A Test Drive of SAP Analytics Cloud

July 24, 2018
Written by Danielle Larocca

Senior Vice-President of HCM Solutions Danielle Larocca has worked in the SAP HCM space for over 20 years. An SAP Mentor and featured speaker at numerous conferences, Danielle has authored four best-selling books on SAP, is the Technical Editor for the SAP Professional Journal, and often the Voice of the Expert on SAPInsider’s Ask the Expert series for HR.

SAP Analytics Cloud was a key focus of SAPPHIRENOW 2018. Let's give it a quick test drive using its free trial offering.

In my recent blog What’s new in SAP SuccessFactors HCM reporting, I explained how SAP has declared the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) as their future for reporting and analytics leveraging intelligence.

I was excited about what I saw and decided to take advantage of the free 30-day trial of SAP Analytics Cloud. Getting started was easy; all I needed was a valid email address, and I was able to create my own password.

Free 30-day trial of SAP Analytics Cloud
Screenshot from SAP.com 2018

I began by selecting to explore a sample story, and I was presented with a dashboard like the one shown below leveraging data from a fictional beverage company.

leveraging data from a fictional beverage company
Screenshot from SAP.com 2018

Some things that caught my eye right from the start include the insights declared via intelligence, like the one that states how “Nevada consistently underperforms across all product regions”. These insights are in line with the intelligent shift of taking the onus off the analyst looking at the data to draw their own conclusions and rather assisting them in analysis of the data and sharing key conclusions.

As mentioned in my previous blog, SAC provides the ability to gather meaningful information from across SuccessFactors and use that information in a way to tell a compelling story that is ready for the business to make decisions from.

Before Intelligence -> The dashboard would show a chart labeled Headcount and the user could drill into it to review it and try to ascertain patterns, look for outliers etc.

After Intelligence -> The Dashboard highlights a business consideration insight, such as “How are we hiring by Ethnicity?” or “how California has above average sales…” as shown in the graphic above.

Interacting with my dashboard was easy. On the right-hand side of the screen, there is a Date Range Filter that allowed me to vary my content view based on a sliding scale. In addition, I had an interactive legend that allows me to specify what data I would like included. In my fictional beverage company example, I unmarked the options for both Alcohol and Nevada (as I made some assumptions there, if you know what I mean) to see the immediate impact on my data and its analysis. Turns out alcohol sales in Nevada were not a large contributor (clearly fictional data). 

Next, I used the top navigation to select the Summary View which brought me to a screen that was one step ahead of me by estimating why sales in Nevada were so low, as shown below:

 I used the top navigation to select the Summary View which brought me to a screen that was one step ahead of me by estimating why sales in Nevada were so lowScreenshot from SAP.com 2018

This intelligence is the cornerstone of SAP Analytics Cloud.  As I reviewed the analysis I was excited to interact with the interactive geo-map to scroll into the hot areas of revenue as shown below:

Interactive geo-mapScreenshot from SAP.com 2018

Because SAC has access to all relative data, it has proposed two possible analyses for why the revenue was so low: Discounting, and lack of marketing events in the region, as shown below:

Discounting, and lack of marketing events in the region
Screenshot from SAP.com 2018

Next, I navigated to the Sales Manager Overview view as shown below:

Sales Manager Overview

Via this interactive experience I could easily vary the products and locations on the left-hand side of the screen to review my top and bottom five sales managers. This simple interaction easily allowed me to identify top performers and specific revenue numbers, all whilst staying on the same dashboard (i.e. Kiran Raj sells the most alcohol – 10.91 M to be exact).

It was fun playing with the fictional beverage company and having access to all different kinds of data, although my favorite kind of data is related to Human Capital Management and Payroll.

As discussed in a previous blog, SAP SuccessFactors is moving toward a solution for all Human Capital Management reporting and analytics to exist in SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). In the meantime however, we all know that reporting on the transactional Payroll and/or Time and Benefits data is a challenge within any solution, as discussed here.

Did you know that EPI-USE Labs Query Manager customers have access to Payroll, Time and Benefits data, leveraging Fiori, today?

The Query Manager Fiori interface allows you to access your reports from anywhere – you don’t have to be logged into a computer with SAP GUI installed. You can run and process reports from web browsers, mobile devices, self-service portals, HR Renewal portals or even from within SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central.

The Fiori app allows you to create charts and graphs for additional interaction, drill-down, and analysis. Whether you are creating an executive dashboard or monthly employee productivity reports, you can now visualize your data and transform it into a coherent and meaningful presentation.

See samples below:Query Manager Fiori appSample of Query Manager Fiori app showing delivered content

Interactive Bar ChartSample of Query Manager Fiori app showing an interactive bar chart analyzing gross, net and tax thresholds

Sample of Query Manager Fiori app drill down into raw data for gross, net and tax Payroll dataSample of Query Manager Fiori app drill-down into raw data for gross, net and tax Payroll data

Query Manager selection screenSample of Query Manager Fiori App

SAP SuccessFactors HomepageSample of Query Manager Fiori app accessible through SAP SuccessFactors Homepage

Sample of Query Manager Fiori app showing how report data can include both data from SAP and SuccessFactors at the same timeAbove and below: Sample of Query Manager Fiori app showing how the screen can display multiple charts and graphs at a time for maximum analysis.  

Total taxes grouped by tax authority

Request a demo of the Fiori app   Learn more   WEBINAR REPLAY



Explore Popular Tags

Query Manager SAP SuccessFactors SAP HCM reporting HCM Reporting SAP HCM SAP Reporting SAP Payroll HCM SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll SAP SuccessFactors Reporting EPI-USE Labs reporting PRISM Payroll Document Builder Payroll reporting Query Manager Analytics Connector SAP Analytics Cloud SAP HCM Data SAP Query Microsoft PowerBI SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics SAP Payroll data Variance Monitor HR and Payroll data Human Capital Management (HCM) Intelligent HR and Payroll Tableau HXM Move Payroll Data SAP HCM Payroll SAP S/4HANA SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition (S/4 PCE) people analytics sap query hr Data Sync Manager Employee Central Payroll Journey to SAP SuccessFactors SAP SAP ERP HCM SAP HCM On-Premise Solutions SAP HCM journey SAP HR Reporting SAP and SuccessFactors HXM Reporting COVID-19 Cloud-based SAP HCM solutions Employee payroll HCM Productivity Suite HR SAP HCM/HXM SAP HXM SuccessConnect reporting solution ABAP DSM for HCM Employee Central Payroll Reporting Employee data GeoClock H4S4 Let's Talk HCM PRISM for HCM (Private Cloud Edition) PRISM free assessment Pay Recon SAP Data Warehouse Cloud SAP HCM Analysis SAP SuccessFactors HCM Journey SAP SuccessFactors Roadmaps SAP data privacy and compliance SuccessFactors Ultimate Guide: SAP HCM & Payroll Options data validation payroll control center Data Sync Manager for HCM Employee Central GDPR HCM, HR OData Query Manager with Document Builder Real-time reporting and document creation SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) SAP HCM On-premise SAP HCM for SAP S/4HANA On-Premise SAP HR SAP On-Premise customers SAP Payroll to the Cloud SAP Road maps SAP customers SAP data SAP data privacy & security Success Factors SuccessConnect 2019 Tax Reporting Transformation without re-implementation accurate payroll data certification custom infotype data source ebook on-premise SAP HCM s/4HANA Analytics solutions Automated reports Automation Cloud migrations DSM Object Sync for SuccessFactors Hybrid Data Secure Data Types Data analysis Digital tranformation EPI-USE Labs’ solutions Employee Letters Employee communication Free HCM Assessment HR Journey HR employee reports Human Resources Human Resources data Hybrid Reporting SAP and SuccessFactors Hybrid SAP and SuccessFactors Hybrid reporting Hybrid reporting solution Integrated reporting SuccessFactors SAP Intelligent Enterprise Microsoft Excel News OData integration OM Object Sync On-Premise Payroll On-Premise Payroll S/HANA Sidecar On-premise reporting Organization of the data PA People Analytics Workforce Planning Personalized documents Protect personal employee data Report Stories Reporting and analysis Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Robotic Process Automation framework S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition (PCE) SAP Data Privacy Suite SAP Data Security SAP ERP Payroll customers SAP HCM 2023 SAP HCM Roadmap SAP HCM and Payroll customers SAP HCM for S/4HANA SAP HXM 2021 SAP Mentors SAP SuccessFactors Hybrid SAP SuccessFactors Next-Gen Payroll SAP SuccessFactors Release updates SAP SuccessFactors Time Management SAP SuccessFactors Time Tracking SAP Wage Type Reporter SAP certified solution SAP migration SAPPHIRE 2018 SuccessFactors and the Intelligence Enterprise SuccessFactors' Employee Central Payroll TCO Calculator The Report Center The Road to People Analytics Time management Workforce Planning ad hoc data variances easy reporter high-speed, low-risk on-premise SAP data partner roadmap single reporting solution sq01 stories in SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics technology third party ALE STP report ASUG Accessing COVID-19 data Ad Hoc Query American Payroll Association (APA) Analytics Connector Analytics reports Analytics solution At-risk employees Australian Payroll Australian Tax Office (ATO) Automated analysis and pay run reconciliations Automatic HR reports Best practice in BI Bots Business Analytics Business Intelligence COVID-19 statistics COVID-19 vaccinations Certified solutions Check for data replication errors Client Sync Cloud hosting SAP PCE Company Branding Compare legacy HR and Payroll data Comparing data Configuration Center Copy and mask test data Coronavirus Created timestamp Custom store Customer-specific infotypes DSAG Data Privacy Data Replication Data Sources Data Sync Manager (DSM) Data access Data privacy regulations Data production support issue solution Democratize data Description Diversity & Inclusion reporting DocuSign Document Building Dynamic data ECC EPI-USE ERP Education sector Electronic Signatures Embedded Analytics Edition Employee Central time Employee Central timesheets Employee NICs Employee payment summaries Employee right to privacy Employer NICs Encrypt data FAQ Index Font Guidelines Gender Pay Gap General Data Protection Regulation Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) Government forms Grid control Grid layout HANA HCM Client Sync™ HCM/HXM/HR Blogs HIPPA HMRC
+ See More

Get Instant Updates

Leave a Comment: