October 12, 2019
Score 8 out of 10
Currently, we use it to perform complex step down cost allocations, create complex profitability models, and detailed calculations for warranty reserve management and transaction-based accruals. We use the tool to address allocations required to support management reporting and to automate certain business transactional postings that we have done offline in the past. It is used by finance and IT currently. We plan to expand the number of use cases for PAPM in the next year.
- Data enrichment (complex joins, lookups, and derivations).
- Complex allocations and calculations.
- Operates at a very high speed without disrupting the host HANA environment.
- Connectivity to BW HANA and BPC.
- Connectivity to SAP Analytics Cloud (this is supposedly on SAP's roadmaps to deliver in 2020).
- The new tool has some bugs and quirks that need to be worked out. SAP is delivering enhancements on a regular basis.
- Reports and queries.
- Model Flow diagramming could work better and be visible for download or printing for training and MOC purposes.
- Documentation is weak, both in system help screens and user manuals need to be more detailed.
PAPM is well suited for use cases requiring complex profitability and cost modeling where large volumes of detailed data are required. It executes calculations and allocation very rapidly at whatever level of detail is required (customer, product number, etc.). PAPM is not a reporting tool. Although it has some basic reporting functionality, the results of the models executed in PAPM need to be written to a HANA database to be accessed by reporting and analytics tools such as SAC, Tableau, or Business Objects.
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We did get excellent support from SAP during our implementation project. We will see about the SAP support over the long term.