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 PLM, Product Intelligence with Business Context Viewer


Technical Data

Technical Name of Business Function


Type of Business Function

Enterprise Business Function

Available From

SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP

Technical Usage

Any Stack including BS_FND 702

Application Component

PLM Web User interface (PLMWUI 701)

Required Business Function

FND, Business Context Viewer Main Application (/BCV/MAIN)

PLM Web User Interface (/PLMU/WEB_UI)

Incompatible Business Function

Not relevant

You can use this business function to replace your Product-Centric View (PCV) application with Business Context Viewer (BCV) in your SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) system.

Business Context Viewer (BCV) is a framework that allows all SAP Business Suite applications to integrate different kinds of additional information into the context of their applications. This information can be then analyzed according to the user's business needs. You can display the analytic information in the form of charts, forms, pictures, and tables. You can integrate Xcelsius dashboards into BCV.

Business Context Viewer (BCV) offers a configuration center where you can configure the way the system retrieves and displays the business data that you want to perform analyses on. The configuration center is a single point of entry for all of the activities that a regular user and administrator of BCV might need. In addition, you can use the configuration center to perform and display analyses of your business data for testing purposes.

BCV offers the side panel which is embedded into the application that you use BCV from. By opening the side panel you can access your query views, elements on the Overview accordion item, query view hierarchies, dashboards, and favorites directly from the application using BCV.


Being a successor application to Product-Centric View (PCV) that was part of enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0, Business Context Viewer is integrated with SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) 7.01.


  • You have installed the following components as of the version mentioned:

    Type of Component


    Required for the Following Features Only

    Software Component

    PLMWUI 701

    Portal Content

    Business Package for Common Parts 1.5


Configuration Center

You use the configuration center to set up search connectors, BCV queries, and query views, and execute these objects for testing purposes. Furthermore, you can perform administrative activities, such as checking the consistency of BCV objects, testing BCV queries and search connectors, grant authorizations, and so on. For more information, see Configuration Center.

Side Panel

The side panel provides access to BCV directly from the application that uses it. For more information, see Side Panel.

Authorization Concept

BCV has a flexible authorization concept that allows authorizations to be granted and taken away at different levels. For more information, see Authorization Concept in Business Context Viewer (BCV).

Business Content

The applications using BCV deliver predefined business content that you can use as it is, or change according to your business needs. For more information, see Business Content for Business Context Viewer.