For over 16 years, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) has been the primary on-premises planning solution for SAP customers. But BPC has not kept pace with EPM innovation. As organizations worldwide continue to migrate to modern cloud platforms, Oracle Cloud EPM has become a leading solution suite that many SAP BPC users have or are considering migrating to.
Due to SAP’s fast-approaching end of support for various versions of SAP BPC (See Figure 1), many BPC users are considering what direction they will take. They have the option to migrate their BPC applications to other SAP tools such as SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning, S/4 HANA, and/or other SAP partner tools, or they can consider other modern, cloud-based EPM solutions that are available today.
SAP BPC customers realize that they need to transition to a modern EPM platform to meet their goals of modernizing their finance processes with AI/ML-driven technologies, extended planning and analysis (xP&A), and other EPM processes beyond FP&A in order to achieve enterprise-wide connected planning that generates high-value and strategic business insights.
Examples of some challenges SAP BPC users are facing:
As an SAP BPC customer, you have the choice of either reimplementing your existing BPC applications to other SAP tools which are predominantly based on some newer, some legacy, and some third-party partner-based tools, or you can move to a modern cloud EPM solution which has everything you need in one common and integrated platform. Let’s look at these two options in more detail.
Rather than building a complete, purpose-built cloud EPM solution suite that addresses all EPM business processes in a single integrated and unified platform, SAP has taken a siloed approach by providing planning capabilities in SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning, Consolidations in S/4HANA, several other EPM processes using additional legacy SAP tools, and others such as Account Reconciliation, Tax, and Narrative reporting using third party partner tools.
To accommodate their legacy BPC customers, SAP has also proposed a hybrid planning short-term solution that may work for some BPC customers, but careful consideration of various costs and effort associated with implementing this approach is recommended, as it requires multiple technical considerations and potentially involves multiple platforms and tools (see Figure 2).
This approach involves combining SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning with BPC which may seem easy to do, but SAP’s own documentation indicates that this requires comprehensive knowledge to integrate both platforms at the data, application, and workflow layers. This is not required with Oracle Cloud EPM as it virtually eliminates this multi-tool approach by delivering a single, and complete platform for all EPM use case requirements.
Technically, and with enough time, money, and resources, all these tools and platforms could conceivably be made to work together, but BPC customers would likely need to deal with potential challenges such as:
All of these can drive higher TCO and overall administration complexity while potentially impacting system stability and availability if any one of these disparate tools develops issues.
Oracle Cloud EPM delivers a complete, integrated, and unified software-as-a-service (SaaS) EPM suite. The depth of Oracle Cloud EPM’s capability includes advanced AI innovation such as predictive planning and automated data analysis which can deliver fast business value.
With Oracle Cloud EPM, SAP BPC customers can enhance and optimize their financial close and planning and budgeting processes to run in a unified, single platform which is purpose-built to support all other EPM use case requirements without having to depend on multiple tools, platforms, and vendors. This can significantly lower your conversion, integration, and administration costs while speeding up time to value and making it easy for you to implement other Oracle Cloud EPM modules at your own pace.
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