I attended an SCN SAP Predictive Analysis and SAP Visual Intelligence Webcast today. First up was SAP Visual Intelligence (#SAPVisi hashtag)
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Today, Andreas Krause of the SAP EMEA Center of Excellence for BI presented “The new face of BI with Visual Intelligence”
The usual disclaimer about future product direction and subject to change
Andreas said that SAP Visual Intelligence is the latest addition to the BusinessObjects Explorer family. It works on the desktop.
It is intended to provide the business user a self-service solution, acquire data on his own based on different data sources – corporate or personal.
The end user can manipulate and enrich data without coding and scripting and also analyze data with advanced visualization. They can review things such as customer behavior, product performance. The intent is to enable end user to get answer as fast as possible
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows that you can easily download and install product. The first release was made for Hana
The latest version 1.0.1 allows you to acquire Excel data
You can connect to Hana views, Excel or flat files.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows you can data manipulations with raw data
It offers data enrichment to enhance data such as time based information with dates. It can derive dates like year, month and quarterly. You can start create intuitive visualizations.
Figure 3: Source: SAP
You can create data from your needs, such as attributes and measures
You can create time-based hierarchies, geographic hierarchies – geographic views
You can use city to derive region information
You can drag and drop information
Figure 4: Source: SAP
You can create several types of different charts such as bar charts, line charts, pie charts, bubble, heat maps against massive volumes – connect with Hana
It will enable you or end user to work with massive data volumes. It is real time as you get your data without latency
Figure 5 shows how the data looks after acquiring data in Excel sheet
Then you divide into attributes and measures – simply right click create measure
In Figure 6 the business use can replace James Frank with Jon Candy using data manipulation
Andreas said there is built in functionality to enrich the data
Figure 7: Source: SAP
The visualization that Andreas demonstrated was a map.
Due to some technical issues Andreas could not complete the webcast but still it was a good overall introduction to SAP Visual Intelligence.
Official Product Tutorials for SAP Visual Intelligence
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