Reporting with SAP

Reliable Information – Essential for Your Success

In the various areas of an enterprise, different data are produced from different business processes and applications. The challenge is to consolidate this information as reliably and efficiently as possible in order to generate forward-looking insights for well-founded decisions. The only expedient approach is a holistic view of your data (and thus of your business processes)  an elementary factor for securing and increasing your business success sustainably. 

In Standard Reporting (aka Management Reporting), data are evaluated by using ready-made reports. The advantages of these reports are standardized data calculation, uniform design and time savings (since not every user has to compile these reports again). 

The term Standard Reporting refers to reports whose structures and contents are stable over time. In addition, the respective recipients in the enterprise are defined while the provision is carried out at fixed intervals. Such reports are not always requested explicitly but provide the organization with basic information. 

In Ad-hoc Reporting, on the other hand, the need for information occurs at irregular intervals as well as in a non-predefined structure and form. The distinction between “Standard vs. Ad-hoc Reporting” may seem academic at first sight. However, it allows you to determine the complexity drivers and costs which an enterprise can afford for reports and ad-hoc requests. 

Ad-hoc Reporting often provides the management with controlling insights (gained by data analysis) as a supplement tStandard Reporting. This creates a sound basis for decision-making so that corrective measures can be initiated if necessary. The preparation and communication of recommendations for action in reporting is defined as Storytelling. 

Develop a reporting model for your enterprise which serves as a guideline for the implementation of your reporting strategy. Gain important insights about your employees, customers and partners. 

Analysis / Knowledge Acquisition with Dashboards and Self-Service BI

The term “Dashboard” originates from vehicle development: In this area, it refers to combined on-board instruments which monitor the most important functions simultaneously. 

Technically implemented differently, the same basic principle applies in the field of Business Management: Here, digital dashboards display all factors relevant for certain goals or business processes at a glance on the screen. They are particularly suitable for monitoring key figures which constitute the basis of Standard oManagement Reporting – but also for in-depth analyses of issues in the context of Ad-hoc Reporting. 

Dashboards enable managers to monitor the contributions of the various corporate departments efficiently. For this purpose, data points are visualized along the value chain. With the following advantageous results: 

  • Measurement of efficiencies/inefficiencies in comparison to corporate goals

  • Visual presentation of all relevant KPIs (KePerformance Indicators) 

  • Improved decision-making on the basis of all information

  • Possible identification of negative trends in order to develop corrective measures if necessary 

  • Possibility to create detailed reports on new trends 

  • Time-saving in comparison to running multiple reports 

Overall, dashboards are optimal for process monitoring and deeper data analysis – especially for Ad-hoc Reporting issues. As a prerequisite for this, however, the database must always be uniform and consistent. 

Ideally, certain users from specialist departments should be enabled to enrich the dashboard data from other sources. In this way, new insights into the company can be gained all the time. This can lead to further management information being prepared and presented once in addition to Management Reporting. In the case of recurring facts, there is also the potential that new key figures will enhance the Standard Reporting in a meaningful way. 

Improve decision-making across your enterprise with convincing dashboards and apps which make your figures instantly understandable at a glance. Develop interactive and role-based BI dashboards which deliver reliable and aggregated data to your decision-makers anytime, anywhere and on any device. 

As a highly performant on-premise platform, SAP BusinessObjects BI (SAP BO BI) allows the efficient operation of SAP’s analysis and visualization products. The portfolio includes various tools for the preparation, analysis and visualization of your data. All user target groups are provided with a wide range of reporting functions – from flexible dashboards to automated PDF reports for specific recipients. The service-oriented architecture is flexible and scalable while reports can be delivered to mobile devices without duplicatesSimultaneously, seamless integration with SAP HANA is possible as well. 

The SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is by no means just a tool for visual representation but rather represents a unified concept with strategic character: The SAP product combines all relevant functions for BI/Analysis, Planning, Data Integration, Dashboarding, Reporting, Simulation and Advanced Analytics on a single platform  extended by options for Predictive Analytics. The individual functionalities complement each other and thus increase overall performance. At the same time, seamless integration of different data sources (incl. on-premise, non-SAP) is also possible. 

Thanks to central access via Self-Service BI, end users in the specialist departments can directly access and visualize data in a very user-friendly way – combined with the option of creating their own reports and stories. The IT department centrally provides the IT governance and quality-relevant data for this purpose. Users are interlinked via a standardized platform and benefit from easier cooperation through modern, interactive collaboration functions. 

Individual analyses using the SAC are based on the so-called Storytelling whereby each story can consist of various elements (e. g. diagrams, tables, geo-analyses). The SAC system generates suggestions for visualizations and the setup of story boards. Thus, reports and dashboards can be realized intuitively. In addition, the SAC currently is the only SAP product in which the standardized and advantageous visualization based on the IBCS® notation concept is already implemented as a default. In this respect, add-ons from external manufacturers are not required.  

Thanks to the highly performant in-memory technology of SAP HANA, detailed data analyses can be carried out in real time by using the SAC – complemented by an app. Thanks to the responsive design component, the displays adapt to the respective end device. As an SaaS solution (Software-as-a-Service), the SAC can be used very easily and cost-efficiently. Therefore the software is always up-to-date and offers maximum performance. In addition, the SAC can be implemented quickly which facilitates a productive start on a short-time basis. 

Most SAP solutions for Reporting and Planning can be run on your in-house hardware. These components are complemented by the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) which provides new analytic solutions requiring rapid integration. 

Enterprises are by no means forced to replace their on-premise systems by cloud solutions immediately and completely. Instead, it makes sense to implement a hybrid solution of SAC and On-Premise gradually. In this way, existing solutions can still be used but can also be expanded by Cloud innovations in a targeted and efficient manner. Especially regarding the implementation of new projects in the contexts of Reporting and Planning, it is advisable to rely on a cloud solution right from the start. 

And as already mentioned: The SAC gives you the opportunity to retain the data and results securely in your enterprise. 

Our Expertise: Reporting

We support you competently in expanding and exploiting the potential of your Reporting technology as efficiently as possible. 

Within this framework, we offer you e. g. the following services: 

  • Acceptance of overall responsibility for the topic of Reporting in case of expansion or new implementation 

  • Design of system architectures in the context of SAP BusinessObjects BI (SAP BO BI), SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) and SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), also in the context of hybrid solutions of On-Premise and Cloud

  • Development, setup and implementation of dynamic, customer-specific dashboards / panels, optionally based on the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) 

  • Development, setup and implementation of an efficient reporting framework 

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

Our Technologies for Reporting

  • SAP BOBI Suite incl. Lumira and Analysis for Office 

  • SAP Crystal Reports 

  • SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)

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