xP&A: Why Streamlining Financial Processes is Essential for Business Optimization

Does Extended Planning and Analysis (xP&A) across the enterprise sound like a daunting task? Whether you’re doing your financial planning and analysis on spreadsheets, on in-house tools, or from a third-party vendor, you should know that the SAP Analytics Cloud solution intuitively centralizes planning processes on a single, streamlined platform.

xP&A is a planning approach that extends past traditional financial planning and analysis and links your strategic, financial, and operational plans in real time. This means that instead of planning in siloed business units, you are connecting your plans across the company. xP&A is a planning approach that extends past traditional financial planning and analysis and links your strategic, financial, and operational plans in real time. One example of this is workforce planning to determine how much budget you need to open headcount to expand your business. With an xP&A process, you can easily review your sales plan to see how much revenue you’re expecting and then jump over to your operational plans to see your expected expenses so you can optimize your business outcomes in real time.

Don’t have time to read pages of documentation or review hours of tutorial videos? Our brand-new guided experience teaches you all the basics with an easy-to-use, click-through interface so that you can intuitively pick up the skills you need to get value out of your plans. You can also create predictive forecasts that you can rely on without pouring countless hours into training.

Our guided experience creates an elevated onboarding experience where you are brought through an extended planning and analysis scenario so that you can pick up the tool quickly.

Currently, there are four full scenarios to get you started with SAP Analytics Cloud for planning:

1) Introduction to SAP Analytics Cloud
2) Introduction to the xP&A capability
3) Cash flow
4) SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud Planning Integration

Once you select your journey, you can choose which topic you’d like to learn, and you will be brought up to speed with the unique exercise’s description and learning goals.

Here’s a sneak peek of the experience:

Take advantage of the free guided trial experience and get access at once!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to upskill and align your plans with the guided experience.

To stay current on SAP developments in this area, please browse our other Extended Planning and Analysis blog posts and most importantly, be sure to click “Follow” in the upper left portion of that page.