In this article I describe alternative options of an SAP application landscape that can provide cover the requirement for consolidation and give the list of questions to answer to make the right choice for a customer, taking his situation and preferences into account.
The business has the requirement for a reporting from a group perspective, consolidating the results from several companies
Applications that are assigned to the business capability Group Reporting are
SAP S/4HANA Cloud Group Reporting, SAP S/4HANA OP Group Reporting
The features and capabilities for the business requirement for group consolidation are the same between SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP S/4HANA on Premise. The decision between both options will follow other considerations, like strategic direction in favor or against cloud solutions
Another blog that gives a comparison of the features of Group Reporting vs BPC can be found here: How does S/4 HANA Group Reporting fit in SAP’s financial consolidation product portfolio?
SAP Group reporting for Data Collection
This application is not a consolidation solution of its own but a helping tool to complete S/4HANA group Reporting
SAP ERP EC-CS
This a solution from some generations back, that is still supported as part of SAP ERP but will not be extended and is not considered strategic. The solution architecture helped to design SAP S/4HANA Group reporting combining the best parts of two different philosophies. Should be retired and not be part of a future application landscape.
SAP Business Information Warehouse, BW-BCS
Older generation solution that is not considered strategic and should be retired in a new application landscape
SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, Version for SAP Netweaver, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, Version for the Microsoft platform
Earlier versions of BPC which are not on the newest technical platform.
SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, Version for SAP BW/4HANA
The newest technical basis of BPC. Might be considered as target solution in some cases. Criteria given below
These are the questions / criteria which are maintained in the Evaluation Excel that is referred to in the next section.
A simplified approach to come to a decision is depicted in this decision tree
You have received an overview about applications out of the SAP portfolio that can cover the requirement for group reporting and consolidation. I have given you the key questions to answer for the choice of the right application in your target application landscape, after a transformation