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We’re seeing a lot of customer momentum in adopting International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) for their reporting, dashboarding, and data visualizations. Like the chief financial officer of Editorial Prensa Iberica explains in this video, they’re adopting IBCS standards in order to drive alignment, shorten implementation time, and improve outcomes. And of course, our SAP Board adopted IBCS standards in our own financial reporting back in 2011.

To understand why IBCS can make such an impact on your business—step back for a moment and imagine if every composer from Mozart to Beethoven used a different notation system. How would conductors and musicians be able to interpret the music in a moment without standardized notation? So many professions like engineering use a notation system and set out standards for communicating their vast amounts of information clearly and quickly.

Yet in business, there is a plethora of ways to layout out business reports and dashboards and within even a single company you will find forecast data or averages defined and displayed differently.  Imagine, instead, if we had pattern recognition that allowed us to immediately understand the context? That is the essence of IBCS.


Watch these Videos to Hear How Businesses Are Utilizing IBCS Standards

  • Norbert Egger, the CEO of CubeServ (an important SAP partner), also discusses in this video why standards are important for easier understanding of information. CubeServ’s CEO talks about why they have implemented IBCS internally and the reason they use IBCS standards in all their customer demos.
  • Jurgen Hagdedorn, VP of Analytics Product Management at SAP, speaks about how SAP is using IBCS standards for communication in all of our board reports. This short video with Cubeserv, IBCS and SAP talks about some of the benefits of IBCS and why CubeServ thinks it offers a competitive advantage.
  • Hear in this video (and this one) how Kristof Gramm from IT-Logix describes how IBCS are heavily used in Switzerland and the business value to their customers. He sees this driven by the C-level executives because it allows them to see problems and arrive at solutions more quickly when the reporting from all departments is standardized.
  • The popularity of IBCS was evident at TechEd this fall where IBCS had a fully packed session. Impressively, half of those in attendance already knew about IBCS, which illustrates its momentum in just a few short years. Listen to this short video of a conversation between SAP’s Jurgen Hagedorn and Dr. Jurgen Faisst, managing director of the IBCS association.


So What Are Your Options for Adopting IBCS Standards within Your SAP Deployment?

Your first option is our newest offering. While not yet certified to be compliant with IBCS international standards, it is being designed natively into the product and will undergo certification. In the videos above you heard from our VP of Analytics Product Management, Jurgen Hagedorn, on why he is a supporter of IBCS standards and is building these natively in SAP Cloud for Analytics. Find out more about this cloud analytics platform that will bring together planning, visualizations, predictive and governance into one solution.

Your option for implementing IBCS standards within other parts of the SAP analytics portfolio lies with  our partner graphomate, which you’ll find in the SAP store.  In this short video, you’ll also hear from Lars Schubert, founder and CEO of graphomate, who specializes in data visualization and creates beautiful, simple-to-use add-ons for SAP Design Studio and SAP Lumira that allow you to create visualizations instantly following IBCS standards. You can see some short 1-2 minute demos of graphomate in action in these videos on their tables and charts.

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If you’re interested in learning more about IBCS —think about joining the IBCS annual conference in June and meeting other companies who are adopting business communication standards. It is an open association where you can participate in the discussions.

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