Technology focus: SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics

Businesses are generating more data than ever before, but the value of that data depends largely on your ability to access, manipulate and report it in a meaningful way. In most ERP systems to date, meeting these analytical needs has required a separate data warehouse - but SAP S/4HANA’s Embedded Analytics lets you do it all from within the transactional system, allowing faster processing of vast data sets.

By removing the need to extract and load data, SAP S/4’s Embedded Analytics capabilities deliver the key benefits of working with a single version of the truth.

This means you can eradicate the possibility of corrupted data, keep it true and reliable, while ensuring readiness for instant reporting without the prospect of data-load delays.

S/4HANA’s Embedded Analytics enables positive change in how your business is run - empowering entire teams to make insightful decisions with confidence.

Accurate, real-time information promotes a pro-active approach to operations, enabling users to pin point issues or successes at every step of their process.


1. Business Intelligence landscape assessment

Only by fully understanding how your data is currently being used can we identify the requirements for improvement, so we start our work with a full assessment of your existing BI solutions.


This not only includes identifying poor-quality data or under-performing reporting solutions, but also looks at how your data processes may be open to misinterpretation.


We’ll look at your existing BI toolset and how it is being used by and governed in the wider business, with the aim of consolidating data siloes, minimising shadow IT, removing obsolete software, improving access management and ensuring data compliance.


2. GAP-FIT workshop

With a clear picture established of your current data tools and processes, we can begin to map your reporting into SAP S/4 - initially using S/4HANA’s standard ‘out-of-the-box’ functionality.

We’ll then undertake a GAP-FIT workshop with you, to understand where this standard functionality falls short of the reporting requirements, and what customised enhancements need to be made.


It’s here that we start to design the entire reporting solution, both from an operational and a strategic point of view. We look right across your business to ensure different groups of users are given the reporting functionality they need - bringing each user the flexibility of an individual reporting solution, with the benefit of centralised management.


3. Multi-tool implementation

Once the design phase is complete, AgilityWorks delivers the implementation, typically using multiple tools to serve the different aspects of your new reporting strategy.


SAP S/4 HANA Embedded Analytics allows organisations to utilise both embedded tools as well as the Business Objects toolset (which includes Lumira, Analysis for Office and Design Studio), and our experts ensure the optimum and apposite mix to meet your unique needs.


In instances where SAP S/4 HANA Embedded Analytics doesn't quite meet your full requirements, we can also build or integrate a business warehouse system (such as BW/4HANA), sharing the reporting across both systems.


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