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SSM - How to start

Hi,

We started to implement SSM system in our company. And I have to learn how to work with it.

I need some practices or Step By Step documents to be able to build basic steps in the system.

Some one can help please?

Thanks,

Mohamad.

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    Posted on Mar 07, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Mohamad,

    Yes! You can definitely set up queries using the BI Connector. This is especially an area where I recommend training. There are two fundamental differences between SAP BI and SSM.

    The first is time intelligence. In BI, the Info Cube contains at least 1 time characteristic. SSM has no characteristic (dimension) for time. Inside SSM can accept a time period for a measure and then aggregate or divide it into other time periodicities on fly.

    Second difference is how dimensionality is handled. An Info Cube is dimensioned by every characteristic in the Dimension Tables. In SSM, every measure within a Model can be dimensioned differently.

    The BICA does accomodate for these differences. Indeed there is another key difference which is bringing in metrics that are percentages or ratios. Because you have different ways of compounding and aggregating, BICA can use the formula used for originally creating the metrics to correctly translate the numbers in SSM.

    So, yes you very much can use SSM to connect to BW through BI. Since you are just starting I would highly recommend you initially work with a consultant or get training as you begin this aspect of your project. You will get the best results, much more quickly this way.

    Wishing you success with your project!

    Bob

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      Dear Mohammed

      it is not very difficult to learn SSM on your own. you can follow the installation guides and take cues from the SDN forums.

      Even I learnt it without the help of SAP training or classes. But it is always preferable to have someone to help you out. wish you all the best

      Vijay

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    Posted on Mar 06, 2009 at 05:05 PM

    Hi Atieh,

    Are you interested in learning how to use SM as a business user, or do you want to be able to do configuration in the system?

    I would strongly recommend the official [SSM 7.0 course|http://www.sap.com/services/education/catalog/perfmgt/globaltabbedcourse.epx?context=%5b%5bCPM_SM%7cTZSSM3%7c%7c%7c%7cG%7c%5d%5d%7c] provided by SAP.

    There are a few intuitive steps, like creating contexts, objectives and KPIs and relating them in a meaningful way, which are usually performed by the business user with a minimum training.

    But from my experience I can tell you that a classroom training is more than necessary if you are planning to proactively configure the system.

    Hope this is useful!

    Best regards,

    Ricardo

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  • Posted on Mar 06, 2009 at 05:52 PM

    Mohamad,

    I am assuming that you have already installed and correctly configured Strategy Management. So you should have Netweaver CE installed, Strategy Management 7.0, plus the additional installs of Cube Builder (note 1156224) and if you are going to be sourcing data from SAP BI, the BICA (note 1156224)

    I also assume that your organization already has an articulated set of goals, objectives, and indictors.

    While the BEST way to start is have a consultant or trainer familiar with SSM to work with you for a week.

    If you want to try on your own, collect your strategy of goals, objectives, and measures and start putting it in the system. Start small and if you followed the configuration sets of loading the sample data into the system, you can reference the Fashion demo to see how a sample system was created.

    1) Add Users in Netweaver administrator and in SSM Administrator interface Set Application Defaults syncronize NW users with SM.

    2) Start Building out your Strategy on the Administrator interface

    Strategy Management has a great layout on the Administrator interface paper. Start at the top of the left column with LIBRARIES and Perspectives and Objectives. Each of the areas builds on top of each other, so work your way down. You cannot build out your scorecard or set KPIs until you have put together you own model.

    3) Use the HTML Cube Builder to create you own model.

    The Cube Builder is an easy way to build Dimensional Models. There is a How To guide on the BPX EPM area that will show you how to use Cube Builder. If you are going to do this on your own, without help from SAP consulting or a consultant familiar with SSM, I'd suggest starting building a simple test cube to start with at least 2 dimensions, several member and measures.

    4) Continue Building out the Administrator Side

    Once you have a simple cube built you can build out Entry and Approval, create metric sets to manually load data into the system.

    You won't be able to access the end user interface until you have built out the perspectives, objectives, and scorecards in the administrator interface.

    This is an easy system to use, pretty much intuitive, I would strongly suggest that you find some way of getting some training. You need a couple of people that know their way around the system. And these people can train others.

    Ricardo suggested taking the class, though I don't think there are any classes scheduled short term. You can contact SAP Consulting or SAP Education for additional resources - onsite or virtual classes. I highly recommend this if you are intending on use the BICA to connect with SAP BI data.

    Hope this helps,

    Bob

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      Hi,

      Thank you for the reply.

      BoB,

      My issue for the moment is to use the SSM for displaying KPI dashboard and drilldown.

      In other word, we would like to use the interface of SSM to show BW queries.

      We know that it's not the main goal of the SSM, but this is our goal for the first step of the project.

      Is it possible?

      Thanks,

      Mohamad.

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    Posted on May 12, 2014 at 07:24 PM

    Hi,

    I´m also studying SSM, and I'm interested on this topic,

    but I couldn't find the site you are talking about,

    can you give me the URL?

    Thanks a lot!!

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    Posted on May 16, 2014 at 03:31 PM

    Thanks for the links, those are very helpful.

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