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SAP Analytics Cloud introduction with a focus on planning capabilities #ASUG Webcast Recap

This webcast provided an overview of SAP Analytics Cloud with planning capabilities, showing the slides first, positioning and then a product demo.  You can listen to a replay here.

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SAP Analytics Cloud started with planning

Expand BI use case with Planning and the other way around

Replace guestimate with machine learning algorithms that are not complex

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Integrated with BPC, on premise solution

Integration options with various backends

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Single source of truth

Make better decisions, faster

Get automatic insights at any level of detail, from a single data point to an entire model using Smart Assist features powered by Predictive Analytics.

Smart Discovery

Automatically discover the main business drivers behind your core KPIs.

Smart Insights

Reveal hidden insights and develop a clear understanding of your business data.

Smart Transformations

Enhance your data quickly with intuitive suggestions during data preparation and automation of repetitive workflows.

Smart Grouping

Automatically segment your data based on parameters that you specify. * Source: SAP

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Planning Capabilities

What if Simulations, Allocations, Collaboration, Workflow, Driver based planning, Multi Model Support, Built in financial Intelligence, Plan at any level, Alternative Hierarchy support, Private Versions, Comments, Data Entry, Disaggregation, Versions, Fiscal Year Support, FX, and more….(source: SAP)

Commentary features, optimistic version, pessimistic version

Calendar view is like MS Outlook

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Planning is leading the way to the cloud, and Analytics

SaaS replacement activity is accelerating from current levels.

Using SaaS applications to complement existing applications is higher than replacements.

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User experience and adoption is top of mind for business executives who expect software delivered in the cloud to be flexible and user friendly with little to no IT required. SAP Analytics Cloud’s excel like interface for modeling, reporting and calculations are perfect examples that fit this paradigm…. enterprise grade planning capabilities that allow for Tops down or bottoms planning, complex allocations, spreading data, driver based planning, collaboration, and much more

The hybrid scenario of BPC used for Corporate planning while SAP Analytics Cloud is used for departmental and/or LOB planning

Planning, Analytics, and Predictive in one platform in the cloud

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Infrastructure behind the scenes

“Data is safe”

Running inside SAP Cloud Platform with certificates above

Plan to offer on Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud

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Ensure your project is a success

Part of the Customer Success business

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Recap is shown above

Question Response
Data Modeling using HANA Studio? No, everything belongs to SAP Analytics Cloud
e.g. joining data from different sources. engine – built in component to acquire from data sources, data wrangling interface to prep data
Can SAC also connect to a SAP BW system which is not on HANA (yet)? Yes – please see for details/steps
How does R connects with this predictive capabilities? R packages are included with SAP Analytics Cloud – please see
is there prebuilt integration in a pull fashion? please see content packages at
Can we pull the data from ECC6.0  premise system and is it possible to Business Content for the data from ECC or it is restricted to BW data alone This isn’t BW content; this is content specific for SAP Analytics Cloud – please see
When I create a new master data (a base level) in SAC, does it create in BPC? when you have built a connection in the retraction process; not 100% sure; will have to check, guessing yes
All BPC on premise capabilities are available on SAP Planning? yes it does
Does SAC for planning come with custom data calculation (scripting) capabilities? yes, it does; announced a scripting module to allow users to write simple scripting – easier than BPC to write scripts; improved syntax and make it better with visual scripting
Is there Possibilities to retract the Data in S4/Hana or BW? introducing a retraction to BW later this year
is Business Content in SAC is similar to one provided in SAP BW system ? No, this is content specific to SAP Analytics Cloud – please see
Can Lumira Designer Apps being re-used with SAC? Is there a way to “import” them here? no, this is not possible today
Is plannied to have also consolidation on SAC? no, introduced consolidation as part of S/4 engine since May of last year
Does SAC stores data in cloud that is received from SAP BW and SAP S/4 Hana system ? Online connections it is not stored
Can models / stories / reports created in SAC transported / copied to any other SAC tenant? Landscape mgt capability – dev tenant to production tenant

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