Real-Time Operational Reporting with SAP HANA Live

  • by Dr. Bjarne Berg, Principal and Tax Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Leader in Tax Technology Compliance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Brandon Harwood, BI Consultant, ComeritLabs
  • January 27, 2016
Get an overview of the hundreds of SAP HANA Live (formerly part of the Composite Analytic Framework, or CAF) views that you can use to enable real-time operational reporting and analytics. Using this approach, companies can use standard views directly as data sources for reporting. This approach also enables companies to form an alternative foundation for much of the operational reporting currently done in enterprise data warehouses and data marts inside SAP Business Warehouse (BW).
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will:

  • Explore SAP HANA Live functionality and how it aids in real-time reporting
  • Learn how to build custom SAP HANA views by extending pre-delivered SAP HANA Live views
  • Become familiar with the SAP HANA views and their role in reporting
Key Concept
Understand the use case for SAP HANA Live views in relation to real-time operational reporting on the SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA. This involves installing pre-delivered SAP HANA views and accessing them from BusinessObjects tools, such as BusinessObjects Explorer, Web Intelligence, and other SAP reporting and analytics tools.

SAP HANA is a combination of hardware and software that optimizes database technologies to exploit the speed of fast in-memory processing and parallel processing capabilities of multi-core systems. SAP HANA Live (formerly known as part of the Composite Analytic Framework, or CAF) leverages this technology with hundreds of pre-delivered SAP HANA Live views. These additional views enable companies to quickly start developing real-time operational reporting on top of transactional data from the SAP Business Suite or SAP S/4HANA transactional systems, without having to extract and move the operational data to data warehouses.

It is important to understand that reporting in SAP HANA relies on three primary views types: attribute, analytical, and calculation views. Each view fulfills a specific function, which we explore in detail. SAP HANA Live leverages and extends these views into a virtual data model (VDM), which then can be used in reporting. Currently, SAP provides more than 800 pre-delivered views with SAP HANA Live that you can install on your Business Suite or SAP S/4HANA system.

Before beginning to use SAP HANA Live, companies should familiarize themselves with SAP HANA studio from a modeler perspective. They can do this by sending users to either SAP Education’s three-day HA–300 Implementation and Modeling class or the two-day HA–900 SAP HANA Live class. These classes are fundamental since SAP HANA studio is the primary interface used to administrate, model, and maintain the SAP HANA or SAP HANA Live systems.

SAP HANA Live is targeted at companies that run SAP Business Suite applications on SAP HANA. The views inside can also be combined with data from non-SAP applications. To understand SAP HANA and SAP HANA Live views in general, you have to know the difference between the different view types.

Dr. Bjarne Berg

Dr. Bjarne Berg is a Principal and the Tax Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Leader in Tax Technology Compliance (TTC) at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), LLP. He is responsible for analytics and go-to-market strategy. Dr. Berg is an internationally recognized expert in BI and a frequent speaker at major BI and SAP conferences world-wide, with over 20 years of experience in consulting. He regularly publishes articles in international BI journals and has written five books on business intelligence, analytics, and SAP HANA. Dr. Berg attended the Norwegian Military Academy, and served as an officer in the armed forces. He holds a BS in Finance from Appalachian State University, an MBA in Finance from East Carolina University, a Doctorate in Information Systems from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D. in IT from the University of North Carolina.

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Brandon Harwood

Brandon Harwood is a BI Consultant for Comerit, specializing in SAP BusinessObjects design, development, and implementation, as well as developing and delivering training on several report development tools on various platforms. Brandon also has extensive experience leveraging SAP BW on HANA and SAP HANA Live on many client projects.

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