Financial Analytics with SAP Business ByDesign - Analyzing Financial Performance: Product Demo

Watch this self-running demonstration and get a brief overview of financial analytics functionality in the SAP Business ByDesign solution.

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    • Financial analytics with SAP Business ByDesign
    • Analyzing financial performance.
    • In this demo, you’ll see how the SAP Business ByDesign solution enables you to
    • view financial performance by multiple dimensions and time periods,
    • analyze real-time information through in-memory analytics,
    • and drill down to pinpoint issues at the detail level.
    • SAP Business ByDesign is an integrated solution that’s delivered on-demand
    • through a single interface and supports core business processes including finance
    • for small and midsize businesses.
    • In this example, I’m the CFO at my company.
    • I use the SAP Business ByDesign solution to check how the company is performing.
    • In my HOME work center, I select “Overview” from the list of views.
    • The HOME work center is configured to provide me with quick access to the information
    • I frequently access, including my inbox containing alerts
    • and notifications such as “My Top Worklists.”
    • But today, I’m very interested in a preconfigured graphical report called “Profit Analysis- Company.”
    • I can clearly see that the current year figures are down significantly from the previous year.
    • Cost of goods sold and operating income are trending in a positive direction,
    • however revenues are down significantly as is gross profit on sales.
    • Clearly, I need to see more detail to determine what’s causing the operating loss.
    • I click on the ACTIONS button and select “View Details.”
    • This brings up an isolated view of the same analytic graph.
    • By clicking on the VIEW TABLE icon,
    • I can switch views to see the actual numbers in tabular form.
    • But these summary numbers don’t tell me what I’m looking for,
    • so I click on the EXPORT button and launch Microsoft Excel.
    • Now, the same report is created in Excel.
    • I double-check the figures.
    • I still need more detail, so I click on the tab for SAP Business ByDesign
    • on the Excel ribbon and open a new worksheet.
    • I click on the INSERT REPORT icon and this brings up a menu of available reports
    • that have been preconfigured in SAP Business ByDesign.
    • Using the SEARCH field in the report menu,
    • I locate the report I’m looking for, highlight it, and click INSERT REPORT.
    • One of the key features of SAP Business ByDesign is its in-memory analytics,
    • which stores critical data in main memory where it is continually refreshed.
    • There’s no waiting for queries to update stale information
    • up-to-the-minute information is always readily available.
    • The data in main memory refreshes the Excel sheet and a new report is rendered.
    • I click on the “Show Tools” icon in the Excel ribbon to bring up the report tools panel
    • where I can begin editing the report.
    • The panel allows me to choose the various parameters to include in the report.
    • Currently, the report displays “Product Category,” but I also want to analyze the figures by geography.
    • So I choose “Region” from the menu items
    • and drag it into the “Row Labels” view to increase the detail in the report.
    • After looking at the spreadsheet figures,
    • I’ve determined that the variances are distinct across regions,
    • and I want to isolate that in the report.
    • I select “Product Category” and drag it out of the “Row Labels” view.
    • Now I have a clear view of profitability across regions.
    • And, I see that Michigan, which generates the second highest revenues for the company,
    • also has the lowest profitability in the company
    • as measured by gross margin and operating income − by a wide margin.
    • Having pinpointed where the problem lies,
    • I will notify my CEO and schedule a meeting with the general manager responsible
    • for Michigan to determine what can be done to improve profitability in that region.
    • As you have seen, SAP Business ByDesign helps you to view financial
    • performance by multiple dimensions and time periods,
    • analyze real-time information through in-memory analytics,
    • and drill down to pinpoint issues at the detail level.
    • This helps employees at all levels make better decisions
    • to make your company a best-run business.
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