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SAP BPC 10.

1 Classic vs Embedded Version

SAP had released a two versions for BPC 10.1; they are BPC 10.1 Classic and BPC 10.1 Embedded.
The Classic version can be considered an extension of previous versions in the BPC family, and can be
used to implement both planning and consolidations solutions.

The Embedded version utilizes Integrated Planning and BPC features, and is designed for planning only.
Integrated Planning (IP) is a planning tool introduced by SAP before BPC came into effect.

Lets look some of the differences between the Classic and Embedded versions from a configuration
perspective:

1. Master and transactional data objects

Classic

Embedded

This version utilizes BPC objects i.e., Dimensions for master


data and Models for transactional data. When data is saved in
BPC, it will be stored in the SAP BW system under the
namespace /CPMB. This method is similar to that used in
earlier versions of BPC.

This version uses the SAP Business Warehouse (BW)


system and its objects directly. Characteristics are used
for master data, and data providers like Info Cube,
multi providers, and so on are used for transactional
data

2. Data loads

Classic

Embedded

Master and Transactional data must be loaded to the


BPC system. Source data can be loaded either from SAP
Business Warehouse (BW) or from other external
systems, such as flat files.

Unlike the classic version, the embedded version uses the


SAP Business Warehouse (BW) system directly, so we dont
need to add another layer of data loads for our project
implementations.

3. Custom scripts

Classic

Embedded

In addition to using the predefined scripts provided by


SAP (e.g., Copy and Allocations), we can develop
custom code to perform calculations using the Logic
Script component.

This version also provides a few predefined


functions, but custom code must be
developed using the FOX (Formula
Extension) component.

4. Template development

Classic

Embedded

Input schedules and reports are developed using the EPM


Excel Interface. Schedules are used to develop templates
which allow users to view and save data to the BPC
system, whereas reports are used only to view and
analyze data.

BEX Query designer is used to developed


schedules and reports. The resulting
templates are accessed from BPCs EPM
Excel interface and presented to business
users.

5. Security

Classic
This version uses both SAP BW and BPC
system for security configuration. Users are
created in the BW system, then granted
permissions for objects and data via BPC.

Embedded
Most security features are configured in the SAP BW
system directly, including creating users and granting
permissions for objects. Data access can be
configured in both the BW and BPC systems.