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October 12, 2019
Robert Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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.
We did get excellent support from SAP during our implementation project. We will see about the SAP support over the long term.
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SAP Profitability and Performance Management Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

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Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (1)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (1)
Multi-User Support (named login) (1)
Role-Based Security Model (1)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (1)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (1)
Long-term financial planning (1)
Financial budgeting (1)
Forecasting (1)
Scenario modeling (1)
Management reporting (1)
Journal entries and reports (1)
Multi-currency management (1)
Detailed Audit Trails (1)
Management Reporting (1)
Excel-based Reporting (1)
KPIs (1)
Cost and profitability analysis (1)
Benchmarking with external data (1)
Flat file integration (1)
Excel data integration (1)
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources (1)

What is SAP Profitability and Performance Management?

SAP Profitability and Performance Management promises to help optimize business performance and improve the bottom line.

The vendor says key capabilities include:
  • Build, maintain, and utilize sophisticated business and financial models that support multiple allocation methods for costs and revenue, for superior profitability modelling and optimization.
  • Empower finance and business teams with actionable insights from sophisticated models such as profitability and cost allocations, driver-based planning, shared-services costing, cash-flow modeling, and funds- and liquidity-transfer pricing.

SAP Profitability and Performance Management Features

Has featureFocused profitability and performance strategies
Has featureFull transparency into costs and profitability
Has featureImmediate access to actionable insights
Has featureAd-hoc simulations across multiple dimensions
Has featurePowerful connections to enterprise systems and data

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SAP Profitability and Performance Management Integrations

The business data aggregation capabilities of SAP Profitability and Performance Management enable the integration of from SAP and non-SAP operational systems and data warehouses at high speed with little or no data replication.

SAP Profitability and Performance Management Competitors

Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, SAS Cost and Profitability Management, Apptio

SAP Profitability and Performance Management Pricing

  • Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?Required

SAP Profitability and Performance Management Support Options

 Paid Version
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SAP Profitability and Performance Management Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:No
Supported Countries:Global
Supported Languages: English, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian