Are You Struggling to Extract Meaningful Insights from Your SAP Data?

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Preparing Ad-Hoc Reports is Difficult and Relies on IT Skills

Finance teams frequently need to query SAP data to answer ad-hoc questions. However, SAP data are complex, understanding them requires significant expertise, and native tools including SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) require technical knowledge to use them. This leaves finance teams dependent on scarce IT skills to create and modify reports, resulting in delays and frustration

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Native SAP Reporting Tools are Too Inflexible for Finance

Finance and accounting teams need to report and drill across multiple dimensions from the Financial Accounting (FI) and Controlling (CO) modules. However, native SAP tools,― like Report Painter and Analysis for Office, tend to be too inflexible for the needs of business users, who want to lay out information side-by-side for detailed analysis. For example, when analyzing costs, they want to investigate multiple cost or profit centers (combined views) by including a cost element combined with work breakdown structure, internal order, and other fields. Such data groupings are difficult with these standard SAP reporting tools.

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Standard FICO Reporting is Limited

The standard financial reports provided with SAP tend to be inflexible and difficult to change without IT help. This leads many users to manually export SAP FI and CO reports into Microsoft Excel in which they can manually modify the layouts needed for their analysis. However, the reality is that downloading and formatting SAP data from even one report within Excel can take several hours.

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Tackle All of Your SAP Financial and Cost Center Reporting Needs

Access real-time data to support month-end closing needs and cost control. Create accurate, up-to-date, consolidated reports across multiple cost and profit centers. Refresh period-on-period analysis reports in seconds without relying on snapshotted data or stale data dumps. Format income statements, balance sheets, and other reports exactly how you want. Report against fields from different modules and drill into combined data for more insightful financial and cost center reporting.

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Shrink reporting cycles by enabling business users to build refreshable reports using easy-to-configure, pre-built templates, or by creating a custom report in minutes. Eliminate the need for time-consuming manual data dumps to Excel pivot tables. Refresh reports and run ad-hoc account inquiries at any time during the month to enable interim reporting and to investigate variances on an ongoing basis, not just at month end. Speed up analysis with live drill downs from summary data to transaction level to identify and resolve reconciliation and data integrity issues.

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Enjoy a quick win for finance with rapid installation and fast user adoption, thanks to an intuitive user interface, easy data integration, tight integration with SAP security, and self-help systems that enable business users to start answering questions and building reports from day one.

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Pre-Built Report Templates

Each template provides more flexibility than your native SAP reports, allowing you to filter on many more fields and to drag additional fields onto the report to answer common questions around cost control:

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