IBM Planning Analytics


In an economic enviroment of heightened volatility, uncertainty and risk, IBM Planning Analytics provides the speed, agility and foresight your organization needs to compete successfully. Starting from a dynamic planning and analytics workspace, this cloud-based planning and analytics solution enables Finance and non-Finance users alike to synthesize information, infer trends and deliver insights.

It supports your essential planning, budgeting and forecasting processes, but goes beyond basic automation to improve decision making throughout the enterprise. IBM Planning Analytics takes you further to help your organization become more agile and prepared for whatever the future brings.

IBM Planning Analytics is the latest release of planning and analytics software. Powered by TM1, with a new Workspace for self-service analysis capabilities, Planning Analytics can be used to actively plan for business success, regardless of business size, locality or industry. Available in the cloud, on premise, or hybrid deployment, Planning Analytics spans Finance and Operations to help uncover new business potential, increase profits, and manage capital effectively. With an innovative planning workspace discovering insights in your data, you can easily stay agile.

As one of the longest serving IBM Cognos Consultancies in the UK, Simpson Associates have the experience and expertise to help you discover, implement and adopt the technology.

Speed, agility and foresight in a cloud-based performance management solution

IBM Planning Analytics is a fast, easy, flexible and complete planning and analytics cloud solution. It helps Finance organizations drive greater process efficiency and deliver the foresight they need to steer business performance. This solution not only automates manual tasks, but takes you beyond automation by providing self-service analytics that can help you uncover new insights directly from your data. It speeds decision making and improves decision quality.

IBM Planning Analytics gives you:

  • Speed — You can start instantly and grow your deployment quickly wherever needed. Automate plans, analyses and reports to drive efficiency.
  • Agility — Adapt plans and analyses to changing business conditions. Align financial plans with corporate objectives, linked to operational tactics and market events.
  • Foresight — Make analytics available to everyone — so they can explore and visualize both internal and external data, and anticipate the future.

With a dynamic planning and analytics workspace that lets you link financial plans with operational tactics, IBM Planning Analytics helps you synthesize information, infer trends and deliver insights to improve decision quality. It allows
individuals, groups and enterprise leaders to break free of the constraints of previous generations of planning and analytic tools and become more agile and prepared for the inevitable volatility, uncertainty and risk that the future will bring.

See IBM Planning Analytics in action

G-Cloud 9 framework

Simpson Associates are pleased to announce we now offer IBM Planning Analytics on the new G-Cloud 9 framework.

The service delivered through G-Cloud provides a managed, governed, secure environment for all planning, analysis and reporting processes. Procurement through G-Cloud is simple and fast, eliminating the need for full tender and competitive procurement processes.

See our G-Cloud listing for IBM Planning Analytics here or contact us to arrange a demonstration

“Simpson Associates have worked as a strategic partner of the Orbit on previous engagements and following a successful procurement exercise they proposed a solution to address the specific needs of our business that also aligned with our emerging Cloud Strategy. Throughout the selection process they understood our business needs clearly and provided expert insight into the IBM Planning Analytics software. By implementing a dedicated Budgeting and Forecasting solution we will empower our Finance team to add
Paul Satchwell - Finance Director, Orbit

IBM Planning Analytics offers;

  • Rapid development and deployment of flexible models, including profitability models, without batch processing
  • Enterprise-wide reporting on key financial metrics, corporate objectives and strategies
  • Incorporates IBM Cognos Business Intelligence for enhanced dashboards, scorecards and analytics, with standard reporting for general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Support for rolling forecasting with participation from a broad range of contributors
  • Support constantly evolving business processes through powerful workflow capabilities
  • IBM Watson included in the cloud offering

Engagement with Simpson Associates

Simpson Associates are a software and services consultancy specialising in delivering budgeting, reporting, forecasting and business planning solutions built on IBM Planning Analytics, and the IBM Cognos suite. With clients including The University of Oxford, Symington’s, Holman Fenwick Willan and Nottingham Trent University we have the experience and expertise to help you discover, implement and adopt the technology.

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“Not only were Simpson Associates able to demonstrate the capability of the IBM Planning Analytics toolset, they were able to give us specific examples of how other Universities had benefited from their Student Number Planning applications. It is clear that Simpson Associates have a wealth of sector knowledge and experience and we look forward to working with them.”
Joe Woolston Director of Strategy, Risk & Planning, University of Westminster
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