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What is SAP EPPM (Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management)?

SAP EPPM (Portfolio and Project Management) is the enterprise solution offering from SAP that supports the planning and execution of projects.

SAP EPPM includes SAP PPM and SAP PS.

SAP PPM is used to collectively manage and analyze for investment a portfolio of projects. In this sense, it is truly a traditional portfolio management tool.

SAP PS is the project execution tool that handles project management and scheduling.

Why SAP EPPM Doesn’t Work for Most Companies

While EPPM from SAP can be a useful tool for some companies, it has a significant issue – it is not a project business system. As such, it has limitations around what it can do and the benefits it can bring a project-centric organization.

In the Diagram below, SAP runs your company financials. What runs your projects?

We don’t manage our customer relationships or company financials in spreadsheets anymore. Why should projects be any different?

When something matters to your business, you need a business system.

Just like SAP organizes your company’s finances, Project Business Automation (PBA) organizes your company’s projects.

Control and streamline all your project business processes throughout the project lifecycle in one system.

Is PBA right for you?

For many companies where projects are central to their business EPPM tools simply are not robust and comprehensive enough to manage their business. There are some crucial capabilities missing in these tools, such as a cost breakdown structure and the associated financial controls that a CBS gives you.

If you are expecting a completely integrated business system for your project business with SAP EPPM, you may not get what you are seeking and will find yourself using an array of different applications as you do today.

How to bring order to your project business

Project Business Automation (PBA) is the first vertically integrated business system for projects designed to provide the financial and operational tools, controls, and insight that you need. PBA is built from the ground up for the enterprise to reduce complexity and seamlessly connect all your project business processes in one system.

SAP EPPM will not provide these benefits to your business that PBA can:

  • Streamline and automate processes
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve project governance
  • Reduce risk, overruns & delays
  • Enhance financial control

The key term in EPPM is “enterprise”. Since you are an enterprise, you need an enterprise system for your projects. PBA is built for the enterprise, not SMBs.

Easily connect to your SAP environment

Adeaca PBA easily integrates with top-tier ERPs, including SAP. PBA consolidates your project processes and data and then exchanges essential information with your ERP. Since you are looking for an enterprise solution, this is a requirement.

Project Business Automation is more than EPPM

SAP EPPM is not Project Business Automation. It tries to create an integrated business system for project-driven business. However, it does not go all the way there. The premise of PBA is to eliminate the silos of applications and data that Project Businesses typically use in favor of one platform that incorporates key Project Business functions, including:

Learn more about PBA below.

Download the Project Business Automation Quick Guide