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SAP Analytics Cloud & integrated financial planning (xFP&A)

Comprehensive analysis, planning and forecasting capabilities in the cloud

SAC is the analytics layer of the SAP Business Technology Platform, which together with SAP Datasphere represents SAP's cloud-based business intelligence solution. In addition, SAC also functions as the central solution for extended planning and analysis in the financial area, so-called integrated financial planning or xFP&A "extended Financial Planning & Analytics".

Your benefits

  • Maximum data security is ensured as data remains behind the firewall
  • High innovation due to quarterly provision of new functionality and thus minimal maintenance effort or IT expenditure
  • Use of machine learning functionality without special know-how
  • Live connections with source systems allow ad-hoc real-time analyses
  • Optimal integration with SAP source systems
  • High process interlocking across departments and application areas
  • Reduced learning effort through a uniform user experience
  • Central operation of all functions for analytics, planning, budgeting and forecasting in one complete package
  • Deep-dive view of business-critical data
  • Combination of several systems and applications in one, so that the user can map both analysis, planning and reporting in one platform
  • Data to be analysed can be merged and processed from different SAP data sources as well as from non-SAP data sources in one platform 
  • Reduced effort for presentation of results

An extract of our Analytics Cloud projects.



Analysis of the existing BW/4HANA & SAC architecture and development of a target architecture as part of the Discover phase of a S/4HANA transformation project

Automotive supplier

Automotive supplier

Analysis of the existing Business Intelligence and SAC overall architecture

Conceptual design & realisation of SAC incl. financial planning within the framework of a S/4HANA

Energy company

Energy company

Implementation of IT Spends with BPC

Adaptation & extension of the global planning templates for spend analyses to the requirements of EBS

Machine & plant manufacturers

Machine & plant manufacturers

Upgrade Proof of Concept SAP BPC NW Consolidation 7.5 to 10.0

Upgrade SAP BPC 7.5 PoC results to productive environment on SAP BPC 10.0 platform


With SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP provides a powerful analysis and planning tool that also has AI on board for predictions out-of-the-box. We would be happy to support you in making faster and more precise management decisions with this solution.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Fülleborn CONSILIO GmbH Contact expert

Analytics Cloud Functions

Planning is a collaborative task. Therefore, SAP Analytics Cloud offers numerous options and utilities to make the entire planning process run smoothly

Support for hybrid scenarios

  • While SAP Analytics Cloud supports all planning activities and data, SAP's cloud-first strategy offers customers the option to use their existing on-premise planning system with the SAP Analytics Cloud user interface
  • Customers with existing SAP BW, SAP S/4HANA and SAP BPC systems can take a hybrid approach to planning activities by keeping planning data on-premise but using the SAP Analytics Cloud user interface for their planning activities as end users

Extensive planning functionality

The SAP Analytics Cloud has numerous planning functions that enable you to plan more easily and quickly. These include:

  • Efficient, simple data entry
    • Aggregation/disaggregation in hierarchies
    • Relative/absolute values
    • Highlighting of changed data
  • Version management
    • Private, public and shared versions
  • Currency conversion
  • Locking of data
  • Calendar
  • Data actions
  • Validation rules
  • Validation driver trees
  • With the help of analytical applications, companies can personalise their stories to create story concepts that are individually tailored to the company and its goals
  • Stories can be optimised in terms of business needs
  • In analytic applications, developers can use story widgets. The special feature is that these widgets can be further processed to ensure flexible development
  • The basis of an analytic application is at least an underlying SAP Analytics Cloud model or direct data access to an OData service
  • The analytic application has both standard and technical widgets. These technical widgets can be configured by the IT department
  • The following technical widgets are available:
    • Script variables
    • Script objects
    • Data actions
    • Timer
    • Search for information (these widgets have no visualisation, but are only used for scripting scenarios)
  • With the help of Data Analyzer, companies can carry out ad-hoc analyses to quickly evaluate data and thus draw more accurate conclusions
  • Thanks to its high compatibility with different file sources, Data Analyzer can be used to carry out meaningful ad hoc analyses
  • The filter function allows large amounts of data to be sorted out in order to better analyse the data needed at the moment
  • Share ad hoc analyses with individuals and groups, as well as with all other SAC users using the sharing function
  • The Digital Boardroom enables presentations directly via the SAC. A time-consuming transfer to other presentation formats such as MS PowerPoint is not necessary
  • Presentation is based on real-time data. This enables companies to react better to the current situation
  • The direct access to real-time data and functions that SAC brings with it can be used much more flexibly in presentations
  • Possible queries can be answered more precisely and directly on the system

Data-driven predictive forecasting with different algorithms

  • Automatic: Finds the optimal algorithm for the data automatically, based on machine learning with historical data
  • Linear regression
  • 3-fold exponential smoothing

Smart Discovery

  • Smart discovery on a dataset uses artificial intelligence to analyse that data and automatically generate a story consisting of an overview, key influencers, unexpected values and simulation pages
  • By examining your KPIs you can:
    • Uncover the most important influencing factors through classification and regression techniques.
    • Interact with insights and explore hidden structures and relationships
    • Find answers to business questions through intuitive diagrams and natural language

You can simulate possible outcomes based on your business scenarios. For example, you can simulate the value of a new sales opportunity in your industry.

Smart Insights

  • Enables you to quickly develop a clear understanding of the complex aspects of your business data
  • Select a specific data point and choose Smart Insights. The result is the most important business value drivers

Smart Predict

  • Helps answer business questions that require forecasts or projections to plan future business development
  • Automatically learns from historical data and finds the best relationships or behavioural patterns to easily make predictions for future events, values and trends
  • Also provides you with easy-to-understand key performance indicators (KPIs) and visualisations to help you evaluate the accuracy of the predictions
  • You can then use these predictions and forecasts with confidence to enhance your planning model and stories
  • You can create one or more predictive models within a Smart Predict. Each predictive model produces intuitive visualisations of the results, making them easier to interpret
  • After comparing key quality indicators for different models, select the one that provides the best answers to your business question so you can apply that predictive model to new data sources for predictions

Another function of the SAC that is a great help to the user is the comment function.

  • Story page widgets but also tables can be commented. These comments are saved and are visible to other users.
  • With the possibility of up to 1,000 characters per comment, comments can be formulated very precisely
  • In addition to comments, users can also start a conversation to ensure more flexible collaboration

To facilitate collaboration with others, SAC allows you to share content with other users or a group. You can set permissions for users of your content. This allows you to authorise certain people or colleagues to view or make changes to content.

  • The calendar integrated in SAC serves as a support for planning processes
  • The calendar serves as an organisational tool that allows users to create tasks and delegate them to people
  • These tasks can be scheduled using the calendar function to maintain an overview of the progress of the planning process
  • Tasks can be created to monitor the progress of the project
  • These tasks can be created and assigned for oneself as well as for co-workers
  • By keeping track of the planning process, tasks can be scheduled so that they are locked after the deadline. The aim is to spread data at the right time
  • The calendar function enables the automation of planning processes
  • Data actions can be started automatically by setting a time
  • In addition, it is possible to decide individually how parameter values are set and how tasks are made visible to other people
  • To avoid errors, you can specify in the calendar the persons who will check the edited content and accept or reject the result
  • The comment function is integrated into the calendar and thus helps to communicate tasks better with each other

Financial planning & ANALYSIS

Map more comprehensive and complex scenarios optimally with cloud-based SAP Integrated Financial Planning

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Our services

Based on the SAP Activate tailored by CONSILIO approach, we offer the following services:

  • Requirements analysis and conceptual design
  • Recording and modelling your requirements for the reporting and (financial) planning processes
  • Clarification of the overall architecture for Business Intelligence or the possible positioning of the SAC in your process and system landscape
  • Consideration of integration aspects regarding SAP IBP and SAP S/4HANA as well as dependencies within an overall project 
  • Development of an actual and target architecture
  • Collection of functional and non-functional requirements
  • Implementation and realisation of the results from the Explore phase
  • Preparation of your current systems to enable connection to the SAC
  • Setting up the SAC and connecting the required data sources
  • Realisation of customer-specific SAC functionalities under consideration of high reusability and efficiency by activating and integrating the content delivered by SAP
  • Support in the creation of the test concept
  • Support during go-live and subsequent hypercare phase
  • ALM support

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