SAP Transforms Social Collaboration With Analytics Solutions

Changing the face of social software by making collaboration more pervasive in organizations and business applications and processes, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the availability of new analytics capabilities in the collaborative decision-making application SAP® StreamWork™. Users can upload, explore, analyze and visualize data directly within SAP StreamWork, and collaborate with teams to make fact-based decisions. People can also connect to data stored in SAP HANA® to take advantage of in-memory capabilities for rapid analysis of information.

All SAP StreamWork users can benefit from accessible, easy-to-use analytics – there is no training or prior experience required. For example, people can begin by simply uploading spreadsheets to SAP StreamWork activities via their Web browsers and using the exploration tool to quickly filter, sort and work with data. They can then create and save interactive visualizations from many offered chart types; monitor key metrics by setting visual alerts; and add social features such as pro-con tables, rankings, quick polls and checklists. Additionally, enhanced support for SAP® Crystal Reports® software means users can now embed, view and save interactive report data within SAP StreamWork activities, without having to download files or switch between applications.

"Collaborative work is about getting the right people, data, content and systems together at the right time, in the work context," said industry analyst Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions Group, IDC. "Bringing business-contextual data together with social capabilities for hypothesizing, analyzing and making decisions enables people to get work done, which increases the relevance and business value of the system significantly."

"Collaborative analytic capabilities are critical to how we execute our vision for what social software should be for SAP customers," said Sameer Patel, global vice president and general manager, Social Software Solutions, SAP. " Our belief is that true collaboration to drive action goes beyond just connecting people well – it requires access to and manipulation of critical data and exception handling in business processes. As social networks become more pervasive, collaborative analytic capabilities enable our customers to bring process, data and content to where employees, customers and partners work. Business users can now easily interact with a variety of critical data, such as sales pipeline analysis, sales and operations planning, or supplier assessment and management."