Logistics Information System

Gain In-Depth Knowledge of Your Company's Operations without BW

  • by Mitresh Kundalia, Director — SAP Practice, Quality Systems & Software
  • March 1, 2004
Although many companies have made the decision to switch to the Business Information Warehouse (BW), it is still possible to produce comprehensive reports with the Logistics Information Systems (LIS) reporting tool. The author compares the capabilities of LIS and BW to determine which tool is right for your company's reporting needs.

SAP is encouraging its customers to move away from the Logistics Information System (LIS) reporting tool in favor of SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW). SAP is focusing its development efforts on BW as the central reporting and online analytical processing (OLAP) engine, leaving R/3 as the online transaction processing (OLTP) engine.

However, many companies are not ready to make the leap to BW. LIS could fit your current needs better than you might think if BW is not in your road map yet. While BW offers real advantages over LIS, LIS has robust reporting capabilities and it might be a more cost-effective tool for some reporting needs. The sidebar, "LIS vs. BW," breaks down the strengths of each reporting system.

I will highlight the strengths of LIS in OLTP systems and BW in OLAP systems. This comparison will show you where you might be better off without BW. Then, I'll use a real-life business example of how you can use the LIS to analyze monthly sales order bookings details. This example highlights LIS functionality that you might not be aware of. For background, Table 1 compares the characteristics of OLTP and OLAP systems.

Mitresh Kundalia

Mitresh Kundalia heads the SAP practice at Quality Systems & Software (www.QSandS.com). QS&S is a leading business and technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering superior IT solutions using SAP products. Mitresh is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert and has worked on various SAP assignments, including strategic planning, fresh implementations, upgrades, and post-go-live support projects. With an MBA degree in finance, Mitresh manages SAP projects with a special focus on customer-focused solutions, management reporting, profitability analysis, SAP General Ledger, and business intelligence. He is a regular contributor at SAP events and publications and technical advisor to leading journals.

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Comments

6/30/2016 5:25:43 PM
Sri Sankara

Hi Mitresh,
This is very informative topic. I am looking for the link to your white paper referred in the article: 'Step-by-Step Guide to Activating a Self-Defined SIS Info Structure'.

Is there anyway you can send me that white paper?

Thanks,
Sri Sankara
(Sri.Sankara@Excelitas.com)

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