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Financial planning and analysis (FP&A)

Better insights lead to better outcomes. Improve financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting with one trusted source of information.

Drive better planning throughout your organisation

SAP supports simplified, comprehensive financial planning

As strategic business partners, finance teams focus on improving decision-making and increasing agility in unprecedented times. Extended planning and analysis (xP&A) brings together financial and operational plans, resulting in a more agile and aligned organisation that’s better able to respond to any situation. SAP supports xP&A with seamless integration between your plans and our applications.

Unite ERP and financial planning in one, integrated solution

By bringing planning, analysis, and execution together, you can respond faster to change and make better decisions to achieve better business outcomes.


SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud unite ERP and financial planning, enabling finance and planners to tell the story behind the numbers with interactive visualisations and respond quickly when changes occur.

  • Save time and reduce errors with one source of plan and actual data 
  • Close the gap between insight and action with planning and analysis capabilities  
  • Increase collaboration with connected financial and operational plans  


Unified financial management

See how SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud unify ERP and planning.

Additional FP&A solutions from SAP

SAP Profitability and Performance Management

Improve your business' performance and profitability by using granular profit and cost analysis to make better strategic decisions.

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Survey Report
FP&A Trends 2021 Survey report

Discover FP&A trends and developments for planning and forecasting in uncertain times from a survey of more than 340 senior finance executives.

White Paper
Managing profitability in uncertain times

Find out why you may need to rethink your plans for profitability and your supporting systems in this FP&A Trends white paper.

White Paper
Evolution of scenario planning for uncertainty

Explore how scenario planning has evolved into scenario management, driven by events and exceptions, to help companies make confident decisions in any situation.

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White Paper
AI and machine learning in FP&A

Learn about the most essential elements to consider when looking at AI and machine learning to transform the value FP&A delivers.

White Paper
Predictive planning and the future of FP&A

Discover how predictive planning technology can help you overcome the challenges of uncertainty to save time, reduce human bias, and adapt quickly.

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White Paper
Adapting to the new normal of FP&A

Learn about the state of FP&A and focus planning on the future to make better, bolder decisions that move your business forward.

Extended planning and analysis for everyone

Find out how SAP Analytics Cloud can help everyone plan, analyse, predict, and report across the organisation. 

Reimagining performance reporting

Help financial planning and analysis tell the story behind the numbers in real time to reveal your most important KPIs.

How CFOs can create an enterprise-wide digital strategy

Learn how CFOs can help finance make data-driven decisions, act in the moment, and collaborate better with IT and business functions.

xP&A: Integrated sales and revenue planning

Keep ahead of the increasing pace of business with an integrated sales and revenue planning approach to reveal business trends in real time. 

xP&A: Integrated financial and workforce planning

Retain top talent, plan for the future, and remain competitive with an integrated financial and workforce planning approach.

Seven trends for FP&A in 2021

Learn about the seven trends that challenge the traditional view of FP&A and how the FP&A department engages with the rest of the organisation.

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The future of FP&A: Agile and predictive analytics

Discover why predictive analytics is about assessing and verifying insights that can indicate relationships and predict potential results.

Putting finance at the front of the ship

The traditional fiscal planning model is outdated. Learn how you can leverage FP&A to move your business forward. 

Embracing modern, zero-based budgeting

Learn how zero-based budgeting (ZBB) can help you apply a higher level of scrutiny to the budgeting of your fixed costs (SG&A).

FP&A storytelling: Improving the decision-making process

Crafting a story is a creative task. See how FP&A can use these skills to be an effective partner to the business.

Frequently Asked Questions

xP&A is a planning approach that takes the best financial planning and analysis capabilities – such as continuous planning, forecasting, advanced analytics, and performance monitoring – and extends them across the enterprise.  

xP&A extends the power of FP&A to operational departments, eliminating the traditional barriers between finance and operations, and connects strategic, financial, and operational plans in real time. This connection has never been more important than right now, when constant change is the new normal and the ability to pivot quickly isn’t just nice to have – it’s a necessity.

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