Planning with SAP Analytics Cloud

Join this free online course to learn about the planning capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud. Topics will include advanced planning, managing the planning process, predictive planning, and building custom planning applications. The course also includes hands-on exercises to help you get practical experience with SAP Analytics Cloud.

This course was retired in August 2023.

Please note: This course has been replaced by the SAP Learning Journey: Leveraging SAP Analytics Cloud Functionality for Enterprise Planning | SAP Learning site

Self-paced since October 28, 2020
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

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This course was retired in August 2023.

Course Summary

SAP Analytics Cloud is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that combines business intelligence, collaborative enterprise planning, and augmented analytics. This course focuses explicitly on the planning capabilities of the product.

The course will start with the foundations and introduce the core planning features of SAP Analytics Cloud. These include the modeling environment to create planning models and import data, as well as the standard planning features available in the story. Advanced planning capabilities like value-driver trees, data actions, advanced formulas, and allocations are covered in detail too. Since planning is typically a process which involves many people inside an organization, it is important that tasks can be assigned to the right people and data is submitted in time. For this reason, SAP Analytics Cloud offers the planning calendar as the component to orchestrate and monitor this process.

With Smart Predict, SAP Analytics Cloud provides an environment to create and train predictive models. These models can be included in the planning workflow, which is also shown in the course. In many cases, standard planning layouts and input sheets are not sufficient, and people want to create specific user interfaces for a given use-case. With the analytics designer and SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office, there are two additional options to create user interfaces for the planner. The course also touches on best practices for improving the user experience for planning applications.

You can get practical experience with SAP Analytics Cloud by signing up for a free trial account. Guided hands-on exercises are provided, which you can use with the trial tenant or in your own environment, to intensify the learning experience even more.

Here is what some participants are saying about the course:

  • "It was a very informative course to get insights into SAC planning. I Like - the course material, the exercises, the explanations the responses from the team in forums on important queries Excellent work team SAC !!! " Read the original post

  • "One of the best courses I have seen so far on openSAP. I liked the live demos a lot - much better than just showing some facts on slides." Read the original post

  • "Course is very informative and pretty much inclusive in terms of content. Covers both functional and technical aspects directly/ indirectly influencing the planning and reporting world." Read the original post

  • "Complementing the theory with demos is a great tool to improve the understanding of every week's content. Because of that, I believe that this course has been really enriching and productive. It was quite well structured too." Read the original post

  • "I Like, this course, not only content but interesting ideas for the job. the material is great and being able to download it is very useful. the same goes for the exercises, it goes without saying that data reading and BI are the future, whoever will have access and will be able to read them better will be able to position themselves, and this is a great tool to do it." Read the original post

  • "My expectation was total completed, we could understand all it is important about SAC project , and now I can execute the projeto with more functionality and the best practices." Read the original post

  • "For me, this was a fun - mostly - and a worthwhile learning experience. Just wanted to congratulate the team on creating and delivering the course in a compelling way. This matters also because a good experience invites me to attempt other interesting openSAP courses." Read the original post

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Core Planning Capabilities
Week 2: Advanced Planning
Week 3: Managing the Planning Process
Week 4: Predictive Planning
Week 5: Building Custom Planning Applications
Week 6: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Planning consultants
  • Business experts in planning

Course Requirements

  • Basic understanding of BI, planning, and predictive concepts
  • Some background in existing planning tools might be beneficial

Development Systems

For this course, we provide exercises with step by step instructions, which guide you through the topics presented in the course. The exercises are optional and do not count towards the course certificate. The material is self-contained. You can do the exercises in any SAP Analytics Cloud tenant with enabled planning functionalities. If you do not have access to a tenant yet, you might be interested in signing up for a free trial version. You will receive information on how to access the trial once the course starts.

Further Learning

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Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    Core Planning Capabilities
  • Week 2:

    Advanced Planning
  • Week 3:

    Managing the Planning Process
  • Week 4:

    Predictive Planning
  • Week 5:

    Building Custom Planning Applications
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Oct 28, 2020
Course Start
Sep 15, 2020


This course was rated with 4.51 stars in average from 2355 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Holger Handel

Holger Handel is a product manager for SAP Analytics Cloud. His focus is on the planning capabilities of the product. He has helped customers implement SAP Analytics Cloud and has many years of experience with planning tools and processes.

Besides planning, Holger has a background in data management and analytics (SAP BW and SAP HANA).

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Jeanne Bigonnet

Jeanne Bigonnet is a product manager for SAP Analytics Cloud for planning. Her focus is on SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office and SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office.

Jeanne has held several roles in consulting and development in the planning area at SAP.

Christoph Tillmann

Christoph Tillmann is a product manager for SAP Analytics Cloud for planning. His focus is on SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer, and related planning use cases.

Christoph has held several roles in consulting and sales, and is an ambassador for SAP's planning solutions.

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Chen Nee Faulhaber

Chen Nee Faulhaber is a cross-product manager for SAP HANA database and analytics, specializing in SAP Analytics Cloud. Her focus is on enterprise planning, particularly custom applications, dashboard design/optimization, the coordination of planning processes in enterprise dimensions, as well as the enablement of customers and internal stakeholders via content creation, knowledge sharing, and consulting.

Chen Nee is also part of xP&A strategic planning content’s core development team, responsible for design, concept, and app implementation.

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Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson is a product manager for SAP Analytics Cloud. His focus is on the planning capabilities of the product. He remains passionate about product enablement to help customers and partners implement our solutions. Derek has several roles at SAP, which also include consulting and operations.

Kristian Ruemmelin

Kristian Rümmelin is head of Product Management & Strategy for Planning in the SAP HANA & Analytics organization. 

Before joining SAP, Kristian worked for many years in different roles as a consultant in the field of enterprise performance management. Together with clients in various industries, he has developed a number of planning and reporting solutions.

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