS) for SAP BW 3.5  Business Planning and Simulation (BW-BPS) for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0  Integrated Planning (IP) for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 • Confirm your patch levels  SAP NetWeaver BW SP16 enhancement packs 1 through 4  Can SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation enhancement pack 1 exist with BPS for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0? • Install enhancement packs  Enhancement pack 1 or 4 • Evaluate complexity of your planning models • Consider pilot planning development 38
  • 40. Migration • Question  When would you recommend SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation? • Answer  DEPENDS where you start from  If you are on IP, then work in phases  Wait for enhancement pack 4 instead of using enhancement pack 1  If you are on SEM-BPS, migrate to BPS on the SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 platform and then phase-out into SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation  It gets tricky if you are merging BPS for SAP BW 3.5 with BPS for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 39
  • 41. Technical Tips • If you are on IP, wait for enhancement pack 4 • If you are on SEM-BPS, move to BW-BPS on the SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 platform  Do not install enhancement pack 1  SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation with enhancement pack 1 and BPS cannot co-exist  Wait for enhancement pack 4, then move to the latest release of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • If you are moving from SEM-BPS, use a transport method even if you are redesigning your cubes  It is always easier to change than recreate  Make a copy of production and upgrade it to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 before doing transports 40
  • 42. Best Practices • Evaluate your current “as is” environment, document it if necessary • Depending on how complex your planning environment is, start in phases • Have a project plan in place • Use ASAP methodology • Make sure that you have a resource with experience in both areas of SAP NetWeaver BW/BPS/IP and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 41
  • 43. Best Practices (cont.) • Create milestones and deliverables • Used phased-out approach • Consider the complexity of your planning models and functions • Involve your business, because in the end this is going to be their environment • Have controls in place to curb scope • Get support from project sponsors • Communication is the key 42
  • 44. Taking This Project into a Global Environment • Create a template that will be rolled out later to other sites/countries • Consider converting all sites to Unicode environment  SAP NetWeaver 7.0 is Unicode by default • Get on the same platform  SAP NetWeaver 7.0 is recommended • Get on the same release, patch level  SAP NetWeaver 7.0 is recommended • Work in phases with proof of concept  Have the same implementation team assist with the other site implementation 43
  • 45. Do Not Forget! • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation has its own security • Even though you are leveraging SAP NetWeaver technology and business intelligence (BI) cubes, there are business processes that surround the data before you query on it • Training, though minimal, still needs to happen • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation release 7.1 (currently in ramp-up) is code-driven 44
  • 46. Lessons Learned • Consider and confirm the technical aspects, such as:  SAP BW/SAP NetWeaver BW release  SAP BW/SAP NetWeaver BW patch level  Co-existence of enhancement packs of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and BPS/IP • Develop in phases  Go through an exercise to determine what functionality will be moved to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and what will stay in IP or BPS  Depending on complexity of your planning process and functions, it is better to leave complex activities in BPS/IP 45
  • 47. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 46
  • 48. Going Forward — Integrated Planning for SAP NetWeaver BW • Integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW will receive further enhancements as a platform  A platform provides services such as locking, write-back, etc.  Services for aggregation levels, filters, etc., are available  Today, integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW provides UI services  For example, integration to BEx Analyzer and BEx Web Analyzer  All planning projects built on integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW are custom development projects utilizing these services  Implementation is from the ground up 47
  • 49. Going Forward — SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation version for SAP NetWeaver  Already utilizes some of the features available in integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW  For example, concurrency locking  There are no plans to use all features from integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW – only those that are relevant for the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation version for SAP NetWeaver  For example, no plans to introduce the services for aggregation levels  Other planning applications from SAP may utilize similar or different services from the integrated planning platform  For example, state and local government budgeting in North America and merchandise assorted planning 48
  • 50. Time Strategy Integrated Planning for SAP SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Score Time category Score NetWeaver BW 7.0 Consolidation 7.0 Effort for typical minor investment, slightly more minor investment installation steps to be done Duration of relatively high relatively low (compared to BW-IP) implementation (compared to BPC) Planned Go-Live date available with Ramp-Up middle of available today (customer) September 2008 Maintenance cycle medium cycle times short cycle times Support (application IT or power user in biz dept. mainly by biz. dept management) Training effort for low in case of existing Microsoft Excel medium effort administrator and users knowledge Processing duration at fine excellent data input 49
  • 51. What We’ll Cover … • Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Comparing SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation vs. Integrated Planning • Taking an in-depth look at the functions of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • Exploring SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office • Evaluating key migration considerations • Reviewing the SAP Roadmap • Wrap-up 50
  • 52. Where Does This Leave You? • If you have already implemented integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW:  Your investment is safe  It will continue to be supported and developed as a planning framework in SAP NetWeaver BW • If you are planning to implement integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW:  We recommend evaluating SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation first  For implementations on SAP NetWeaver targeted for mid-2009, consider SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.0 version for SAP NetWeaver 51
  • 53. Where Does This Leave You? (cont.) • Integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW may be considered in specific cases  State and local government budgeting in North America  Retail for merchandise assortment planning • All other customers should consider SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation  This is our chosen solution for planning, budgeting, and forecasting  SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation version for SAP NetWeaver already uses some of the services available in integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW  And will increasingly leverage relevant integrated planning features over the course of our roadmap 52
  • 54. Resources • http://help.sap.com/content/bobj/sbu/docu_sbs_bpc_design.htm  SAP Help has information on all releases of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • http://help.sap.com/saphelp_bpc70/helpdata/en/a1/532226947C49 A5B2E2BD32450CB2D1/frameset.htm  SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Application Help  SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Office Help  SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation System Reports Help 53
  • 55. 7 Key Points to Take Home • If you are on SEM-BPS, do not move to integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW; instead go to BPS on SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 platform and then in phases go to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation implementation is much quicker in comparison to integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW • Do not simply utilize any planning and consolidation resource; use an SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation resource • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation utilizes Microsoft  Not a Microsoft look and feel, but actual Microsoft products 54
  • 56. 7 Key Points to Take Home (cont.) • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is much more flexible than integrated planning for SAP NetWeaver BW • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation requires little training • SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is the future of planning and consolidation 55
  • 57. Your Turn! How to contact me: Anna Vladi annavladi@lzar.com 56
  • 58. Disclaimer SAP, R/3, mySAP, mySAP.com, xApps, xApp, SAP NetWeaver®, Duet™, PartnerEdge, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Wellesley Information Services is neither owned nor controlled by SAP. 57