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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.

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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. 

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