Special Report


Special Feature: SAP Analytics


October 1, 2005

Building an Analytics Roadmap for IT and Business

Roman Bukary
Vice President, Solution Marketing,

Angie Halderman
Director, Strategic Partner Initiatives,
SAP Global Marketing AG


In the "old days" of analytics, an IT team acted as alchemists behind the velvet curtain, plying their digital potions and I/O powders to produce arcane business intelligence reports for executives and the business user community.

Now comes a new generation of analytics that is transforming IT from alchemist to enabler. New analytics offerings no longer require continuous IT intervention, but are able to deliver relevant, timely business information directly to those who consume it and act upon its findings. We have entered an age where the average business person can now access and receive just the right information they need to make the best business decisions at the right time.

This change to a new era of analytics-savvy business people and business-knowledgeable IT teams is good. To ensure a successful transition, IT can help business people leverage technology more effectively by making it more accessible, more integrated, and more user-friendly. Conversely, the business person should not only leverage technology, but make it part of their business processes, and part of their overall solution landscape. Business users who fully understand the benefits that today's analytics can bring will be even more successful in this new era of business analytics.

SAP has the responsibility and the interest to make technology available and easy to use for every member of an organization; it is up to the business, working together with IT, to fully leverage this technology in a manner that puts relevant analytic insights and the appropriate actions together into a single, integrated environment (see Figure 1).

The Changing Relationship Between IT and Business

For IT, the road ahead may require you to reconsider how you have done your job in the past. Specifically:

  • Deepen your understanding of the business. If you are like many other IT professionals, you have probably devoted much of your career to learning and understanding technology. Today, the more conversant you are with the business side of your enterprise, the more valuable you will become in your organization. The business will quickly consider you "one of us" instead of "one of them."

  • Create liaisons to boost collaboration between IT and business.  What is the best way to deepen your knowledge of the business? Ideally IT must work side by side with business, not only on the day-to-daychallenges, but also to define and refine corporate strategy — not IT strategy, but corporate strategy. Identify how you are going to help your organization execute that strategy, whether it's through periodic meetings with power users, by creating cross-functional centers of excellence, or in placing relevant IT resources directly within lines of business. These activities will improve your responsiveness in delivering value to your growing business intelligence user community.

  • Empower your business users to become more self-sufficient. Now that you understand the business,and now that you've helped to define corporate strategy, focus on providing the right tools, infrastructure, training, and enablement to make your business users more self-sufficient. Having self-sufficient users does not mean that IT is irrelevant. Self-sufficiency simply means enabling business users with the processes they should be able to do on their own — give them the tools, infrastructure, approaches, and training to help them become more flexible and scalable.

If you have already been doing these three things in IT, you're well on your way to success. As for business people, the following considerations should be explored:

  • Develop liaisons with IT for a deeper understanding of the technology that runs your business. You know your business inside out; now take the time to learn more about the technology associated with it. Understand the elements you can control, and those you can't. Determine what parts of your business processes can be improved using technology.

  • Use analytics and associated technology to establish a baseline. The technologies are available to you today to define, instantiate, and run your business processes right now, as they are. Use technology and use IT to establish a baseline, so that you will know where you are today with respect to your corporate strategy, and then leverage your technology platform and analytics to help drive and refine your business processes.

  • Determine the measurement of success. Apply analytics, metrics, and developed insights to figure out where you want to be tomorrow, and decide what metrics you are going to use to determine if you have reached your strategic and corporate objectives. Look to enhance short-term, "close-the-deal" metrics; focus on identifying your definition of success, and where you want your business to be in four, eight, or twelve quarters.

Figure 1
Sample SAP Analytics Applications and the Visual Composer Modeling Tool

5 Steps to Identify the Processes Ripe for Change

Once you know where you are, where you want to go, and the KPIs you plan to use to track and manage your progress, now comes the easy part. With IT and the business working side by side, you can now define what parts of your business processes you can and want to change. How do you do this? Go back to the definition of your strategic objectives and corporate strategy — what you want to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it. What metrics will define your organization's success?

1. Define your business processes. To effectively enable all types of users to access, analyze, and act on information in the context of the processes and tasks they manage, business processes need to be defined. Ask yourself, what is the objective of a given business process, and what are the associated steps? Who helps and participates in this business process, and who is the recipient of this process? Ultimately, how is this process running today, and what are the available resources to make this process run better?

2. Determine how you can make your defined business processes more dynamic. Now that you've defined your business processes, what do you want to change? How will you know if you're succeeding in introducing beneficial changes? Today's convergence of transactional, collaborative, and analytics steps into a single, integrated business process allows you to actually define, monitor, and refine business processes.

3. Determine how to make your processes more responsive by making them more composite. You have multiple contributors and consumers feeding and drawing from your supply chain. You want to create an environment where, for example, your purchasing, sales, inventory, and replenishment information is dynamic, timely, and comprehensive, helping business users make appropriate decisions based on this historical and trending information.

4. Determine the parts of your business processes that are commodities, and those to which you cannot add a differentiating value. Leverage analytics to determine what parts of your business processes are not your core competencies and, of those, which you can outsource based on profitability, responsiveness, benchmarking, or root-cause analysis techniques.

5. Determine what parts of your business processes you want to actually modify. What is your unique value proposition compared to your competition, and how will you keep your competitive edge?

Using technology to improve business processes has been a staple of companies since the Industrial Revolution. A century ago, the biggest challenge with business was defining and establishing a business process and making it repetitive. Henry Ford's great innovation was not only producing cars that were black, but also creating a business process that allowed him to produce these cars in black over and over and over again without difference or defect.

For a more contemporary example, look at the business processes of some of the newest US airlines. These airlines understand the need to have a call center, even though call centers are expensive. To reduce costs, they use technology to build a state-of-the-art online reservation system, and then charge customers who book a reservation through the call center instead of online, thereby optimizing customer service while at the same time reducing expensive staffing requirements.

Analytics, leveraging technology and encapsulating best business practices and metrics, help you establish a baseline, show you what you can refine, help you to refine it, and then track your progress against your objectives. But this only will be meaningful to your top and bottom lines when IT and the business are working hand in hand.

These new airline business processes do not stop there; some of the particularly innovative ones really leverage technology to be more efficient and competitive. Their call agents all work remotely, eliminating the expense of having everyone in a single large building answering phone calls, yet use a common, flexible, extensible platform to deliver a seamless business process and a great customer experience.

Analytics, leveraging technology and encapsulating best business practices and metrics, help you establish a baseline, show you what you can refine, help you refine it, and then track your progress against your objectives. But this only will be meaningful to your top and bottom lines when IT and the business are working hand in hand.

Available Resources for Reinforcing the Business/IT Relationship

Fortunately, help is available to assist with deepening the relationship between business and IT. SAP and our partners are available to assist you with the evolution. For example, when you obtain the services of a systems integrator, you are bringing aboard someone who understands your domain, knows your product and industry, and usually someone who has a deep relationship with SAP. They can help you customize a solution to meet your specific needs, and in some cases offer common sense advice to help you refine your corporate strategy.

In the case of SAP's software partners, SAP provides a common infrastructure and application suite, and our partners build complementary solutions to deliver a complete offering to you, our joint customers. Our partners make sure that every SAP customer gets a fully supported and integrated offering that meets their complete business needs.

To learn more about SAP Analytics, visit For more information on SAP's partner program, please visit Companies interested in partnering with SAP are invited to apply at

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Hettie Tabor
SAP BI Global Lead,

Why Connecting Your Business Processes with Business Intelligence Is the First Step Toward Improving Performance

Business users depend on data from enterprise and business intelligence systems to make informed decisions and improve performance. As users' data needs have grown beyond standard reporting functionality, many companies have implemented data warehouses, ad hoc reporting systems, and enterprise portals to empower users to access the data they need to do their job. But as employees gain better access to the information in these systems, there is a growing demand for more robust analytic capabilities to connect business processes with business intelligence.

Getting Business Intelligence Into the Right Hands

In a survey of leading organizations carried out by Accenture, an SAP Global Services Partner, only 28 percent of those surveyed felt that they had achieved significant access to their enterprise solutions data and had robust analytical capability. While most organizations have taken steps to improve access to data, they have not aligned their business intelligence systems with their business processes.

Workers at all levels are increasingly asked to analyze data across applications. For instance, a sales planner may review sales reports from a data warehouse like SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), enter sales data into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system like mySAP ERP, review customer information from a customer relationship management (CRM) system like mySAP CRM, adjust the sales plan in a planning system such as Business Planning and Simulation (BPS), and access market data from external systems, all in the normal course of their day. So how do you capture and present all this data in a way that enables your business users to make quick, insightful decisions?

"Connecting with the business processes is only the first step. Governance of the data and further integration of the data, both technically via information management and functionally via enterprise performance management, will be nipping at the heels of those initial business intelligence efforts."

— Shari A. Rogalski, Business Intelligence Global Practice Lead, Accenture

Mapping Business Context to Business Processes

Accenture sees the next generation of business intelligence focused not just on data access, but on presenting the information in a business context, mapped to business processes. The development of any analytic application, regardless of the technology, should be business-driven. SAP Analytics, built on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, delivers these capabilities to business users.

The future of analytics emphasizes workflow founded on process-based scenarios that access data from various technologies while keeping those systems transparent to the users. Instead of consuming business users' time by requiring them to understand the technology behind each tool, analytics will integrate systems in a way that guides users and provides them with what they need to perform their job. By shifting workers' focus from systems management to business management, organizations raise their business performance and are better positioned to identify and achieve competitive advantage.

For more information about Accenture's services for SAP customers, please visit

Hettie Tabor is a Partner with over 18 years of Systems Information Consulting experience and over 10 years of SAP and Business Intelligence experience. She is the global lead within Accenture for SAP Business Intelligence and SAP Analytics.

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Ken McGovern
Product Management,
ACL Services Ltd.

See Your Enterprise Data from a Single Point of View
ACL Business Assurance Analytics

To gain visibility into financial and operational performance, and to satisfy compliance regulations, companies are turning to data analysis technologies to access their transactional data. ACL, an SAP Software Vendor with certified integration, can help SAP customers examine transactions across key business processes and disparate systems to uncover errors, identify unforeseen risks, expose fraud, isolate internal control breaches, and enable smarter decision making.

ACL offers Business Assurance Analytics, a suite of data analytics technologies — including ACL Desktop and Server editions, Direct Link 4.2, and Continuous Controls Monitoring solutions — that enable SAP customers to meet regulatory and business requirements. Through the single point of view provided by these analytics solutions, SAP customers can access their data in mySAP ERP along with transactional data from legacy systems and other data sources in diverse IT environments. By simplifying cross-platform comparative analytics, ACL technologies provide facts-based evidence to support more informed strategic and tactical decisions.

The New Role of Data Analytics

Data analytics are no longer the sole domain of auditors, technical users, or specialists. In fact, data analytics technology can help financial and operational managers review transactions within business processes (the payables cycle, general ledger, inventory, payroll, etc.). And in response to compliance requirements and corporate accountability pressures, organizations must increase the frequency of internal controls testing and monitoring, and analyze all transactional data, while reducing the overall cost of compliance.

ACL Data Analytics Technologies

For more than 18 years, ACL has been providing Business Assurance Analytics technology to some of the world's largest organizations. Hundreds of companies, including Dow Corning, Dominion, and Suncor Energy, have applied ACL data analytics within their SAP solutions environments to improve operational efficiency and bottom-line results — while providing a positive return on investment in a matter of weeks.

Highlights of ACL's Business Assurance Analytics include:

  • Independence: ACL analytics reduce the burden on IT for extracting data in SAP solutions, allowing end users to get the information they need — when they need it.

  • Productivity: End-to-end automation is key to operational efficiency. ACL's Direct Link, certified for integration with SAP NetWeaver, connects to the target SAP system using SAP RFC calls. Based on a user's table, field, and filter selections, Direct Link generates temporary ABAP reports that extract, format, and download SAP table data to ACL. Queries can be monitored and administered using the SAP Process Overview and the SAP Job Overview transactions, thereby extending the reach of ACL analytics in your SAP solutions environment.

  • Coverage: The complex, time-consuming tasks of retrieving and analyzing data in SAP solutionscan limit the scope and frequency of controls testing, monitoring, and data analysis. Direct Link provides seamless access to data in mySAP ERP, enabling you to conduct comparative analysis with transactional data from other systems.

  • Data integrity: ACL provides read-only data access — the source datais never modified or deleted, and the quality of your data analyses is always maintained.

  • System security: Access to data in SAP solutions is determined by the user's table authorizations, respecting security and authorization protocol.

Leading organizations around the world use ACL data analytics technologies to gain a single point of view into their organization's operational performance. To learn more, visit

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Gord Breese
Vice President SAP
Business Objects

Eliminate Information Silos to Create a Single Version of the Truth

Organizations invest heavily in SAP solutions to optimize their business processes. These companies also make critical business decisions using data from a variety of non-SAP applications. With the introduction of BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions, Business Objects enables organizations to provide every employee with timely information from SAP R/3, SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), and non-SAP data sources, providing a single version of the truth across their business.

Business Objects, an SAP Software Partner with certified integration, provides SAP customers with comprehensive access to information, creating agile organizations that can intelligently react to changing business environments to optimize their performance.

An Integrated Analytics Solution for SAP Customers

BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions, a market-leading business intelligence suite specifically engineered for SAP software customers, represents the sixth generation of Business Objects products that are tightly integrated with SAP solutions, and the eleventh generation of enterprise reporting integration. With BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions, your organization can:

  • Gain analytic visibility into your business, leveraging SAP applications and non-SAP data

  • Address the needs of all employees — from information consumers, to analysts, to executives

  • Minimize IT expenditures, report development time, and end-user training

  • Improve financial performance with real-time information

  • Reduce deployment and maintenance costs by centralizing information management, delivery, and security
  • Customer Adoption
    Some of the world's most successful enterprises have embraced business intelligence solutions from Business Objects for extracting value from data in their SAP solutions, including: Airbus, Italtel, Total, Clariant International, Cutter & Buck, DVB Bank, Ferrovie dello Stato, British Standards Institution, Gefco, PolyOne, NVIDIA, and FirstEnergy Corp. Business Objects solutions are a business intelligence standard for SAP systems.

    Codevelopment with SAP

    Since 2001, Business Objects has partnered with SAP to extend SAP BW's reporting suite in the area of formatted reporting. The result is seamless integration with SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (BI) and tight alignment with the SAP NetWeaver platform. Building on five years of successful codevelopment, SAP continues to act as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and resell Crystal Enterprise — Enhanced SAP Edition as an important third-party component for formatted reporting provided out of the box with the reporting capabilities found in SAP NetWeaver.

    Enhancing SAP Analytics Capabilities

    Empowering employees with the information they need and in a format they require to quickly make better decisions is a primary goal for both SAP and Business Objects. With the latest release of BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions, Business Objects provides a complete suite of business intelligence and analytics offerings for SAP customers — including reporting, query and analysis, performance management, and data integration — on a trusted, scalable platform (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1
    BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP Solutions - A Complete Business Intelligence Solution

    Reporting from SAP R/3, SAP BW, and More
    BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions provides SAP customers with a comprehensive range of capabilities, including Crystal reporting technology integrated with SAP NetWeaver BI. This bundled solution includes over 100 report templates. For those seeking to create custom reports using all their enterprise information, including accessing SAP R/3 and SAP BW data sources from within mySAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BI, as well as non-SAP data, users can create and customize presentation quality reports on their own, without relying on the specialized skills of programmers in IT (see Figure 2). Business Objects enables SAP customers to:

    Figure 2
    Self-Service Access to Data Within the SAP NetWeaver Interface

  • Get the information they need when they need it, and in an easy-to-use format, to make better business decisions

  • Gain full access to all SAP and non-SAP data to better track, understand, and manage business performance

  • Empower people to easily create and securely deliver their own presentation-quality reports via the Web

    Integration with SAP NetWeaver
    Many organizations need to access heterogeneous data sources to get a complete view of their business. Within the BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions suite, BusinessObjects Data Integrator gives organizations the flexibility of an enterprise-class data integration platform. Data Integrator accelerates the implementation of SAP BW data sources from within mySAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BI by simplifying access to disparate data sources for integration with your SAP NetWeaver environment. With Data Integrator, organizations can:

  • Integrate heterogeneous data with one tool and a single, easy-to-use graphical user interface

  • Provide a drag-and-drop design environment that allows users to easily manage data integration tasks without programming

  • Load data from SAP R/3 and SAP BW data sources from within mySAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BI that is not contained in the standard business intelligence extractors, including custom SAP R/3 tables or data from industry-specific components

    Query and Analysis
    BusinessObjects XI Built for SAP solutions also delivers functionality that extends powerful query and analysis capabilities, like those provided by SAP's Business Explorer (BEx), to business users throughout the organization. An intuitive interface empowers individuals to quickly and easily answer their own business questions without costly dependence on IT. Employees can interact with and share information inside SAP NetWeaver BI or a custom data warehouse, all within an intuitive self-service environment.

    For More Information

    To learn more, contact your Business Objects representative at +1 800 877-2340 or
    +1 604 681-3435, or visit

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    Scott Lawrence
    Product Marketing,

    The Best of Both Worlds
    Operational and Performance Management Insight with Cognos 8 Business Intelligence on SAP NetWeaver

    Individuals who manage business operations have different information needs than those who manage tactical or strategic processes. Wayne Eckerson, director of research and services at TDWI and author of Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business, applies this concept to define three types of dashboards:

    • Operational dashboards deliver detailed, transaction-level information to operational workers who need to intervene in right time to manage operational processes

    • Tactical dashboards deliver lightly summarized information to managers responsible for meeting departmental or project goals

    • Strategic dashboards deliver summarized data to executives for tracking the company's progress toward achieving strategic objectives and making mid-course adjustments

    Similarly, this distinction applies to analytics used across a company to both support recurring operational transactions and to manage direction, strategy, and performance.

    Combining Operational and Strategic Analytics

    Running effective day-to-day operations requires operational analytics focused on well-defined and relatively static business processes. Information related to open transactions must be combined in a consistent format. Managing business performance, on the other hand, requires information to help optimize the decisions that drive overall business performance in a fast-changing environment. Performance analytics allow decision-making individuals to engage in a broad range of activities that include planning, scorecarding, reporting, and sophisticated analysis, all in the format they need for rapid assimilation.

    SAP customers are looking to address both the operational and strategic sides of their business. Analytic solutions from Cognos, an SAP Software Partner with certified integration and Powered by SAP NetWeaver solutions, help customers meet these two very distinct and important needs — effective operational analytics and performance management analytics (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1
    Operational and Performance Analytics Spectrum

    Analytics for Operations

    Which orders are held up because of potential credit risk? Does the risk apply to this company alone, or to its sister companies too? Should I approve or reject this order?

    These are the types of questions that operational analytics help answer. Operational, or transactional, analytics are about streamlining day-to-day operations. They are scoped around a set of operational transactions to help users decide what actions may need to be taken and whether to take them, providing the user with the supporting information they need to optimize the execution of the business process.

    The people who care about operational analytics are responsible for conducting various business processes. The analytics they need are based on requirements known in advance. They use predefined information and pathways tied into operational processes and based on specific operational data. Often, information for a process is from a single source.

    Analytics for Performance Management

    Which of our key metrics are off target? Why is profit-per-employee lower than we expected? Has an inventory backlog or high discounting had an impact? Or is our current plan just out of sync with a changing reality?

    These are the types of questions that performance analytics help answer. Performance analytics are about optimizing the decisions that drive business performance. They extend beyond the processing of discrete transactions to help set direction and develop strategies and goals that ensure overall corporate success.

    The people who care about performance analytics are managers and executives. Based on market analysis, and on what the organization should be doing, how it is doing, and why, they make decisions that play a crucial role in generating successful strategies and keeping performance on track. The decisions they make change constantly and cannot be predefined. With the ever-increasing speed of business, they must quickly assimilate trends and vast quantities of historical and operational data from multiple sources, including data warehouses. Self-service analysis and report generation are essential to enable the fast, confident decisions that drive better performance.

    Cognos 8 Business Intelligence (BI) — The Best of Both Worlds

    Cognos 8 BI is the foundation of the Cognos corporate performance management platform with complete, proven business intelligence capabilities addressing the need to combine all data assets for business user self-service and formatted information. In one product, Cognos 8 BI provides broad reporting, robust dashboarding, deep comparative analysis, active scorecarding, event management, and data management capabilities — all on a single, unifying, Web-based, services-oriented architecture (SOA).

    Cognos 8 BI was built from the ground up to leverage the SAP NetWeaver architecture and to integrate with complex IT infrastructures. Cognos 8 BI leverages the architecture first made available with Cognos ReportNet, one of the first solutions to be certified as Powered by SAP NetWeaver. Certifications to integrate the Cognos platform with SAP NetWeaver include a number of components: deployment of Cognos Dispatcher Service on SAP Web Application Server, Cognos Driver for BAPI — an OLAP BAPI driver for SAP BW, and prepackaged iViews for SAP NetWeaver Portal.

    Cognos 8 BI meets the combined demands of IT and business stakeholders through three key elements:

    1. Source-independent, heterogeneous data access and centralized metadata that creates a single version of the truth, improves collaboration, and accelerates time to results across the enterprise — for data in SAP and non-SAP solutions

    2. A Web-based, services-oriented architecture that increases agility and lowers total cost of ownership

    3. A single, familiar, zero-footprint, browser-based interface for all BI capabilities that meets every user's needs and accelerates user adoption (see Figure 2)

    Figure 2
    Cognos 8 BI – Leveraging SAP NetWeaver Investments, Enabling Intelligent Decision Making

    Cognos 8 BI fulfills two very important needs — effective operational analytics and performance management analytics. Together, they provide the best of both worlds — operational insight and optimized business performance. They complement each other to contribute to overall business performance and competitive advantage.

    About Cognos

    Cognos is a world leader in reporting, business intelligence, and enterprise planning software. Industry analysts, customers, and experts recognize Cognos's leadership in these fields and in the emerging field of corporate performance management. They point to the breadth and excellence of Cognos performance management software as the source of this leadership. Founded in 1969, Cognos today serves more than 23,000 customers in over 135 countries. For more information, please visit

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    Rich Clayton
    Vice President,
    Product Marketing,

    The Value of Business Intelligence
    Delivering Actionable Insight Through Hyperion Analytics

    Today's global economic conditions create a business environment that is highly competitive, fast-paced, and cost-controlled. Executives are under pressure to locate every source of growth and profit. They need simple ways to segment and understand their business, to forecast more accurately, and to make difficult decisions about how to allocate scarce resources. Business users are demanding intuitive, self-service access to information and analysis with speed-of-thought response times. At the same time, as organizations seek to implement enterprise-wide performance management initiatives, decision makers must have visibility into performance metrics.

    Traditionally, printed reports have been the method of choice for delivering business information, but dashboards are quickly replacing them. Hyperion's analytics solutions and interactive dashboards, which integrate seamlessly and can be delivered through SAP NetWeaver Portal, present quick, visual insight into business performance. These dashboards provide a live window into data from SAP solutions, including mySAP ERP, mySAP Business Suite applications, and SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence — along with data from non-SAP systems — in a unified format, delivering key performance indicators and analysis each manager can use.

    The Power of Analytics

    Business information becomes actionable through analytics, which provide focused insight into an operational process, or broader insight into your organization's financial and operational performance. Hyperion's analytic engine delivers actionable insight into a broad range of functions — for all levels of employees — from the most technically astute analyst to the least technically sophisticated manager. This engine includes more than 250 out-of-the-box algorithms, functions, and procedural calculations. Hyperion analytics offer a compelling, visual exploration and navigation capability that enables even novice business users to rapidly discover trends and patterns, and to highlight exceptions within large data sets. Write-back capabilities enable what-if analysis and scenario planning.

    Analytics — fronted by intuitive dashboards and delivered through the SAP NetWeaver Portal — allow users to easily and selectively visualize data from different business perspectives. For example:

    • Sales, marketing, and services users can segment customer and market data, identify up-sell and cross-sell opportunities, increase campaign effectiveness, and model profitability and lifetime value

    • Procurement, manufacturing, and logistics decision makers can accurately forecast demand, plan production volume and mix, predict inventory needs and supplier risk, increase equipment and labor utilization, and optimize delivery routes and schedules

    • Finance, executives, and business line managers can model scenarios, develop shared goals and plans, and allocate resources to improve operational execution

    • Business analysts who depend on spreadsheets and presentations can use Hyperion SmartView for Microsoft Office to perform analysis within their familiar environment

    Hyperion analytics, together with your SAP solutions, provide your organization with actionable insight into financial and operational performance, delivering the competitive advantage you need to succeed in today's global economy.

    About Hyperion

    A member of the SAP NetWeaver Partner Program, Hyperion is a global leader in business performance management (BPM) software. More than 10,000 companies — including 90 of the Fortune 100 — rely on Hyperion software to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution, and provide insight to improve financial and operational performance. Hyperion's analytics and business intelligence solutions are certified for integration with SAP NetWeaver and deliver powerful capabilities to complement and extend your SAP solution implementation.

    For more information about the benefits of complementing your SAP solutions with Hyperion products, please visit

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