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If I could use the initials BPC, I’d tell you about new Web client features

by Scott Wallask

February 3, 2012

Scott Wallask, SAPexperts

I’m not allowed to use the term BPC in posts I write.

That’s because officially, there is no SAP product called BPC. It’s SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for NetWeaver or version for Microsoft. Yeah, that’s a mouthful, but we here at WIS Publishing like to keep SAP happy and adhere to the formal product names.

It’s too bad I can’t write BPC, because if I could, I’d tell you about a great BPC article that we just published in BI Expert from Charles “Tim” Soper, a senior education consultant at SAP. The article — “A Boost to the Web Client Simplifies Planning and Consolidation 10.0, Version for NetWeaver” — discusses the many new Web client features that are part of the new BPC release.

Poor Tim, he used the term BPC in his article, but I had to replace it with — you guessed it — SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for NetWeaver.

The article goes into detail about a brand new module called Consolidation Central, which allows you to perform most of your closing tasks from one interface. Before the addition of this module, you had to perform consolidation-related tasks exclusively from the interface for Microsoft Excel. Now, Consolidation Central provides an all-in-one component that offers users several options.

Screen showing Consolidation Central options

 

Here’s a brief overview of these options:

  • Consolidation Monitor provides one screen to execute consolidation tasks and to track their statuses
  • Controls Monitor helps you validate data
  • Journals landing page provides an all-in-one screen to report, create, and post journals.
  • Ownership Manager offers an improved user interface to view and edit the ownership data in personalized screens

Consolidation Central seems to be a convenient, time-saving feature in BPC that’s worth checking out. But don’t tell anyone I told you, because I’m not supposed to say BPC.

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