Data & Analytics

Data and Analytics involves the management of both operational and analytical data, as well as the analysis of that data so that organizations can understand the performance of and improve their business processes and outcomes and make more effective decisions. With many organizations now looking to combine their operational data with data sourced from user experience, having processes and procedures in place to ensure that they are making the most effective use of that data is critical to timely decision making. Content in this area will cover tools that organizations can use to understand and manage their data as it is moved and stored across the enterprise, as well as the tools in use throughout the community to analyze that data. It will also provide guidance on technologies like AI and machine learning, robotic process automation, and how new technologies in these areas are being used to achieve business advantages for those who use them.


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    Four Questions to Help You Understand Embedded Analytics

    Reading time: 5 mins

  2. Case Study: Rumpke and the future of planning with SAP’s Analytics Cloud – Webinar

  3. Automate Your SAP Processes More Strategically

    Reading time: 2 mins


  1. Utopia Global

    Reading time: 2 mins

    Analysts and business leaders agree that digital transformation is a top strategic priority in the coming years — and the investment dollars are following. The pressure to go faster is acute for organizations that run their business on SAP ERP systems. In the clamor to digitize, organizations must realize that different business processes require differentiated…
  2. Increase the Report Writer/Report Painter Toolset Query Capabilities in Less Than an Hour

    Reading time: 7 mins

    By adding FI and CO tables that are not in the standard Report Writer/Report Painter library, you can give yourself more options for creating queries using these tools. SAP delivers several tables in the standard R/3 system that work with the Report Painter/Report Writer tools. If you’ve used Report Painter, then you know that you…...…
  3. From XML to ABAP Data Structures and Back: Bridging the Gap with XSLT

    Reading time: 4 mins

    XML, the EXtensible Markup Language, is the web standard for generic representation of structured data. Perhaps it hasn’t yet found its way into your company’s ABAP application development, but there is a fair chance that it will. So how can you bridge the gap between the ABAP and XML worlds? The SAP Web Application Server…...…
  4. Help Your Profit Analysts Find Cause-and-Effect Relationships with Three CO-PA Data Fine-Tuning Options

    Reading time: 43 mins

    Three settings in a customization piece called the Sales and Distribution (SD) Pricing Procedure will give you greater ability to fine-tune profit-related data that is sent from SD to CO-PA. The article includes a walk-through exercise to help you learn the technique. Out of the many options available in SAP R/3 for influencing when and…...…
  5. Optimize Database Access and Increase System Performance Through More Efficient ABAP Programming

    Reading time: 1 mins

    One of the most common reasons for slow-running ABAP programs is long-running SQL statements, which can cause over-consumption of database and network resources, and ultimately, decreased performance. So how can you prevent your SQL statements from causing this? This article provides an overview of database access optimization. It discusses the various techniques available for speeding…...…
  6. Use a Custom ABAP Report to Find “Labor Hours Confirmed on Production Orders” Data Entry Mistakes… Before Your Month-End Closing

    Reading time: 9 mins

    At some R/3 sites, the labor time spent on any given Manufacturing Order is recorded at a standard value, possibly as part of a backflushing transaction; at others, the hope is to have the operators record their actual time spent on each given Manufacturing Order, leaving wide open the possibility that operators may introduce data…...…
  7. Improve Your CO-PA Report Response Speeds by Summarizing Your Users’ Data

    Reading time: 6 mins

    When executing your ABAP reports, “summarization levels” – an additional set of tables defined in the CO-PA configuration and stored separately from segment level tables and that have their own subset of data – offer you a chance to add one or more layers to the data retrieval pyramid that will be used by COP-PA’s…...…
  8. This Time Tomorrow, You Could Be on the Way to a Successful Audit Preparation… With the Free DAta Retention Tool (DART)

    Reading time: 10 mins

    As preparation for a potential IRS tax audit, tax departments must determine which of their many kinds of business documents and transaction data need to be kept in each of two kinds of formats: Paper-based and Electronic. To meet the Electronic format requirements, many R/3 sites, prior to R/3 release 4.6, required custom ABAP programs…...…
  9. Indexes for Dummies – Or, How to Get FI/CO Data Quickly

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Understanding how data is organized and indexed in SAP can go a long way for users when they want to access information fast. This article explores the secret world of SAP indexes and database tables and explains why FI/CO reporting transactions so often time-out on users, and what steps can be taken to prevent long…...…
  10. Tips and Tricks for Adding Selected Images to Your CO-PA Reports

    Reading time: 8 mins

    In this month’s column, Gary’s tip is a step-by-step demonstration of how the graphical interface in the 4.6 B&C release can be used to spiff up CO-PA reports by personally customizing the report headers with the addition of selected pictures, logos, and other images – even web addresses. Here’s a little trick you can use…...…