SAP Analytics Cloud vs. SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SAP Analytics Cloud
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
The SAP Analytics Cloud solution brings together analytics and planning with integration to SAP applications and access to heterogenous data sources. As the analytics and planning solution within SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP Analytics Cloud supports trusted insights and integrated planning processes enterprise-wide to help make decisions without doubt.
$36
per month per user
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
The SAP BPC software is designed to help users plan and achieve a faster, more accurate close. The SAP BPC software aims to help users spend more time growing their business and less time closing books. The vendor’s value proposition is that their software delivers planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial consolidation capabilities in a single application. This, in turn, enables them to easily adjust plans and forecasts, speed up budget and closing cycles, and ensure compliance with…N/A
Pricing
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Editions & Modules
SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Intelligence
$36.00
per month per user
SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning
Price upon request
per month per user
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsGet started on your 30-day trial with SAP Analytics Cloud, supporting analytics enterprise-wide. Extend it up to 90 days if you want to.
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Community Pulse
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Considered Both Products
SAP Analytics Cloud
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Cloud-based approach and frequent innovations/improvements through periodic releases.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Better experience then BPC and Cloud native
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
1. Commenting is better than BPC
2. Driver-based planning is better than Oracle EPM
3. Top-down and Bottom-up planning is better than both BPC as well as Oracle EPM
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
I like this tool is cloud-based architecture, no desktop installation required.
Device agnostic.
A single platform for BI, planning predictive snd app development.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
SAP Analytics Cloud is the only tool with all of these features: solid visualizations, ability to perform planning, predictive AI/ML, and mobile capability.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Compared with PowerBI, SAP Analytics Cloud looks better and integrates much better with SAP data.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Native connection with SAP and the HANA based structure allow you to build a powerful and integrated tool with a similar UI as Fiori.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
As it has been released as a Beta version in the past days, I have not the chance to evaluate them together. Both products look pretty similar. I would like to use it more to see what are the main differences.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Integration across SAP application suite is critical. Embedded planning extending BPC was critical as it provided a multiple use-cases extending the investment in existing technologies used for planning and reporting.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
The smart insight and smart discovery features were a big seller in addition to the predictive scenarios. In addition to that, the fact that users can write their own stories and build their own PPTs is great.
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Chose SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
SAP Analytics Cloud is the future of planning for SAP data sources. The features in SAP Analytics Cloud are modern and user friendly but not all scenarios from SAP BPC are covered yet.
Chose SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
SAP SAC ranks higher then SAP BPC due to its cloud offering nature. Anaplan has its own merits due to handling the complex planning scenarios.
Chose SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
We selected BPC because our Company is SAPified from the backbone. Has native and proven integrations so to start we only have to activate the pre-installed SAP Business Content and configure based in our current metadata (entities, chart of accounts, intercompanies, cost …
Chose SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
The most comprehensive business planning solution.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
247 Ratings
1% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports7.8204 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.1242 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.9220 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.9
257 Ratings
4% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Drill-down analysis8.0248 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities7.9245 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages7.8190 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration7.9235 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
242 Ratings
1% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Publish to Web8.1208 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.2233 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning8.1202 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.9194 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
250 Ratings
2% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.8239 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.8232 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.0236 Ratings00 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining7.834 Ratings00 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
256 Ratings
5% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)8.1235 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.1242 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.0233 Ratings00 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control8.145 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.6236 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
219 Ratings
3% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access7.9208 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application7.8180 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.1203 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
274 Ratings
6% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.7
37 Ratings
7% below category average
Long-term financial planning7.7233 Ratings8.132 Ratings
Financial budgeting7.8239 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Forecasting8.0246 Ratings7.936 Ratings
Scenario modeling7.5237 Ratings6.832 Ratings
Management reporting8.3265 Ratings7.836 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
229 Ratings
4% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.9
36 Ratings
0% below category average
Financial data consolidation7.5183 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Journal entries and reports7.7173 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Multi-currency management7.5188 Ratings8.325 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations7.4143 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.5129 Ratings6.920 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting8.0180 Ratings7.930 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails7.6170 Ratings8.227 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
254 Ratings
2% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
36 Ratings
2% below category average
Financial Statement Reporting8.0213 Ratings8.132 Ratings
Management Reporting8.3244 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting8.0225 Ratings7.835 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting8.1203 Ratings8.027 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing7.7114 Ratings00 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
277 Ratings
2% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
32 Ratings
5% above category average
Personalized dashboards8.2270 Ratings8.921 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards8.2255 Ratings8.919 Ratings
KPIs8.4261 Ratings8.730 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis8.3243 Ratings8.826 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting8.3246 Ratings8.823 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data7.7206 Ratings7.018 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.5
258 Ratings
10% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0
35 Ratings
17% below category average
Flat file integration7.7244 Ratings7.032 Ratings
Excel data integration7.9247 Ratings7.934 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.1226 Ratings6.022 Ratings
Best Alternatives
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Small Businesses
IBM Planning Analytics
IBM Planning Analytics
Score 8.2 out of 10
IBM Planning Analytics
IBM Planning Analytics
Score 8.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Centage
Centage
Score 9.6 out of 10
Centage
Centage
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Prophix
Prophix
Score 8.7 out of 10
Prophix
Prophix
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(298 ratings)
7.9
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(7 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.1
(219 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
6.0
(75 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.2
(6 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(36 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
SAP
SAP Analytics Cloud is great for big companies that want advanced data analysis and planning, especially when they need to work together in real-time or when people need to access data on their phones. It's like a super tool for predicting future trends in industries like retail or finance. SAC also works well for companies that use different types of computer systems because it can easily connect them. But, for small businesses that only need basic reports or don't have a lot of technical resources, a simpler tool might be better. If a company doesn't always have a good internet connection or if they're just starting with analytics, there might be other tools that work better.
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SAP
SAP BPC is well suited for complex planning and consolidations needs where the underlying transactional system is SAP ECC. It suits well if the organization has separate teams with BPC, ABAP, BW, Basis, Hana skillset. SAP BPC is less appropriate for organizations using Agile methodology. It is not suitable for organizations in a hyper-growth cycle as the installation and implementation is time-consuming. It will not work for organizations where the planning and budgeting needs keep changing frequently. The UI of SAP BPC is not very intuitive and very difficult to set up a dynamic dashboard for senior executives and officials of CxO.
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Pros
SAP
  • It makes it easier yo analyse order and related records easily.
  • We can easily maintain and track the performance of employees in organisation.
  • Can easily track various aspects for the growth of an organisation thus allowing real time analysis and tracking of organisation's growth and performance.
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SAP
  • SAP BPC is real time data. You can send information into the system and see it reflected in your reports immediately. Other systems may require a manual push into a reporting system.
  • SAP BPC is a shared reporting tool, so multiple users can be working in a model/environment at the same time, real time. This is especially helpful if your workbooks incorporated multiple processes requiring multiple users to get into the same model.
  • SAP BPC is a powerful tool designed to help all facets of the company, from cash flow to capital expenditures to headcount management to financial planning to consolidation.
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Cons
SAP
  • Complexity in Data Modeling
  • SAC supports various data sources, but improvements in the ease of connecting to and integrating with certain data repositories, especially non-SAP databases, would enhance the platform's versatility and integration capabilities.
  • An offline mode for SAC could be valuable for users who need to access and analyze data without an internet connection. Additionally, optimizing performance for large datasets and complex visualizations would contribute to a smoother user experience.
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SAP
  • Being from a law firm, the system needed a lot of custom tailoring in order to fit our full needs (although many companies could say the same thing). Although the ability to highly customize the system to the company's needs is a positive, it frequently results in the system responding in unexplainable and unrepeatable ways which negatively impacts and slows the budget process. Because of the sporadic nature and variety of the issues, we are unable to repeat them on cue and therefore cannot nail down a solution.
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Likelihood to Renew
SAP
There’s no doubt I will renew SAP Analytics Cloud. It is the most vital tool in our organization that makes it seamless to make rapid business decisions by collecting, modeling and visualizing data in real-time.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Usability
SAP
Considering the feedback and improvements made over time, users often rate SAP Analytics Cloud's usability in the range of 7 to 9 out of 10. Positive aspects include its integration capabilities, collaborative features, and the ability to create visually appealing dashboards. Some users, however, may note a learning curve or desire additional customization options.
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SAP
Unlike other SAP traditional products, SAP BPC was meant to be simple and familiar to financial users
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Support Rating
SAP
Since the implementation stage, the support team has been very helpful and assisting. Even in the later stages, the tech team had quite a rapid response. In general, SAP has provided us with great customer support, let it be for a specific product of SAP or for integration of different modules.
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SAP
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
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In-Person Training
SAP
Good videos and reference material available in SAP Portal.
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SAP
SAP BPC training content and trainers are very good. The training is structured and provides a very good understanding of the product features and functionalities. I attended 6 separate training sessions of week-long or more. I had very good experience in all the sessions. The training is organized very well.
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Online Training
SAP
No answers on this topic
SAP
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
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Implementation Rating
SAP
SAC is a simple solution ad it works fine when connecting it to other SAP tools. On the other hand, connecting it to third party solutions brings difficulties when there's no previous design and the objetives are not clear. It is really important to integrate Business users from the start to provide with valuable business insights
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SAP
The implementation was carried out in two phases spread over a period of 4 years with 2 upgrades in between. We also had multiple upgrades to HANA.
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Alternatives Considered
SAP
SAP is a product/solution that contains extra capabilities that might be considered an enhancement; SAP Analytics Cloud models are based on a huge data collection, and numerous models can be integrated. When coupled with different SAP systems, Analytics Cloud has a common dataset architecture; this software also includes improved analytics capabilities.
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SAP
With Hyperion we struggled as it didn’t have integrated planning and consolidation, whereas BPC does have it. BPC is easier for reporting as it is Excel-based. Also BPC has prepackaged business process flows that helped a lot. Hyperion on the other hand has a faster response time for user queries or report generation.
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Return on Investment
SAP
  • In general, SAC is a comprehensive analytics platform that offers a range of capabilities for data visualization, reporting, planning, and predictive analytics. It is particularly well-suited for businesses that use SAP systems and are looking to gain insight into their data in a single, integrated platform.
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SAP
  • Office administrators are able to enter data directly, freeing up accounting staff.
  • Dependent expenses such as taxes and benefits are automatically calculated, saving time for accounting staff.
  • Single source of data for budget information ensures consistency of information when reporting to senior management.
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