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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. David Fletcher
    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!

    1. ravi vadaga Post author
      David Fletcher – i will write my blog at my own pace and in my own style .

      If you have anything constructive too add -please do .


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