SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) - Implementation Considerations
The article Key elements & considerations while implementing SCPM. This article focuses on ‘A successful implementation of SCPM' by throwing light on blueprinting exercise (identifying the right skill sets, gathering requirements, implementation timeline and scope and system landscape requirements), creating and transporting analytical content to production environment.
How do I understand the architecture?
SCPM is a new generation analytical application created with proven SAP technologies. The backend of the application sits on top of standard BW, that's where the data model gets deployed. The user experience is managed through the Adobe Flash based rich client user interface.
The reliance of the application on standard BW allows our customer to leverage the in-house IT investments or implementation partner expertise on the long standing BW technologies.
For additional details on the architecture of SCPM 2.0 of the please read the Master Guide > 2.2 System Architecture.
For additional details on the architecture of SCPM 1.0 of the please read the Master Guide > 2.2 System Architecture.
How do I assess the hardware requirements?
Whether it's a standalone installation or its being installed on an existing BW system which already serves other analytical needs, hardware sizing for SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management needs to be conducted. Details on the hardware sizing for the application can be found here.
Where does the application get the data it needs for its analysis and how to load data into the application?
- Transaction data from SAP Source Systems (ERP versions 4.6C to ECC 6.0, APO and SCM) that is needed by the application can be loaded into the application by using extractors - standard SAP BW Extraction Process for SAP Source Systems. Extractor mapping guide (Extractors used and the field mapping) and KPI mapping document (KPI Overview with extraction and customizing details) can be downloaded from service market place gives required details for extraction.
- Transaction data from non-SAP source systems can also be loaded into the application by using the standard SAP BW ETL process or SAP BusinessObjects Data Services
- Benchmarking data is also loaded using flat files.
- Data from flat files can be loaded into the application by using Data Management or Standard SAP BW functionality.
How do I load the data into the application using data management?
The application comes with its own data management tool which can be accessed from its own user interface. For additional information check the official help documentation:
- Go to the Application Help for version 1.0 > Data Management
- Go to the Application Help for version 2.0 > Administration > Data Management
I am already on a lower release of the application, how do I upgrade?
Customers upgrading from Version 1.0 to Version 2.0 of the application can find the details below to make the upgrade process smooth and simple:
- The overall implementation sequence for an upgrade (from version 1.0 to version 2.0) is explained in the Master Guide > 3.2 Implementation Sequence for an Upgrade
- Procedure on migration of custom analytical (reports, dashboards, scorecards, data source level formula and other objects) content from version 1.0 to version 2.0 is explained in the Installation and Configuration Guide > 5. Migration of custom analytical content