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SAP S/4HANA Analytics Architecture Options

When talking about the SAP Analytics offering, it is important to know that the “enterprise analytics” used in strategic reporting and planning are not competing with the “embedded analytics” of SAP S/4HANA used in operational reporting. Both offerings address different use cases and complement each other very well.

Analytic applications can be delivered via the following popular SAP Analytics front-ends:

1. SAP Fiori apps (S4 operational reports)

2. SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) – from operational to strategic

3. SAP Analysis for Office (AFO) - usually to be used in operational and tactical reporting.

When an organization starts an SAP S/4HANA journey business analytics requirements may not be clear and technical options for analytics may vary. An overall approach should consider SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics for operational reporting, SAP BW/4HANA as an enterprise data warehousing platform together with SAP BPC for EPM applications. And on top SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) together with MS Analysis for Office (AFO) can serve as powerful end-user frontends providing insights to both operational and strategic reports, as well as EPM applications.

Table of Contents

  • Embedded Analytics: What is Available Out of the Box?

  • Reporting Options: Strategic vs. Operational

  • In which Cases do we Need SAP BW?

  • Exposing SAP S/4HANA Data, CDS Views

  • How to Handle Data from Legacy ERP and Data Warehouses

  • EPM Options on Top of SAP S/4HANA

  • Non-SAP Analytics Options: Power BI, Tableau, Anaplan

  • Possible Analytics Architecture

  • Final Words

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