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FSCM - Liquidity Planner and its new version

by Eleazar Ortega Van Steenberghe

April 30, 2010

During years, Treasurers implementing SAP tried to have a Cash Position system that enabled them to do things like:

  • Enter a Forecasted same day Cash Position
  • Track actual Cash Flows the next day
  • Run a comparative Actual vs. Forecast report
  • Carry out long term Cash Forecasting
  • Tie each inflow or outflow of Cash to an actual Expense or Revenue item

Unfortunately, the traditional Cash Management and Liquidity Forecast Report didn’t allow them to do most of those and many users had to complement it with excel spreadsheets or other systems.

In the last few years, SAP started offering Liquidity Planner, a tool that allows all the functions listed above, users who implemented the old Cash Position and were aware of its shortcomings should realize that Liquidity Planner complements the Cash Management functionality and combining the two functionalities results in a very rounded and solid Treasury Workstation, similar to other Treasury Workstations that for years were considered best in class.

The Planning side of Liquidity Planner runs on a BI platform, while the Actuals tracking side runs in ECC and is extracted into BI. The first version of Liquidity Planner was offered in SEM-Business Planning and Simulation.

As SAP replaced SEM-BPS with Integrated Planning, Liquidity Planner was then offered in Integrated Planning. Now that SAP has replaced Integrated Planning with BPC – Business Planning and Consolidation, a version that runs in BPC will become available and, as far as I know, it will be presented to the public next month at SAPPHIRE.

If you are starting or evaluating an impleme ntation of Liquidity Planner, I strongly recommend that you try implementing this version directly, for what I understand the new version is more user-friendly and will be supported by SAP for a longer period of time.

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