SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) platform for planning, reporting and advanced analytical reporting. The platform evolved from SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) planning base to include dashboards and predictive features to cater business with modern planning needs. It allows Bottom-up, Top-down, Integrated, Discrete etc. planning methodologies to support customized planning need of various type of organizations.
Build to SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAC allows various business stakeholders, business decision makers and C-suite leaders to plan, analyses, visualize and make baselined forecast from single source of truth on cloud-based environment. The strongest point of business adoption of the product is, it allows both data input and dashboard including predictive analytics on cloud platform integrated with SAP data base layers and Excel.
User oriented design and modification tools : For data-driven budgeting, analysis, and forecasting from one cloud interface.
Access to SAP S/4HANA : This combines transactions, analytics, and planning in one application.
Embedded analytics : Allows for users to access analytic features such as what-if analysis and ad-hoc based on SAP data models.
Predictive analytics : Implements machine learning to perform guided analysis using Smart Discovery, transformations and insights.
Access to on-premise and cloud data : Provides real-time access to SAP applications such as HANA, as well as non-SAP applications for on-premise and cloud locations.
Integration with SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office: This includes read and write functions for users who want to import data and work in readily familiar environments especially SAC Analytics Cloud Excel Add-in.
Data locking and controlled access : A controlled and monitored Planning processes, where responsibilities held by planners are enforced by data locking and additional locked states (open, locked and restricted) are defined by enhanced data access rights.