BlackLine vs. SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BlackLine
Score 8.9 out of 10
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BlackLine automates the the processes required to finalize periodic closing of the books. Beyond close/reconciliation management the product includes capabilities to enhance the management and control of financial processes throughout the accounting cycle. In October 2020, BlackLine acquired Rimilia, an AR automation solution. Rimilia's capabilities are now part of the BlackLine platform.N/A
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
The SAP BPC software is designed to help users plan and achieve a faster, more accurate close. The SAP BPC software aims to help users spend more time growing their business and less time closing books. The vendor’s value proposition is that their software delivers planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial consolidation capabilities in a single application. This, in turn, enables them to easily adjust plans and forecasts, speed up budget and closing cycles, and ensure compliance with…N/A
Pricing
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Considered Both Products
BlackLine
Chose BlackLine
I did not implement BlackLine but it has been efficient in my experience.
Chose BlackLine
Blackline is much more user friendly.
Chose BlackLine
We have only used Microsoft Office products prior to BlackLine and with BlackLine we can get all our SAP balances with line item details loaded automatically. With Office we had to gather the data ourselves and then Export the data, and then mine the data to what we needed …
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
9.0
2 Ratings
5% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.8
36 Ratings
6% below category average
Journal entries and reports9.01 Ratings7.929 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails9.01 Ratings8.328 Ratings
Financial data consolidation00 Ratings8.133 Ratings
Multi-currency management00 Ratings8.325 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations00 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Minority Ownership00 Ratings6.520 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting00 Ratings7.730 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.3
37 Ratings
15% below category average
Long-term financial planning00 Ratings8.332 Ratings
Financial budgeting00 Ratings8.133 Ratings
Forecasting00 Ratings7.436 Ratings
Scenario modeling00 Ratings6.032 Ratings
Management reporting00 Ratings6.936 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
36 Ratings
6% below category average
Financial Statement Reporting00 Ratings8.431 Ratings
Management Reporting00 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting00 Ratings7.435 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting00 Ratings8.227 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.8
32 Ratings
3% below category average
Personalized dashboards00 Ratings8.521 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards00 Ratings8.018 Ratings
KPIs00 Ratings7.630 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis00 Ratings8.026 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting00 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data00 Ratings7.017 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.1
35 Ratings
18% below category average
Flat file integration00 Ratings7.431 Ratings
Excel data integration00 Ratings7.734 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources00 Ratings6.222 Ratings
Best Alternatives
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
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Score 8.5 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
OneStream
OneStream
Score 9.5 out of 10
OneStream
OneStream
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
OneStream
OneStream
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(188 ratings)
7.6
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(17 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(50 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.2
(173 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
8.4
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(10 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(39 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BlackLineSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
BlackLine
BlackLine is a very robust system and is capable of improving processes. However, it does take time and resource investments. If companies do not have the time and resources and are not willing to invest time and resources, this product will not solve their issues. This is an investment and can be an incredibly powerful tool; however, it won't do the work without guidance. The level of engagement and size of project may evolve over time, however, companies need to understand that it is not an overnight success, but the success that can be achieved in the long run is worth it. I also recommend working with a seasoned implementation partner on a new project. As a company develops the skills to lead the transformation, a partner may not be needed as much, but it is definitely recommended to start.
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SAP
SAP BPC is well suited for complex planning and consolidations needs where the underlying transactional system is SAP ECC. It suits well if the organization has separate teams with BPC, ABAP, BW, Basis, Hana skillset. SAP BPC is less appropriate for organizations using Agile methodology. It is not suitable for organizations in a hyper-growth cycle as the installation and implementation is time-consuming. It will not work for organizations where the planning and budgeting needs keep changing frequently. The UI of SAP BPC is not very intuitive and very difficult to set up a dynamic dashboard for senior executives and officials of CxO.
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Pros
BlackLine
  • Saving time! Our manual process became automated the minute we "turned on" Blackline!
  • Focus! By saving time using Blackline, our employees are able to focus on other job responsibilities and profit-generation
  • Support! Blackline's support throughout our implementation and post-implementation has been exceptional. We always receive timely responses and get answers fast, when needed
  • User Friendly! Their system is very easy to navigate. Even individuals in our organization that don't like or embrace change said the transition to Blackline was smooth and painless
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SAP
  • SAP BPC is real time data. You can send information into the system and see it reflected in your reports immediately. Other systems may require a manual push into a reporting system.
  • SAP BPC is a shared reporting tool, so multiple users can be working in a model/environment at the same time, real time. This is especially helpful if your workbooks incorporated multiple processes requiring multiple users to get into the same model.
  • SAP BPC is a powerful tool designed to help all facets of the company, from cash flow to capital expenditures to headcount management to financial planning to consolidation.
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Cons
BlackLine
  • In the master journal entries, it would be nice if you could insert a line without having to rekey the entire entry over again.
  • Before I would have said the "to-do list" needed improvements, but now it is so easy to tell what I need to look at instead of searching each section for items.
  • It would be great if the "certify - next" worked on all reviews
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SAP
  • Being from a law firm, the system needed a lot of custom tailoring in order to fit our full needs (although many companies could say the same thing). Although the ability to highly customize the system to the company's needs is a positive, it frequently results in the system responding in unexplainable and unrepeatable ways which negatively impacts and slows the budget process. Because of the sporadic nature and variety of the issues, we are unable to repeat them on cue and therefore cannot nail down a solution.
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Likelihood to Renew
BlackLine
BlackLine is invaluable to our close process. The time saved from moving paper and auto-certifying can be used for better review of the data. It allowed our CFO and Board of Directors to have confidence that our close process was timely and accurate.
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SAP
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Usability
BlackLine
There are some processes that we currently use that cannot be done in BlackLine. Our users don't want to change their processes or learn new processes even though it would make their jobs easier. We have very few users who have adopted BlackLine fully, and management has not made it a requirement to use the application.
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SAP
Unlike other SAP traditional products, SAP BPC was meant to be simple and familiar to financial users
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Reliability and Availability
BlackLine
We never experienced an outage with BlackLine. The only time the system was unavailable was during planned outages for updates and upgrades usually Friday evening after 6pm pst until Saturday morning at 6am pst.
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SAP
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Performance
BlackLine
BlackLine performs rather quickly considering the amount of data we were pushing in and out of it.
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SAP
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Support Rating
BlackLine
My conversations with vendor representatives and our account managers have all been very positive. They provide solution suggestions that are tailored to our organization and requirements. Questions are answered quickly. The company seems genuinely interested in seeing our organization succeed, not only in the implementation and use of their product but also financially.
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SAP
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
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In-Person Training
BlackLine
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SAP
SAP BPC training content and trainers are very good. The training is structured and provides a very good understanding of the product features and functionalities. I attended 6 separate training sessions of week-long or more. I had very good experience in all the sessions. The training is organized very well.
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Online Training
BlackLine
Trainings are available for all topics on the BlackLine U portal. These were incredibly helpful when first starting with BlackLine to get the hang of it. Trainings are useful for any module. I have personally used this to teach myself how to use the tasks and variance modules, which are now fully utilized by my organization. The support team is also very helpful in training our team on anything additional we have needed.
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SAP
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
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Implementation Rating
BlackLine
You will have to meet up with your final users, approver, internal auditor and accounting policy holder. Everyone has to agree. When you have a well written process, workflow, policy, approval requirement, and control, your implementation process will be much easier
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SAP
The implementation was carried out in two phases spread over a period of 4 years with 2 upgrades in between. We also had multiple upgrades to HANA.
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Alternatives Considered
BlackLine
I have not used any products similar to Blackline. However, Excel does offer many similar functionalities to Blackline in terms of reconciling accounts. Blackline offers many benefits over simply using Excel. The reconciliations are organized and easy to find, and they roll over each month on their own. They include the ability to auto-certify if they meet the criteria that your team selects. They also include an audit trail of documentation and approval for each step.
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SAP
With Hyperion we struggled as it didn’t have integrated planning and consolidation, whereas BPC does have it. BPC is easier for reporting as it is Excel-based. Also BPC has prepackaged business process flows that helped a lot. Hyperion on the other hand has a faster response time for user queries or report generation.
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Scalability
BlackLine
After implementing BlackLine our company acquired another large company with multiple operations. We were able to use the COVID shutdown to bring them on board with BlackLine with little effort in the setup and training of the users.
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SAP
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Return on Investment
BlackLine
  • More insight into balance sheet account balances. Our team is more timely with getting errors fixed and monitoring important accounts.
  • The task management tool helps us ensure that we are completing all accruals and reviews each month. This has led to fewer errors and missing accruals.
  • Our use of BlackLine has greatly increased our efficiency by reducing manual work.
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SAP
  • Office administrators are able to enter data directly, freeing up accounting staff.
  • Dependent expenses such as taxes and benefits are automatically calculated, saving time for accounting staff.
  • Single source of data for budget information ensures consistency of information when reporting to senior management.
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