A Technical How-To for Installing SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Managemen

  • by Raj Behera, Manager, Regional Implementation Group (RIG), SAP GRC
  • July 8, 2010
SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management deals with the measurement of performance data ensuring emissions tracking and reporting, aligning sustainability-related topics with corporate strategies. Gain some technical insight into this solution, such as how to deploy it, where to find the software if you have the license, and the minimum requirements for your landscape. Then learn how to configure the setup of SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management for end-user access.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management allows you to evaluate key performance indicators (KPIs) in areas such as environment management, supply chain management, and energy management. In addition, it provides a realistic goal of balancing and aligning corporate goals with the sense of social responsibility and environmental impact.

SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management helps organizations track and communicate sustainability performance, set goals and objectives, and monitor activities — all while helping to reduce the time and money spent collecting data and compiling disclosures. You can meet stakeholder expectations for accountability and drive performance improvement. Moving beyond essential monitoring and reporting activities, it enables you to turn strategy and data into actionable information and insights that make sustainability viable — and profitable — for your organization.

I’ll give you an example. Companies spend excessive time and money tracking and reporting sustainability objectives and there is no specific or standard mechanism to track the sustainable objectives. SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management allows you to focus on strategic execution instead of data collection because it ties key business information from SAP operational systems to sustainability objectives. As a result, new reporting frameworks and key performance indicator (KPI)-related information can be shared with stakeholders and shareholders in an effective manner. I will describe more on the implementation cycle of SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management such as a pre-requirement check, installation landscape, post-installation checks, and some reporting options for corporate sustainable visibility.

Note
For more on the functional side of SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management, see Frank Rambo’s article “Manage and Improve Your Sustainability Performance Efficiently.”

I’ll discuss the interface of the SAP NetWeaver platform layer and SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management 1.0. SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management uses SAP NetWeaver Portal as a user interface (UI) and integrates with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW), Adobe Flex, and Xcelsius.

Figure 1 shows a representation of the sustainable roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management, including the inherent capability to interact with SAP Supply Chain Management, SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management (SAP EHS Management), and other SAP solutions. I’ll describe how SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management can best fit into your landscape to handle the different KPI matrixes within your organization.

Raj Behera

Raj Behera is a manager for the Regional Implementation Group (RIG) at SAP GRC. Prior to joining SAP, Raj worked at Virsa Systems as a key developer for the Access Control application. Since moving to the RIG team, he has helped in hundreds of implementations in the SAP BusinessObjects applications such as SAP BusinessObjects Access Control and SAP BusinessObjects Process Control. Raj has 12 years of experience in SAP consulting in the development and technology areas. He has a master’s degree in engineering management from San Jose State University.

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