Recent SAP blogs about Business Intelligence


Let me guide your series: How to create a top-notch dashboard with self-service BI - Analytics

Let me introduce you to the first episode of a series of ‘Let Me Guide You’ articles in which I’ll share my experience and best practices on data visualizations. This one is about creating top-notch stories and dashboards using self-service BI. Select the appropriate BI components and off you go! Infographics and storyboards act like the icing on the cake. … Lees meer »


Let me guess: your BI strategy consists of one architecture slide - Analytics

Of course, you have thoroughly thought about your business intelligence (BI) strategy and have it available …. on ONE slide! Your strategy for execution, business needs, governance model, BI objectives and needs, information categories, components and architecture, sponsorships, measurement, training, support and metadata management … they all fit on your magical one-slider. Please allow me to smile :) I don’t … Lees meer »


Squeeze your DataViz to the ultimate: the art of Visualization part II - Analytics

  Science teaches us that the human brain can get a sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10th of a second. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. And most impressive: visuals are processed 60.000x faster in the brain than text. All of this helps us understand the value and power of data visualizations when interpreting … Lees meer »

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Dancing in the BI landscape: which BI functionality to use and when? - Analytics

Don’t we all feel like dancing around in the BI space sometimes, when deciding what BI functionality to offer BI users? Dancing around in the sense that our BI users tend to ask for as much BI functionality as possible, thinking “at least I have it now”. Simply offering them all the functionality available is the easy option. Yet both … Lees meer »

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The art of visualizing visualizations: a best practice guide - Analytics

Self-service BI tools are a big hit and they permanently changed the business intelligence landscape. The ease of use, performance and agility towards ever changing data structures, while respecting data governance, are just overwhelmingly appreciated by users. With the capabilities of the self-service tools to quickly create inherently advanced analyses and visualizations, our topic of the ‘art of visualizing visualizations’ … Lees meer »

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“Brothers in Arms”: Big Data & Analytics at the BA4ALL Summit - Analytics

The Survey on the Big Data & Analytics summit by BA4ALL quotes: “34% of company’s take day to day strategic decisions based on data and analysis …… an additional 28% state data and analysis form the basis for any decision taking”. Intriguing figures that triggered BA4ALL to further explore Big Data and Analytics on their summit on May 19th. Over 190 … Lees meer »


The Future of Finance is Now! See the most important SAPPHIRE ever for Finance professionals! - Analytics

    With over 350 sessions related to the Finance audience and Line of Business this is shaping up to be the most important, informative and comprehensive SAPPHIRENOW ever for finance professionals.  2015 will be our biggest presence ever showcasing how SAP Simple Finance and our entire Financial Management solution portfolio is enabling our customers on their transformation journey to … Lees meer »


BIMAC’s Controllers’ Day 2015 - Analytics

It was still early in the morning when I arrived at the Vlerick campus in the centre of Brussels on March 30. Everyone was getting ready for BIMAC’s Controllers’ Day. Centred around the theme of `The digital controller’, the event featured an international keynote speaker, an interactive panel debate and business cases highlighting the importance of ‘digital’ in a controller’s … Lees meer »

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Why are companies reluctant to analyze and measure their data quality? - Analytics

Data is the core of any application. Without data, no applications. Without good data, no good applications. Good data determines the rate at which the heart can beat. Any kind of data that is lacking, of poor quality or simply occurs twice in the system can be missed just as easily as cardiac arrhythmias. That’s because any kind of bad … Lees meer »

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The Velocity of Value - Analytics

Companies that are content to run in place rarely are rewarded by either customers or shareholders. So it’s no wonder that 90% of the senior finance executives surveyed by CFO Research* say that their companies are not content to stand pat, and are seeking to become more profitable next year than this year. But, given the reluctance of most firms … Lees meer »