What is SAP BPC?
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) is a software product for supporting companies in performing planning, budgeting, forecasting, consolidation and financial reporting. Originally, this software was developed by the company called OutlookSoft but in 2007 it was acquired by SAP. Now, SAP BPC is included in the portfolio of SAP EPM tools and serves as one of its main components. SAP EPM stands for SAP Enterprise Performance Management and represents a suite of applications for carrying out strategic management of company performance.
SAP BPC Certification
Like with any other SAP product there is a possibility to get certified in SAP Business Planning and Consolidation. SAP BPC Certification official name is the following: SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.0. The booking code for this certification exam is C_EPMBPC_10. As follows from name of the certification, it is classified by SAP as a certification for functional SAP consultants. The main organizational facts about this certification:
- Duration: 180 minutes
- Number of questions: 80
- The minimum score that you need for passing this certification: 71%
If you are familiar with SAP BPC, you know that there are two different versions of SAP BPC:
- One version is run on SAP NetWeaver;
- Another version is run on Microsoft Platform.
SAP BPC certification verifies your knowledge of both versions of SAP BPC (SAP NetWeaver and Microsoft Platform). Luckily, these versions are very similar (around 80% is the same) and all the theoretical concepts are the same for both versions. The associate level certification is primarily intended for people with up to three years of hands-on experience in SAP BPC. SAP also states that project experience is not a prerequisite for passing SAP BPC certification. On the other hand, they recommend combining training courses with hands-on SAP implementation experience for the best preparation.
How to Prepare for SAP BPC Certification?
From our own experience and experience of our students, the best way of preparing for this certification is to study the official SAP books:
- BPC410 SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, version for the Microsoft platform: Administration
- BPC420 SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver: Administration
- BPC430 SAP Business Planning and Consolidation: Reporting and Planning
- BPC440 SAP Business Planning and Consolidation – Consolidation
- BW310 BW Enterprise Data Warehousing
You can get these books by attending the official SAP training courses (online or classroom) or by borrowing them from your friends or colleagues who attended SAP training before.
Besides reading books with theory, it is a good idea to practice with sample certification questions. They will give you an idea of how good your knowledge of SAP BPC is, what is the format of questions at the real exam, and what are the gaps in your understanding.
Finally, it is necessary to perform practical exercises. You can practice with SAP BPC on your job (if your employer has SAP BPC installed and you have access to it) or you can try to download a demo version of SAP BPC from SAP Service Marketplace. In the latter case, you will also need to be able to install the program on your machine by following the documentation provided with the demo.
In conclusion, we would like to say that this certification is not extremely difficult. You can get prepared and pass this certification by learning the theoretical concepts described in the books that were listed above, practicing with sample questions, and doing practical exercises in a demo SAP BPC system.
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