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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 1805?
  • 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. What’s new in 1805 – Release Information
  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. (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.

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 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:


Create your first KPI
(3 simple steps)

KPI Creation updated for Release 1802

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

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


Release Highlights of the current Release 1805

Overview  / Roll-out Video

Section 1: Improved Analysis Pattern

Changed Column Width can be saved in View
As of release 1802 it is possible to change the column width of the grid. Now those changes can be saved for tabular views.  For multidimensional views (in case characteristics are moved to columns) the column width cannot be stored.

Freeze Characteristics in Rows
In case you have many key figures, you want to freeze your characteristics as stable lead column, which then allows you to scroll through your key figures and still see e.g. to which G/L account your row belongs.

Show Numbers in Chart
This feature allows you to display numbers in bar, column and line charts. As soon as you choose this feature the value axis will be hidden and your chart is simplified.

Show and Hide Descriptions for Selection Texts
This feature allows you show related selection texts in the selection pane.

Section 2: Improved KPI and Report Monitoring in HTML5

New Info Button in KPI Detail Screen to explain KPI Definition
A new info button on the KPI Detail screen allows you to see the KPI description and all the details how the KPI is defined. In case you are a key user you can also edit your KPI definition

Change of Card Labels for Cards on Home Overview Page
Changes of card labels are now consistently done in-place in your card header. When you personalize your overview page, just click into the card header to change your labels.


Section 3: New UI for Guided Definition of Join Data Sources
Since end-to end processes are the foundation of SAP Business ByDesign the demand of reporting along those documents chains was always high. For this purpose, many customers used the existing key user UI to join data sources, which required a technical understanding of the references between data sources.The new key user UI built-in HTML5 improves this task in two ways:

  1. You start with the first data source. Once you have selected your fields, the system analyzes the related references and proposes the best candidates / join partners based on the business process. With this it becomes much easier to determine the relevant join conditions and make sure that those conditions fit to the technical model.
  2. Secondly with each step you can preview and iteratively enrich your data source. The built-in preview helps you to easily see the outcome of each step and achieve the desired join data source.


Highlights of the release 1802

Overview  / Roll-out 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.

Important Highlights are:

  • One Selection Pane for selection parameters and additional filters
  • View Pane enhanced with further attribute settings
  • Chart Improvements and New Chart Settings
  • Improvement of Table and Grid Rendering
  • Navigate to Excel with active Add-in


Improved KPI Monitoring in HTML5

Important Highlights are:

  • Improved KPI Detail Screen includes improved titles and threshold bar.
  • Support of cashing concepts and personalized refresh rates
  • Clean-up of KPI Monitoring Views in HTML5

Personalized Overview Page with KPI and Report Cards

The personalized Overview screen under the Home work center is now enhanced with additional settings, which allow you to prepare the relevant KPI and Report Cards for your daily monitoring.

Highlights are:

  • Improved titles and subtitles
  • Personalized refresh rates
  • Reports can be added as multiple report cards to your page and show different views and selections.
  • Additional values can be shown in KPI header

Creating KPIs from report data

As a key user, you can now create new KPIs from your report data within the Design Reports view.

  1. Determine which key figure you want to monitor.
  2. Select the desired key figure and create KPI within the view pane.
    As a result, a new KPI definition is created and prefilled with the desired information.
  3. You can now complete your KPI with additional management thresholds, target and reference values in the Design KPI view.
    Improved Display texts help you to make the KPI meaningful.
    In case you need additional views and selections you can navigate back to the underlying report.

Retrieving Analytics Data from Data Sources using OData ServicesIn addition to the existing OData API for reports, which exposes aggregated report data via the consumption layer for a business user, it is now possible to expose raw data in basis data sources and combined data sources via OData API for data sources using a communication user.

Deep Dive Video (How to scope, expose and test the new ODATA API?)

Related Docu


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.
Key User Tools
Documentation on Data Sources How can I better understand the content, delivered from
SAP as integral part of the BYD Processes?
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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