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On the journey of digital transformation, data and visualization accessibility play a vital role. Demand for innovation, customization and transparent real-time analysis has increased dramatically and the use-cases within enterprises are numerous. Often enterprises ask for customized solutions, based on their internal processes, systems and data.

This kind of “personalization” may sometimes be complex for enterprises to manage, especially if the amount of data is large, diverse and lacks structure. Additionally, with an increasing number of involved departments, subsidiaries and other stakeholders such as suppliers, it becomes harder and harder to ensure transparency and data accuracy.

It is therefore important to consider how to transform data into relevant, timely and accurate business information, and how to navigate from transactional applications to analytical applications seamlessly to support trusted and quick decision making.

In the following blog, we introduce the highlights of a customer’s digitalization journey with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and embedded SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) and how these solutions helped the customer to create the transparency needed for success.


A use case for S/4 HANA cloud and SAC in the consumer products industry

The customer of today’s success story is a producer of washing machines, refrigerators, and small home appliances. The group has become a top Chinese brand in the consumer products industry. However, as the competition grew, they needed to transform from a “white goods” manufacturer into a provider of appliances built directly into house décor, from a furniture manufacturer to a whole house customization service provider.

To realize their business goal, they needed a cross-company collaboration model for planning and manufacturing across different companies within their group. The group also needed to update their sales model to shift the focus from products to consumers. Hence, the customer began planning a digital transformation that would support their goals and enable fast growth. They came to us to get a software and service to cover their business transformation to make the process as simple and cost saving as possible.

We helped our customer to implement and adopt SAP S/4HANA Cloud successfully and tailored our product to their wishes and needs. The company was able to save 50% on ERP operational and maintenance costs. The group enhanced their financial accounting efficiency and shortened the monthly settlement period from 7-8 days to 2-3 days. SAP S/4HANA Cloud also helped them to improve on-time completion, delivery and arrival rate. They have increased the rate of on-time delivery by 20% and improved the rate of on-time arrival to between 90% and 98%.

Furthermore, the company has been able to create more transparency on their costs through the embedded SAC solution, which generates personalized reports about manufacturing costs.

Considering the company’s vision, space for future innovation and customization was also necessary, in addition to the standard structures of SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Thus, they were invited to join a co-innovation approach with SAP, which not only provides customized dashboards that meet the business requirements, but also enables them to gain expertise on embedded SAc.

According to the customer's business scenario, they required drilling down to more figures of the manufacturing cost, such as direct material cost, direct labor cost and manufacturing expenses for both actual and planned cost. In addition, the customer wanted to calculate actual cost and planned cost for each set. To fulfill all these needs, we tailored SAP S/4HANA Cloud and embedded SAC to the customer and introduced a feature to customize the Manufacturing Cost Analysis which provides the transparency that the customer wants.

What is theembedded SAP Analytics Cloud?

The embedded SAC is fully managed by SAP S/4HANA Cloud which exposes the embedded SAC functionality through SAP Fiori applications and that is all customers need to successfully work with the SAC. It enriches the current analytical functionalities and brings in more flexibility and ease of use.

Embedded SAC comes with the following features:

  • Direct access to SAP S/4HANA Cloud data based on live connectivity

  • Integration into SAP Fiori Launchpad, integrated in SAP S/4HANA Cloud role and screen variant management

  • Intent-based navigation

  • Flexible definition of own Analytics Models and Stories

  • SAP Fiori Variant Management


The pre-delivered dashboards existing in SAP S/4HANA Cloud covers various analysis requirements in accounting, treasury, procurement, sales and more.

Embedded SAC also allows customization for analysis purpose. After the data source has been imported, stories can be designed by business end users.

More examples of customized dashboards that have been created with the SAC:

Detailed Inventory Aging Report

Sales Order Fulfillment Analysis

We hope that this customer story has shown you what possibilities S/4HANA cloud and SAC enable and has inspired you to drive digitization forward in your company as well. Further strengthening your organization by thinking agile and drive efficiencies will have a huge impact on your enterprise and will be decisive for your future success.


Inside SAP S/4HANA Podcast

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openSAP microlearnings for SAP S/4HANA

Just a couple of months ago, we launched openSAP microlearnings for SAP S/4HANA as an exciting new learning opportunity. What began with a small batch of 20 videos, has now become a channel with more than 50 microlearnings that have generated over 20,000 views since then. Today we cover multiple lines of business, like Finance and Manufacturing & Supply Chain, and key technology topics like Master Data Management, Extensibility, User Experience, and Upgrade Management. We are continuously adding new microlearnings to the SAP S/4HANA channel, so make sure you check them out.


Your voice matters!

If you want to learn more and actively engage with SAP subject matter experts on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, join our SAP S/4HANA Cloud Community – now fully integrated with SAP Community. The community brings together SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers, partners and SAP experts and has a clear mission: deliver an interactive community to engage with one another about best practices and product solutions. We invite you to explore the new SAP S/4HANA Cloud Community ‘one-stop shop’ as the central place for all resources, tools, content questions, answers and connect with experts to guide you through your SAP S/4HANA Cloud journey.


For more information on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, check out the following links: 

  • The power of best-in-class and Next Practices business content for a modern ERP Blog Post by Sven Denecken

  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud: The Intelligent ERP Link Collection Blog Post by Sven Denecken

  • Latest SAP S/4HANA Cloud Release Blogs here

  • SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Content here

  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud release info: http://www.sap.com/s4-cloudrelease

  • SAP S/4HANA PSCC Digital Enablement Wheel here

  • Inside SAP S/4HANA Podcast here

  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud Community here

  • SAP Activate Community here

  • Best practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud here

  • Help Portal Product Page here


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