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ExperienceSAP and Major League Baseball

“A free software trial is a cookbook, and ExperienceSAP is a sample of the gourmet meal.” That’s what Julie Blaufuss, Sr. Director of SAP’s ExperienceSAP team, told a group of SAP Mentors and SCN advocates. That got my attention. We received a sneak preview of the newest ExperienceSAP program (which launches today) – the 2011 Baseball Experience!


If you’ve read my previous blogs introducing the Experience SAP and the Stanley Cup hockey playoff, or Between You and Me: 2010 FIFA World Cup predictor and more!, you’ll know that ExperienceSAP is all about letting you get hands-on with SAP’s premier analytics and dashboard solutions without you realizing you’ve got your hands on them.

In a way, the ExperienceSAP team has taken this formula:

  • sports + data = too much statistics to remember and be useful

And transformed it to this:

  • [sports + data] + hands-on examples with business analytics tools = useful and relevant insight

This is wonderful for a business user like me. I can appreciate the ingredients and preparation that goes into creating a gourmet meal, but in the end, my biggest care-about is the experience of tasting that meal.  


Applying these tools to sports scenarios is a good way to start conversations (regardless of whether or not you’re a Major League Baseball fan). The fun-factor and opportunity to find and answer my own questions are also pluses. That’s because there are 7 years of baseball knowledge, and about 100 different statistics to access.

What I think is really important for anyone going through the various scenarios and games to realize is that they are actually using the analytics tools without needing any instructions. Hopefully they are also seeing the different uses and possibilities of such Business Intelligence tools to transform data into knowledge.



For those of you interested in what went into this gourmet meal:


The ExperienceSAP team maintains a wiki page on SCN where you’ll find how-to, downloads and other useful documentation to explain how these activities were created. I’m sure information on how the Baseball Experience was created will be revealed soon. For those looking for the cookbooks, you can get free trial downloads of SAP’s business analytics software.

In the meantime, please check out the 2011 Baseball Experience.

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      Author's profile photo Stephen Johannes
      Stephen Johannes
      Finally the tools are applied to sport that values stats.  However some of the default views on the stats are not how baseball views in terms of importance.

      One example is that in the dashboard that shows team stats by player in various categories ERA is shown with highest on top and lowest on bottom.  Instead we rather look at ERA from top to lowest.

      I'm also noticing a lack of other important stats in pitching like quality starts and WHIP.  Also it would be great if the dashboard included some of the more interesting sabermetric measures to show off the features.  Sorry to be picky, but a standard fantasy baseball site includes more "analytics" than the demo when it comes to baseball.  I personally feel the demo is basically a fancy "list report" and not deep analytics.  In other words the demo is not deep enough to impress those of us using a fantasy baseball website.  The demo lacks projections for individual players on their currrent pace.

      It's fun to look at but I think I will stick to my fantasy website for better analytics

      Take care,


      Author's profile photo Jason Cao
      Jason Cao
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Stephen,
      Thanks for your comments and feedback on the Baseball Experience dashboards. Glad to know you're a baseball fan as well!

      I have information from a reliable source (namely the ExperienceSAP team) that a new version of the SWF file is available, and fixes the sorting issue you mentioned. It also includes WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched).

      These first dashboards are meant to appeal to the broadest segment of baseball fans possible, rather than for fantasy baseball. There are some additional dashboards coming down the pipe that would appeal to baseball stats gurus, like you. So please check back.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Jason,

      Is the play by play dashboard done in Xcelsius or is there custom flash work done?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Pure homegrown Xcelsius (or Dashboard Design to be precise). Just using some layers of basic components on top of each other. E.g. the lines between bases are drawn using the radar chart. Bases are materialized using the ellipse component.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Looks fantastic, thanks for providing what is possible with Dashboard Design with an interesting subject.