SAP HANA® implementation

Company overview
Large automotive customer.


The existing financial planning process based on SAP SEM was a cumbersome and difficult procedure. In addition, the performance had become very slow after several years of data growth. SAP BPC was chosen as the new tool to improve the process, and HANA was introduced to alleviate any performance issues.


Key challenges
• Planning functions needed to be tailored so that they are executed in the HANA database and not on the application server.

• The data model was heavily customized - resulting in a many custom BW model objects.

• Different software components were on different service pack levels.

• SAP BPC is constantly evolving. In order to get the most out of the system, we needed to constantly stay up-to-date with product developments.

• Upgrades were necessary to complete the project.

• Expectations had to be managed to make sure that SAP Analysis for Office was being used as intended. Business users were accustomed to Excel sheets with a larger degree of flexibility.


Success Factors
• Make sure requirements are captured adequately, and that the business rationale behind the requirements are understood by the technical team

• Don’t wait with showing what you are building - make sure that the timeframe between requirements gathering and showing a proof of concept to business is not too long.

• BPC projects are often innovative in nature – more so than many other SAP projects. Make sure you manage innovation so that you control the development without introducing unrealistic expectations.

• SAP BPC is evolving rapidly. Make sure you are up to speed with the latest innovations. This is especially true when building planning logic in ABAP and Fox Formula.

Ulf Liljensten
Ulf Liljensten