SAP Announces SAP Cloud for Planning Solution Built on HANA

SAP SE has announced the SAP Cloud for Planning solution, an enterprise performance management (EPM) solution designed around user experience and built for the cloud. The new solution is intended to help customers simplify financial planning and analysis through a consumer app-like user experience with in-context collaboration and analytics. The SAP Cloud for Planning solution will be built natively on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the in-memory platform-as-a-service (PaaS) from SAP. 

“SAP is simplifying analytics and eliminating the need for different tools,” said Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions, SAP. “Unlike other offerings, SAP Cloud for Planning is designed around how people want to work. Users are intended to collaborate on plans in a natural way, rather than being forced to work within a technology-driven system. Built on the advanced cloud platform — SAP HANA Cloud Platform — this solution is planned to give people the ability to drive new levels of innovation, extend investments, and adapt business processes faster than ever before." 

The planned solution is designed with embedded analytics and collaboration capabilities, which can enable people to plan, analyze and discuss in-context versus having to jump to another screen or application. Extensive reporting capabilities are planned to be built directly into the application with the SAP Fiori user interface and dashboards embedded, which provide a modern look and feel. 

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