6 Tips for Improving Reporting Governance

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • September 24, 2009
Make sure your reporting is accurate by following these six surefire tips for reporting governance.
Key Concept

The term SAP reports can be rather confusing because in SAP lingo, the term “reports” is applied in general to SAP programs. The context of this article is the traditional understanding of this term — an application or program into which a user enters basic data that is then used by the program or application to query one or more databases and then to return information, generally in a formatted manner, for analysis, corrective action, and decision-making.

Despite the critical role reports play in an organization, I have noticed that reporting governance is an area that is not given due importance. As a result, the inventory of reports tends to balloon uncontrollably, along with a proliferation in the use of applications and tools used to generate them. This makes it hard to maintain any kind of process around report creation, enhancements, and management.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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