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Simplify workforce planning

IBM® Planning Analytics with Watson automates manual processes for more reliable decision-making. It drives speed, agility, and foresight and allows you to:

  • Connect data sources across the company to create an integrated HR plan.
  • Plan workforce capacity and skills development to prepare for future needs.
  • Improve HR decision-making by creating an accurate view of current head count and future requirements.
  • Align salary and compensation to business plans.
  • Use data to understand employees and improve retention.

Use cases

Planning solutions for workforce

Headcount and staffing planning

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Ensure accurate, comprehensive visibility into your workforce capacity and headcount planning by unifying all of your data. Align all plans to organizational growth and objectives.

Sales and compensation planning

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Make sure your compensation plan is competitive and aligns with corporate objectives. See the impact of merit increases and promotions before you implement them with what-if scenario modeling.

Succession planning

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Skills development is crucial to workforce longevity and success. And with the right planning solution, skills can be tracked and measured to ensure ROI can be provided to justify such programs.

The future of workforce planning


of HR respondents indicate that they are continuing or increasing investments in new technology.¹


of Best-in-Class organizations see automation as a driver for integration of HR metrics with broader operational metrics for cost management.²


of HR leaders indicate that they are replacing manual spreadsheets with automated workforce and performance management solutions.

Solve your workforce planning challenges



Your challenge
Planning for HR in spreadsheets is time-consuming and constraining. It's often necessary to implement changes and make updates, which can be complicated and have a high risk of error.

Our solution
Automate workforce planning for faster and more accurate results. With one sophisticated solution, easily analyze and model merit increases, employee skills, payroll costs and compensation across departments.



Your challenge
Alignment between HR, finance and operations is crucial to ensure the right people are in the right roles at the right time. However, it is rarely a simple task to streamline planning across business units.

Our solution
Collaborate on plans across HR, finance and operations, integrating data from HCM and ERP/GL systems into one central repository. Align departmental staffing needs with organizational objectives.



Your challenge
It's critical to provide timely ROI and workforce insights, and iterate on plans to improve outcomes. But HR teams aren't always equipped with the right skills, and making changes manually can be complicated.

Our solution
Learn why traditional approaches to workforce planning no longer work, and the top three imperatives to more effectively generate and execute workforce plans.

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