SAP Analytics Cloud (or SAP Cloud for Analytics) is a software as a service (SaaS) business intelligence ( BI ) platform designed by SAP . Analytics Cloud is made specifically with the intent of providing all analytics capabilities to all users in one product. SAP Analytics Cloud evolved out of the SAP Cloud for Planning product. Features and Benefits Additional features include: Integration with SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office : This includes a read and writes functions for users who want to import data and work in readily familiar environments. Data locking and enhanced data access rights: Used for forecasting processes, where responsibilities held by planners are enforced by data locking and additional locked states (open, locked, and restricted) are defined by enhanced data access rights. Predictive analytics: Implements machine learning to perform guided analysis using Smart Discovery, transformations, and insights. Access to on-premise and cloud data: Provides real-time access to SAP applications such as HANA, as well as non-SAP applications for on-premise and cloud locations. Embedded analytics: Allows users to access analytic features such as what-if analysis and ad-hoc. Access to SAP S/4HANA: This combines transactions, analytics, and planning in one application. Creation and modification tools: For data-driven budgeting, analysis, and forecasting from one cloud interface.