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Information Systems
Before you can perform analyses within the different information systems, the corresponding data has to be transferred from the transaction data tables to the tables of the information system first
However, this data transfer can be handled automatically by the system

During the data transfer, the data can be compressed with regard to the following criteria
Compression of data for a certain time period (for example, per month)
Compression of data for certain of key figures (for example, organizational units)

Information Structures
You can control which data should be transferred to the information systems by using information structures

Information structures comprise three basic types of information
Characteristics
Characteristics are criteria that you specify to collect data on a certain subject
For sales and distribution processes, you generally require sales information about sales organizations, sales offices, customers, and materials
Period unit
A period unit is also a criterion used in information structures
You can update data for a particular period (a day, week, month, or a posting period, fr example)
Key figures
Key figures are metrics that provide key corporate information regarding a particular characteristic
In sales and distribution, for example, incoming orders, sales, and returns are of key importance

The standard system contains a variety of information structures for sales and distribution purposes (S001 to S006, for example)

The standard system also contains information structures for internal use
These include information structures for credit management, rebate processing, sales support, or contract processing

You can also create your own information structures in Customizing in the name range S501 to S999

Data Analysis in the Sales Information System (SIS)
A variety of tools are available that allow you to analyze the selected data further and present your results
These include, for example, cumulative curves, ABC analyses, time series, correlations, top-n evaluations, and other comparison options

Flexible analyses allow you to determine which data is combined in which format to create an individual report

This procedure offers additional functions
You can combine characteristics and key figures from different information structures in one list
You can generate new key figures that can be calculated according to separate formulas on the basis of the existing key figures
You can choose between different layouts variants

MCTA Logistics > Sales and Distribution > Sales Information System > Standard Analyses > Customer
Customer Analysis > Goto > Variants > Save As Variant
Customer Analysis > Customer Analysis > Execute
Customer Analysis > Settings > Characteristic Display > Key and Description
Customer Analysis > Sold-To Party > Detail
Customer Analysis > Month > Detail
Customer Analysis > Sales Organization > Detail
Customer Analysis > Distribution Channel > Detail
Customer Analysis > Division > Detail
Customer Analysis > Extras > Display Standard Drilldown
Customer Analysis > Extras > All Key Figures
Customer Analysis > Edit > Choose Key Figures
Customer Analysis > Choose Key Figures > Continue
Customer Analysis > Edit > Comparisons > Two Key Figures
Customer Analysis > Choose Comparison Key > Continue
Customer Analysis > View > Switch Drilldown > Material
Customer Analysis > View > Top N
Customer Analysis > Top N > Continue
Customer Analysis > Settings > Value Display > Percent

SAP Business Warehouse

BI Content
BI Content contains many objects that simplify the introduction of SAP NetWeaver BW and accelerate the setup of effective reporting
These include
All the required technical and content-related prerequisites for integrating SAP and non-SAP systems, which reduces implementation outlay
Predefined InfoProviders (for example, InfoCubes)
Predefined analyses and reports