Blog Series Fitness Plan: a look backwards into the future


Welcome to this third article in our blog series “Fitness plan for your SAP System“. This one is entitled “Looking into the future”.

The previous articles dealt with data analysis and looked at past and present data, but today let’s briefly look forward as planning is all about the future. But what does this mean in our scenario?

We also have objectives, of course, when we think about our personal fitness. An ideal weight, perfect vital statistics or a bikini figure. In an ideal world it should be possible to achieve these objectives in a reasonable period of time. Otherwise our motivation melts away and the ideal number of pounds and inches quickly disappears over the horizon. An essential part of our personal fitness planning is that it includes our ideals. But keep them realistic!

When it comes to system analyses, the situation is really no different. Starting from what I can consciously measure (the data from the past plus real time monitoring) Then I must specify the objectives I aspire to and set these as the finishing line for my strategic thinking. In this case we are happily a world away from purely estimated figures. All-embracing algorithms based on real live data which has been captured make this possible. A look into the future is therefore not fortune telling but actually becomes calculable thanks to the current usage situation of the SAP systems in question.

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The problem

The following key parameters demonstrate some of the possibilities which accompany a future-oriented analysis:

 

Trend analyses Data captured in a use analysis can be used to demonstrate changes over time. In this way it is easy to recognize underlying trends and then to derive appropriate guidelines from them for action in the future, for example when planning for data volumes or to assess the efficiency of your own processes or document flows.
Innovation analysis Our experience in recent years (or was it decades?) has clearly shown that many SAP upgrades were mostly about technical aspects of the system and not about new, innovative functional capabilities. In these cases the fact that the use of new capabilities is accompanied by a decisive competitive factor is often overlooked which is, in turn, an important component of a company strategy. In these cases efficient analyses can provide corrective measures which, based on current process and functional requirements, identify the capabilities offered by new releases.
Predictive analysis The Internet of things, 3D printing, Industry 4.0, Cloud computing, Digital Mesh, S/4HANA, Manufacturing Integration & Intelligence (SAPmII), Global Batch Traceability, Advanced Rules-based ATP  … the list of innovation trends is endless and is being rewritten almost as we speak. But what are the effects of all these things on your company and therefore on you? In order to answer this question, a large number of consulting companies are now offering various analyses using the predictive principle. But these predictions are only truly accurate if they are based on your real usage data.

 

Conclusion

Unlike any examination of past and current data, looking into the future is not as simple as it seems. The reason is that any analysis that looks ahead always contains a measure of uncertainty.  Even if this cannot always be completely rationalized away, it is possible to restrict this uncertainty to a large degree by collecting the data of an existing IT system in a manner which is both logical and correct in all particulars, and then using this data for your projections.

There is also a general rule which is important here; this rule tells us that what is important is not just the data which has been analyzed but also the expert knowledge on how to interpret the data. Something that should be done by an experienced fitness trainer to assess the success of the set fitness plan in advance.

 

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