The typical planning process requires cooperation of different departments: from sales and marketing to production, IT and HR. Successful plans are based on contributions from many employees, not just financial experts, and represent a complex and collaborative process.
In practice however, the plans are still created using spreadsheets or incompatible planning systems. The inevitable errors create uncertainties in the planning process and make it impossible to react quickly to new knowledge and rapidly changing markets.
With the new strategic analytics solution SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), SAP facilitates collaboration between the individual parties. Discussions can be held directly in the application using the chat or comment functions. Milestones, tasks and workflows are visible in a central calendar and thus support effective collaboration. SAP Analytics Cloud can be used conveniently as Software as a Service (SaaS). Hosting, maintenance and updates are carried out by SAP. In this way, users can rely on up to date, high-performance software.
You can combine an on-premise planning system with the cloud-based user experience by connecting SAP Analytics Cloud with your SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) data. Thanks to the mutual integration, you can carry out central financial activities in your BPC system and use this data as the basis for agile and simple department planning in SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). Alternatively, you can use SAC to take the latest data from BPC, perform analyses and simulations and then write the new data back to BPC.
While the predefined planning functions cover the standard processes, you can implement customer-specific requirements using a graphic script editor. With the visual tool, you can drag and drop graphic elements into a flowchart in order to accomplish the most demanding tasks even without programming experience.
Use the built-in calendar to keep track of tasks and keep to the schedule. When working with your team, you can create and assign tasks or multi-step processes with due dates and approval workflows. You always keep an eye on the progress of the task and upcoming milestones. The individual tasks are also displayed in the calendar.
With predefined forecast functions, you don't have to rely solely on your intuition. Support your planning by calculating the likely results, including the confidence interval, for future periods based on historical data.
With the help of value driver trees you can visualize the most important influencing factors. These enable you to carry out simulations, visualize the value flow and display effects on KPIs. Value driver trees can be created automatically based on the account structure and easily expanded with your own calculations such as annual growth forecasts. While the standard value driver trees are well suited for the beginning, ValQ is a much more sophisticated solution. If you are serious about understandable visualization of complicated relationships, you can take your value driver trees to the next level with ValQ.
When you get ready to close your books, you can easily select sections of data to protect from changes. You can also delegate each section to responsible persons, who block the data themselves or set the status to "Restricted" so that the data can only be processed by those responsible.