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Guide to Analytical Capability Embedded within SAP Business Suite – EMEA Webcast

Today Thierry AUDAS provided this webcast “Guide to Analytical Capability Embedded within SAP Business Suite”.

Thierry indicated you use “Embedded Analytics” to “gain actionable insight”.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows why you need embedded analytics.  From BI, have 3 groups of users.  Executives make decisions.

The task workers are need information day to day, call center, need information to support operational needs, to see customer history, and need information “right now”.


Figure 2: Source SAP & Howard Dresner

Figure 2 is from Howard Dresner of

His recent survey shows that embedded BI is becoming a very important topic

I encourage you to check out the full survey “2013 Buyers’ Guide Edition – Wisdom of Crowds ® Business Intelligence Market Study – Buyers’ Guide Edition” at


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows before and have.  SAP customers have deployed ABAP reports; Thierry says these are fairly limited.

On the right have a modern user experience to give them access to best of breed solutions.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows you can obtain immediate access to pixel perfect Crystal Reports, Dashboards – embedded into Business Suite workspace

You do no need to switch to environments, it is relevant to business process and provides “Insight to action”

It can access ALV information; leverage ALV reports

SAP delivers “best practice business content”

It leverages metadata that supports processes.


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows predefined content covering key processes in finance, HR, and sales

Thierry next provided a demo.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 covers before inside SAP Business Suite.  The scenario is the Financial Controller, look at spending across cost center, using familiar transaction KSB1, showing the ABAP List Viewer experience.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows how you can change the view to Crystal Reports.



Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows Crystal Reports using ALV/KSB1 as a data source.  You can go beyond generic template shown above, showing the corporate logo


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows key trend – access to more analytics real time.

Ehp6 has Operational Data Providers with hundreds of predefined queries to consume using BEx Query interface.  It has easy access to predefined queries

The next trend is HANA Live, with a “Set of predefined models, directly defined in HANA database/platform”.  It is able to consume content with predefined BI content


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows what is coming with Analysis Workbooks, Explorer Information Spaces, and Lumira documents

Thierry said this is “Pervasive BI” to provide the same experience to all users

Question & Answer:

Q: Does real time embedded analytics require real-time BW?

A: No – no staging of data in BW

Q: Are all the SAP BI components embedded in the Business Suite

A: Crystal, Dashboards, expanding to Explorer, Lumira,

I will include the links from the slides when the slides become available.

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      Author's profile photo Mark Richardson
      Mark Richardson

      Is there a document or list that provides more detail on the specifics of  "Figure 5 shows predefined content covering key processes in finance, HR, and sales"...?


      • 19 Dashboards
      • 16 Reports

      Human Resources

      • 10 Dashboards

      Sales, Marketing and Services

      • 29 Dashboards

      I am looking for something that includes Dashboard/Report Name, High-level overview of the contents similar to the search that Joshua Fletcher was tweeting about....

      Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide.




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for commenting.

      As I am not using this predefined content, would you please open a discussion on this topic in the forum so others and SAP may respond?

      Looking at Josh's tweet it looks like he was looking for standard BI content available for BW - not sure though.

      Thank you,


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      I did a quick search on SAP help at

      These come with enhancement packages so I encourage you to search for the desired enhancement package and read about how it works and gets set up.



      Author's profile photo Mark Richardson
      Mark Richardson

      Tammy - once again you more than earn your "Mentor" status...!

      Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, and for helping set-up the Chicago BI/BW/HANA workshop last week (*very useful).

      We should talk at SBOUC about bringing some of those "workshops" to ASUG Events in Canada.

      Thanks again,