Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to know and understand the administration of SAP BPC security and general compliance. BPC lets functional administrators design and allocate role-based security to various users, wherein users from Active Directory or BW are required to be provisioned for BPC. As per your corporate policy, the power of security administration can be assigned to IT alone. The five primary SAP BPC security aspects are as follows:
1. Task Profiles
2. Data Access Profiles
3. Model Access
4. Security Roles
5. Multiple Access Roles

  • The cost of implementing SAP BPC can vary from organization to organization. Costs can range from less than a hundred thousand to multimillion dollars over the course of many months that may be required for the implementation.
  • You also need to consider the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), or what the cost of maintaining the solution apart from the implementation expenditure could be. If you intend to go for a cloud-based deployment instead of an on-premise one, it would be better to compare the expense of a 3-year subscription with the Total Cost of Ownership of an on-premise implementation of a solution and a perpetual license.

There is a series of important courses blended with “on-the-job” training that are recommended during every implementation process. They would be defined in a training plan designed by each project management team. It will include:

  • Introductory (or Ramp-Up) Training
  • Reporting Training
  • Administrative Training
  • Custom Training

The functional administrator can also offer short classes to cover report writing and administration during the entire process of dealing and working with BPC.

Yes, you can do this. Even though there is a tight level of integration and automation between BPC and various SAP data sources such as ECC and S/4HANA, BPC boasts of built-in Extraction, Transform, and Load (ETL) functionality, allowing users to create .txt or .csv files and load transaction data in large quantities. The Load (ETL) functionality also lets users attach BPC to a database source in SQL, Oracle, BW, HANA, cloud-based systems (via APIs), or ODBC.

As of now, there are three general models for managing and supporting BPC, depending on the size of an enterprise’s BPC footprint and the corporate support model for various other systems. The models are:

  • Owned by Finance
  • Owned by IT
  • Owned by Financial Systems Team within IT (often FP&A)

Refreshing data depends on the business process where SAP BPC has been implemented to attain success. It also depends on the primary data source(s) and edition of the BPC being installed. For instance, businesses using SAP S/4HANA and the Universal Journal can enjoy native, real-time integration through BPC Optimized.

This refresh or load frequency can be scheduled on an hourly basis; however, many customers opt for frequent loading every five minutes. Overnight updates are advisable for those who are dealing in Revenue and Expense planning models.

Data has to be replicated if you are using SAP BPC Standard on a platform. If you are employing BPC Embedded or Optimized, you may or may not have to replicate it. Both Embedded and Optimized are based on key figures; so, based on the business process that is modeled in BPC, actuals may get loaded directly from the source BW/4HANA or S/4HANA table instead of letting the concerned data get loaded and stored in the BPC cube.

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