Financial planning and analysis (FP&A)
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.
Improve speed and accuracy of planning and analysis
Optimize your business and confidence with trusted data and live connectivity between your actuals and plans.
Get faster and more accurate predictions
Close the gap between insight and action with combined real-time analytics, business intelligence, and machine learning capabilities.
Plan with confidence on trusted data
Strengthen collaboration with connected financial and operational plans to increase alignment across departments.
Explore financial planning and analysis solutions from SAP
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 visualizations and respond quickly when changes occur.
Multiply your financial system intelligence
Base planning and actuals on one financial source of truth across the enterprise.
Get live connectivity to your data
Import data from SAP S/4HANA Cloud into SAP Analytics Cloud to help meet business-driven requirements in which data agility is crucial.
Accelerate planning cycles with built-in analytics
Generate insights with comprehensive planning and analytics capabilities in one solution.
Extend your advanced planning capabilities
Apply machine learning models and predictive planning to data from SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
Plan with confidence and accelerate innovation
Content and templates built by industry experts offer financial planning models tied to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, including actual-versus-planned report templates, best-practice allocations, and planning-process flows.
SAP is helping customers become more agile with FP&A capabilities
See how LNB makes it easier to collect financial information by digitalizing and automating submission processes.
Discover how Callaway Golf Company is eliminating planning silos and aligning planning processes with 25% less IT support needed.
Learn how Roche streamlines and accelerates its financial forecasting process with predictive planning capabilities.
Find out how Kärcher responds to changing market requirements quickly by refining planning and forecasting models business-wide.
Drive better planning throughout your organization
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 organization that’s better able to respond to any situation. SAP supports xP&A with seamless integration between your plans and our applications.
What are analysts saying?
xP&A: FP&A’s Role in Business Transformation
Moving to Extended Planning & Analysis (xP&A) does not happen overnight. It is a continuous journey of improvement. Hear from early adopters as they recommend practical steps on how to start the journey.
Ventana Research Business Planning Value Index 2022
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Discover insights from over 375 FP&A professionals from across the globe, including challenges, satisfaction, adoption of technology, and next steps for the FP&A field.
Learn why finance needs to be less of a back-office function and more of a partner in order for businesses to navigate uncertainty and change.
Frequently Asked Questions
SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP S/4HANA are seamlessly integrated as a single financial platform. Due to its unique integration, finance users can work easily within a combined ERP and planning and analytics solution, smoothly navigating between actuals and plans. As actuals are recorded within SAP S/4HANA, finance and FP&A professionals can perform variance analysis in real time without the need for batch processes and delays. Common master data elements (for example, accounts, legal entities, and segments) from SAP S/4HANA are available for planners to use within SAP Analytics Cloud to perform analysis in an automated manner, without the need for manual intervention or updates.
Modern financial analytics software such as SAP Analytics Cloud is embedded with analytics capabilities. The built-in analytics helps planners and FP&A teams interpret the results of forecasts, budgets, and plans better than that of spreadsheets and through easily understandable visualization. The analytics within these solutions is also interactive, allowing users to drill into more granular details and even directly into source systems such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors solutions, and SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain for better insight to action.
In today’s planning environment, budgets, forecasts, and plans are often static based on being scheduled, and scenario planning has become a lot more prevalent because of its immediate need. Due to the uncertain nature of the macroeconomic environment, geopolitical situations, and other potential disruptions, there is great pressure on FP&A departments to create a scenario plan or scenario management addressing a specific situation. Solutions such SAP Analytics Cloud easily allow users with just a few clicks to create a private version and then run unlimited simulations to measure upside, downside, and other potential opportunities and costs with easily accessible data. With the pressure on FP&A departments to respond to business constituents with guidance, scenario planning capabilities within planning and analysis solutions are a necessity.