This is a continuation of the previous blog titled “Retailers – are you getting maximum out of your investments in Business intelligence solutions ? “ . In this blog I have outlined the potential components for future blogs/ discussion – not necessarily in any order.
|1||Retail Supply Chain Explained – Components||Retail Chain Formats ,Components of Retail Supply chain|
|2||KPI’s for different Components of Supply Chain||Operational level KPI’s , CXO-2,CXO-1 and CXO level KPI’s ,SAP delivered standard KPI’s , Whitespaces|
|3||Appropriate Dashboards /presentation Layer for the KPI’s||Discussion on Xcelsius ,Web intelligence , Bex etc , Comparison of these with other non SAP (best of breed ) tools like Cognos etc|
|4||Data sources for these KPI’s||Appropriate SAP ERP components . Non SAP data sources -peripheral systems key to retail|
|5||EDW Architecture -for Retail||EDW architecture ,Best practices , Consolidation of BI systems|
|6||Performance Optimization of a Retail EDW||Performance Optimization techniques|
|7||Advance Analytics – Appropriate Models for retail -Business benefits||Market basket analysis? Mark up/down optimization, price & promotion modeling, store clustering & price zone definition etc|
|8||Advance Analytics -technology enablers||SAP technology enablers ,Comparison with other tools like SAS etc ,White spaces in the SAP tools|
|9||Budgeting ,Planning and forecasting -in retail||Use of BPC vs. F&R vs. APO -DP – appropriateness as right tool for Retail Budgeting and Forecasting needs|
|10||Impact of new IT paradigms on Retail analytics||On Demand reporting , Analytics , Reporting As A Service (RAAS) , Embedded Analytics – their Utility in retail industry etc|
This list by no means is perfect or complete -Please feel free to suggest additions & deletions .
While doing some legwork for two of my retail clients – I came across few ideas on the same topic from other folks in SDN in and outside forums – will appropriately include them .