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SAP Closing Cockpit Vs Blackline Smart Close (Runbook)

Mar 29, 2017 at 12:20 PM

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Hi,

Could anyone tell the cost-benefit of implementing SAP Closing Cockpit Vs Blackline Smart Close (Runbook) with respective features?

Thanks,

Abhi

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Former Member Dec 26, 2017 at 06:40 PM
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Hello,

Smart Close is an ABAP solution like SAP Financial Closing Cockpit, but Smart Close has built-in functionality for process automation, validation, certification, alerting, and dynamic workflow. It is RPA inside of SAP for task execution and validation of business rules. Smart Close automatically executes t-codes, ABAPs, tables, etc. The program performs data calculations, conversions, validations, and follows configurable business rules to automatically determine success or failure of a process.

Ask BlackLike for a demo, they will show you this in detail.

Closing Cockpit, on the other hand, does not have a built-in automation engine like that of Smart Close. To fully automate an activity, you will see something called "SAP CPS". (SAP Central Process Scheduler - also known as "SAP Business Process Automation 'BPA'). This is a link to an external application (Redwood Robotics) where you can close the automation GAP and automatically execute, validate, and even automatically resolve issues in your close process.

In Summary- The biggest difference is that Smart Close comes standard with advanced automation capabilities.FCC does not have much automation capabilities unless paired with Redwood. (FYI - Redwood has its own tasklist, much easier to use than FCC and it contains extremely powerful automation capabilities that are not limited to just SAP)

Hope that helps,

Tim Boulay

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Former Member Oct 25, 2017 at 03:07 PM
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Hi,

does anybody have a comparison of the funktionality of the 2 Tools?

Kind regards,

Thilo

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