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We create added value from data
Our passion is business analytics. We are a team of specialized consultants with many years’ experience in consulting, as well as in leading in-house positions at companies that use SAP. We are curious about new technologies, we break through established patterns of thinking, strive for valid data, and are not put off by complexity.
Our portfolio addresses all questions relating to SAP business analytics products. From the HANA database to data integration into the data warehouse, on through to business intelligence and planning solutions. We advise on strategic questions, implement from A-Z, and coach and handle application management.
Our SAP business analytics customers include, among others, Fuchs Petrolub, Hochland, and the Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale (RWZ).
Generate added value from data? This undertaking requires a clear, unambiguous definition of all participating elements. That’s why we will start with the basics: What is business analytics?
valantic defines business analytics as follows:
If you want to make decisions, you need facts and information in clear forms and displays. As complex and multi-layered as the data’s path from collection to reporting may be, in the end, what matters is a clear, meaningful visualization.
The SAP Analytics Cloud is the strategic product for visualizing and analyzing data. It also supports planning processes and forward-looking analyses, so-called predictive analytics.
Embedded analytics enable operative reporting in SAP S/4HANA. Evaluations are provided directly and without delays to the corporate processes.
The on-premise alternative to SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP Business Objects. With the add-in SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office, users have a powerful tool for reporting with PowerPoint and Excel. With SAP Lumira, it’s possible to create extensive visualizations and report formats.
Planning is the “freestyle” analytics discipline. For no planning fits precisely and yet it is essential for the company to control business. Planning processes can be complex, for partial plans generally have very different horizons, degrees of detail, and influencing factors. However, in the end, the point is to have an agreed-upon, integrated overall plan in which all planning data is presented in a common context.
The SAP Analytics Cloud also supports planning thanks to ready-to-use planning models and various planning functions such as allocations, versioning, etc., which link actual reporting to forecasts and budgets. A special highlight is the value driver tree for simulating planning scenarios.
The SAP Business Planning & Consolidation (BPC) variants Standard (newly “optimized for S/4HANA”) and Embedded have different goals. SAP BPC Standard is normally used for small and medium-sized department-controlled planning and consolidation processes. SAP BPC Embedded has a sharply centralized, IT-driven focus and is normally used for larger solutions.
There are a lot of machine learning processes available in the SAP HANA Predictive Analytics Library (PAL). Access is via SQL, R or Python and enables the use of algorithms from classification, regression, time series, and association analyses.
A central data warehouse as single point of truth for the structured storage and evaluation of essential processes and data is still a central component of every IT architecture.
BW/4HANA is the latest generation of the classic SAP BW and is based completely on HANA technology. We help companies on their path to BW/4HANA and share our experience about greenfield, in-place, remote, and shell conversion with them.
With the BW version on HANA, many users are already taking a big step toward BW/4HANA. In the process, they are enjoying the benefits of HANA technology and preparing themselves optimally for BW/4HANA.
SQL-based data warehouse solutions can be developed with SAP HANA. The potential of the HANA technology with all existing functions, the machine learning library, algorithms, and the integration of R, Python, etc. supports a whole series of new use cases.
In addition to a SAP BW/4HANA, the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is a sensible extension of an existing business analytics architecture. With this tool, departments have the possibility to incorporate new data sources and produce data models and their own evaluations independent of their IT department.
The SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW) and Business Explorer Suite (BEx) have been in use for many years.
The maintenance window for SAP BW 7.5 remains open until 12/31/2027. If companies are using a system older than SAP BW 7.4, however, maintenance will end on 12/31/2020. We will be glad to help you with an upgrade on short notice.
Extracting data, transforming, cleansing, and loading it is the basis of every report and analysis. That’s why the harmonization of technology, business rules, and data quality are extremely important. The following tools can offer you professional support.
Smart Data Access (SDA) and Smart Data Integration (SDI) are part of the new generation of data integration tools and used with the HANA technology. SDA is used for virtual access to data. SDI expands functions to include replication and transformation.
The Core Data Services views are an exciting new possibility for querying data via logical views and evaluating it. Our focus is on using this data service in the SAP S/4HANA system in order to enable operative reporting and the forwarding of data to an SAP BW/4HANA.
This platform focuses on Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning. Worth highlighting is the large selection of connectors to SAP and non-SAP systems. These can be used to orchestrate data streams and data governance initiatives company-wide supported with the metadata layer.
With SAP Data Services, you have an established ETL tool in your business analytics portfolio. We have extensive experience with the implementation of complex data processing in SAP and non-SAP environments.
You’ll find a lot of knowledge about SAP business analytics and our customer projects in this sector in our blog posts, articles, and case studies.
Timo Barth works at valantic as a Consultant in the SAP Business Analytics sector in Hamburg. In the interview, he talks about his immediate start, working on projects, and what he especially appreciates about his team in Hamburg.
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