Cooper Tires steers big data analytics with SAP HANA
As a leading global competitor in the tire industry, the client and its subsidiaries operate manufacturing facilities on three continents, sales and distribution networks around the world and products that meet and exceed the demands of the world’s most dynamic markets.
Cooper Tires offers a large portfolio of brands with products designed to meet the needs of today’s drivers. They also design and manufacture tires under various brand names. Tires are developed and designed at the company’s technical centers in Findlay, Ohio; Melksham, England; and Kunshan, China.
Cooper Tires obtained their information from the SAP ECC system using SAP BW custom development to serve as a data foundation. The client utilized SAP BusinessObjects Webi reports to present the main KPI’s and other operational key performance indicators.
After deploying SAP HANA, the client wanted to take advantage of having real-time access to their information. The client no longer needed a separate data repository (BW) for SAP ECC ad-hoc reporting, as they were able to insert non-SAP data in HANA Live for a centralized reporting environment that is easily accessible to all, from end-users to line managers and top executives. The solution delivered predefined tables and data models that supported smarter day-to-day operations, quickly answered ad hoc business questions and made instant decisions with the power of in-memory computing as a launchpad for real-time operational reporting and analytics.
Once the requirements were set, PK used the SAP HANA Live solution for real-time reporting that provided the SAP-delivered content in the form of SAP HANA calculation views for real-time operational reporting. The calculation views span across a majority of ECC modules (MM, PP, SD, and IM).
HANA Live calculation views were designed on top of SAP Business Suite tables. These views were optimized for best performance and analytic purposes and grouped as a Virtual Data Model. Data provided by the virtual data model will be presented through multi-purpose analytical UIs, such as SAP BusinessObjects and Design Studio.
SAP HANA Live rapid-deployment solution enables real-time analytics on operational data from SAP Business Suite applications. This rapid-deployment solution provides pre-built reports and preconfigured content for a more efficient analysis of operational data on the SAP HANA platform with best practice enablement guides, fixed-scope and a fixed-timeline service offering.
PK’s team was able to successfully accomplish the analysis, design, development, testing and go live with the solution. Technical platforms included SAP ECC, SAP HANA 1.0 SP9 and SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 SP10.