Demystifying a Hybrid EPM Solution from SAP: SAC Planning on top of SAP BPC

SAC Planning (SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning) is a cloud product that can be configured using its own SAC engine and modelling capabilities, or in live connectivity to SAP BPC/BW (Hybrid mode). SAP BPC on the other hand is an on-premise solution consisting of a BPC Classic/Standard tool that has been acquired by SAP from OutlookSoft in 2007, and BPC embedded that is also known as SAP BW/IP:

Hybrid EPM planning solution from SAP has a number of advantages that can be crucial for the overall EPM project’s success with the clients already using SAP BW data warehouse. First of all, a reusable set of models in BW/4HANA and live connectivity implies fewer efforts related to data integration, data transfers and business logic redesign. Secondly, BW/HANA engine is a great help with application’s performance on large datasets. And lastly, SAC Planning frontend on top of BPC/BW is a powerful cloud product that brings its own advantages and self-service capabilities to the business user community. At the same time one needs to be aware of certain limitations associated with the hybrid scenario. They should be addressed during the implementation effort via a creative design approach, and sometimes may require using additional tools for specific tasks, such as MS Analysis for Office (AFO) .

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