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

Audience for this blog:  Partners, Consultants, and Customers interested in implementing SAP Analytics Cloud on top of SAP S/4HANA (as of January 2021)

See quick VIDEO for thjs intro to an exciting FREE business content offering from SAP.

Did you know? 

SAP offers a suite of SAP Analytics Cloud business content solutions for use in SAP S/4HANA-based financial planning & analysis scenarios.

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

Business content is FREE to customers of SAP Analytics Cloud.   The links above include a guide on how to import this content into your own customer tenant.

What is new in January 2021?

The #1 ask we have had in Best Practice team is a video series to help with implementations, so we are excited to include a body of videos below.

  • 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) as we add new features and capabilities to the underlying solutions – or based on customer/partner/customer feedback

What is the message to YOU from this blog?

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

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 SAP S/4HANA-based Financial Planning & Analysis at your customer…

To participate in the training:

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 Video Video
Planning Process Video Video Video
Design Video Video Video
Dashboards Video Video Video
Reports (Summary, KPI, Trend, Variance) Video Video Video
Planning Input Forms Video Video Video
Calculations (Advanced Formulas / Account Formulas) Video Video Video
Integration Video Video Video

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.

Enjoy the video series!

Thank you,

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

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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 ?


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

      The Best Practice FP&A for SAP S/4HANA solution (referenced above and featured at Sapphire 2018) is targeted at the CFO office and uses the standard SAC Account Model concept (similar to BPC Standard and the history of SAC).   The planning process is driven by Workforce, Sales, and Capital Planning (roadmap item) processes.  The content is positioned as a modern, cloud-based planning solution (eg. time period = rolling forecast and planning process, display calendar months).  The Best Practice FP&A solution is a multi-currency model and is positioned as a broad worldwide offering to the "Corp FP&A" group in any industry.

      The Integrated Financial Planning model is a relatively new option for SAC content, using S4's Measure-based Model concept (similar to BPC Optimized) and addresses activity type planning process referenced above.  The target for IFP is often the Controller and customers used to performing planning inside S4 (eg. time period = plan a fiscal year, display period numbers) .  IFP is a single currency model and often is positioned at specific markets and customers, often industries with manufacturing.

      Customers can expect some clarifying updates in future to help balance the pro-con of each model type and new modeling concepts, but until then there is a choice with content and feel free to contact me if any questions (

      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 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,


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

      Please email me at

      Author's profile photo Regys Mene
      Regys Mene

      Hi Mark,

      great videos!




      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 ?
      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 at 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 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 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?