Unlocking SAP Systems with Roundhouse

Extract SAP data - unlock SAP data reports

In the era of data-driven decision-making, SAP systems often pose challenges when it comes to seamlessly analyzing and integrating data. At Simplement, we spent years focused on SAP reporting with our original offering Data Liberator and recently developed Roundhouse, our latest tool, to break down these barriers and empower businesses with enhanced data analysis and integration capabilities.

SAP Data

SAP is a primary player in enterprise software, especially for managing multi-country / multi-currency operations. SAP is amazing at interconnecting the data in the SAP system. However, creating detailed reports quickly, with real time data, has not always been easy. SAP offers many ways to get data out, but all with a system cost or prohibitive latency – business warehouse is typically set for daily updates – rendering the data good for mining, but not real  time status reporting.

Reporting Requests

Need a complex report? Did you submit a request for it? Do you kinda know how to build it? When you have learned how to build a report or two, you get better at it. Simplement users love Simplement because they can build their own reports. The current alternative, is that a request will get submitted, something will be scheduled, requirements documented, review ensues…Work begins. This is appropriate, formal, and good practice. What if you don’t know exactly what you need?

Extract SAP Data

Simplement changes everything for customers because data can be extracted easily, and quickly, even big tables. Want to limit your database loads and data lake costs? Select only the data you want – filter rows and select only relevant columns. Do you know that some of the SAP tables are 400+ columns wide? When you do a full load into a database target – you are paying for those empty columns, or unused columns? For storage and maybe for processing! If you need, load the full table for exploration – then change the extraction to only relevant columns. It is done with a few clicks.

Power BI? Fabric? Tableau? Other?

You can do the analysis with any tool you select. Simplement’s Roundhouse delivers data to any (or multiple) targets at the same time, with the same data. Or split the data for governance or other reasons into different targets for different audiences. Data gets loaded to a database (DB), data lake, or data warehouse that you select – we feed all major databases, then flows real time to the selected target DBs, then to your reporting tool, that you select. How can it be so flexible? Because that is what the customer wants, and we know, because we ask.


What data? Any SAP data you want. We had a customer request table BALDAT. Huh? Yes, and we set to work to deliver the data in a consumable format and with a week or so we sent them an update to try and there it was, full BALDAT data, real time. We can decluster any data, into consumable format and you can use it for reporting any way you want. We specialize in SAP, Business, Databases, ETL, ELT, and reporting. Because of this, we have predefined reports that are near drop in. You can see your data in days and build reports in days. We deliver data that is easy to consume.

Data Types, Data Lengths, Data Formats

Easy to consume? At Simplement, we know seamless reporting. We translate all currencies, exchange rates, cluster data, synchronize all dates and time formats and lengths. When you want to build custom reports, everything joins easily. Why is this important? Because shortly after you integrate Simplement, your staff will get the hang of it, want to know more about what they do, and they will build the reports. That frees up IT time (read: ROI), gives your staff the reports they want and need, fast, increases engagement, and improves your business. But how will they read the SAP table-column codes? We add views with all key columns indicated, and add all full length table and full length column descriptions so nearly anyone who wants to will figure out how to join tables and understand what data they want.

If you would like to discuss any of this or any of your own difficulties with reporting SAP data, please reach out to us and ask for Christopher Grancher

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