Bring planning and predictive analytics into line with reporting, regardless of the tool used
Planning is the “freestyle” analytics discipline. For no planning fits precisely and yet it is essential for the company to control business. Planning processes can be complex, for partial plans generally have very different horizons, degrees of detail, and influencing factors. However, in the end, the point is to have an agreed-upon, integrated overall plan in which all planning data is presented in a common context.
SAP Analytics Cloud
The SAP Analytics Cloud also supports planning thanks to ready-to-use planning models and various planning functions such as allocations, versioning, etc., which link actual reporting to forecasts and budgets. A special highlight is the value driver tree for simulating planning scenarios.
SAP Business Planning & Consolidation
The SAP Business Planning & Consolidation (BPC) variants Standard (newly “optimized for S/4HANA”) and Embedded have different goals. SAP BPC Standard is normally used for small and medium-sized department-controlled planning and consolidation processes. SAP BPC Embedded has a sharply centralized, IT-driven focus and is normally used for larger solutions.
BW-Integrated Planning (BW-IP)
SAP BW-IP is an integrated environment within the business warehouse for recording plan figures, mapping planning processes, and linking them to the corresponding actual figures. With the help of numerous functions, plan figures can be converted, distributed, enriched, and validated, for example. In addition to SAP BPC and the SAP Analytics Cloud, many planning processes are supported by SAP BW-IP.
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SAP HANA Predictive Analytics Library
There are a lot of machine learning processes available in the SAP HANA Predictive Analytics Library (PAL). Access is via SQL, R or Python and enables the use of algorithms from classification, regression, time series, and association analyses.
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