Self-service business intelligence (BI)

What are the real benefits of using self-service BI tools? What does a sample dashboard look like? Who has access to the visualisations? How long does the implementation take? Find the answers to these and other questions here.

Storytelling with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) dashboards

Self-service BI enables every employee in a company (from the junior controller through to the CXO) to create their own dashboards. At each point in the dashboard creation process, there is the ability to (1) select data yourself; (2) perform analyses with a wide variety of visualisations, (3) generate reports and (4) share the results with others.


Departments are empowered to build their own reports, lightening the IT load and making reports availabile faster.

Real-time data

Real-time data access and more employees in the organisation. Alerts are easy to create and enable timely responses to internal and external events.

Data usage

The value of the data increases as  more employees can use it via the self-service BI tool .

Employee self-service (ESS)

Shorter communication channels for employees thanks to a comment and tagging function, and increased transparency and agility in the individual departments through the self-service tool.

Screenshot SAC dashboard: P&L - Planning
Self-service BI: Image shows two people in front of a dashboard of the Data Warehouse Cloud

What is self-service BI with SAC?

Self-service BI enables users to create reports and analyses themselves without the need to work directly with the company's IT department. This creates significant flexibility for the department and for the company as a whole. Decisions can be made more quickly and the IT department has a lighter load. A widevariety of information (for examplefromproduction,the supply chainor HR) can  also be broughttogether. All data can be called up atanytime and made available for analysis .

In which system landscape will the solution be implemented?

The SAP sector:

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)

  • Stories

  • Applications


On-premise (SAP BO)

  • SAP Lumira Designer

Other non-SAP analytics products: 

  • Qliksense
  • Power BI
  • Tableau
  • Excel


And other older SAP products

  • SAP Design Studio
  • SAP Crystal Reports

"Every employee can build their own dashboards using SAC's self-service tool.

The knowledge remains in the company and is a sustainable business decision.

Central to s-peers AG is the coaching approach, where users are almost immediately enabled to create their own dashboards with SAC and to intuitively operate the appropriate functions (such as storytelling, smart predict and smart insights)."

Andreas Bahr, Senior SAP Analytics consultant

    Andreas Bahr
    Andreas Bahr
    Senior Analytics Consultant

      How long does the implementation process take and what are the individual steps?

      The implementation process depends on various factors and usually takes four-to-eight weeks. It consists of the following steps:

      Step 1


      Step 2


      Step 3

      Analysis of current situation

      Step 4


      Step 5


      Step 6


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