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Earlier this year, SAP released its game changing purely software-as-a-service (SAAS) based planning solution SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning. Built on the rock solid HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), this subscription only planning solution is radically simplifying the ways companies used to do planning, budgeting and forecasting. In this blog series, we will look at some of the salient features that make this product outstanding and revolutionary.

Creating planning models easily and quickly is of prime importance when it comes to responding to changing demands with alacrity. If a planning solution is able to create the planning model automatically or if a user is able to configure all essential planning model attributes in a single screen or if there is a functionality to automatically convert a strawman model in an Excel sheet into a fully working planning model then it may crush all complexity out of planning model creation. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning is able to all of this and more and that too with an appealing visual user interface. Here is a quick demonstration of how simple and yet powerful it is to create a planning model with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning.

 

Creating planning model made simple with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning

 

The simplicity is evident in all aspects of planning in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning. If creating models was simple then creating a report is even simpler. First of all, it is a single cohesive solution that allows you to create model, build report, connect to other systems, collaborate in context and manage the process. There are no separate products to deal with, let alone do their installations, manage interfaces etc. A default report is automatically created every time a planning model is created. The users can create their own report template or choose from the available ones. Intuitive drag and drop features make creating a report a fun than an arduous task. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning incorporates analytics and reporting in the same user interface seamlessly. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning has the built-in intelligence to recommend the best suited charts based on the data selection. For example, if a user selects Plan and Actual data, it automatically recommends charts showing variance and the user can select to go with it or select any other chart among a variety of choices offered. All these features are changing the rules of the game. Here is a quick demonstration of how SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning is revolutionizing the way of building reports.

 

Building reports revolutionized by SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning

 

The discussion about simplicity in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning will be incomplete without mentioning simplicity of reviewing and monitoring planning process. In connected economy, synchronizing activities of all stakeholders in the planning process is a single factor that makes execution of the plan successful. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning not only enables intuitively create input tasks, review planning process, assign target completion dates etc. but also provides integrated calendar functionality with workflow integration and ability to synchronize with other applications. All this you can do from the same easy and simple user interface within the context. Here is a demonstration of how simple it is to create an input task in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning.

 

Creating input task made simple with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning

 

As SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for Planning continues to evolve,  we can expect many more such game changing features that take complexity out of the planning process altogether and make financial planning a simple, easy to use and beautiful experience. After all simplicity is the essence of beauty!

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