IBM Planning Analytics

Spend less time collecting financial and operational data and more time modeling scenarios and forecasting results

Built on top of IBM Cognos TM1, Planning Analytics is an immensely powerful multi-dimensional modelling and performance management platform, which employs ultra-fast in-memory technology. Organisations in all industries from small scale operations to the world’s largest enterprises use Planning Analytics for collaborative, interactive planning and to power their performance analysis and reporting. Planning Analytics is available on-premise or in the cloud.

Planning Analytic’s in-memory calculation engine easily handles vast quantities of data, and provides instant aggregation of results. Operational or financial performance models can be scaled-up from a handful of users to enterprise-wide applications and deployed via web, mobile or Excel. Planning Analytics has built-in functionality that provides workflow management for data collection, scenario modelling, score cards and metrics, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and strategy modelling.

We view Planning Analytics as the beating heart of our financial performance models. It seamlessly integrates with IBM Cognos Analytics, IBM CDM, IBM Controller and IBM Watson while giving a multi-dimensional analysis capability to Group Finance. One version of the truth exists throughout.

In focus:

  • Capable of dealing with complex planning models
  • Enterprise scalability
  • What-if modelling
  • Flexible security
  • Commentary
  • Workflow
  • Audit trail
  • In-memory technology
  • Integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Mobile-friendly planning applications
  • Integration with Cognos BI
  • Multi-lingual support
  • Scorecards

Planning Tools

Planning Analytic Planning Applications

Planning Analytic Planning Applications are used collect and review planning data from small through to large audiences. There are three different types: Approval, Responsibility and Central.


Approval applications are used for budgets and forecasts where plans are contributed to over a wide area, either geographically or functionally. They incorporate workflow control that provides the Group Planning function with clear vision of the progress of the plan, and ensures that contributors commit to their plan submissions.


Responsibility applications provide the same wide area workflow functionality, but without the rigid ‘submit/lock’ concept. This makes them suitable for continuous plans or other data collection that is contributed to very frequently or doesn’t have a clear begin and end.


Central applications don’t have the workflow functionality. They are used where there are a small number of people contributing, who are normally located close to one another.

An intro to IBM Planning Analytics

Our quick fire guide to the benefits of IBM Planning Analytics

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IBM Planning Analytics Demo

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Why choose IBM?

Broad product set

All of the IBM Cognos products are ‘Best of Breed’ for Financial Performance Management. The rich functionality combined with seamless integration means that we always have the right tool at hand without having to go through a selection process of products with a lesser pedigree and poor integration. All the functionality of IBM Cognos is available to both mid-market and large scale organisations, priced competitively and fully scalable to grow with your business.

Trust IBM

IBM is a trusted brand with a long standing reputation for quality. IBM has spent years investing in developing the Cognos Suite and will continue to do so in the long term.

Cost effective

IBM’s Cognos products are a cost effective way to address your business’s unique requirements; from managing cash flow and assets to budgeting & forecasting, consolidation and reporting.

We live and breathe IBM technology

Our experienced consultants know what drives a business and are able to identify the right IBM solution for your needs. We apply the IBM Cognos suite of products to deliver the information that businesses in competitive markets need to thrive.

Discover how Aramar can give you the information to make better decision using IBM Cognos. Make an enquiry with us today on 03301242797 or fill in our simple online form