Optimize the Use of SAP BW Reports
Over past few years i have noticed that a lot of firms have implemented SAP and SAP BW. But the use of BW reports only is limited to a certain Key or Super users and to a limited number of reports.
The vast array of work which BW can be used for is highly exploited and most of the time the data which is being used is around 2LIS_11, 12, 13 and 02 extractors. My experience of working with Business Community shows that its more importnat to exploit what is available. Most of the people in Businesses are looking for reports out of SAP R/3 which gives an advantage of realtime data but with that are coming with not to user friendly GUI. Whereas the same thing might be available in BW in a better fashion ans ease of use but the knowledge of the reports existing is far limited to Super Users.
I think that Businesses should criticaly examine probably via workshops or regular meetings of the kind of data which is used at an operational level and Business Warehouse is very much strong in facilitating with that kind of data to the users.
It is easy to use and can provide a vast array of Business Functions which can be exploited by users for their reporting requirements. I think that its time that organziations take a look back and see what they have already deployed. See what are the kind of reports available for their use and how can the Operational people / managers in business can utilize those reports to help them attain a better productivity in Business.
Super users , IT leads , Head IT people, Business Managers and BPAs can be really helpful in imparting that knowledge and letting businesses know what kind of varied range of analysis they can do with the existing setup.
I can foresee that there is a huge lot of information which is available but its not put to good use by Business at times and its lying there.
Its time to go ahead and use that kind of Information to seek better value of the deployed solutions.