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The SAP® BusinessObjects™
Business Planning and Con-
solidation application, version
for the SAP NetWeaver®
technology pla...
party planning and consolidation appli-
cations that treat SAP NetWeaver BW
solely as a data source. And thanks to
tight i...
The application delivers:
• A client for “zero footprint” collabo-
ration, data collection, budgeting,
reporting, analysis...
QUICK FACTS www.sap.com/contactsap
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SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidation, Version for SAP Netweaver [1]

  1. 1. The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Planning and Con- solidation application, version for the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform, helps you manage planning, bud- geting, forecasting, and con- solidation processes. It is the only unified planning, consolidation, and reporting application that natively inte- grates with SAP NetWeaver. SAP Technical Brief SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management Solutions SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Transforming your organization into a more agile, aligned, and forward-looking enterprise requires an application that leverages open, scalable technology and integration between data, process- es, and people. For the many organiza- tions using SAP® software that need usable, adaptable performance manage- ment solutions, improving performance must begin with choosing the right tech- nology that natively integrates with the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform. Bring Order to Business Planning Business planning is often a chaotic and ineffective process. Budgeting can quickly deteriorate into a “spreadsheet nightmare” when operations managers submit unrealistic budgets, executives change the figures, and version control problems spin out of control. Statutory consolidations can be equally problematic when data is distributed across depart- ments, systems, and countries. The SAP BusinessObjects™ Planning and Consolidation application, version for SAP NetWeaver, is the only unified planning, budgeting, forecasting, and consolidation application designed spe- cifically for you, the SAP software user. You get support for: • Business planning – Budgeting, sales and revenue planning, capital expendi- ture planning, headcount and staffing planning, expense planning, and cash flow planning • Forecasting – Rolling forecasts, continuous planning, and collaboration • Consolidation – Intercompany matching and reconciliation, intercompany eliminations, currency translation, allocations, management roll-ups, and legal consolidation • Financial reporting and analysis – Ad hoc reporting and driver analysis Key features include: • Use of familiar applications, including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint, to accelerate user adoption • Business process flows to help complete work consistently across the enterprise, thereby improving budget cycle times and accuracy • Intelligent action panes to guide users, driving productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness • Automated consolidation that facilitates compliance with all statutory, regulatory, and financial reporting requirements and organizations, including GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) • Harmonized charts of accounts, auto- mated processes, and a Microsoft Excel interface to work with greater accuracy and close the books faster • Full audit trail to save time and costs SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is one of the SAP BusinessObjects enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions that help your company capitalize on the value of your existing data assets. These solutions can integrate with SAP Business Suite software; SAP BusinessObjects SAP® BusinessObjects™ PLANNING AND CONSOLIDATION VERSION FOR SAP NetWeaver® SAP offers unified planning and consolidation software that helps streamline planning, budgeting, and forecasting and deliver a faster, more compliant financial close. As the only such application built on the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform, it lets you leverage existing technology investments and skills.
  2. 2. party planning and consolidation appli- cations that treat SAP NetWeaver BW solely as a data source. And thanks to tight integration with SAP NetWeaver, the application can exploit integration between SAP BusinessObjects EPM solutions and SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, the SAP Solution Manager appli- cation management solution, and the change-and-transport system within SAP NetWeaver, to name a few. SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, is built on SAP NetWeaver BW and the SAP NetWeaver Application Server (SAP NetWeaver AS) component. So you can use this single platform for both your enterprise data warehouse and localized planning data marts. This leverages your existing investments and skill sets to further reduce cost of ownership. Technical Benefits SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, utilizes the following: • Online analytical processing (OLAP) engine in SAP NetWeaver BW • Data dictionary for the ABAP™ programming language and the data warehousing workbench • Process chains • The change-and-transport system within SAP NetWeaver • SAP NetWeaver AS • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator software, an optional component purchased separately business intelligence (BI) solutions; SAP BusinessObjects information management solutions; and SAP BusinessObjects governance, risk, and compliance solutions. As a result, you can maximize business profitability; manage risk and compliance; and optimize corporate systems, people, and processes. Architecture With SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver, SAP has made significant investments in a solution architecture that is user centric while upholding the SAP IT value proposition (see figure). The application is tightly integrated with the SAP NetWeaver Business Ware- house (SAP NetWeaver BW) component and the SAP ERP application. It takes advantage of the same application and database servers your current infra- structure runs on to significantly reduce your total cost of ownership (TCO) over any competing solution. Standard- ized SAP software components further lower TCO as additional SAP software is deployed. Because it’s built on SAP NetWeaver, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation can leverage SAP NetWeaver BW to read and write data. This is a great advantage over third- Figure: Architecture Client Administrator Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) Web Other HTTP/SOAP1 Internet information server and Microsoft .NET application server Web services Conversion and application services Remote function calls SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse component (ABAP™ application server) Application logic SQL4 Database In-memory MDX2 query language SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse OLAP3 engine Relational database (any that SAP NetWeaver supports) File storage 1 Simple Object Access Protocol 2 Multidimensional Expressions 3 Online analytical processing 4 Structured Query Language
  3. 3. The application delivers: • A client for “zero footprint” collabo- ration, data collection, budgeting, reporting, analysis, and report distribution • A native interface to Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint • Automatic routines for extracting, transforming, and loading data from SAP software and other data sources New and Enhanced Features SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5, version for SAP NetWeaver, includes the following new features: • Business process flows – Create guided templates that drive consistent planning and consolidation processes across the organization • Drill-through – Launch any targets that can be accessed from a URL, including SAP ERP via an Internet transaction server (ITS); a Web report generated by SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx) tools; or a report generated by SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions • Microsoft Excel client enhancements – Fully leverage the Excel ribbon for quicker access to menus and tools • Enhanced consolidation – Utilize a new GUI-based dynamic hierarchy editor and legal entity currency conversion function to maintain legal ownership structures more easily • Integration with SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions – Leverage Xcelsius® software to create interactive dashboards using data from SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Con- solidation, allow users to create ad hoc reports over the Web using SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence® software, deliver an intuitive interface for exploring data and charts using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software, and more1 • New extensible business reporting language (XBRL) functionality – Use the SAP BusinessObjects XBRL Publishing application by UBmatrix for faster, easier compliance with evolving regulatory requirements2 Available Languages The languages supported include sim- plified Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, and Swedish. Requirements The following technical specifications are required to run SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5, version for SAP NetWeaver. Server software requirements are: • SAP NetWeaver AS, version for ABAP • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2008 • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 or 7.0 • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 or 2.0 • Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 3.0 SP1, MSXML 4.0 SP2 • Visual Basic 6 and Visual C++ run- time libraries • Any relational database supported by SAP NetWeaver • Any operating system supported by SAP NetWeaver • Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library3 • Xceed Zip Compression Library, a product of Xceed Software Inc.3 • Enhancement package 1 and service package 5 or higher for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 • SAP GUI 7.10 • PDF converter from Amyuni Technol- ogies Inc.3 • Dundas Chart for ASP.Net4 • FarPoint Spread for Web Forms4 Client software requirements are: • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 75 • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later • Visual Basic 6 and Visual C++ run- time libraries • Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 • MSXML 3.0 SP1, MSXML 4.0 SP2 • Microsoft .NET 1.1 or 2.0 • Xceed Zip Compression Library3 Authentication Microsoft Active Directory is a require- ment for authentication. Business planning is often a chaotic, frustrating, and ineffective process. Budget- ing can quickly deteriorate into a “spreadsheet night- mare,” and version control problems can spin out of control. 1. Requires licensing of SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions 2. Requires licensing of the SAP BusinessObjects XBRL Publishing application by UBmatrix 3. Installed prior to the installation of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation; available from SAP 4. Third-party component installed during the installation of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 5. Support for Windows 7.0 planned for delivery in a service pack of the 7.5 release of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, subject to change
  4. 4. QUICK FACTS www.sap.com/contactsap Summary The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Planning and Consolidation application, version for the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform, brings agility to planning processes by helping you plan, budget, and forecast more quickly and effectively. With support for financial consolidation, the software facilitates compliance with regulatory and financial reporting requirements. As the only unified planning and consolidation application built directly on SAP NetWeaver, it lets you leverage existing investments and skills. Business Challenges • Accelerate planning and budgeting processes and increase productivity • Improve plan and forecast accuracy • Model business strategies to maximize value creation • Streamline the statutory consolidation process • Keep compliance and auditing costs down Key Features • Business planning and budgeting – Support top-down and bottom-up planning and budgeting, leading to timely, more accurate plans aligned with strategic goals • Forecasting – Enable continuous planning and rolling forecasts to meet changing business conditions • Reporting and analysis – Generate production and management reports (including exception reports) on the fly • Consolidation – Fulfill legal and management consolidation and reporting requirements for a faster, more compliant close Business Benefits • Reduce cycle time in creating and approving budgets by enabling finance and line-of-business managers to collaborate to align budgets • Increase planning agility and accuracy via a unified solution that supports continuous planning, rapid reforecasting, and standard processes • Empower business users to own and modify common business processes without IT help via a solution they can maintain themselves • Increase productivity with native access to familiar tools such as Microsoft Office • Minimize risk by enabling transparent financial reporting with a fully documented audit trail from a single data repository For More Information Contact your SAP representative, or visit www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects /large/enterprise-performance-management/planningandconsolidation/index.epx. 50 092 786 (10/03) © 2010 SAP AG. All rights reserved. SAP, R/3, SAP NetWeaver, Duet, PartnerEdge, ByDesign, Clear Enterprise, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective lo- gos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, Crystal Decisions, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, and other Business Objects products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trade- marks of SAP France in the United States and in other countries. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Data contained in this document serves informational purposes only. National product specifications may vary. These materials are subject to change without notice. These materials are provided by SAP AG and its affiliated companies (“SAP Group”) for informational purposes only, without representation or warranty of any kind, and SAP Group shall not be liable for errors or omissions with respect to the materials. The only warranties for SAP Group products and services are those that are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services, if any. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.

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