SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver - Streamline Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, and Reporting: Product Demo

Learn how to use the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application to conduct variance and root-cause analysis, create and plan for a new product line, and run management reports using SAP solutions for enterprise performance management (EPM) and the add-in for Microsoft Office. The SAP NetWeaver version is featured.

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    • SAP Business Planning and Consolidation: Streamline planning, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting.
    • In this demo, you'll see how the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application helps you conduct variance and root cause analyses, .
    • create a plan for a new product line and create management reports using SAP solutions for enterprise performance management and the add-in for Microsoft Office.
    • SAP Business Planning and Consolidation is available in a version for the Microsoft platform and the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, the latter of which is shown in this demonstration.
    • The SAP Business Planning and Consolidation version for SAP NetWeaver allows you to stay aligned with your SAP standardization strategy,
    • reduce the time and resources spent integrating and maintaining business applications and execute financial consolidations more effectively.
    • The application can be powered by SAP HANA, a robust in-memory computing platform that enables you to aggregate and analyze massive amounts of data.
    • Sam Smith, an executive at International Food Distributors, wants to review his company's performance
    • so he launches the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation dashboard to view monthly sales revenue data.
    • Clearly, the overall net revenue is well below target. Sam also sees that Europe, a region that usually generates the most revenue, has experienced a drop in sales over the last two periods.
    • Sam then contacts Ray Carter, a business analyst, who will take a more detailed look at the issue and propose recommendations.
    • After Ray checks sales revenue data to see if there are any large variances in Q2 for Europe, he decides to perform an analysis using Excel.
    • Ray launches the enterprise performance management add-in for Microsoft Office from the home page.
    • He selects the planning model which will enable him to create a more thorough analysis of the sales metrics.
    • Here, he launches the MS Excel report, which has a variety of formatting options, to conduct a Variance Analysis that will allow him to determine the root cause for the drop in revenue.
    • The report Ray generates enables him to look at the overall sales revenue by country, product group, time frame, and category.
    • By navigating these dimensions, he should be able to easily identify the root cause for the drop in revenue.
    • Ray then manually inputs the sales revenue into the Target field, which helps expedite the process since the software automatically recognizes the dimension.
    • Ray next applies a variance calculation so he can further analyze the report data.
    • He then decides to expand the report to show the target values for Q2 and sees that Great Britain is the only region with a negative variance in that particular quarter.
    • Ray locks in the data for further analysis by clicking on the "keep" icon.
    • He now wants to see if there is a specific product that is causing the decrease in Sales Revenue and clicks over to the product hierarchy page.
    • He quickly sees that the Dairy Products line in Great Britain is the root cause of the decline in revenue, with a 42% negative variance.
    • He then drills down further and sees that Yogurt sales have been flat for two months and are nowhere near the target values –
    • which could be the result of distribution issues or consumer dissatisfaction. Ray shares his analysis with the management team so they can rectify the problem.
    • After reviewing the data, the management team asks Ray to create a product line called Flavored Yogurt.
    • To do this, he opens the landing page in SAP Business Planning and Consolidation and navigates over to Administration and adds a new product group.
    • After adding the new product line to the master data, he processes the dimension so that the information is available to the planning team.
    • Ray now places the new product group into the hierarchy. He now returns to the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation web client
    • to set targets for the new Flavored Yogurt product group and lower the targets for the Yogurt that has been underperforming.
    • Ray manually adjusts the targets for both products for the months of July through September in Great Britain. He then saves the data.
    • Now that the targets have been updated for Q3, Ray decides to create a PowerPoint slide and connects to the sales planning model in
    • SAP Business Planning and Consolidation using the SAP enterprise performance management add-in for Microsoft Office.
    • Ray adjusts the context values to make sure that the right information is being displayed in the PowerPoint table. The context values automatically default from the actual values for Q2 to those of Q3.
    • Ray now builds a simple report that will be rendered in PowerPoint using simple drag and drop functionality. In just a few moves, Ray selects the dimensions that he wants to be displayed.
    • After he has selected the values, Ray is able to update the report with just one click. Once that is done, he can adjust the slide so it contains information for the sales revenue target for Q3.
    • Ray is now ready to share the report, which is presented in an easy-to-read format, with Sam and the rest of the management team.
    • As you have seen the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation version for SAP NetWeaver helps you conduct variance and root cause analyses,
    • create a plan for a new product line and create management reports using SAP solutions for enterprise performance management and the add-in for Microsoft Office.
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