Build a Dashboard for Management of Internal Controls

  • by Dr. Karol Bliznak, Vice President, SAP AG
  • May 15, 2005
Managers often struggle with the timely availability of compliance-related data and the way the information is visualized for analysis and presentation purposes. You can eliminate these problems by following a four-step process to build a management dashboard for SAP's Management of Internal Controls (MIC) application. You can also use this procedure to build dashboards for other SAP applications and solutions.
Key Concept

The SAP application Management of Internal Controls (MIC) is part of mySAP ERP and the Compliance Management for Sarbanes-Oxley packaged solution. It helps management document business processes and controls covering all material areas. You can analyze the information gathered and stored in the application using:

  • Built-in reporting capabilities with 30-plus report types
  • PDF-based printing functionality
  • SAP BW, which can display data relating to MIC in the same list-based format as in the predefined reports in MIC. It also offers slice-and-dice analysis capabilities.

SAP BEx Web Application Designer (Web AD), delivered with SAP BW, is used to create Web applications. It generates HTML pages that contain BW-specific content such as tables, charts, or maps. These objects retrieve BW data and place it in a Web application as HTML. In general, setting up a dashboard using Web AD consists of customizing and not programming.

The standard reporting options for SAP's Management of Internal Controls (MIC) application still lack graphical output capabilities, causing users to look for some advanced forms of data presentation. A graphical management dashboard would update executives on the status of internal controls and track issue remediation within their areas of responsibility. I'll show how to customize a Web-based management dashboard for MIC using existing technology by means of the Business Explorer (BEx) Web Application Designer (Web AD) functionality of SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW). Table 1 provides information about system and staff requirements.

Dr. Karol Bliznak

Dr. Karol Bliznak is vice president of the Rapid Innovation Group (RIG) within the mobility division at SAP. He focuses on converging SAP’s strategic innovation categories, such as mobile solutions, SAP HANA, business analytics, and the cloud. He works at the SAP AG headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. He has more than 14 years of SAP experience in business intelligence, mobility and in-memory technologies, enterprise performance management, financial accounting, controlling, governance, risk, and compliance.

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