Reporting with SAP: Reliable information is key to your success

What are the products available for SAP reporting solutions? Which products does s-peers offer for creating reports? What is group reporting? What are the advantages of using SAC? Find the answers to these and other questions here.

Efficient consolidation of your data: what solutions are out there?

SAP reporting provides dashboards that efficiently monitor the contributions of the various departments in a company. All data points along the value chain are continuously visualised and processed.

Across the various departments of any company, different data is produced from a host of business processes and applications. The challenge is to consolidate this information as reliably and efficiently as possible to generate forward-looking insights and make well-founded decisions. The only way to achieve this is to take an overall view of your data and your business processes, which is an obvious factor in securing and sustainably increasing your business success.

Reporting

Reporting with the SAC

  • Individual BI applications for different recipient groups can be set up quickly and easily
  • Integrating artificial intelligence to acquire new forecasts and insights
  • Ability for the users to personalise the various reports (self-service)
  • All under one roof: A central reporting platform and use on all common devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone etc.)
Reporting

Self-service
Business intelligence (BI)

  • Data access in real time and for more employees across the company.
  • Empowering departments to build their own reports.
  • Data has greater value as more staff can use it via the self-service BI tool.
Reporting

Carbon accounting
with SAC

  • The ecological footprint can be determined along the entire value chain.
  • Customisable in all areas: The carbon footprint can be calculated, measured and visualised for an entire plant or company or for individual products.
Reporting

Embedded
analytics

  • Transactional live data can be made available easily and directly with the help of views (calculation or CDS views).
  • The analytic engine included in SAP BW is a powerful tool that enable you to construct and present queries.
  • Predefined reports with extensive drill-down functionality and filtering options provide consumers with the latest details about business processes.
Reporting

Analysis for Office

  • Simple Excel-based analysis of large amounts of data
  • Rapid access to different data sources (queries, CDS views, HANA, BPC and local files)
  • Flexible editing and central or local storage of workbooks, including offline editing
  • Expandability with planning scenarios (embedded BPC)

Why it is worth having comprehensive reporting with SAP:

Measurement of efficiencies/inefficiencies in terms of business objectives

Visual presentation of all relevant KPIs (key performance indicators)

Solid decision-making based on all information

Ability to identify negative trends to develop corrective measures where necessary

Ability to create detailed reports on new trends

Less time required than to run multiple reports

Overall, dashboards are ideal for process-monitoring and deeper data analysis, and especially for questions in ad-hoc reporting.

A prerequisite for this however is always having a uniform and consistent database.

"Gartner describes SAC as a state-of-the-art reporting tool. My team and I have many years of experience with the BI reporting tool and have grown along with it. The great thing about our work is when we get feedback after a project has been completed, telling us that decisions have become more effective and a lot of time can now be saved."

 

Philipp May, senior SAP Analytics consultant
Philipp May
Head of reporting workshop

SAP reporting FAQ

In standard reporting (also called management reporting), data is evaluated via ready-made reports. The advantages of these are uniform data calculation and report design, as well as time-saving as not every user has to compile these reports again.

The term "standard reporting" refers to reports whose structures and contents are stable over time. The respective recipients are also defined within the company, while the provision takes place at fixed intervals. These reports are not always explicitly requested, but they serve as a basic supply of information for the organisation.

The SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is a high-performance reporting solution which offers versatile analysis and visualisation options. The portfolio includes various tools for the preparation, analysis and visualisation of data. All target user groups are provided with a wide range of reporting functions, from flexible dashboards through to automated .pdf reports for specific recipients. The service-oriented architecture is flexible and scalable, while reports are delivered duplicate-free to mobile devices. Seamless integration with SAP HANA is also possible.

In ad-hoc reporting, the need for information occurs at irregular intervals and in a non-predefined structure and form. The distinction between standard and ad-hoc reporting may seem academic at first, but it allows a determination of the complexity drivers and costs that a company would like to or can afford for reports and ad-hoc requests.

Ad-hoc reporting often provides management with results from controlling (obtained through data analysis) as a supplement to standard reporting, giving them a sound basis for decision-making to be able to initiate corrective measures where necessary. The preparation and communication of recommended actions in reporting is referred to as storytelling.

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The term "dashboard" originally comes from the automotive industry where it refers to the combination of instruments that enable you to keep an eye on the most important functions all at once.

The same basic principle applies in the field of business management (although it is technically implemented in a different way). Digital dashboards illustrate all the factors relevant to certain goals or business processes at a glance. They are particularly suitable for monitoring key figures that form the basis of standard or management reporting, and also for more in-depth analyses of questions in the context of ad-hoc reporting.

Ideally, certain users from specialist departments are given the opportunity to enrich the dashboard data from other sources, meaning that new insights about the company can constantly be obtained. These can lead to additional management information being prepared and presented individually in addition to management reporting. In the case of recurring issues, new key figures can also potentially result in a meaningful expansion of the standard reporting.

Improve decision-making across the company with high-performance dashboards and apps that make your metrics instantly understandable and easy to visualise. Develop interactive and role-based BI dashboards that deliver reliable and aggregated data to your decision makers - anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Our expertise: Reporting with SAP

Let us give you expert support in expanding and exploiting the potential of your technology as efficiently as possible with reporting tools.

Within this framework, we can offer you a number of services, including:

Responsibility

Taking on overall responsibility for "reporting" for an expansion or a new instaillation

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System architecture

Initial design of system architectures with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and SAP BW on HANA / SAP BW/4 HANA, particularly in the context of hybrid on-premise and Cloud solutions.

Practical implementation

Development, design and implementation of dynamic, client-customised dashboards and panels, optionally on the basis of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)

Framework

Development, design and implementation of an efficient reporting framework

Interactive applications

Development, design and implementation of interactive planning applications with SAP BPC and SAP SAC

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