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S/4HANA Embedded Analytics: Success with real-time decisions!

In today’s fast-paced business world, where time is undoubtedly seen as one of the most crucial factors for success, the question arises: How can you ensure that both you and your team consistently make optimal decisions without becoming overwhelmed by reports and complex analysis tools? The answer to this challenge lies in the innovative technology of SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics!

Why is SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics proving to be so revolutionary?

The innovation here is that it seamlessly combines a feature that gives you immediate real-time insights right where you work. This means you don’t have to switch between different applications anymore. The future of making business decisions definitely depends on smoothly putting data and analysis into how you run your operations, and that’s exactly what SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics delivers!

Optimise your business processes for exceptional efficiency and boost productivity

You no longer need to waste valuable time on laborious manual analyses. Thanks to the seamless integration of SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics, you and your team have the opportunity to optimize your processes and make well-informed decisions in real-time. Complex data replication processes into the Business Warehouse are a thing of the past in this context. Gain comprehensive and clear insights into your company’s performance, identify bottlenecks or issues, and take immediate action to unleash the full potential of your business operations! Let’s assume a business user, for example, from the sales team, uses the Fiori Launchpad to view the latest developments in the sales environment in the form of a clear overview page with related data in card format.

There, he can dive directly into his locked and pre-filtered orders. In the subsequent view, known as the Analytical List Page (ALP), the orders are listed in a clear manner based on specific filter criteria. This provides an opportunity to easily switch to processing (in this case, transaction VA02) to finalize individual cases or resolve any irregularities.

It is clear to see how the analysis and operational tasks are seamlessly linked, contributing to improved efficiency in your business environment.

KPIs - The Decisive Factors for your success, now accessible to you

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), also known as performance indicators, are the key to precisely measuring and enhancing your company’s success. With the SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics platform, these performance indicators are now available to you immediately and transparently. This includes not only simple KPI tiles displaying individual metrics but also intelligent Smart Business KPI tiles that not only show individual metrics but also include informative charts and graphs. Thanks to this enhanced view, your sales team can now directly and immediately track sales volume by fiscal years or even calendar weeks while keeping an eye on the complaint rate.

Real-time monitoring of your company’s performance enables you to respond immediately to emerging opportunities and challenges. You will be amazed at how effortlessly and effectively you can steer your company towards success!

Unique dashboards for an exceptional and tailored experience

In our understanding, each team member plays an essential and unique role with specific data requirements. Thanks to SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics, wonderful opportunities arise. You can create highly personalized dashboards that are precisely tailored to the individual requirements and needs of your team.

The presented dashboard illustrates the launchpad from a sales perspective. It’s worth noting that you can not only add tiles but also remove or completely restructure them according to your employees’ personal preferences.

Your sales professionals can fully focus on their sales figures, while production managers simultaneously have their own customized ‘workspaces’ that allow them to monitor manufacturing processes in real-time. All of this is done within an extremely clear, user-friendly, and highly customizable dashboard!

How are your dashboards integrated into the Fiori Launchpad?

At first glance, this question may seem quite technical, but it can be answered in a straightforward manner.

First and foremost, it’s important to know that SAP provides an extensive and continuously growing collection of business content. This means that a typical workspace for sales personnel can be easily configured using role assignments within SAP S/4HANA. You can find the available apps in the Fiori App Library, where the necessary catalogs and role titles are also listed for assignment in SAP S/4HANA User Management.

For example, by assigning the role SAP_BR_SALES_MANAGER, sales personnel gain access to key dashboard-format apps through the Fiori Launchpad, making their work considerably more streamlined.

It’s important to note that the standard apps also cover many other business areas, such as Controlling (CO), Human Resources (HCM), Materials Management (MM), and many more.

If your requirements cannot be met with SAP’s standard apps, you have the option to extend existing virtual data models or create new ones. ABAP Core Data Service Views (CDS Views for short) are used as the foundation for analysis, applications, or KPI tiles. This allows for a more comprehensive analysis and customization of your dashboards in the Fiori Launchpad.

Experience the unmatched power of real-time analytics

In today’s highly dynamic business world, it is of utmost importance to stay informed and respond promptly to any changes. Thanks to the advanced technology of SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics, you have the impressive capability to implement comprehensive real-time analytics and receive lightning-fast answers to all your questions. This unique solution enables you to transform valuable insights into operational actions immediately, securing crucial strategic advantages. Whether it’s market shifts or evolving customer needs, you will always stay one step ahead, thus gaining an extremely competitive edge!

Why a Business Warehouse (BW) Remains of Crucial Importance - The Indispensable Companion to SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics

While SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics is undoubtedly considered groundbreaking technology that elevates operational decision-making to an entirely new level, the traditional Business Warehouse (BW) remains invaluable for businesses. But why is this the case? BW not only enables comprehensive data integration but also data modeling, data quality verification, and cleansing. Furthermore, it boasts powerful analytics capabilities, scalability, and impressive performance. BW preserves historical data for extensive time series analysis and features comprehensive security functions of immeasurable value. While SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics undeniably integrates some features directly into SAP applications, it’s important to emphasize that BW provides additional functionality and remarkable flexibility for even more extensive and sophisticated analyses. In summary, BW serves as a central platform for in-depth data analysis, empowering businesses to make informed decisions based on high-quality data. It plays an indispensable role in today’s business world where data strength and competence are paramount.

Embedded Analytics from the 3-Point Perspective: Aligning People-IT-Business for Sustainable Success

Let’s take a closer look at Embedded Analytics from the extended 3-point perspective of People-IT-Business: In this context, it becomes evident how information technology becomes a significant driver for initiating and implementing new business processes. This results in users having the abundance of necessary information available in a context-specific framework during the execution of their operational transactions.

The key to fully harnessing the immense potential of this technology to accelerate business operations now lies in empowering employees with the necessary authority. However, this also comes with increased responsibility. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to involve the affected employees early in this transformation process and clearly convey the value of the planned redesign to them.

Active change management and innovative project communication are essential in this context. Only through the close involvement of all stakeholders and continuous communication of the benefits brought by the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics can the success of this endeavour be sustainably secured.


SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics is undoubtedly a revolutionary and groundbreaking technology that optimizes operational decision-making processes and ushers companies into the exciting era of real-time analysis. However, we should not underestimate the importance of the traditional Business Warehouse, as it serves as an indispensable complement that enables comprehensive data integration, in-depth historical analysis, and the creation of complex corporate reports. The synergy between SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics and the proven Business Warehouse creates an extremely powerful duo. This impressive combination empowers companies to elevate data-driven decisions to an entirely new level, thereby increasing success to unprecedented heights! If you would like to learn more about how the groundbreaking technology of SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics can transform your company and take your business to unparalleled levels, we are at your service!

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Martina Ksinsik
Martina Ksinsik
Customer Success Manager

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Oliver Dworschak
Oliver Dworschak
Oliver Dworschak has been Senior Consultant at PIKON Deutschland AG in Saarbrücken for many years. He is primarily involved in the architecture, design and implementation of user-friendly reporting solutions based on SAP BI.

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