Tuesday, 19 April 2016

SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics – A detailed Walkthrough (Part 1)

What is S/4HANA Embedded Analytics?

It is a set of Analytical Features integrated in SAP S/4HANA, that enables users to perform real time analytics on the live transactional data. It comes with a set of inbuilt representations of operational data, called VDM (Virtual Data Models) which will allow users to arrive at better decisions from the available data.
It doesn’t require a separate installation or implementation or any other licenses. It is a part of the S/4HANA Software and is generally available with the new S/4HANA releases.Customers can extend the existing CDS Views VDM’s and build new ones.
Please be informed that SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics will not replace any existing SAP Solutions and S/4 HANA has an Embedded Analytical engine, but certain steps/activation needs to be done for making this engine to work.
Most of the operational reporting can be done with S/4HANA Embedded Analytics.BW would be required for EDW, which will help to analyze the historical data, data consolidation from multiple sources.
SAP Best Practices for Analytics with S/4HANA: (RDS now be renamed as Best Practices) (Available in SMP since March 7th 2016-- http://service.sap.com/analyticswiths4h) (V1.0)
SAP Best Practices for analytics with SAP S/4HANA provides a comprehensive portfolio of analytical content based on SAP S/4HANA. It provides guidance on how to get started with SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics and how to integrate with best in class analytical platform and solutions from SAP for ex: SAP BI platform, SAP BW etc.
3 Options/Scopes:
1) Embedded Analytics with SAP S/4HANA (Mandatory)
--> Set up of SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics with CDS views and various analytical apps based on CDS views.
2) Integration between SAP S/4HANA and SAP BO (Optional)
Enhance analytical use cases by integrating between SAP S/4HANA and SAP BI platform. Pre-built reports and content built in SAP BI client tools ex: Design Studio 1.5 (Ex: --> Core Finance, P2P, O2C), Webi (Ex: Sales revenue, Sales Analysis), Crystal Reports can be leveraged and extended based on business use cases. (Based on BI 4.2 Version, works on 4.1 aswell).
Procurement of a separate License for BO platform would be required, the Best Practices would have only the configuration content.
3) Integration between SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW (Optional)
Consolidate data from SAP S/4HANA in SAP BW and build analytical use cases based on enriched data environment from other data sources in SAP BW.(using SDA Concept)
My Personal opinion here is with SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics, SAP BW (Embedded BW) has got a lot of significance.
Now we will go through the various S/4HANA Embedded Analytics options:
Launch into a Fiori Launchpad of a S/4 System.
You will have a tile called Query Browser, which basically displays the available CDS Views. The CDS view output can be accessed through “Open in Design Studio”.
Take the SQL View name from the Annotations tab.
Double click the Package name to Open the Package Hierarchy
Remember this name and open the Backend System in HANA Studio ABAP Perspective.

In case if you want to preview the data, please do the same by right clicking(Context Menu) on the CDS View.
Since we have defined the view with Parameters, the CDS view will prompt for the  parameters(as shown in the below picture). Provide the necessary values and proceed further.
The Following screenshot shows the Data preview of a CDS View.

In some Cases, you might face some issues while trying to open the Design Studio Flavor of the CDS.,
You will have to activate an object in the Embedded BW System to make this work.
Please follow the below document for the same
Once your Analytics is completed, you have the flexibility of saving the same as a Tile as well.
If you want to explore the CDS code behind, Double click on the View name, to see more details.
Go to the Annotation tab
Go the Backend system in the SAP Logon PAD.
Take SE11 --> Provide the SQL View name in the Views part and click display.

Right Click on the system and click “Add a Package”.
Select the package name that we took earlier and click OK.
We can now find the CDS View definition within the Data Definitions  Folder
Alternately, You can use the Following Button in ABAP Perspective to directly navigate to the CDS View.

Double Click on the same and the CDS View definition is displayed.
There are many other options in the context menu, which is out of scope of this blog.Sometimes, you might get the below error.
The above issue is seen mostly on the older versions of HANA Studio. Upgrade the studio to solve this issue.

Multidimensional reports are based on Webdynpro grid application that we have as a template. It renders all sorts of analytical CDS queries. All queries can be rendered in the same way. Functionality is the same for Analytical reports.
Example: Incoming Sales Orders

Thanks for going through the Document. Do let me know your Reviews and Suggestions.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

It’s Not Too Early to Move to SAP S/4HANA

I went on a quest the other day, trying to answer a burning question that had been bothering me for some time: What is the number one misconception in the world?
After an incredibly comprehensive and thoroughly exhaustive search that took me all the way to the second page of Google’s results, I finally gave up. And although my five-minute quest wasn’t successful, I stumbled upon a dozen or so misconceptions that I personally believed were true but turned out to be utter nonsense.

No, I won’t be sharing these misconceptions here; I want to avoid any embarrassment the next time we meet. Instead, I will be debunking unrelated, but equally nonsensical, misconceptions out there about SAP S/4HANA.

I couldn’t find a better misconception to start with other than: It’s too early to move to SAP S/4HANA. There are some out there that bought into the myth that SAP S/4HANA is still not mature (either technology, or scope, or both) and as a result have decided that it’s too early to move or even consider it.

“The dynamics of the adoption curve shouldn’t be confused with the maturity of the new technology itself.”

So let’s straighten this one out. The fact that some customers want to wait before moving to SAP S/4HANA is totally expected and fully respected. There are always going to be a wide spectrum of customers, from early to late adopters and everything in between. This is why SAP has extended its support for SAP Business Suite running on any database until 2025. But the dynamics of the adoption curve of a new technology should not be confused with the maturity of the technology itself.

Yes, SAP S/4HANA is a new product, with a new code line based on a new technology architecture, but it inherits many of the best practices, as well as the deep industry and line of business process expertise that made SAP Business Suite the leading ERP software in the market, with over 35,000 customers. SAP HANA, the underlying database, has been in market for over five years with thousands of live and successful deployments and, in less than a year from its launch, SAP S/4HANA had crossed the 2,700 customer mark with many customers sharing their experiences like Airbus, Swiss Properties, HPE, Wipro , MEMEBOX and many more. From a scope perspective, SAP S/4HANA now covers 10 lines of business bringing it to parity from a business scope perspective with SAP ECC 6.0.  And it’s not all just about SAP. To date, there are over 5,000 partners and resellers supporting the solution worldwide and partnership agreements in place with strategic partners such as IBM, Accenture, and HPE.

“SAP S/4HANA is a new product that inherits the expertise that made SAP Business Suite the leading ERP software”

I can go on and on about how and why it’s not too early to move to SAP S/4HANA but that would be too boring. Instead I want to introduce you to Phil, someone much more entertaining than me. Over a series of short videos, Phil will be busting some of the most popular misconceptions out there surrounding SAP S/4HANA starting with today’s myth.

Make sure to bookmark the SAP S/4HANA YouTube playlist and watch out for my next blog (sometime next week) where I’ll share Phil’s second SAP S/4HANA myth busting video. And if there is a particular SAP S/4HANA myth that has been bothering you just email it to me and I’ll pass on to Phil. He might just take it on in one of his next videos.

One last thing, Phil has some self-esteem issues so please make sure to hit the like button on YouTube to boost his confidence and encourage him to bust more SAP S/4HANA myths.