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Hi  Guys ,


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.

Topic Discussion Cues
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 .

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  1. Former Member
    All you did is reformat your first blog here and call it part two.
    You have a great topic and points of discussion/questions, its unfortunate you still have not provided any value.
    Do you even have a clue what the answers to your questions are?

    I hate to be mean, I’m just so tired of the uninformed presenting themselves as experts. If you cannot provide value, then please, go home and stay ther!


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