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Cloud for Planning – ASUG Webcast Recap

This was an ASUG webcast provided earlier this month by SAP.  SAP provided a full demo of the solution but I am only covering the lecture and question & answer.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows a Gartner study with “Finance is leading way” in terms of cloud capabilities


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows the “three tenents” of Cloud for Planning; of particular interest to me are the “embedded analytics” shown above.

Discussions are part of “collaboration”.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 provides a definition of Cloud for Planning.  The speaker said it provide the user an interface to streamline as you want to see it

It is “highly intuitive to configure” (not customize)


Figure 4: Source: SAP

The speaker said Cloud for Planning has a “modern look and feel”, using tools what people are comfortable with, use calendars, set dates, calendar function/view as shown in Figure 4.


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Collaborate; take actions on desktop and align across aspects of business units, not just Finance


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows the solutions have charts embedded

Finance executives can focus on detailed information, drill down

The SAP speaker said this “simplifies the process of creating charts, KPI’s” with embedding them into the product


Figure 7: Source: SAP

The presenter demonstrated the private simulation features

Analytics and collaboration are embedded

Cloud for planning is part of HANA Cloud platform


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 wasn’t covered during the webcast, but I thought the reference to Hichert IBCS charting was interesting.  Additionally the demo didn’t address mobile collaboration.  Cloud for planning has an mobile app on the store to allow you to collaborate with those out of the office


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows the iPhone app, creating a collaboration screen and users could receive an alert to collaborate/discuss


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows the hybrid model

Cloud for planning can be used by department while BPC is for corporate planning

SAP said they see non-SAP looking at Cloud for Planning

It has integrations to Excel, ERP, BW

It is ISO 9000 certified

You can pin dashboards and meetings

Question & Answer

Q:  What are the different business cases for Cloud for Planning & BPC

A: A lot of BPC customers who want to remain with BPC (on premise)  – can use side-by-side, still use BPC for corporate planning but use cloud for planning at department level

Regions and drive analytics capabilities

Q: Can you transfer from Cloud for Planning to BPC?

A: yes, it is bi-directional

Q: Are Cloud for Planning models created infrequently or created on an ad-hoc basis?

A: Traditionally keep models, the ability to set up models if they don’t have long lifespan

Q: Does Cloud for Planning have similar reporting as BPC?

A: Yes, with additional capabilities – set up KPI’s and charts without going through chart creation process and define stories; represent briefing books, live stories

Q: Is SAP Cloud for Planning an add-in to purchase?

A: It is a separate product from BPC – a cloud offering, subscription, URL with upgrades/updates automatically  – completely different product

Purchase tenant size based on memory and number of users – professional – admin rights

Q: Which BPC platforms offer bi-directional flow with Cloud for Planning?

A: NW/MS BPC offer bi-directional flow

Roadmap includes salesforce integration (planned)

ASUG BusinessObjects Conference Related Sessions

Overview of SAP Analytics in the Cloud – The What’s, Why’s, and How’s

Roadmap: SAP Lumira Cloud Edition, Cloud for Planning, and SAP Lumira, Cloud Edition on SAP Roadmap


#askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call: Delivering Big Data Insight with Dashboards and Visualizations

Upcoming ASUG Business Intelligence Community W… | ASUG – SAP TechEd

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      Author's profile photo Mustafa Bensan
      Mustafa Bensan

      Hi Tammy,

      Interesting points about embedded analytics and the Hichert IBCS charting. 

      So far SAP had not adopted the Hichert IBCS standards for its products.  I wonder if we might now see this standard applied to the BI products?

      Was there any discussion about the tools that could be used for creating the embedded analytics?  I have seen SAP presentations showing that embedding of Design Studio apps in Fiori apps is planned.  I also wonder if this concept will be applied to using Design Studio to create embedded analytics in SAP Cloud for Planning?


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Mustafa, thank you for reading.

      Your questions did not come up, likely because the webcast was geared towards finance professionals.  I will try to ask this week if I can attend the cloud sessions at the conference. These are great questions


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Here's a video that shows how reports are built - it is similar to the demo given during the webcast:

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      Author's profile photo Mustafa Bensan
      Mustafa Bensan

      Thanks Tammy.

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Mustafa - I asked, today it does not use the current BI tools, but stay tuned...announcements are coming soon (perhaps TechEd)

      Author's profile photo Mustafa Bensan
      Mustafa Bensan

      Thanks Tammy.  It sounds like there are some interesting features in the works.