SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) Strategy

In Q4 2021, we introduced a new release of our proven SAP BW/4HANA product line called  

SAP BW/4HANA 2021. 

With this release, we provide our customers with a corresponding SAP BPC Planning add-on for each SAP BW/4HANA version. In addition, we have released the current version of 

SAP BPC 2021 for SAP BW/4HANA. 

Since the start of SAP BW/4HANA product family, planning capabilities have not been a part of the SAP BW/4HANA software component. This changed, however, for SAP BPC 2021 for SAP BW/4HANA 2021. Now you can use the SAP BW-IP/PAK planning model without an SAP BPC Add-On installation.  However, all planning models (SAP BW-IP/PAK, SAP BPC Embedded Model and SAP BPC Standard Model) need an SAP BPC license. 

SAP BPC 2021 – SAP BW-IP/PAK Planning Model not included in SAP BW/4HANA*

SAP BPC 2021 – SAP BW-IP/PAK Planning Model included in SAP BW/4HANA*
*Source: Images above created and owned by SAP HDA Planning & Analytics, Product Management

Here are the combinations of SAP BW on HANA, SAP BW/4HANA and SAP BPC releases available:

Underlying SAP BW release Corresponding SAP BPC release Maintenance until
SAP BW 7.50 SAP BPC 10.1 31.12.2027   PAM*
SAP BW/4HANA 1.0 SAP BPC 11.0 31.12.2021   PAM*
SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 SAP BPC 11.1 31.12.2024   PAM*
SAP BW/4HANA 2021 SAP BPC 2021 31.12.2027   PAM*

*PAM = Product Availability Matrix

In alignment with the announced maintenance extensions of the SAP Business Suite 7 and SAP S/4HANA, SAP will extend the maintenance for SAP BW/4HANA and SAP BW 7.5. We will extend the maintenance of the BPC products accordingly.

The maintenance of SAP BPC 10.1 for SAP BW 7.5 will continue until the end of 2027 followed by an optional period of extended maintenance lasting until the end of 2030.

The latest SAP BPC release, which supports the SAP BW/4HANA product line will be aligned with the SAP S/4HANA maintenance extension and will be maintained until at least 2040. For more information, see my blog on SAP BPC product suite extending maintenance.

The shipment of the new SAP BPC release is a result of our dual strategy of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BPC. With respect to SAP´s overall cloud strategy, our cloud-based planning solution SAP Analytics Cloud represents our strategic and most innovative business intelligence and planning solution. The SAP BPC product will receive continuous innovations, bug fixes, and investments in infrastructure topics with SAP Analytic Cloud. Please check out our blog about the SAP BPC Live solution.

Source: SAP’s dual SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and on-premise (SAP BPC) strategy. Image property of SAP

Customers who need to support business requirements on an existing on-premise installation of SAP BPC can rely on the fact that the product will continue to exist and be supported. Future investments for planning will primarily go to SAP Analytics Cloud to enhance the rich features, functions, and to deepen the integration with the SAP Portfolio. With this in mind, we strongly recommend any customer considering future implementations of planning scenarios to consider the innovation of  SAP Analytics Cloud.