Make the SEM Management Cockpit More Useful with Drill-Down Configuration

  • by Paul Halley, Director SEM Practice, Business Information Solutions (BIS)
  • February 15, 2004
SEM's Management Cockpit (MC) creates easy-to-use graphics that display data of all types. While most executives want to see the summarized data that the cockpit displays so well, they also want to be able to examine the details of that data. The author explains how to use a little known piece of functionality that allows a user to drill down from an MC graph to a BW query. From there, the user then can drill down further into an R/3 line item report.

SEM’s Management Cockpit (MC) is often thought of as a reporting solution for the masses. It creates easy-to-use graphics that display data of all types. However, I hear the same questions over and over again from users: “Can’t I do this in BW?” and “what kind and level of detail should I put into the cockpit?” This article will answer those questions by telling you what the cockpit is, zhow it interacts with Business Information Warehouse (BW), and how to implement a little-known piece of MC functionality to give users the flexibility they so often need.

The Management Cockpit is just one piece of functionality within Strategic Enterprise Management’s Performance Measurement (SEM-PM) component. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1
SEM’s five components

Paul Halley

Paul Halley is director of Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM) for Business Information Solutions, LLC (BIS). Prior to joining BIS, Paul was SAP America's and SAP Public Sector's leading expert on SEM. As the SEM product manager and lead solutions engineer, Paul was responsible for some of the first US SEM implementations and the subsequent rollout of SEM throughout North and South America. He has a BA degree in economics from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

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