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How to use SAP BI in your Supply Chain

Why did organisations only purchase and use SAP Business Intelligence (BI) for Sales and Financial reporting?


The answer is simple; they were the two functional areas perceived by management at that time which required better and sexy, granular reporting and they’d also be able to demonstrate and justify a better ROI to their Company. That was then, this is now.


 Increased focus on Supply Chain activities

Today’s business environment demands instant and actionable reporting straight onto your mobile device or the Web. Your organisation and customers expect so much more from other Business functions and especially your Supply Chain or Logistics teams.

 Whether Internet or traditional B2B, your customers demand fast, seamless and trouble-free Supply Chain activities as a given; from order-to-billing, and can and will penalise organisations who don’t meet their Industry benchmarks. BI enables you to be proactive in knowing your own internal Key performance indicators (KPIs) and addressing areas for improvement before your customer does.

 Order to Cash – it’s all measurable

If you’ve implemented SAP ERP Order-to-Cash then BI can measure and report every detailed step you require.


How many organisations know the following metrics in Order fulfilment by customer, sales region, sales region or plant and shipping point?


  • order receipt to delivery creation

  • delivery creation to goods issue

  • goods issue to physical delivery and the proof of delivery confirmation

  • customer’s required delivery and time versus actual date and time

  • proof of delivery to invoice creation

 Collaborate or die

Using SAP’s BI solution to deliver your Supply Chain KPIs as well as your Sales and Finance reporting has become a necessity for customer collaboration.


With SAP BI you can measure out-of-stocks, late deliveries versus required delivery date, cuts and damages, credit notes, payment timing and Days-Sales-Outstanding. BI’s actionable and graphical reporting helps you to spot trends and areas for improvement which can lead to real business benefits.


BI reporting can be used or merged with your customer’s own reporting on their key business drivers such as Sales Forecasting, On-shelf-availability (OSA) and Promotional shapes and uplifts and performance and this approach delivers real collaborative tools to use together and build better plans for the future together.


 The future is now

Too many organisations have focussed on the initial BI wave in Sales and Finance and not thought about where they could utilise the reporting tool elsewhere to gain competitive advantage and internal value. The next wave is within the Supply Chain.

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      Former Member
      You are right. BI/BO was always a tool for Finance and Sales functions, but not for Supply Chain. I wonder why? Do the buyers, floor managers, production managers think they know well the real bottlenecks and SAP tool cannot help? Or they are more use to spreadsheet analysis.

      Maybe the supply chain analysis is not interesting as a sales or finance analysis.

      My company uses BI/BO for APO. SAP has moved much of its reporting to BI/BO for non-ECC products, and if you have other systems BI/BO is a good data aggregator to report on. It will be good insight for a company to include all business processes see the complete cycle.

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
      Does it report directly from SAP ERP or from SAP BW ( Thanks. Vitaliy
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      Former Member
      Hi Vitaliy, thanks for your reply.

      If I understand your comment correctly, my examples and experience are from data coming directly from the ERP r/3 systems and dropped into BI/BW. All the order-to-cash data would be entered into the ERP system. I regret I'm not a BO expert!