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This article serves as the entry point to inform you on Built-in Analytics in SAP Business ByDesign (ByD)

Please bookmark this link to always find the latest answers to the following questions:

  • How to find overview and getting started information on Built-in Analytics ?
  • What are the latest developments of the current release 1711 and preview to 1802 ?
  • What are  frequently asked questions and mission critical business topics,
    which will help you to better leverage the built-in analytics offering in BYD.

In this article we want to provide a central place with important resources, documents,  training materials and blogs for easy access to all relevant assets on built-in analytics.

Table of Content

  1. Introduction into built-in Analytics
  2. Overview and getting started information
  3. What’s new in 1711 – Important Release Information on Built-in Analytics
  4. Frequently asked questions and important featured topics
  5. Outlook and next steps

Introduction

What means Built-in Analytics within SAP Business ByDesign (ByD): 

SAP Business ByDesign is a cloud-based ERP solution, which delivers integrated and insight-driven business processes for mid-size companies.  Accordingly built-in analytics is a key theme for SAP Business ByDesign and customers get the analytics content as an integrated part of their standard processes out-of-the box. As a result customers get full transparency into all aspects of their business processes.

What are the aspects of built-in analytics, which make the difference:

  1. Uis connects insighs to actions
    User Interfaces embed analytical insights in the context of your daily work to make better decisions at the right-time in the context of your business processes.
  2. Model-driven Adaptability
    Within SAP Business ByDesign customers use an integrated approach to adapt and extend the business objects and processes. Every adaptation is made available via key user tools for analytical data sources, reports and KPIs.
  3. Business Processes integrate Analytics
    • When you scope and configure a business process all related analytics content is made available out of the box. (e.g. Access rights  to transactional and analytical data are managed consistently are assigned to users via work centers.)
    • The insights are based on live data and it is ensured that each number can be immediately explained by navigating to the underlying business document.

Overview and Getting Started Information

You will find a quick introduction into built-in Analytics by looking the the following assets, ressources and videos:

General Introduction
by Rainer Zinow
Latest Version of the video training BYD  Video
Introduction into KPIs,
Report Cards
and Overview Page
Preview of KPI and Report Cards
in Release 1802:

 

 Video
Create your own
Key Performance Indicators

How to create and monitor a KPI?

Video
Multidimensional Reporting within
Analysis Pattern Ui
Introduction how to analyze your business
with analysis pattern – Video to come…
Video

Open SAP Training

Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign

Introduction into the following content:

Week 1: Introduction and Getting Started
Week 2: Analytics – End-User Perspective
Week 3: Analytics – Key-User Perspective
Week 4: Microsoft Excel-Based Reporting

Please note that the current training is
still based on Silverlight, which is currently
being replaced by a new and simplified
HTML5 UI.

 Link

 Highlights of the current release 1711

Please find the current highlight information and current release video here: (blog / video)

Analysis Pattern simplified in HTML5 Client

The multidimensional reporting within the Analysis Pattern allows customers to understand the impact of each characteristic and key figure on their business.

As part of the HTML5 transition the analysis functions are now rearranged and you will find them easier on the related view, selection and additional filter panes.

Additional simplifications are:

  • Search and add characteristic and key figure to rows and columns
  • Use drag and drop to move fields between rows and columns
  • Manage views and selections and others

Data Source Preview and Documentation

In the view Design Data Source you will now find an improved preview based on the changed analysis pattern in HTML5.

In addition, you can benefit from improved documentation on the delivered SAP Content. This allows you to relate each field in the data source to the underlying field in the business object. You have an improved visibility into the calculated key figures. You can get the where-used information, which shows the reuse of these fields in key figures and reports.

Monitoring of Key Performance Indicators on LaunchPad in HTML5

The current Silverlight solution supports limited KPI monitoring on a fixed number of SAP delivered KPIs. With the new HTML5 client, you can now create your own corporate KPIs based on your company-specific reports, selections and key figures. You can use now the same KPI definition to consume KPIs on the Launch Pad, which you might know from the business in focus IPAD application. A new KPI Detail screen helps you to understand root causes and identify business issues.

Business users can personalize and organize their KPIs on the Launch Pad.

New caching concepts improve the performance and deliver precalculated KPIs for easy consumption.

Frequently asked Questions

 Area Question Answer  
Reporting UIs
Current application example from CRM Where can I find a nice demo showing the new UI in 1711 from application perspective?

blog

Video

Excel-based Reporting Where can I find examples and Infos on exce-based Reporting ? Open SAP
Course – Week4
Key User Tools
Documentation on Data Sources How can I better understand the content, delivered from
SAP as integral part of the BYD Processes?
link
Openess / BYD – SAC Integration
How to extend BYD Analytics with SAP Analytics Cloud? SAP Analytics cloud is recommended to support the following analysis and planning scenarios:
– reporting across cloud applications
– advanced dash-boarding and visualization
– planning and predictive scenarios

Blog

Content example

How to access data from third party clients ? In the current release ByD provides for each report an ODATA API, which delivers the underlying result set for
third party reporting clients.An improved interface for data replication on data source level is currently in preparation.
ODATA API for Reporting Clients
How to integrate Planning Data from SAC with BYD? In this video we show an example how you
1) replicate actuals to SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)
2) plan your values in SAC
3) export the plan values and import to BYD
4) use a cloud data source in BYD to load the data
5) Combine actual and plan values for variance analysis
 video


Outlook and Next Steps:

Looking at the road map for built-in analytics you will find the following key themes, which determine the strategic directions of future investments in SAP Business ByDesign Analytics:

  1. Further leverage HTML5 and simplify analytics UIs for casual users.
  2. Execute on the overview page concepts incl. KPI and report cards.
    In a next step we will extend the overview page under home to all work center overview pages and enable key user adaptation. Custom-built overview pages will become a subsequent step on this path.
  3. Simplify adaptation and key user tools
    Reuse of delivered content in custom reporting scenarios is a key area of improvement.
    Key topics here are improved transparency into existing content, simplifications of key user tools and completion of existing application content.
  4. Openess
    Beyond the built-in analytics scenario the side by side reporting with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) , Business Warehouse as well as third party platforms are key.
    To achieve this we started a new ODATA API in 1802, which will form the basis for future data replication scenarios and improved SAC integration.
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