SAS® Cost and Profitability Management Features

Flexible & scalable modeling

  • High-performance, in-memory processing allows you to run and modify models an order of magnitude faster than with standard, write-to-disk technology. Complex models that used to take hours or overnight to update can now be run in a fraction of the time.
  • Rapidly create what-if scenarios that can vary costs, drivers, volumes and even workflows.
  • Client-server, web-enabled, multiuser architecture, scalable to meet complex modeling needs:
    • Support for multiple concurrent modeling sessions.
    • Centrally managed server with role-based security.
  • Model database independence. You can use Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle.
  • User-defined dimensions with various periods and scenario combinations.
  • Intuitive modeling user interface:
    • Workspace to manage models, reports and OLAP views.
    • Visual point-and-click assignment creation and views.
    • Drag-and-drop control of dimension member hierarchies.
    • Wizards with step-by-step guidance on building models.
  • Modeling method independence, including top-down, quantity-based assignment or bottom-up, consumption-rate modeling.

Advanced costing & profitability calculation

  • Dimensional profitability analysis. Calculate and report profitability contributions to business segments, such as product, customer and organization.
  • Rules-based driver:
    • User-defined rules automate the creation of the most common assignments, saving considerable time versus manual creation of each assignment.
    • Modeler still has full control over rule use, ETL processes and assignment creation.
  • Capacity costing, modeling and activity-based budgeting:
    • Model available capacity versus used or idle capacity.
    • Conduct what-if analysis for resource planning.
  • Account search to help you find dimension members within a deep hierarchy or search accounts with no cost/assignment or attributes.
  • Intramodular and reciprocal cost assignments:
    • Assign costs in the same module.
    • Allow flexible cost pooling and flowing.
    • Simultaneous, two-way cost assignment between accounts.
    • Trace detailed cost flows.
  • Advanced drivers and attributes:
    • Basic, evenly assigned, percentage, weighted, sequencing, bill-of-cost, sales volume and calculated drivers.
    • Text, numeric, calculated and dimensional attributes for reporting and analysis.
  • External and internal bills of cost that can be linked directly to an account.

Analysis & reporting

  • Integration with SAS Visual Analytics lets you jump immediately from model output to a powerful visual toolkit of analysis and exploration.
  • Complete SAS Business Intelligence capabilities:
    • Web-based reporting, query, analysis and deployment.
    • Self-service reporting and analysis.
  • Seamless data sharing with SAS Strategy Management allows you to use scorecard metrics as drivers and measures, and to identify activity-based management measures and publish them as metric tables.
  • Dynamic creation of OLAP cubes for multidimensional data analysis.
  • Standard reporting templates, including idle capacity, unit cost, P&L, profit cliff, module hierarchy, multilevel contribution, resource contribution, unassigned cost.
  • Integration with SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office, which allows you to directly access the SAS Cost and Profitability Management database through Excel for reporting and analysis.

Data management

  • Data warehousing or data mart capability.
  • Automated, repeatable process for pulling volumes of data into and from activity-based models.
  • Embedded data quality processes.
  • The SAS services API allows you to import DBMS staging tables, automate model creation and maintenance, and import/export data to and from another DBMS.
  • Ability to read from/write to nearly any data on any technology platform in batch and real time.