Planning and Analytics

In today's challenging HR environment, the need to make faster, more informed workforce decisions at every level of the organisation has never been more important. However, the information to make these decisions is often not readily available or accessible. 

When properly designed and implemented, SAP business warehouse (BW) acts as a foundation for all information distribution and reporting needs, and provides a ‘single version of the truth’. Through direct access to this data, business intelligence (BI) solutions minimize the time spent gathering data and maximize the capability for reporting, analysis and fact-based decision making.

At Presence of IT we understand HR, BW and BI and can assist you to:

  • Articulate your HR Business Intelligence strategy
  • Understand your reporting and analytics requirements
  • Map your requirements to the standard data cubes and queries available
  • Design and implement your data warehouse and analytics solution
  • Determine the most appropriate reporting tools for your needs
  • Link your regular reports, dashboards and visualisations  through your portal
  • Train your information consumers - both specialist and occasional
  • Develop your HR Analytics Roadmap

HR Analytics: A journey and not a project

We view HR Analytics as a journey and not a project:

  • The first step is to create a reliable and repeatable reporting solution to gain the confidence of your information consumers and decision makers. This step can leverage the capabilities of the standard SAP BI solution for headcount and turnover analysis with workforce segmentation, and will also develop the skills and capabilities of your HR analytics team.
  • As the trust and use of the available information grows so will the demand for new information – from both your SAP system and other sources. Your SAP BI reporting solution can be expanded to include additional data sources such SAP financial and operational data, and third party repositories such as employee surveys.
  • You will feel confident in publishing regular reports to the executive and line managers through your enterprise portal. Different audiences can have different style reports such as Dashboards and KPI reports.
  • Over time, your approach to HR information analysis will move from simple reporting to HR analytics such as trend analysis, ‘what if’ scenarios and hypothesis testing.
Click on the graphic below for an example interactive dashboard built using SAP Business Objects Xcelsius

Next Steps

Through an initial 5-10 day engagement, Presence of IT can undertake a ‘True Position’ of your current HR reporting environment and provide you with a high-level HR Analytics Roadmap. If you are a current SAP BW user, we can also:

  • Assess your current BW/BI reporting environment and technology architecture
  • Install the standard HR data cubes and business content in your SAP BW development environment, and
  • Deliver generic navigation and business content training to your key users.


Beyond this initial engagement we can work with you to develop and improve your reporting and analytics capabilities to provide real insight into your HR data and ultimately establish the tools for you to understand, manage and improve your workforce performance.  Contact us for a discussion.