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Implementer’s Guide to Rapid S4-based Financial Planning & Analysis for SAP S/4HANA using SAP Analytics Cloud

Blog updated: June 12, 2023

The audience for this blog:  Partners, Consultants, and Customers interested in implementing SAP Analytics Cloud on top of SAP S/4HANA for Corporate FP&A scenarios (updated August 2022 with SAC’s New Model Type, with quarterly releases in Nov ’22, Feb ’23, and May ’23)

  • To download the free suite from SAP Analytics Cloud, follow this generic Business Content download guide HERE (search the word “Rapid” in Business Content Network)
    • SAP internal staff can use demo 18508 in SAP Demostore
  • Join our LinkedIn Rapid FP&A group, where we share additional insights
  • For a full schedule of Demos and Training, please see the new Demo & Training Blog
  • See all historical webinars and presentation decks on the Rapid FP&A WorkZone
    • Email Rapid_FPA@sap.com if any questions or if you want a custom demo and/or advisory session.

See the quick VIDEO for this introduction to an exciting FREE business content offering from SAP.


Did you know? 

  • The Rapid Financial Planning & Analysis for SAP S/4HANA suite of three models…
    • Positioned for Corporate FP&A role under the CFO Office – a focused Finance solution for the top of your organization
    • Best Practices in SAC’s New Model Type
    • Built by SAP Services in North America
    • Endorsed by both S/4HANA and SAC Product Management
    • Featured with SAC’s original classic account model at Sapphire 2018 and re-released in August 2022 leveraging SAC’s New Model Type – per Demand from Customers, Partners, and SAP Services

Upgraded to New Model Type in August 2022 with upgrades quarterly in November 2022 and February 2023, with next upgrade planned for May 2023



SAC New Model Checklist:

Functionality Result Note
Model Structure Priority? Account Calculation + Label
Flexibility
G/L Account dimension? Standard Account dimension Standard SAC
Sign Treatment? Account Type Standard SAC
Calculations available? Account Formulas +
Measure Formulas +
Advanced Formulas
Maximizes
Calculation
Flexibility in SAC
Currency? Local & Global Measures via
Standard SAC
Unit of Measure (UOM) for Sales Volume? Base & Standard UOM Per S/4 Option
Reports?

Variance: Actual v Plan

Variance:  Year-over-year

Summary & Trend

Standard in each of the 3 models
Quantity (Sales Volume)? Planned as an Account Simplifies
Sales Planning
Cost of Goods Sold? Standard COGS Simplifies
Sales Planning
Flow for Balance Sheet? Opening, Change, Total Measures via
Standard SAC
Integration? S/4 HANA, S/4HANA Cloud, SuccessFactors Standard x 3 sources
Retraction? S/4 HANA, S/4HANA Cloud Standard x 2 sources

Note:  Click on the hyperlinks above to tap into “Best Practice Explorer,” where you will find a Test Script (“user guide”) and implementation-friendly guides, including integration guides.

Business content is FREE to customers of SAP Analytics Cloud.


How to Import/Download the Rapid FP&A Content to your SAC tenant?

When in SAP Analytics Cloud:

  • Follow this generic Business Content download guide HERE (search the word “Rapid” in Business Content Network), or
  • The links in the section above include a specific guide on how to import this content into your own customer tenant – follow the 2JX Import Model configuration guide

Here is the user interface for the Business Content Network in SAP Analytics Cloud:

 


What is new in November 2022?

The #1 ask we have had in the Best Practice team is a conversion to the New Model Type, with releases in August 2022 (v1) and November 2022 (v2), with a BIG release 3 planned for February 18, 2023.

  • Rapid FP&A deploys a Model Structure Priority of “Accounts over Measures“, which allows important flexibility with calculations and labeling values in stories
  • On the currency front, stored values for Actuals in both local and global currency provide 100% tie out to your SAP S/4HANA sources across all three models
  • Leveraging the New Model Type capabilities, the Flow concept has been migrated from a generic “Dimension” to three “Measures”, which provides more accurate quarter-end and year-end aggregation of balance sheet figures.  SAC documentation recommends Measures for flows.
  • Read about the New Model HERE

 

What about this video series?

  • You can watch these videos when you want and in any order you want
  • Each video is accompanied by a PDF attachment with the slides
  • We will update (or add new vides) videos for the New Model Type soon

What is the message to YOU from this blog?

Best Practice Rapid Financial Planning & Analysis for SAP S/4HANA Content is FREE.

The Suite is Rapid. Simple. Standard.

The video series is FREE!

Follow-up questions to the the author are also FREE!

You now have the FREE-dom  to implement Best Practices for Rapid Financial Planning & Analysis  for SAP S/4HANA at your customer.

Review the SAP Analytics Cloud roadmap HERE

Request a feature in SAP Analytics Cloud HERE


To participate in the training –

(Note: The content referenced above is now on SAC’s New Model Type, but the videos below are still on SAC’s Classic Account Model as we await new videos!)

Step 1:  Watch this Video – which is an introduction to The Suite:

Financial Planning & Analysis Suite for SAP S/4HANA using SAP Analytics Cloud (Best Practices – Jan 2021)

 

Step 2: Watch the Videos below in any order and at any time

Financial Planning
& Analysis
Sales Planning Workforce Planning
Documentation & External Links

Video

Latest New Model

Documentation (2EB)

Video

Latest New Model

Documentation (4DP)

Video

Latest New Model

Documentation (3DJ)

Planning Process Video Video Video
Design Video

Video

Memo –
S/4 Std Costing Videos:
Std Cost 1
Std Cost 2
Std Cost 3

Std Cost Calculation (BEG)

Video
Dashboards Video Video Video
Reports (Summary, KPI, Trend, Variance) Video Video Video

Planning Input Forms

Blog – Rolling Plan Process

Blog2 – Master Data on-the-fly

Blog 3 – Distribution of Values in Input Form

Video

 

Video

Blog – Seasonality

Video

Calculations (Advanced Formulas / Account Formulas)

Blog – flexible currency conversion

Video Video Video

Integration

Blog – S4 source availability

Blog2 – Import currency rates

Blog3 – Data Warehouse Cloud + SAC

Video

 

Blog – Overview

Video

Video

 

Blog – S4 & SFSF integration

If you want to train on the entire suite, we suggest you watch FP&A videos top to bottom and then complete Sales and then Workforce top to bottom.


 

 


Frequently Asked Questions:

Can Best Practice financial planning solutions for SAP S/4HANA Cloud be implemented with SAP S/4HANA On-Premise?

  • Yes!   The planning models would be the same, and implementing the cloud connector will allow SAP Analytics Cloud to integrate with SAP S/4HANA on-premise.

Do the Rapid FP&A solutions come with sample data, so I can explore the solutions before any integration to my own data?

  • Yes!   Rapid FP&A, Sales, and Workforce planning all come with sample data.  Actuals from January 2022 to September 2023, and a Planning horizon from October 2023 to December 2024.

How do I learn more about support options for SAP S4HANA in the public cloud?

 


Enjoy the video series!

Thank you,

Mark P. Burke
SAP S/4HANA Cloud – Product Manager
Financial Planning & Analysis
Palo Alto, CA

 

Thank you to our referenced Blog contributors:  Viswanathan Ramakrishnan, Dirk Pelz, Linda Peruzzi, Maximilian Paul Gander, Thomas Haeusel , Alecsandra Dimofte

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      Author's profile photo Anthony Sciascia
      Anthony Sciascia

      Hi Mark,

      I am a bit confused because I was expecting finding activity type planning process. Is the business content SAP_FI_BPL_Budgeting_and_Planning - SAP Finance: Integrated Financial Planning for SAP S/4HANA not the same as the one you described ?

      thanks

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      As of August 2022, both IFP and rFP&A are on the New Model Type.

      The Rapid Best Practice FP&A for SAP S/4HANA solution (referenced above and featured at Sapphire 2018) is targeted at the Corp FP&A group of the CFO Office. 

      Out-of-the-box:

      • The approach in Rapid FP&A is strategic global/corporate planning & analysis, with a focus on end-user experience in the planning process.   Thus, Rapid FP&A often transforms S/4 data to improve UX and make planning & analysis easier and more appealing to non-accountants
      • FX Conversion?  Yes.  Includes both local (company code) and global currency for both Actuals and Plan, enabling variance analysis across the enterprise
      • G/L Accounts?   Standard SAC Account dimension. Sign flip on revenue and income from S/4 is handled by the standardized Account type attribute
      • Model Structure Priority?  Accounts over Measures
      • The default planning process and input templates?  A dynamic mix of Actuals and Plan in input templates, with rolling time using month names.  Top-down planning from the main Financial Model is driven by Profit Center and Cost Center
      • Roots?   Influenced by BPC Standard and standard SAC Classic Account Models
      • Planning process?  Driven by Workforce, Sales, and Capital Planning (roadmap item in the works), allowing for global review before considering any allocation processes
      • Workforce planning?  Rapid WFP is a Finance-led process, which allows Finance to build rapid Employee-expense and headcount plans, align with HR, and compare to SAP S/4HANA Actual financials within rWFP.  HR plan data is pushed from the Rapid Workforce to the Rapid FP&A solution and could be used as an input to broader HXM
      • Out-of-the-box, Rapid FP&A does not handle Product Cost Planning, Activity-based costing, or a detailed cost center-to-partner cost allocation process.  rFP&A may rely on IFP for these processes or customers may perform them inside SAP S/4HANA

      The Integrated Financial Planning model is a newer option for SAC content and may be of interest to the Controller and customers used to performing planning inside S/4HANA.  IFP has a regional influence, and its heavy cost-allocation-based Opex process may be of interest to industries in manufacturing.  IFP handles Product Cost Planning and relies on HXM content for Workforce Plan.

      Out-of-the-box:

      • The approach in IFP is operational planning, with a heavy focus on cost allocations and activity-based costing.  Thus, IFP is aligned with S/4's universal data structure and appeals to those comfortable with the structure of S/4
      • FX Conversion?  No.  Includes local currency for both Actuals and Plan
      • G/L Accounts?   Generic SAC Account dimension with natural signs from S/4
      • Model Structure Priority?  Measures
      • The default planning process and input templates?  Plan values only and customers Plan on a fiscal year with period numbers.  Top-down planning from the main Financial Model is driven by Profit Center
      • Roots?   Influenced by BPC Optimized, BPC Embedded, and ECC-based Planning functions
      • The planning process is driven by Workforce, Profitability, Opex-based allocations, and Capital Planning processes
      • Workforce planning is handled by HR-owned HXM content, a broader array of workforce capabilities, with HR plan data pushed into IFP's Opex model
      • Capital Planning is performed against Company Code, Profit Center, & Cost Center dimensions
      • The solution handles Product Cost Planning, Activity-based costing, and complex cost allocation processes, historically performed inside SAP S/4HANA

      Customer requirements vary by industry, by region, and by what planning process they followed in the past.   The content offerings allow a choice, and customers can make informed choices with content by reviewing content and documentation, but feel free to contact me if any questions (Mark.P.Burke@sap.com)

      Author's profile photo Anthony Sciascia
      Anthony Sciascia

      Thanks Mark for clarification. I will certainly contact you for some additional questions

      Best regards

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      HI Anthony.  See update as of mid-August 2022 above related to the New Model Type and latest features.   Feel free to contact me if any questions.

      Author's profile photo Xiaomin Xi-Grohmann
      Xiaomin Xi-Grohmann

      Hi Mark,

      thanks very much for the videos. Can you please advise how I can get the presentation in PDF. Thanks,

      Xiaomin

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Please email Rapid_FPA@sap.com

      Author's profile photo Regys Mene
      Regys Mene

      Hi Mark,

      great videos!

       

      Regards,

      Regys

      Author's profile photo Cheng-Hsin Liu
      Cheng-Hsin Liu

      Hello Mark,

       

      One business content in SAP Analytics Cloud is [ Integrated Financial Planning for SAP S/4HANA ].
      Could you tell us what's the difference between this business content with FP&A Suite ?
      Thanks!
      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Cheng-Hsin Liu .  See my comment at top of blog comments related to the same questions.  Contact me us at Rapid_FPA@sap.com if any follow-up required with more details.

      Author's profile photo Olivier Lizotte
      Olivier Lizotte

      Hello Mark,

       

      This is a great Blog with amazing videos!

      Do you know which enhancement from the Road Map will allow the business content to derive the Profit Center? When should we expect this functionality to be available within the Sales Planning content?

      Thank you,

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      For now, in New Model, we have relied on historical relationships in Actuals to drive Profit Center.  We tried using SAC validation rules but need at least one more level to accommodate what we needed.  Stay tuned in this area as we are continuing to look at possibilities.  The Rapid Sales Planning model now includes Profit Center as a dimension and transfers results into Rapid FP&A's P&L Model.  Please contact me if any questions.

      Author's profile photo Olivier Lizotte
      Olivier Lizotte

      Thanks for the reply!

      I understand the approach taken and will look into the new Business Content!

      Thanks again,

      Author's profile photo Aleksey Salinin
      Aleksey Salinin

      Mark P Burke thanks for the convenient and cool video compilation!

      Are there any similar videos on setting up S4Hana Live On-prem content in SAC?

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Aleksey.   If I find any, I will post a link here.  Mark Burke

      Author's profile photo Thomas Karner
      Thomas Karner

      Hi, the classic data model is a discontinued model in the meanwhile.
      Are there efforts to bring the existing business content in interaction with S/4 HANA to the new data model?

      Regards,
      Thomas

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Yes.  We will have this content converted to New Advanced Model with release during August 2022!

      Author's profile photo Viswanathan Ramakrishnan
      Viswanathan Ramakrishnan

      Mark P Burke , Thomas Karner

      Hello Mark, Thomas,

      Great Videos. I love watching and learning SAC Planning literally day by day.

      Now, i am trying to do one end to end planning cycle using FP&A content.

      But, as mentioned by Mark, the model in FP&A is based on the old Classic model with one measure.

      Can we use the new multi - measure model instead?

      Also, I am using S/4 Hana On-premise system 2020. Hope this should work.

      regards,

      VTR

       

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Yes.  We will have this content converted to New Advanced Model with release during August 2022!

      Author's profile photo Raj Kosnam
      Raj Kosnam

      Nice Videos. Please suggest how to get the pdf's of presentations.

       

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Please email Rapid_FPA@sap.com

      Author's profile photo Arnau Gonzalez Jurado
      Arnau Gonzalez Jurado

      Hello everyone!

      could please someone advise on how to do a delta/incremental from GLAccountBalanceFlow?

      Are there any reliable fields which can be used to identify new records, like AEDAT?

      Thanks in advance

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Arnau - I do not know of any field today that can do that.  You can contact me if you wish to discuss what S/4 customers do today for integration.

      Author's profile photo Seamus McMahon
      Seamus McMahon

      Hi Mark,

       

      Thanks very much for the videos etc., they are great!

       

      I was just wondering if there is anyway to get the FPA GL Account Structure in SAP HANA 1909? We have an on-premise version and although an upgrade is planned, it may not happen for quite a while.

       

      Any help would be really appreciated.

       

      Best regards,

      Seamus

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Seamus -  It was great chatting with you about options this week.  Please let me know if any other information required.

      Author's profile photo Pedro Santiesteban
      Pedro Santiesteban

      Hi Mark,

       

      Do you know by any chance if we can pull data from SSFF ECP for the workforce planning? I know for a fact that our business content pulls data from SSFF EC but my understanding if those are different components within SSFF so probably the integration to ECP will requiere additional effort to configure the required objects like CDS views, Odata services and so on(not sure if those apply but I am basing my example on the S4 integration).

       

      Kind regards,

       

      Pedro

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Pedro -- I will try to find out for you.  I sent you email.

       

       

      Author's profile photo Michael Frieser
      Michael Frieser

      Hello Mark,

      Is there already a timeline for releasing the Capital Expense / Strategic Financial modules of the FP&A suite?

       

      Thank you and best regards

      Michael

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Michael -- I will set up the plan in the coming 1-2 months for 2023.   I appreciate your patience.  Please email Rapid_FPA@sap.com if you want direct advice or early insight into plans.

      Thanks,

      Mark P. Burke
      SAP Product Manager
      S/4HANA Cross Topics
      Palo Alto, California

      Author's profile photo Mark P Burke
      Mark P Burke
      Blog Post Author

      Hi all,

      SAP Services and S/4 Product Management look forward to your continued engagement on the Rapid FP&A Suite.   Many new exciting additions are coming in the third release in February 2023.   The first two releases have been well-received and offer a common, standard, simple design across three models.

      • Register NOW for the rollout of the "What's New in Rapid FP&A" live demo, taking place on February 21, 2023
      • Join our LinkedIn Rapid FP&A group, where we share additional insights, too.

      If you have any feedback or other questions or comments on your own projects, please email Rapid_FPA@sap.com

      See you in 2023...

      Mark P Burke
      Rapid Planning & Analysis for SAP S/4HANA, Product Manager, S4 Cross Topics PM
      SAP Labs San Francisco, CA United States

       

      Author's profile photo Shambhu Dev Kanth
      Shambhu Dev Kanth

      Hello Mark,

      Would you be able to provide assistance regarding the content for Product Cost Planning in SAC? What are the prerequisite needed to carry out in S/4HANA? Is it necessary to carry out cost estimation in S/4 HANA? Also, would you have any additional information that could be of use?

       

      Regards,
      Shambhu Dev

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Mark,

       

      Great job to you and your team for the above content!

      I've got a question for you, it seems that the FP&A model utilizes the FPA1 FSV from OB58; our customer is maintaining their FSV within the S4 Manage Global Hierarchies app.  Is there a way to copy an FSV from the Global Hierarchy App into the OB58 FSV or do you recommend tweaking the model and sourcing data from S4 Global Hierarchy directly?  Do you plan on updating the per-delivered content with such an approach?

       

      I appreciate any insights!

       

      Jeremie