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This was an ASUG webcast last week.  Below are my notes as I heard them.


Figure 1: Source: SAP


Future looking statements may not happen – and apply to these notes


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During SAP Board meeting, Dr. Plattner, why board presentation materials were in static PowerPoint while data from PowerPoints are coming from SAP systems.  SAP CIO Helen Arnold took an action to have an actual live system during the board meeting to show data.  The proof of concept was successful; this was a common issue with other companies


“Reimagine board room for the digital economy”


Three values are shown above


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  • With total transparency – see company situation in real time
  • Align executive decisions on one source of the truth


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On the webcast, SAP said you get a complete picture in real time – get 360 degree reporting without duplication


Using Cloud for Analytics – new capabilities – a Cloud BI application, acquire data and store in Cloud- data duplication


In Cloud for Analytics – hybrid mode – online connectivity to backend system such as HANA or BW – in these scenarios you can connect to live system and get real time information. Using HANA you can have one reporting environment


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Maximize impact on audience


It is not just about the software but how it is presented


Idea is in the boardroom, you have 3 large 65 inch screens, side-by-side


Screens are touch-enabled, similar to your tablet, phone, pinch, swipe


Left is the overview


Middle – main and exploratory screen


Right is the context screen


Figure 6: Source: SAP


Content is from different business areas aligned on a single semantic model


Directly connected to local SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA and SAP BW platform content, or Other Data Sources through Smart Data Integration


Align decisions to one source of the truth across business areas


From data sources in real time so everyone sees the same information


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“Instant data-driven insights” include “simulations, what-if analysis – what impact to your decisions are”


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Answer ad-hoc questions on the fly


Data exploration – have screens and visualizations  — visualizations are not static, they can be interacted with  and perform what-if analysis scenarios through data exploration and find root causes


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Intuitive and powerful analytical exploration capabilities with simple user interface


Drill down to lowest line item level in system of records


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Planned for this year is the value driver tree to perform what-if analysis scenarios through data exploration and simulations based on planning models


Create financial formulas to model business and model how company derives revenue, profit, and see impact on KPI’s by changing one of the influence drivers defined


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Simplified boardroom process – reduce preparation, effort, and includes a touch experience


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This is a photo of the solution with the 3 screens that are touch-enabled


Reusable content


Built in design best practices


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Reduce boardroom prep and effort, with an interactive agenda, created through an agenda builder, define agenda, and hyperlinks to overview dashboards and contextual information


Present based on agenda


Not just show predefined stories, free to answer ad-hoc questions


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SAP Digital Boardroom is part of the SAP Cloud for Analytics suite, delivering “ visibility for the executive management team”


It is for the top floor to the shop floor


You can use this as a status cockpit


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  • End to end predefined content from transactions to visualizations
  • Optional Services offering to kick-start deployment


Planned innovation – connect to S4/HANA – connect to CDS views to model data and able to leverage those models in Cloud for Analytics


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Uses Cloud for Analytics modeling capabilities, planning, BI


Planned predictive, GRC


Ability to connect to cloud and on-premise


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Online connectivity allows you to leave data “in place” or in HCP


Can query on premise; the browser connects to C4A and data sources


If your browser is behind firewall, then when query data then the data doesn’t have to go up to cloud to browser


It is using the INa protocol with a reverse proxy which sits in your firewall


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Online mode without replication


On the right with data acquisition mode – good for data preparation


Implementation Strategy


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Prepare, plan, maybe do a design thinking workshop


SAP offers services


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You can do a value prototyping exercise based on best practices and load your data into that scenario


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SAP CFO Luca Mucic uses


It is cloud app, do not need expensive IT department, access data in real-time


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No notes on this one, but a recap


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Example from SAP with what if was shown during a live demo


Agenda screen, first order of business

Cloud application, in hybrid, and going against on premise data, live in real time, against 750M rows of data


Question & Answer



Is it only available in S/4 HANA ?

No this is not limited to S/4 HANA. Multiple connections are supported


are you able to filter from that main “Agenda” screen?

not from agenda builder but yes on the next story pages


What is the relationship between digital boardroom and Lumira or design studio?

Ty Millers’ webcast in this series has a great overview that will help answer this question – comparing Cloud for Analytics, Lumira and Design Studio. The webcast recording in on line at ASUG.com


Is this SAP’s tool to compete against QlikView, Tableau, Spotfire? some of the visualizations seem similar to those tools

sure Agile Visualization. The others are primary desktop on premise


yes in the 3 screen display, can you filter across all visualizations simultaneously?

will follow but don’t think so. Filtering within a single screen


I don’t want my data to go to the cloud, can boardroom read from my BW on HANA DB?



It seems that the boardroom content has to be planned, built, tested, moved to Prod. How would this work for ad-hoc content? Our leadership will want different measures and market data right off the press, with ppts put together hours before the meeting


yes is agile


Does Digital Boardroom security framework integrate with Cloud for Analytics? or HANA?

Digital Boardroom is Cloud for Analytics and can leverage HANA security


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