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New Business Content for Retail with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud available now!

With the latest release of SAP Best Practices for Analytics with SAP S/4HANA V4.0 a new scope item delivers business content specifically for Retail with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom.

As you might know, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is a next-generation software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that consolidates all analytics functionalities for all users in one product.

Built on SAP Cloud Platform it delivers an enterprise-wide access to analytics delivered through a high-performing and reliable public cloud experience. SAP Digital Boardroom is built on the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud solution and allows the usage of large, triple-interlinked touch screens for a unique user experience.


SAP Digital Boardroom

SAP is developing business content to provide customers with pre-defined SAP BusinessObjects Cloud content such as queries, data models and visualizations. It includes stories and agenda items and a comprehensive documentation how to use the content. The content will give you a jump start to design a holistic view of your for a Boardroom or any other line of business. It comes with technical demo data that allows you to immediately start exploring the boardrooms and stories without additional data upload. Thus, you can without delay browse the entire offering. No need to connect any source systems yet.

For Retail, the content is delivered as one additional scope item of SAP Best Practices for Analytics with SAP S/4HANA which provides a comprehensive portfolio of analytical content based on SAP S/4HANA. With the latest release the list of scenarios is enhanced with Retail Finance and Retail Sales stories for SAP BusinessObjects Cloud. If you are looking for additional content like HR, Marketing, Concur, please check out this link.

System Architecture

Let me start with the Finance part. Here the data is coming from an SAP S/4HANA Retail for merchandise management system and is replicated via the S/4HANA on Premise BOC Connector to the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud application. The pre-built analytics gives an attractive overview about the Retail Finance information with major finance driven KPI’s such as Net Sales, Contribution Margin, Return on Equity, EBIT, operating expenses, working capital, Debt to Equity Ratio, Days Inventory Outstanding etc. It starts with a general assessment of financial performance as information to the management board. Year-to-date information combined with the corresponding last year figures shows the trend on enterprise level.


Screenshot Finance Story – Overview

On the next screens the information is getting more granular and the user is able to access context information and to filter and slice and dice the data according to his needs. It enables also the drill down on financial information by store, channel and segment based on different store locations and region.

Screenshot Finance Story – Geo map Net Sales Growth

The second area covers the sales side of the house. The data here has origin in SAP Customer Activity Repository, the omni-channel retail foundation that consolidates customer sales transactions and inventory. Via SAP HANA Live Connection the data doesn’t need to be replicated and the user can take advantage of the detailed level of data available in SAP Customer Activity Repository.

The story starts with an overview about all channels and also a snapshot of the sales in the last 10 days to set the stage.

Screenshot Sales Story – Overview Story

The following pages are based mainly on store business figures and allow the user similar to the Finance Story to dive deeper and drill down to regions, countries, stores and categories.

A very nice feature which is used in several stories, is the exploration view. In the exploration view the user see a faceted view of the data. When selecting measures and dimensions in the upper pane, the visualization in the lower pane updates in real time. The user can filter dimensions by selection individual members, and the visualization changes immediately to show the filtered result.


Screenshot Sales Story – Store Channel – Context

What is delivered with the SAP Best Practices?

  • Integration between SAP Customer Activity Repository and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud including the activation of SAP Customer Activity Repository HANA views with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
  • BusinessObjects Cloud stories and SAP Digital Boardroom Content which needs to be activated for Sales and Finance

The content can be used in a SAP Digital Boardroom environment, but also as analytical content for SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

To download the content and also to get additional, detailed information, please go to SAP Best Practices Explorer.

If you are planning a SAP Customer Activity Repository implementation, please also take a look at the related rapid-deployment solutions SAP HANA Customer Activity Repository rapid-deployment solution and SAP Customer Activity Repository for S/4HANA Retail rapid-deployment solution.

Stay tuned for more SAP BusinessObjects Cloud content for Retail in the next quarters!

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