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Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert
Today, mid-size and large companies look to a single decision-making solution for real-time analysis and extended planning and analysis, an emerging trend, coined by Gartner , which extends the planning and analysis capabilities across the organization. SAP Analytics Cloud provides the business planning tool to accelerate planning and analysis, collaborative budgeting, long-range strategic planning, work-force and capital planning, predictive planning, scenario modeling and enterprise-wide budgeting.

Need for Planning business content

To accelerate the customer implementation, we set out a mission to involve our partners to explore, ideate and build meaningful planning scenarios using SAP Analytics Cloud to help simplify planning and bring one unified experience related to strategic and operational planning across departments. The partners were encouraged to conceive industry specific, or Line of business (LoB) scenarios to standardize, automate, and integrate data cutting across silos & departments.

The results from partners were astounding as part of the #Hack2Build planning focused event. Such pre-built business content and planning scenarios would be of immense value to our customers to streamline cross department planning functions.

Partners with Great ideas participate

In cooperation with SAP Analytics Cloud planning product management team and Partner Readiness team, SAP Co-Innovation Lab organized a 7-day virtual hackathon event for enterprise planning, known as #Hack2Build, to support speedy prototype activities with our partner ecosystem. The event held between 14-21 June 2021 for partners from EMEA and MEE region concluded on a high note with 6 out of 8 partners delivering rich planning prototypes.

Every #Hack2Build event demonstrates the innate innovation potential of SAP’s ecosystem, driven by their close association with SAP products and technologies and servicing customer needs over many years. Each partner demonstrated a clear value proposition with their ideas arising from the challenges they observe with our joint customers planning needs and aspirations.

Here we describe in brief the three winning solutions:

Winner - Braincourt

Braincourt was adjudged the clear Winner of the #Hack2Build -Data-to-Value with Planning event.

Braincourt’s integrated Project-to-HR-to-Finance Planning Solution combines the activities for resource planning on projects, i.e., in construction companies, with ability to monitor available capacities depending on the underlying HR planning.

In this solution Braincourt developed the possibility for customers, to create new projects in SAC and allocate the necessary resources to the project. On top of this they built a monitoring tool which supports responsible people to verify, wether the planned resources exceed the available capacities at a glance. Depending on the situation it is then either possible, to adjust the planned resources on projects and even to shift whole projects into the future, or to start with the HR planning process right away.

Braincourt’s integrated Project-to-HR-to-Finance Planning Solution

Image Courtesy:Braincourt


Braincourt plans to further enrich their solution with financial data to include additional cost planning and to offer a fully integrated planning solution to the customer.

1st Runner Up - INFOMOTION GmbH

INFOMOTION, as the first runner-up, conceptualized and showcased how customers can design future job profiles, assign specific skills and plan the personnel requirements based on the actual-vs-target-analysis. The solution helps to minimize risk in personnel development and be at the top in the war of talents, with a possibility of a full integration in SAP SuccessFactors.

Skill based planning by INFOMOTION

Image Courtesy: INFOMOTION GmbH


2nd Runner Up – Seidor         

The 2nd Runner up was awarded to Seidor’s Headcount predictive planning process.

Seidor showcased a seamless FTEs and Headcount predictive planning process aligned with long term business planning key figures existing in the P&L and strategic people management initiatives like equality, satisfaction, structural ratio, and relevance ratio. Seidor’s solution with SAC Planning integrated with SAP S/4 HANA and SAP SuccessFactors demonstrated monitoring of strategic people initiatives, the business key figures with critical people process and operations related to FTEs and Headcounts.

Headcount predictive planning process by Seidor

Image Courtesy: Seidor


The Voice from  the Winners

The Panel of Judges

 The Judges were amazed with the high quality of planning solutions demonstrated during the final demo-Jam Day. The panel of judges involved came from a diverse perspective to assess the partner innovations and select the winners. Many thanks to the judges for sparing their time, providing the insights and sharing their feedback to the participating companies:

  • Rudolf Held – Head of Global SAP Co-Innovation Lab Network, Partner Ecosystem Success

  • Evert-Jan Tromp – Head of Mid-Market Solution Sales, EMEA South

  • Pavel Penaz – Head of SAP Business technology Platform, Strategy & Execution, Partner Readiness team, Partner Ecosystem Success

  • Holger Handel – Product Manager, SAP Analytics Cloud Planning

Next Steps

As the intent of #Hack2Build event is to help our partners to build their solution, the move to the next BUILD phase is critical for the partners to drive successful outcome with their innovations. The teams listed below who executed the event would support in the next phase too.

A big thanks to this ONESAP team for their dedication and interest to support Partners in their Innovation journey.

  • SAP Co-Innovation Lab: Hans-Joachim Odlozinski, Raghuvira Bhagavan, Rohtash Poonia, Rudolf Held, Tshepo Mahloko, Vasanth Kumar, Vidya Gugnani

  • SAP Analytics Cloud Planning Product Team: Chen Nee Faulhaber, Christoph Tillmann, Holger Handel, Jeanne Bigonnet, Kristian Ruemmelin, Soren Hojby

  • Partner Readiness Team: Christian Weber, Pavel Penaz, Somesh Dwivedi

  • Mid-Market Solution Sales: Ameet Hundekari, Evert-Jan Tromp

A Call to Innovate together

Partner ecosystem is one of the fundamental priorities in SAP’s vision for the Intelligent Enterprise. SAP has a renewed focus and a greater commitment to a customer-first mindset, with a partner-centric approach. Partner innovation is a key element of SAP’s Next-Generation partnering movement, to help SAP partners build and offer best-of breed-customer solutions.  This is crucial to help customers speed their journey to the Intelligent Enterprise and the Cloud, and to serve industries that are rapidly changing. #Hack2Build is an initiative launched for partners to explore new opportunities to innovate and extend applications for SAP’s customers. The #Hack2Build Data-to-Value planning event thus helped create planning content , as a prototype validated by SAP experts and with an aim to bring the partner solutions with a faster time to value for customers.

As a Partner if you wish to participate in our future events, we would be happy to support your innovation journey. Do check out periodically in our events calendar which matches your interest and focus areas.

To close, I would like to thank my colleagues holger.handel, raghuvira.bhagavan and somesh.dwivedi for contributing to this post.

Author: vasanth.kumar