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Customers Choose SAP Analytics Cloud to Simplify Planning and Analysis, Improve Business Performance

Newsbyte | June 27, 2017 by SAP News

WALLDORFSAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that customers including Northern Gas Networks and Yazaki Europe Ltd. are benefitting from the modern planning and analysis and the enterprise performance management (EPM) capabilities delivered by the SAP Analytics Cloud solution (formerly called SAP BusinessObjects Cloud) and SAP Digital Boardroom (built on SAP Analytics Cloud).

With more than 300 SAP partners selling and supporting SAP Analytics Cloud, customers are rapidly adopting this software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for planning, business analytics and managing business performance in the moment.

According to Forrester Research Analyst Paul Hamerman, “SAP’s new SaaS EPM offering, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (BOC), and its innovative Digital Boardroom management reporting solution are gaining some early adoption as SAP plays out its strategy for real-time business.”*

Northern Gas Networks, a gas distribution network in the North of England that transports gas to 6.7 million customers, is in the midst of digital transformation. “Our mission at Northern Gas Networks is to be the most loved and admired company within the UK, delivering exceptional customer service every minute of every day,” said Tom Pollock, head of Smart Information Management at Northern Gas Networks. “People are at the heart of everything that we do, because without motivated colleagues, we can’t hope to become the world-beating business we aspire to be, but this must be supported with smart technology.”

The utility bought SAP Digital Boardroom, coined it the “Digital Operations room,” and is on a path to providing real-time cost reporting and insights for regulators and other key stakeholders. Pollock continued, “One of the great things about the Digital Operations room is that it provides a platform for us to have all our colleagues be able to make decisions based on data. What we’re moving toward is an environment where people are making decisions based on what’s happening right now. And going forward, making decisions based on a forecast of what’s going to happen in the next minute, in the next hour, the next week, the next year.”

Yazaki Europe Ltd. is the world’s largest producer of wiring harnesses and a worldwide market leader in the automotive industry. The company chose SAP Analytics Cloud to integrate with its existing SAP solutions to support human resource processes such as aligning and standardizing monthly headcount and full-time equivalent reporting, forecasting and personnel headcount, and budget planning.

“We chose SAP Analytics Cloud because we wanted a modern, SaaS offering that tightly integrated with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation and SAP SuccessFactors solutions,” said Philip Preissing, Data & Analytics, CoC Business Intelligence, Yazaki Europe Ltd. “With SAP Analytics Cloud we now have a highly sophisticated solution in place that helps us improve and streamline our HR planning processes.”

SAP Analytics Cloud combines all analytics capabilities — including planning, predictive analytics, reporting and business intelligence (BI) — in a single SaaS solution. Users can take advantage of a modern, intuitive user experience and save time by planning, analyzing, predicting and collaborating in context. As a true SaaS solution, SAP Analytics Cloud offers scalability, accommodating everything from small, nimble departmental deployments to global implementations.

Companies can access a free 30-day trial of SAP Analytics Cloud here. The trial includes local file upload or connection to Google Drive, and support from a dedicated business enablement specialist.

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Media Contact: Dana Dye, +1 (415) 928-1310, dana.dye@sap.com, PT

*Source: “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Performance Management, Q4 2016, The 10 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up” by Paul D. Hamerman, October 6, 2016
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