The current pandemic and economic climate have shown that organizations need to be agile to evaluate decisions. To make these decisions, companies need data and information from all parts of the organization available and accessible in real-time. Additionally, the data and plans need to marry human ingenuity and machine intelligence with analytics so that organizations can adapt to agile planning for which they are regularly evaluating outcomes based on changing scenarios with more time for analysis. To respond to this challenge, SAP’s vision for enterprise planning is based on the process of extended planning and analysis which connects line-of-business (LoB) plans across the enterprise including sales, production, supply chain, workforce, and others all in a seamless and interconnected manner.
Our enterprise planning foundation is built on the SAP Analytics Cloud solution powering SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). This vision uses the extended planning & analysis process, empowering customers to bring plans from across the enterprise together for near real-time decision making in one solution. Already today SAP is recognized as a leader for planning in terms of market share and a leader by analysts such as IDC and BARC. Also, for the first time, Gartner has included financial planning and analysis (FP&A) capabilities into the evaluation for this Magic Quadrant, after deciding not to refresh the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions. In this Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises, SAP has been recognized as a Leader. Gartner has stated* that “Through 2024, 60% of organizations will consolidate core financial management with financial planning and analysis (FP&A) capabilities within the same vendor stack/platform” and “FP&A is quickly becoming a point of differentiation for many vendors in this study and will continue to drive customer acquisition.” SAP can confirm that SAP S/4HANA Cloud offers out-of-the-box SAP Analytics Cloud planning content for core financials integrated into its core finance solution. SAP Analytics Cloud supports agile and predictive financial planning, as well as extended planning and analysis to connect people and plans across the enterprise for better business outcomes.
Linking financial and workforce planning can improve the accuracy of financial budgeting and provide human resource departments with deeper visibility into an organization’s evolving personnel requirements. By integrating SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP S/4HANA for financial planning, and SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors [solutions] to support operational workforce planning, SAP gives finance and HR departments, as well as executives, a timely and potentially more accurate view of resource requirements and their costs.
Rob Kugel, SVP and Research Director, Office of Finance, Ventana Research
SAP Analytics Cloud integrated with SAP S/4HANA was the initial step toward that vision. Our next step in this foundation for enterprise planning built on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) is the general availability of the operational workforce analytics and planning capability, enabled by SAP Analytics Cloud. This is designed to support operational HR planning and analytics and insights for cost-center owners and HR business partners to manage their staffing plans. Moreover, the integration available with SAP Analytics Cloud and the SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain solution brings together financial planning and sales and operational planning to further cement our vision for a foundation for enterprise planning foundation.
Operational workforce planning and analytics is expected to be available in Q3 2021 to providing pre-built content for customers to use SAP Analytics Cloud for workforce analytics and planning. With integration to SAP SuccessFactors solutions and SAP S/4HANA, the solution is designed to enable businesses to quickly implement this content package linking financial data and operational data in real time. Companies can execute planning from both a top-down, aggregated approach and a bottom-up, employee-level approach. This execution can give users from cost center managers and business unit leads to the CFO, the ability to analyze and have visibility of centralized information related to employee costs. Additionally, HR business partners and resources can monitor key employee metrics and plan for staffing-related actions. This content package delivers extended planning and analysis capabilities, linking operational, financial, and people data for greater insight across the business.
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