Better Business Decisions with SAP HANA

Better Business Decisions with SAP HANA

Today’s fast-paced automotive industry requires the ability to make quick, accurate business decisions. Learn how companies in other industries improved their businesses.

How can you transform your business to compete in the global market? One essential building block is the capability to use real-time information to operate with less risk and more reward. We have helped several customers to make faster and more informed business decisions, with our real-time analytics coupled with SAP-driven business processes: 

Real-time sales and inventory reporting
A large consumer goods distributor in the Gulf faced issues in decision making from a lack of real-time data, slower system performance during month-end closing and inaccurate forecasting. The firm wanted a one-touch business view of its critical business segments.

We implemented an integrated HANA-based solution based on industry best practices for real-time operational reporting and delivered mobile-enabled Web reports and dashboards for executive management. This resulted in:  

  • 12X faster daily report run-time with key inventory reports run-time reduced from 2 minutes to less than 10 seconds
  • 60% increase in user BI adoption through mobility enabling an on-the-go culture
  • Optimum stock maintenance across business units with exponential savings in cost
  • Complete inventory operations across three countries now managed at the touch of an iPad, which provides operational excellence
  • Real-time alerts on stock replenishment

Read report: Visions of the Auto Industry 2025

Engineering company improves customer insight
A $32-billion U.S.-based engineering company handled BI requirements through dashboards and web application design reports that led to a lack of self-service capabilities and engaging visualizations. The client wanted to move towards more intuitive web-based reporting to increase user satisfaction and drive faster insights into business data.

We employed a rapid prototyping approach by creating wireframes for quick wins. Our Agile Development methodology resulted in short development cycles and faster time to market. This resulted in:  

  • On-demand, on-device, on-premise delivery of BI
  • Increased levels of BI usage and adoption by users
  • Insights on big picture as well as granular level in a single view for top management
  • Significant improvement in reporting performance

Multinational food and beverage firm rationalizes inventory reporting
A $66-billion, U.S.-based leading multinational food and beverage firm wanted to rationalize its report inventory and report bucketing. The client’s business functions were not able to visualize a consistent transaction view.

We carried out an assessment for rationalizing the to-be-migrated inventory and leveraged Factory Model for iterative migration. We equipped the client’s end users with our in-house tools to perform purging and archiving. This resulted in:  

  • Optimized business with objects environment utilization through elimination of duplicate and trivial inventories
  • Dashboards with what-if analysis to help quantify data quality issues
  • Drill down-reporting for detailed analysis

Learn more about Cognizant's dedicated SAP analytics practice here