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what is the difference between BW 3.5 BPS and SEM BPS 4.0

Currently we are on BW 3.5 and have plans to work with BPS but don't know the difference between BW 3.5 BPS and SEM 4.0.

Can anybody tell / explain what are the differences between the two BPS versions and reasons for using BW BPS or SEM BPS?

thanx in advance

Tom

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    Apr 22, 2005 at 08:27 AM

    Hi Tom,

    take a look to https://websmp104.sap-ag.de/bw in SAP BW Business Planning and Simulation -> Further Information... then check these docs:

    BW-BPS: Planning with SAP NetWeaver

    Bus. Planning in SAP BW 3.5 - SEM-BPS transition to BW-BPS

    Enhancements BW-BPS (formerly SEM-BPS) in SAP NetWeaver 04

    Hope it helps!

    Bye,

    Roberto

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    Apr 28, 2005 at 05:11 PM

    If you have installed SEM add-on already, you are on the SEM track where

    BW 3.0 with SEM 3.1

    BW 3.1-3.3 with SEM 3.2 or SEM 3.5

    BW 3.5 with SEM 4.0

    If you upgraded your BW to 3.5, if you have SEM already you have to upgrade your SEM to 4.0. No choice about it.

    You can only have BW-BPS 3.5 if you have not installed the SEM add on before and only have BW. If you upgrade to BW 3.5 and get BW-BPS, you can later install the SEM add ons if you need BCS, CPM or SEM-BPS functions.

    The difference between SEM-BPS 4.0 and BW-BPS 3.5 is about 10 planning functions, mostly in the financial area, that was not migrated to BW-BPS 3.5. If you need functions such as allocation or account based currency translation, you need SEM-BPS 4.0. Also BW-BPS seems to have a new forecasting function and some improved status and tracking. The full list of function differences can be found comparing documentation or from product marketing whitepapers avaiable on SDN or ASUG.

    Have been using BW-BPS recently after close to 3 years of SEM-BPS and have not notices any major differences other than some more SPs and notes and the missing function which I only really miss allocation but can work around with copy, distribution and delete.

    Hope this helps,

    Mary

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    May 03, 2005 at 12:44 PM

    BW 3.5 BPS does not include the planning applications, like SEM BPS does.

    For example: BPS contains applications for financial planning, these are not included in BW BPS

    Message was edited by: Maik Burbach

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