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.
September 15, 2020 - October 28, 2020
Language: English

Course information

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.

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

  • 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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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.

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 the product 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 Planning. Her focus is on SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office and SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office.

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

Christoph Tillmann

Christoph Tillmann is a product manager for SAP Analytics Cloud 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 senior user experience designer for SAP Analytics Cloud. Her focus is on enterprise planning, particularly in designing for custom applications, usability/navigation concepts, and the coordination of planning processes in enterprise dimensions.

Chen Nee is currently a fellow with the product management team, enabling customers and internal stakeholders. Follow her blog soon on SAP Community.

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson is a solution manager for SAP Analytics Cloud, focusing on planning topics. He has over 20 years of experience at SAP, and has held a variety of roles, including Platinum consultant for SAP Business Warehouse and Visual Composer solutions, managing reporting/planning for the Consulting and Consulting Sales organizations, and solution manager for the Business Planning and Consolidation solution.

Prior to joining SAP, Derek worked as a licensed professional engineer at several environmental engineering consulting firms. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and a graduate degree in management information systems.

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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