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SAP xApp Analytics

by: Ryan Leask and Mathias Pöhling

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Publisher: SAP Press,30.12.06

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ISBN: 1592291023
ISBN13: 9781592291021

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With a foreword by Henning Kagermann, this practical guide to SAP xApp Analytics combines a practical business perspective with valuable technical insight into this product. You too can now understand how to place actionable insight in front of the business user. Get an overview of the details of xApp Analytics before the authors take you on an implementation and usage journey. This book fulfils two goals. First, it gives readers a good look at the technology behind building Analytic Applications within SAP. Second, it gives them a business perspective on why xApp Analytics are beneficial, and then how SAP meets that challenge with the various pre-packaged applications offered to customers. From learning about installation, administration, and transportation, to the development procedures of the SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, and to gaining insight into the future of Analytics, this is the one book you need to enter this field.

Learn about SAP xApp Analytics from the inside out by understanding how it works. Then learn from the author's own experiences from their time spent on pilot projects. Circumvent thorny issues and gain a practical understanding of this powerful suite of customized products.

Highlights Include:


  * Installing the SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer


  * Working with the SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer


  * Administration and Transporting


  * Overview of SAP xApp Analytics


  * Composite Applications


  * Managing SAP xApp Analytics Projects


  * Design Guidelines


  * Future Outlook for SAP xApp Analytics


  * Technical Prerequisites for Predelivered Analytics
About the Author(s):

Mathias Pöhling, once an SAP BI consultant, is now a Field Service Specialist in SAP xApp Analytics. Ryan Leask, once a BI consultant in Australia, moved to Palo Alto in 2005 to work in the SAP xApp Analytics Field Services team.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Henning Kagermann ... 17
Foreword by Sanjay Poonen ... 19

1. Why Analytics? ... 21
... 1.1 Starting from the Beginning ... 21
... 1.2 The Analytics Gap ... 24
... 1.3 Closed-Loop Analytics ... 27
... 1.4 Business Intelligence or Business Analytics? ... 30
... 1.5 Benefits of Using Analytics ... 31
... 1.6 Summary ... 32

2. Introduction to SAP xApp Analytics ... 33
... 2.1 Introduction ... 33
... 2.2 Architecture for SAP xApp Analytics ... 37
... 2.3 What's in a Name? ... 40
... 2.4 SAP xApp Analytics in the Market ... 42
... 2.5 Summary ... 42

3. SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer ... 43
... 3.1 Introduction ... 43
... 3.2 Enterprise SOA and Web Services ... 47
... 3.3 Visual Composer Architecture ... 50
... 3.4 Kit Concept and the BI Kit ... 54
... 3.5 Visual Composer in the SAP Environment ... 64
... 3.6 Summary ... 68

4. Installation of the Visual Composer ... 69
... 4.1 Introduction ... 69
... 4.2 Prerequisites for Using the Visual Composer ... 69
... 4.3 Sizing ... 72
... 4.4 Installation Process ... 75
... 4.5 Client PC Software Installation ... 80
... 4.6 Connecting to Backend Systems ... 81
... 4.7 Summary ... 87

5. Working with the Visual Composer ... 89
... 5.1 Introduction ... 89
... 5.2 Model Administration ... 90
... 5.3 Working in the Visual Composer ... 93
... 5.4 Building a Visual Composer Model ... 103
... 5.5 Connecting to Different Systems ... 127
... 5.6 Visual Composer Features and Functions ... 142
... 5.7 Summary ... 193

6. Administration and Transporting ... 195
... 6.1 Administration ... 195
... 6.2 Transporting ... 209
... 6.3 Summary ... 223

7. SAP xApp Analytics Composite Applications ... 225
... 7.1 Introduction ... 225
... 7.2 Financials and Human Capital Management (HCM) ... 226
... 7.3 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) ... 244
... 7.4 Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) ... 250
... 7.5 Supply Chain Management (SCM) ... 253
... 7.6 Manufacturing ... 262
... 7.7 Consumer Products & Apparel and Footwear ... 268
... 7.8 Logistics Service Provider ... 272
... 7.9 Banking and Insurance ... 273
... 7.10 Retail ... 277
... 7.11 Chemicals ... 278
... 7.12 Aerospace & Defense; Engineering, Construction & Operations; Industrial Machinery & Components ... 279
... 7.13 Automotive ... 281
... 7.14 Environment, Health and Safety ... 282
... 7.15 Customer Financials Management ... 284
... 7.16 Telecommunications ... 285
... 7.17 Healthcare ... 286
... 7.18 Higher Education & Research ... 287
... 7.19 High Tech ... 289
... 7.20 Utilities ... 290
... 7.21 Media ... 291
... 7.22 Mill Products ... 293
... 7.23 Oil & Gas & Mining ... 294
... 7.24 Public Sector ... 296
... 7.25 Service & Asset Management ... 297
... 7.26 New Product Development and Introduction ... 299
... 7.27 Summary ... 301

8. Managing SAP xApp Analytics Projects ... 303
... 8.1 Introduction ... 303
... 8.2 Project Pre-Phase ... 305
... 8.3 Planning Phase ... 306
... 8.4 Realization Phase ... 313
... 8.5 Go-Live Check/Review Phase ... 325
... 8.6 Go-Live Phase ... 327
... 8.7 Summary ... 330

9. Design Guidelines ... 333
... 9.1 Introduction ... 333
... 9.2 Designing the Floor Plan ... 334
... 9.3 Application Content ... 338
... 9.4 Navigation & Design Elements ... 339
... 9.5 Form Views ... 341
... 9.6 Table Views ... 342
... 9.7 Chart Views ... 344
... 9.8 Summary ... 346

10. Outlook for SAP xApp Analytics ... 347
... 10.1 Introduction ... 347
... 10.2 Investment Approval (mySAP ERP) ... 347
... 10.3 Corporate Governance (mySAP ERP) ... 349
... 10.4 Account Analytics (CP) ... 353
... 10.5 Warehouse Stock Analysis (mySCM) ... 356
... 10.6 Expense Exceptions ... 357
... 10.7 Treasury and Financial Investment Controlling (TRAFIC) ... 358
... 10.8 Best Practice Scorecarding ... 361
... 10.9 Summary ... 362

Appendix ... 363
... A Technical Prerequisites for Predelivered Analytics ... 365
... B Links ... 393
... C Glossary ... 395
... D Bibliography ... 399
... E Acknowledgements ... 401
... F The Authors ... 403

Index ... 405