What it can do for your business

IBM® Planning Analytics, powered by IBM TM1, automates and improves your essential planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis processes. It provides flexible, multidimensional modeling to represent your business, and it delivers self-service analytics for all your business users. From a customizable planning workspace, the solution discovers insights automatically – directly from your data – and can provide the speed, agility and foresight you need to deliver better business results.

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See what is ahead

Discover predictive insights automatically and directly from your data.

Find answers

Perform detailed, what-if analysis to test assumptions and drive better results in your planning, budgeting and forecasting.

Leverage your MS Excel skills

Work in a familiar Microsoft Excel interface, where needed, while gaining the benefits of an enterprise-class planning solution.

Business benefits

Accelerate decisions

With a single source of truth, you can reduce planning cycles, get real-time insights and make more informed decisions.

Collaborate in every way

Use a single solution in place of point solutions, so you can integrate multiple data sources and align top-down strategies with bottom-up execution.

Be agile

Easily perform data analysis, use what-if scenarios, and adjust plans and forecasts in real time to anticipate or adapt to change


Planning, budgeting, and forecasting

Create plans, budgets and forecasts quickly, drawing input from the front lines and scaling to hundreds or even thousands of users. Align top-down targets with bottom-up plans, and link plans together for a cohesive view.

Scorecards and dashboards

Develop scorecards and dashboards linked to plans and budgets, then share them across the enterprise for fast, intuitive insight into organizational performance.

Personal scenario modeling

Create and maintain sophisticated models with advanced sandboxing capabilities. Easily test business assumptions and model scenarios to immediately see the impact of alternative courses of action before deciding to implement changes.

Robust hierarchies

Free yourself from the limits of traditional cube-based analysis with hierarchies. Perform in-depth, granular analysis using “attributes” to describe the characteristics of products, customers, regions and more.

Data integration

IBM Planning Analytics can unify data from a variety of sources, including TM1, Oracle Hyperion and SAP Business Warehouse (BW). It reduces the need for custom integrations that introduce compliance risks and burden scarce technical resources.

Enterprise-scale data volumes

Large data volumes are supported with the solution's ability to manage data sparsity (that is, zero-value cells). This is especially crucial for organizations like retailers, who can easily store hundreds of thousands of SKUs.


Experience a range of performance reporting, monitoring and measurement capabilities. With a single, consistent view of KPIs, you can evaluate plans, identify performance gaps and diagnose the root causes of problems.

Automated visualizations

Automatically create compelling visualizations to share insights with decision makers. Choose from more than 25 different charts, tables, maps, graphs and images – plus text and video.

Multidimensional scenario modeling

Synthesize information, infer trends, drill into transactional data and slice and dice data for deep granular analysis. Built on the powerful TM1 calculation engine, IBM Planning Analytics enables in-depth analysis of large data sets.

Embrace Excel

With IBM Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel, you can avoid the errors and version control problems of manual, spreadsheet-only processes, but keep the familiar Excel interface. You retain full Excel functionality and formatting.

Real-time data access

The in-memory database capabilities refresh data in real time to ensure that results are as accurate and current as possible. Leverage internal and external data, including data from ERP and CRM systems.

Workflow visibility

Streamlined workflow management provides process visibility, enabling managers to track the status of every participant using intuitive, color-coded icons that inform reviewers about workflow status.

In-memory analytics

Built on the powerful, in-memory IBM TM1 OLAP engine to provide real-time insights across your business dimensions, at the level of detail you need.

Data integration with SAP, Oracle and other sources

Enables you to leverage data and metadata from SAP Business Warehouse (BW) Oracle Hyperion, IBM TM1 and other applications.

Flexible, scalable deployment

Deployable on cloud, on premises or in mixed deployment environments for use by individuals, teams, workgroups and the entire enterprise.

Customizable workspace

Provides an interactive, customizable workspace that can be deployed to all cost center owners and business managers to deliver a consistent view of KPIs.

Predictive insights uncovered automatically

Uncovers predictive insights automatically – directly from internal or external data – to let you test business assumptions and examine alternatives.

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