How to Use SAP BPC with SAP Cloud for Analytics

  • by Paul Davis, Vice President, VantagePoint Business Solutions
  • Graylin Johnson, Director of Enterprise Financial Analytics and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Tory Burch
  • November 10, 2015
Learn about the decision points and advantages of a hybrid model that integrates SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) and SAP Cloud for Analytics models.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn:

  • An overview of SAP’s new Cloud for Analytics tool
  • Use cases from both technical and functional perspectives on when to implement SAP Cloud for Analytics
  • How to set up a connection between SAP Cloud for Analytics and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC)
  • How to set up integration routines, both for ad hoc and recurring extracts and retractions
Key Concept

SAP Cloud for Analytics is an integrated, cloud-based solution that can be used to extend or expand a company’s SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) environment (either on premise or hosted). SAP Cloud for Analytics is an application that sits on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

SAP’s Cloud for Analytics is the company’s software-as-a-service solution (SaaS) for the financial planning and analysis space. Built from the ground up to be delivered in the cloud, SAP Cloud for Analytics takes best practices from the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) and SAP Business Warehouse Integrated Planning (SAP BW-IP) suites. It builds those capabilities into a tool that is focused primarily on planning.

SAP Cloud for Analytics’ deployment interface combines visualizations and dashboards and event-based process management with embedded collaboration capabilities. With a modicum of training, planners are able to develop custom reports, dashboards, and storyboards. As users become more knowledgeable with the tool, they can build their own custom models, either as private versions or as shared public versions.

For existing BPC customers, this new product release has led to questions on the use cases for SAP Cloud for Analytics with regard to how it might supplement or integrate with BPC. SAP Cloud for Analytics provides a solution for both new SAP customers as well as existing BPC users, delivering analytics and visualizations without sacrificing features of the legacy BPC solutions.

SAP Cloud for Analytics was designed around three key tenets: future oriented, people centric, and analytics embedded. To deliver on these tenets, SAP Cloud for Analytics was designed as a modeling tool so that users can quickly build models based on source data files, extracts from ERP or business intelligence systems, or integration with BPC. Once those models are built, the tool comes into play with visualizations (Figure 1).


Figure 1
SAP Cloud for Analytics dashboards

Paul Davis

Paul Davis is a vice president at VantagePoint Business Solutions.

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Graylin Johnson

Graylin Johnson is director of enterprise financial analytics and enterprise performance management (EPM) at Tory Burch. He is an expert in the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) solution and has led several successful implementations for an array of industries. He holds a BS in finance and has more than five years of experience in financial and business analysis. Currently, Graylin is focusing on EPM innovation by developing new use cases for SAP BPC as well as leveraging predictive analytics to increase forecasting accuracy and automation. 

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