How mySAP ERP Affects the Business Unit Analyst

  • by Janet Salmon, Product Manager, SAP AG
  • July 15, 2004
mySAP ERP includes role-based portals for many user groups including the business unit analyst. The author focuses on this role and its configuration. She also examines two areas within the role, reporting and internal service requests.

You have probably heard about SAP's new product mySAP ERP. It includes mySAP Financials, mySAP Human Capital Management, mySAP Operations, and mySAP Corporate Services, plus Analytics and Self-Services. It is built using SAP's NetWeaver technology stack, bringing together the latest versions of Enterprise Portal, Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM), Business Information Warehouse (BW), and ERP Core Component into a single package.

mySAP ERP delivers role-based portals for a number of user groups. I will examine the role of the business unit analyst, a role that addresses the CO and BW users responsible for monitoring the financial health of a business unit. Specifically, I will show you how to configure the role by mapping the relevant parts of the ERP Core Component, BW, and SEM into Enterprise Portal. I will also explain how to download the relevant portal content from the iView studio and then focus on two areas within the role — reporting and internal service requests — to show you how the pieces fit together.

The Business Package: Business Unit Analyst

Figure 1 shows the Overview page for Business Unit Analysis comprising four worksets: Key Figure and Budget Monitor, Reports, Planning, and Master Data. Each part of the screen is an iView — a Web application that displays information from an internal or external source — within the portal. These iViews will be available for download from iView Studio ( in the second quarter of 2004. The portal content will be available with the business package Business Unit Analyst. This business package groups together all the iViews you need for this role. Downloading the package activates the individual pages and the navigation between pages. Before users can see the package contents in their portal, the administrator must assign their user name to the role Business Unit Analyst.

Janet Salmon

Janet Salmon joined SAP in 1992. After six months of training on R/2, she began work as a translator, becoming a technical writer for the Product Costing area in 1993. As English speakers with a grasp of German costing methodologies were rare in the early 1990s, she began to hold classes and became a product manager for the Product Costing area in 1996, helping numerous international organizations set up Product Costing. More recently, she has worked on CO content for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, Financial Analytics, and role-based portals. She is currently chief product owner for management accounting. She lives in Speyer, Germany, with her husband and two children.

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