Back on the road with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud: Part II

Cloud Analytics starts getting me by the throat in a positive way. Week after week I am discovering the latest capabilities, and week after week I am surprised on how far cloud analytics already got. I already summarized some of the highlights in an earlier article, but there are so many I like to write this part II. And again it is about a number of best practices and tutorials I believe are important to understand.

In this "roadtrip" with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, I cover the following best practices:

Variance reporting

You probably already know that one of the strong points of BusinessObjects Cloud is that is supports the Closed Loop Portfolio of analytics. In one application we can combine business intelligence (monitoring) with business planning (budgeting) and predictive data. Even more, we can simulate how an adjustment to our planning would affect our monitoring and more. To do so, we need to populate our BusinessObjects Cloud model with not only "actual" metrics, but also with our budget data and/or initial forecast. If we have done that, we can create variance reporting (with Hichert - IBCS support) comparing actuals, budget, planning and forecast figures on the fly.

The "trick" here is in correctly loading your data into the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud model, which I explain in detail at this