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Reporting and Visualisation with SAP

User-oriented tools for high user acceptance and efficient decision-making processes: Business Intelligence (BI) covers approaches and technologies aimed at supporting data-driven decision-making and management processes. The objective is to deliver information required for a specific task in a structured manner and on an as-needed basis. 
Reporting and Visualisation with SAP

With BI, the process of supplying information is automated, repeatable and efficient so that decision-makers can manage their business effectively and in a resource-efficient manner. 
Regardless of whether it comes to typical issues (such as the presentation of cost structures and key performance indicators of individual business areas) or complex scenarios (e.g. value driver analysis, process indicators, product-oriented contribution margin calculations): Business Intelligence makes this data usable in everyday business. BI helps monitor the progress and achieve business goals in all areas. However, it is people who interpret such data and make a decision that are always central to the process. Business Intelligence additionally makes the required underlying data available for use in further-reaching automated approaches to data analysis (analytics).

BI starts already at the stage of analysing and defining specific information needs and scenarios. In the process of implementation, data is then compiled in a structured manner using virtual or DWH approaches (BI architecture). As regards the use of data, BI offers various forms of access to the prepared information, ranging from complex graphic BI applications (dashboards, visual analytics) to printed reports. The key success factor is to involve the endusers in the process already at this stage of implementation.

Business Intelligence: Challenges

Modern BI systems offer a vast array of functions for data integration and data visualisation. As the collection of data is extensive in all company areas, integrative solutions are becoming more and more important. Above all, it is important to master the increasing amount of data and its complexity. 
When developing, expanding and using BI landscapes, it is important to act in an efficient way and actively involve as many users as possible in the use and further development of the solution. In terms of efficiency, the question is in which areas the BI solution can be based on a cross-company standard, or which analytic areas should be differentiated from competitors and thus individually modelled. The following aspects are key to success of a BI solution, the use of which will be beneficial in the long term:
  • Management of increasing data volumes and rising complexity of objects to be analysed
  • Setup of structured BI architectures which can be further developed in an easy and transparent manner
  • Handling of system landscapes using on-premise solutions in combination with cloud products
  • Offering of innovative BI applications that enjoy a high level of acceptance and usability owing to visualisation and adaptability
  • Active requirements management and clear distinction by efficiency areas and differentiation depending on the area of application
  • Provision of self-service tools for (key) users and possibility of cooperating within the solution (e.g. adding comments)

Based on those areas, sample questions which are typical of BI projects can be derived: 
  • What information do I need to answer my question? Where can I get the required data and how can I collate it?
  • Who needs the information and how does the user intend to access the data?
  • Is it possible to map cost centre reports using standard features of my IT system or do I need a dedicated BI solution?
  • What changes in reporting requirements should be made in order to increase standard coverage?
  • How to make key users create their own reports and analyses using a given data set? 

Tools and IT solutions for SAP BI

Many manufacturers offer a vast array of BI tools. As regards technological aspects, Rödl & Partner focuses on SAP products, especially for data integration:
  • SAP embedded BW
  • SAP BO Data Services
  • SAP BO Universe
  • CDS


  • SAP BO Lumira 2.0 (formerly SAP BO Design Studio, SAP Lumira)
  • SAP BO Web Intelligence
  • SAP BO  Crystal Reports
  • SAP BO Analysis for Office
  • SAP Analytics Cloud
  • SAP UI5/Fiori

Business Intelligence: This is how we support you

Our experts will advise you on the implementation and targeted further development of your BI solution. Our many years of experience, interdisciplinary project teams and close collaboration with our specialist business lines enable us to offer a comprehensive SAP service:
  • Collaborative development of a Corporate Performance Measurement System (incl. expert advice) 
  • Formulating your specialist BI strategy and defining your specialist BI requirements (incl. value added analysis)
  • Reconciliation with Best Practices and SAP standard coverage analysis
  • Developing of guidelines for SAP BI architecture
  • Technical concept for individual backend (focus: SAP) and frontend (SAP & non-SAP) requirements
  • BI project management, implementation of innovative BI solutions with focus on SAP tools
  • Professional support with direct contact persons and transfer of knowledge

Any questions on SAP BI consultancy offered by Rödl & Partner?
Michael Natterer
(+49 [911] 59796 119) will be happy to assist you!


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Michael Natterer

Head of SAP BI & Analytics

Associate Partner

+49 911 180787 40

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