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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 getting started information on Built-in Analytics?
  • What are latest developments of the current release 1811?
  • 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. Getting started information
  3. Release Highlights of current Release
  4. Frequently asked questions and important featured topics
  5. Outlook and next steps


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.
    • 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.

Please take 30 min. to view the Analytics presentation done on the SMB Summit – serving as a perfect introduction into built-in Analytics:


Getting Started – Learning Material

You will find a quick introduction into built-in Analytics by viewing the following assets:

Getting Started Introduction
Deep Dive /
Enterprise& ByDesign

Byd and the Intelligent Enterprise by Rainer Zinow
Built-in Analytics
Overview Page Concept



Overview Pages explained – Rel1805

KPI and Report
  Blog: how KPI Variants are used in Financials link
Reporting /
Analysis Pattern
Please watch the Open SAP Course: Reporting with BYD
Week 4
Open SAP W4
Key User:
Create Report,
Key Figures
Please watch the Open SAP
Course: Reporting with BYD
Week 3

 Open SAP W3

Deep Dive:
Calculated Key Figure based on OTIF KPI

Key User:
Data Sources
Open APIs


Help: OData Data Source API


SAC Integration Blog: Extend SAP Business ByDesign with SAP Analytics Cloud

Extend BYD Analytics with SAC

Learn more on predictive capabilities provided with SAC

Smart Predict


Release Highlights of the current Release 1811

Please find the release highlights by Release and Topic here:

Release 1811 Release 1808 Release 1805/02
Roll-out Video

 Video 1811


Video 1808

Video 1805

Video 1802

Overview Page Concept
Personal Dashboards

Video: Get Ready for Information-rich Work Center Overview Pages

Personalization of Work Center Overview Pages

Key User Adaptation of
Work Center Overview

Handling of Refresh Rates

 Card Settings
Change Labels:
KPI and Report

Filtered KPIs / KPI Variants

 Info Button on KPI Detail
KPI Detail Screen

Create KPI from Report
Analysis Pattern

Bookmarks for Casual Users

Share Personal Views

Defer Refresh
Date Hierarchies
Numbers in Charts:
Column Width
Freeze Characteristics in Rows

Navigate to HTML5 UI from Excel:

Key User:
Create Report
Key User:
Data Sources

Copy and Preview Data Sources

Adapt Data Source :
Calculation with Dates:
Join Visualization:
Guided join definition:
Integration Cloud Data Source
Build OData Query
Download Code List
OData API for Data Sources

Featured Application Examples:

Application Description Ressources
SCM Analyze Delivery Performance with On Time In Full Delivery



Financials Analytics Insights for Cost Center Manager Blog
Financials Tracking Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) Cash Conversion Cycle Blog

How to setup projected sales dashboards and KPIs with tablets
(Please find a first version how Html5 is looking on IPAD)


Alexa meets SAP Business ByDesign and Built-in Analytics

Alexa Video

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?



Excel-based Reporting Where can I find examples and Infos on exce-based Reporting ? Open SAP
Course – Week4
Excel-based Reporting I cannot find the Navigate Button in the Add-in, which allow me to navigate to the Web Client? Deactivate Dynamic Paging (Show/Hide)
KPI Monitoring How to create and personalize a KPI? Video
KPI Monitoring Is there an easy way to upload and download KPIs?  Video
KPI Monitoring I want to show my KPI in Kilo, Mio. – Where is the Scaling field ? Start Personalization
and add the field scale.
KPI Monitoring When can a business user see a KPI? A user can see those KPIs, which is based on reports he is authorized to see.
Key User Tools
Documentation on Data Sources How can I better understand the content, delivered from
SAP as integral part of the BYD Processes?
Restricted Key Figures Restricted key figures return blank, when the restriction is not met – can I also show 0? At the moment a calculated key figure with NoErr(1+KF-1) will fix this problem.
Calculated KeyFigures Where I learn more on available calculations and aggregation logic?

Available Formulas


Aggregation Logic:

Advanced Lesson on
Cloud Data Source and
Formula Editor
How to create and Analyze Net Promoter Score with SAP Business ByDesign Video
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


Content example

Learn more on ODATA API for Data Sources How do I scope, activate and use the new ODATA API ?
– How to scope the new feature?
– How to create a communication arrangement?
– Howt to expose a data source?
– How to test my ODATA Service?
How to expose Code Lists ?




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


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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