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Corporations with large real estate portfolios have a need to analyze and compare data across their many properties to efficiently manage the performance and energy consumption of their buildings. Therefore significantly more data from different sources has to be utilized. Some of this data comes from technical building automation systems and some from commercial systems. Managers need to be able to make sense of the data and to make fast and precise decisions.

 

  • Are the rents they charge in line with the market?
  • What is the occupancy rate of their rental properties?
  • How high are maintenance costs?
  • What is the office space ratio?

 

The SAP Real Estate Cockpit extracts meaningful data from the massive amounts of data in the underlying systems and displays the key performance indicators in an easy-to-understand format. By surfacing key information, it creates transparency regarding the building performance, and enables managers to take actions to optimize the performance of their buildings.

 

To get a first impression of the SAP Real Estate Cockpit please have a look at the following video:

 

 

RE Cockpit – Demo Videos

Videos and Documents

 

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Property Manager Monitors Customer Satisfaction and Service Notifications

 

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Portfolio Manager Monitors Financial Performance of Portfolio

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Global Facilities Manager Evaluates and Manages Critical Dates

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Regional Portfolio Manager Optimizes Space Usage

Video / PDF

 

 


In this blog post you will find information regarding the functionality and configuration of the SAP Real Estate Cockpit.

RE Cockpit – Functionalities

 

Videos and Documents

 

 

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Dashboard Menu & Dashboard Manager

The Dashboard Menu and Dashboard Manager are used to administrate existing dashboards and to create new ones. You can also assign users and roles to dashboards as editors or viewers. The video demonstrates how the Dashboard Menu and Dashboard Manager are used.

Video / PDF 

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Personalization

With SAP Real Estate Cockpit you can easily personalize your dashboards to your requirements. You can choose what to display and how to arrange it without the need for time-consuming and complicated configuration. The video demonstrates how personalization is done.

Video / PDF

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Usage of Maps

Maps add a geographical dimension to your key figures and provide additional information of the displayed locations. There are different types of visualizations and highlighting options available. The video demonstrates how maps are used.

Video / PDF

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Usage of Filters

Filters are located in the upper part of the dashboard and allow you a selection of dimension members, for
example to restrict the data to a specified country. The performed filtering is immediately reflected within all dependent tiles. This video demonstrates how filters are used.

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Usage of Tiles

Tiles show a visual or textual representation of your key figures for a specified set of dimensions. Besides
that they provide further functionality. This video demonstrates how tiles are used.

Video / PDF

 

 

 

RE Cockpit – Configuration

 

Videos and Documents

 

 

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Data Sets

Actual data of a SAP Real Estate Cockpit is provided on-demand by a data set. It links to a SAP HANA View or an oData source. The video demonstrates how Data Sets are configured.

Video / PDF

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Semantics – General

A semantic is a business representation of a single dataset allowing end users to easily interact with
the data. It also enriches the data by applying standard reporting principles.
Semantic configuration offers a wide range of adjustments. Here you define which of the key figures and dimensions derived from the Data Set will be available within SAP Real Estate Cockpit in form of components in the side bar. Furthermore
you configure the hierarchical filter, time filter, generic filters, map layers and links. The video demonstrates how semantics are defined. You will find more detailed information about key figure, filter and component configuration in separate videos. 

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Semantics – Key Figures

A key figure is a quantifiable value. There are several properties of key figures that can be specified within key figures dialog like decimals and unit. Key figures utilize the underlying dataset either directly or you can also create new key figures with defined calculations. The video demonstrates how Key Figures are configured.

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Semantics – Filters

A Filter is used to restrict dimensions on certain members. SAP Real Estate Cockpit provides filtering on hierarchies, time periods as well as generic filters which are freely definable. The video demonstrates how Filters are configured.

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Semantics – Components

 

The smallest constituent of a SAP Real Estate Cockpit is the component, usually rendered as a tile. End users can access components via the side bar in edit mode and build up their personalized cockpits. There are a lot of configurable component types available to visualize the data in the most appropriate way. The full screen view of tiles is also defined within the component dialog. The video demonstrates how Components are created and configured.

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    1. Tobias Decker Post author

      Hi Doug, thank you for the positive feedback. It was very nice meeting you on the RE Conference in Chicago. We’ll keep you posted regarding the RE Cockpit!

      Best regards, Tobias

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      1. Bowen Cao

        Hi Tobias,

        Thank you for the information, by the way, is there a internal demo system can be accessed ?

        Best regards,

        Bowen

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        1. Tobias Decker Post author

          Hi Bowen,

          yes, there is a demo system available (at the moment only SAP internal). I sent you an invitation to our JAM group with the according information.

          Best regards,

          Tobias

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  1. Els Schepers

    Hi Tobias,

    I’m watching the movies.. very interesting stuff ! 🙂

    It seems that the movie “Semantics – Filters” is  the same as “Semantics – Key Figures”.Would you add the movie on the filters.

    Thanks & Kind Regards,

    Els

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      1. Els Schepers

        Hello Tobias,

        We installed the Real Estate Cockpit and installed the HANA Live Views for RE-FX on our HANA instance.  In the RE Cockpit configurator I can see the RE-FX views, except for the 5 queries. Hower, I can see these 5 too in the HANA Live Browser.

        Would there an authorization be missing ? These are the roles that are granted to me :

        sap.ead.rec.roles::SystemAdmin

        sap.ead.rec.roles::Admin

        sap.ead.rec.roles::Modeller

        sap.ead.rec.roles::Composer

        sap.ead.rec.roles::Consumer


        Kind Regards,

        Els

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  2. Rupen Kantaria

    Hi Tobias,

    Got very excited seeing all the information on Real Estate Cockpit specially after seeing the launch event of S/4 Hana in New York, is it possible to access and compare to REFX.

    Thank you, Rupen

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    1. Tobias Decker Post author

      Hi Rupen,

      thanks for your interest! Actually the RE Cockpit is based on the SAP RE-FX component.

      The Cockpit consumes and visualizes data coming from the RE-FX tables via HANA calculation views (HANA Live content for RE-FX).

      Best regards,

      Tobias

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      1. Efrain Antonio Pacheco

        Hi Tobias,

        Could you be so kindle and share some documents with more detail about  this RE functionality in RE for technical and functional consultants?

        Questions:

        Is this just present in S4HANA  suite or can be implemented in a ERP on HANA platform?

        Are there in RE-FX significant changes on HANA like the tables and structures?

        What about the TRM Add-on in RE-FX for CRM and RE-FX integration, will it also changed?

        Thank you

        mi email: efrainapm@gmail.com

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  3. Rupen Kantaria

    Hi Tobias,

    I noticed while going through all pdfs by mistake you have in Functionalities > Usage of Filters pdf at Usage of Tiles.

    Thank you for all the information, Rupen

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  4. Muttanna Sarashetti

    Hi Tobias

    Thanks  for the nice post and cockpit seems to be very interesting..

    @Anyone:

    We don’t have the HANA box, but want to do the integration of the cockpit with the ECC via Gateway. Can you anyone guide, how can we get the already built UI’s ?

    This would save our time in building UI’s, but we need to built the odata services…This may limit the complete usage of the cockpit, but at least we can use certain features.

    Thanks,

    Muttu

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    1. Tobias Decker Post author

      Hi Kumar,

      although there might be some similarities, the SAP Real Estate Cockpit does not leverage the SAP OPint.

      Thanks and best regards,

      Tobias

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  5. Steve Wadley

    Hi Tobias, thank you very much for the blog post!

    From a BASIS point of view, can you describe the components necessary to install/run the cockpit? This looks very similar to Fiori, does this run in a similar way?

    Cheers,

    Steve Wadley

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    1. Bernd Reimann

      Hallo Steve,

      SAP Fiori is a collection of apps with a simple and easy to use experience for broadly and frequently used SAP software functions. Fiori itself does not make assumptions about the database your business is running on.

      The SAP Real Estate Cockpit is a rather small and independent analytical application. It was developed specifically with and for customers in the Real Estate area. It is written and designed to run as a native app on top of the HANA platform. So you definitely need SAP HANA (SP9+) to run the Real Estate Cockpit. Technically this is all it requires. No need to install further components. It makes use of native HANA capabilities and libraries only. Even the SAPUI5 library comes pre-installed with SAP HANA. Data access is via HANA database directly with no ABAP stack involved.

      Fiori and the Real Estate Cockpit both make use of the SAPUI5 (HTML5) library. Therefore you see similar UI design and interaction concepts.

      Best regards,

      Bernd

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  6. Amar Kumar

    Hi Tobias,

    This is really a great post. I am keen to know more about this functionality.

    Is there any study material available in SAP learning hub which can help me understand it more thoroughly.

    Regards,

    Amar
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  7. Alberto Pelayo

    Hi Tobias,

    Thanks a lot for this really interesting post and we are looking forward to see more about the cockpit. Reading de post, we have a doubt i hope you could give a bit of light. You know if SAP considers  in sFIN roadmap move REFX to Simple? Or REFX is just only supported by sFIN and REFX will work only on Hana.

    Our Customer is considering to migrate to sFIN in a near future, and they are concern about the way REFX is moving also to Simple since real estate is the main business of thes company.

    Thanks in advance

    Best Regards

    Alberto

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  8. Asif Khan

    Hi Tobias,

    While assigning the filter types for a dimension or parameter, there are only few pre-defined filter types.

    What if I need to assign a filter which is not present in the filter type. How to add more filter types.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards,

    Asif

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    1. Tobias Decker Post author

      Hi Asif,

      valid point. The filter types are currently predefined and we tried to include as many meaningfull filter types as possible.

      We are planning to include configurable filter types in one of the next patches / SPs. If you have an urgent request to include a specific filter type that is currently missing, please let me know.

      Thanks and best regards,

      Tobias

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      1. Asif Khan

        Hi Tobias,

        Thanks a lot for your reply. For now we are looking for Filters from Rental Objects. But providing a configurable filter types would be really great.

        Also, I have couple of more issues in the configurator like Maps, OData, Text fields etc. Please let me know the proper forum to highlight them.

        Best regards,

        Asif

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  9. Ruth Magee

    Configuring Remote Systems

    Is there more detailed documentation for configuring remote systems?  I have a spreadsheet of data on Office One Drive.  While I have the http address I do not have the other 2 pieces of information required.  Is there documentation with how to get the Host Address and Destination ports?  Consider me non-technical!  Perhaps there is a preliminary Basis type step first?

    Then once I bring in this data I need to configure the dataset for the layout – that gets done where?  Not seeing it in cockpit configurator.

    thanks,

    Ruth

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    1. Tobias Decker Post author

      Dear Ruth,

      Unfortunately we can’t support spreadsheets from Office 365 One Drive in the RE Cockpit – only Hana Calculation Views and OData Services are supported.

      The reason: Spreadsheets do not support the aggregation behavior we need to calculate the KPIs in combination with the filters. You basically need some layer which does this for you.

      As a workaround it would be possible to convert the spreadsheet into a CSV file, create a Hana Table which mirrors the fields of the CSV and import it into the table with an HDBImport, then create a calculation view based on this and use the calculation view in our Real Estate Cockpit.

      Best regards,

      Tobias

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  10. Jaime Zamora León

    Excellent overview, really helped me understand many things real estate cockpit .

    Could you please invite me to your Jam group, I have some doubts about the configuration options , do not know if this is the right forum or not .

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  11. Neeraj Choudhary

    Hi,

    Just to clarify, can we use the Real Estate Management Cockpit directly with the S/4 HANA 1511 platform or do we still require the HANA Live/Edge setup to enable this?

    Thanks,

    Neeraj

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