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Somebody experience with outlooksoft

Hi,

Does somebody has experience with using Outlooksoft for budgetting or forecasting? What are the benefits of it, how can we see the integration with SAP BI IP or SAP in general. Does anyone has good documentation on this topic?

Is it expensive? How much is the license cost?

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    Posted on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:58 PM

    Hi Dries,

    I will try and provide some information on your questions. Firstly, when I refer to SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidations), I am refering to the product formerly called OutlookSoft 5.0, as this is the name of the product now it is being offered from SAP.

    Q) Where to get more info.

    There are several places you can check out. I would recommend taking a look at some of the blogs on CPM topics (for example:

    - <a href="/people/ryan.leask/blog/2007/07/25/corporate-performance-management-departmental-or-corporate blog</a>

    - <a href="/people/prakash.darji/blog/2007/07/25/sap-business-planning-consolidations-outlooksoft-vs-bi-integrated-planning blog from Prakash Darji</a>

    - Some" target="_blank">https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/u/251813988">Some blogs from Muthu Ranganathan

    - If you are interested, I am also planning to release another blog shortly that describes a bit about the overall CPM roadmap, so stay tuned.

    You can also take a look at the product demo's on the old OutlookSoft website. Specifically this" target="_blank">http://outlooksoft.com/us/demo/index.html">this is the demo page..

    If you have Service Marketplace user ID, you can also access product documentation here.https://service.sap.com/~form/sapnet?_SCENARIO=01100035870000000202&_SHORTKEY=00200797470000084442&">here.>

    There is also plans for training obviously, and we will also have a CPM page up and running on BPX/SDN shortly.

    Q) Integration with BI-IP or SAP in general.

    As OutlookSoft is a recent acquisition for SAP, the tight integration to the NetWeaver BI platform is currently under development. That means today you will need to load data to BPC from any relevant system, including SAP ERP, NW BI, or other non-SAP systems. If you wanted to, you could also of course extract the data out of BPC and load it back up into NW BI (for example). We will publish some How To guides and/or White Papers on integration approaches shortly.

    In terms of future integration, the first step is to integrate the OutlookSoft solution with the NetWeaver BI stack next year. Integration to BI-IP will come in the subsequent release (more details in my blog to come).

    Q) How much is the license cost?

    Customers need to contact their SAP Account Executives for all license related questions.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Ryan

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    Posted on Mar 01, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    There is SAP certifed integrator for OutlookSoft-BPC. iNet.BI for SAP, several large SAP customers are using it to move data from BW (3.1,3.5,7.0) and from ECC to BPC (Outlooksoft)

    Set-up of packages requires no coding, and all works from within the BPS Data Manager and SSIS.

    paper on its use at https://portal.erp-link.com/Projects/default.aspx

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