The SAP system includes a powerful, user-oriented ad hoc report writer and query system. Users can construct custom screens and report formats within the overall system configuration. Both standard and user-defined reports are supported.
SAP allows organizations to analyze data from operative SAP applications as well as all other business applications and external data sources such as databases, online services and the Internet. The administrator workbench functions are designed for controlling, monitoring and maintaining all data retrieval processes.
The system enables online analytical processing (OLAP), which processes information from large amounts of operative and historical data. OLAP technology enables multi-dimensional analyses from various business perspectives. Flexible reporting and analysis tools enable authorized employees to evaluate past or current data on various levels of detail and from different perspectives. Simple and complex scenarios can be easily created using OLAP or standard HTML to support individual reporting needs.
Information is extracted from SAP and non-SAP sources periodically into the reporting tool, with the data available via a portal into the system, over the intranet or via mobile devices.