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This Entry Level to Intermediate SAP BPC Embedded/BI-IP course will help you master many important techniques to start creating sophisticated, integrated planning applications that utilizes the power of SAP Business Intelligence.
Note: I will use BI-IP as short form for SAP BPC Embedded from now on.
The course is designed so that you can master all the techniques gradually, starting from basic and relatively simple techniques before moving on to the more demanding techniques that Business Intelligence Professionals use to create planning applications for their customers.
The course will take you step by step through the process of creating a revenue, sales quantity and price planning model. The course is not just demos and Powerpoint slides, but a practical walk-through on how to create and end-to-end planning application.
From this course you will learn:
Hello and welcome. In this lecture I introduce myself and cover the content of the course.
This brief lecture gives an outline of the fundamentals of SAP BPC Embedded.
InfoCubes represent a type of activity, In this lecture we will cover the:
Test concepts learnt in the lecture Real-Time InfoCubes and Aggregation Levels.
In this lecture we discuss filters and build an input-ready query. We will also look at the effect of the Master Data vs. posted values setting and its effect on the Input Ready Query.
In this lecture we will create out first planning function and add it to a planning sequence. The planning function will copy data from a source version, selected via a variable, to a target version, also selected via a variable. The standard BI-IP copy function will be used.
Test concepts of our first planning function.
SAP Embedded BPC extends the functionality of BI-IP by using models. In this lecture we will cover the creation of BPC Embedded models and discuss their use.
The EPM AddIn for Embedded is the primary interface used to input and report data. in this lecture we will look at some of the basics of the AddIn and cover:
The EPM AddIn has a wide variety of features and are too numerous to cover for the purposes of these lectures. A full description of features can be found here:
To take a comprehensive approach, we need to take a look at the data first from SAP BW and then from SAP HANA Modeler.
As a refresher, remember that MultiProviders can be used to union data in other InfoProviders. This lecture will take you through the whole process of creating a planning application on a MultiProvider and will cover:
The main use for Local Providers is to provide a quick ad-hoc reporting and planning solutions. Local Providers use a data file to provide the initial data and can be created with or without reference to BW InfoObjects. In ths lecture we will look at the:
Web reports and input forms are useful for users who needs a simple online report or a way to input data on computers or iPads. They are:
Another important feature is that you can generate the report specific url to give to users so that they don't have to search for the report in the web client.
In this lecture we will cover
SAP Business Objects Analysis, edition for Microsoft office (or Analysis from now on) is a very easy to use Excel-based application that integrates nicely with SAP BW queries an IP functions. It takes several days to teach the Analysis' reporting and planning functions, so we will not try to cram it all in here. This lecture will give you a feel for how Analysis works, we will also revisit some of the concepts covered in previous lessons and apply them in BoA to:
The standard IP functions are used extensively in the simpler planning scenarios. In this lecture we will work through the standard IP planning functions of:
Each of these planning functions will be added to the BoA workbook we created in the previous lecture. For comparison purposes, we will also add them to a EPM Add-In workbook.
As a quick teaser for the next lecture on FOX, we will also write a FOX statement that emulates the standard copy function.
FOX is a simple scripting language used in BI-IP to perform calculations. In this lecture we will cover the following topics:
As usual, the downloadable materials contains the configuration settings for the scenario. The FOX code can also be found in this section.
This quiz test your knowledge of FOX.
In this lecture we will cover Characteristic Relationships. We will look at:
The preparation for the lecture is contained in the Quantity Planning Configuration.pdf document under 'Downloadable materials'.
In this lecture we will convert the Characteristic Relationship created in the previous lecture as an Attribute lookup, to an ABAP Managed Database Procedure (AMDP). We will cover the following steps:
As usual, the source code is in the downloadable materials to this lecture.
This quiz will cover some of the content covered in the Characteristic Relationships lecture.
Top-down distribution is used for disaggregation of planning data. We will use top-down distribution in this lecture to disaggregate volumes planned on Material Group and Fiscal Year to material and fiscal period.
The preparation for this lecture is contained in the Aggregated Planning Configuration.pdf document under 'Downloadble materials'.
We now have a situation where we have:
In this lecture we will go back to FOX to calculate revenues for each material. The Revenue Calculation Planning Sequence will also be added to the InfoProvider to calculate revenue when submitting the records.
In this lecture, we will replace the FOX revenue calculation with an AMDP.
This lecture continues with the creation of an AMDP Planning Function.
In this section we’ll discuss the three components of embedded SAP BPC security:
In this section, we’ll go over the basic concept of embedded SAP BPC work status, how to configure it, how to use it, and how to report on it. Work status is used to prevent data changes after your planning or consolidation process is complete.
It is much like the process of closing a period, which you might know from SAP ERP.
An embedded data audit tracks who entered transaction data into the InfoCube. In this lecture we’ll show you how to configure embedded SAP BPC data audit and how to report on audit data.
Thank you for attending this course. Please check back often as there are always new developments in SAP BPC and I will continue to add lectures in the future.
This lecture will cover a simple currency translation scenario. Prices in Euro will be translated to a target currency selected with a variable. More specifically, this lecture will cover:
Two ways to debug FOX code in SAP BPC Embedded/BI-IP:
1 - Debug the FOX code itself as FOX script, covered in this lecture
2 - Debug the generated ABAP code, covered in ‘FOX Formulas’ lecture
I am a SAP certified CO, BW and BPC consultant. I started implementing SAP FI/CO in version 3.1h and completed more than 20 projects over the last 18 years, usually as the technical or functional lead.
Data Mining in SAP has been a specialization of mine ever since my first introduction to BW (SEM BPS, BPC classic and Embedded, BI-IP).
I hope to use this experience to enable you to design sophisticated, integrated data mining applications for your business.