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Extended Planning and Analysis (xP&A)

By connecting people and plans, you can take enterprise planning to the next level.

Plan to win with extended planning and analysis


Adapting quickly to change is essential in the fast-moving world of business. Extended planning and analysis (xP&A) helps you bring your people and plans together to increase agility and performance, no matter what events unfold. We support xP&A with smooth integration between your plans and SAP applications.


Plan with confidence on trusted data

  • Increase agility with live, accurate data in the context of SAP business processes
  • Accelerate deployments with prepackaged best practices for your function or industry

Transform planning across the organization

  • Create aligned plans that are tightly integrated with the SAP ERP application and other applications
  • Increase collaboration across your teams

Drive agile decisions with planning and analysis combined

  • Transition rapidly from insight to action with deep integration between planning and analytics
  • Generate plans automatically from predictions and simulate scenarios for better outcomes

Extended planning across lines of business

You can establish a simplified, comprehensive planning process by bringing together financial, supply chain, and workforce planning. By creating one connected plan across lines of business, you strengthen collaboration throughout your organization.

Financial Planning : Perform instant analysis for planning and actuals in one integrated solution

SAP S/4HANA Cloud and the SAP Analytics Cloud solution provide a unified and tightly integrated solution to help the finance function drive business value, analyzing actuals and creating better business plans and forecasts. Together, the solutions allow finance and planning teams to respond faster to changes and gain a competitive advantage.

  • Unite ERP and financial planning in one integrated solution
  • Close the gap between insight and action
  • Deliver instant variance analysis with live access to actuals

Supply Chain Planning: Strengthen supply chain resilience with SAP

In times of supply chain disruption, you can help ensure business continuity by synchronizing supply chain planning in real-time across the business with SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain.

  • Gather insights across your supply chain with advanced machine learning algorithms and planning capabilities
  • Extend supply chain planning with powerful supply chain analytics, what-if simulations, and alerts
  • Simulate outcomes based on supply chain and financial drivers

Workforce Planning: Change work for good

Machine learning and artificial intelligence help you anticipate change by analyzing forecasts and workforce supply and demand plans. You can assess and determine target talent management interventions to help ensure your organization has the right people in place at the right time with SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Analytics Cloud solutions.

  • Create forecasts, conduct risk analysis, develop strategies, see impacts, build cost models, and assign action and accountability
  • Refine headcount plans and gain visibility into workforce plans
  • Use smart capabilities to identify trends and simulate future outcomes such as flight risks, workforce diversity, HR budgets, and more

Sales Planning: Maximize revenue and increase sales quota attainment

SAP Territory and Quota solution streamlines sales planning and empowers business users to create, optimize, and deliver territory assignments. Quotas are assigned with agility, fairness, and transparency. It refines capacities and aligns quotas to provide the ability to quickly respond to market changes or sales representative turnover.

  • Model, compare, and create optimized territory configurations in minutes with AI territory optimization and balancing
  • Improve sales plan accuracy with dual top-down, bottom-up quota analysis that leverages real, historic, and expected performance
  • Refine territory configuration with geospatial visualization of account and prospect data

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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.

FP&A Trends Survey 2022

Get the findings of the sixth annual FP&A Trends Survey that covers the trends and challenges facing FP&A departments around the world. See how technology advances FP&A to the role of strategic advisor.

Contingency planning built with predictive analytics

Learn how technology is the essential element that enables organizations to execute rapid planning and budgeting cycles. With this, FP&A organizations can give their executives a sustainable competitive advantage by making their company more agile, adaptable and resilient.

BARC Scores vendor analysis

These BARC Scores examines the market for integrated planning and analytics (IP&A) and  financial planning management (FPM) products and portfolios. Vendors are rated on a variety of criteria, from portfolio capabilities and architecture to sales and marketing strategy, financial performance and customer feedback. 

Extended planning and analysis in action

Frequently Asked Questions

Extended planning and analysis (xP&A) is the process of linking strategic, financial, and operational plans for greater visibility into not only individual plans and forecasts but all plans across the organization to be more aligned and agile.

The world is moving faster than ever before and siloed planning in spreadsheets and disconnected tools simply doesn't work anymore. xP&A brings finance and the entire business into alignment with strategic goals, allowing everyone to respond quicker to changing market conditions with connected plans.  

Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is focused on financial planning and budgeting. xP&A goes beyond financial planning. With xP&A, finance can link to the P&L  and balance sheets from various operational plans for better alignment with the overall strategic plan, enabling a faster response.

The SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain solutions have bidirectional integration, allowing the exchange of up-to-date financial and operational data as part of financial and supply chain planning. For more details on the integration between the two solutions, please read this blog.

SAP Analytics Cloud supports many types of plans such as IT, capital expenditure, liquidity, sales, and more. 

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