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SAP Visual Intelligence – New Face of BI Webcast – What is Coming Mid 2013

Today SAP’s Andreas Krause provided this SAP EMEA webcast providing an update on Visual Intelligence.  You can watch a replay here or download the slides here.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows the evolution of BI over the spectrum.  BI has evolved from understanding the root causes and drilling down to lower levels, such as slicing and dicing with OLAP analysis.

Organizations create dashboards & scorecards but data volumes getting bigger and bigger and need to find outliers of data.  Andreas said this is where Visual Intelligence comes in, as it helps the user help detect outliers to help visualize information.

Last pillar is for predictive algorithms to find the best way to influence what happens in the right way.

The analyst needs to understand the data, to find the right information to understand the data.  In the past organizations have used a set of predefined reports – get answers on some or part of the question.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows the key capabilities of Visual Intelligence.

The theme is to get the information without the need of IT, allowing you to combine with other data sources and share with other users.


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Figure 3 shows the acquisition overview for Visual Intelligence, supporting different types of data sources such as .CSV, Excel, Hana (online offline), relational database sources with Freehand SQL, universes (both old and UNV UNX)


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Semantic enrichment includes measure detection, time based and geographic data as shown in Figure 4.


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Figure 5 shows two ways geographic elements can be detected by names and latitude and longitude


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Figure 6 shows you can use data manipulation tools to replace the XBX 360 to fix it to XBOX 360


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You merging data sources and define the column to be joined together with auto-matching capability by clicking the merge button


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Top side shows chart families, grouping the different charts together

The gallery is shown at the bottom of the screen


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You can create interactive visualizations including bubble charts, scatter charts, time-based information, show trends, forecasting, rank and sort data

You can also do on the fly sort and ranking, running sum and apply some predictive functionality in Visi (forecasting & regression algorithms)


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Figure 10 shows it is possible to share charts by e-mail, publish to StreamWork, publish data set to SAP Hana and publish to Explorer as an Info Space


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Coming in mid 2013 will be the new HTML5 user interface.

It is planned to have an Open Data acquisition API to adjust data acquisition process for different data sources

It will have a new visualization component the Viz xTab – like a crosstab – you can easily with drag and drop

Most important, Andreas said, by mid 2013 allow multiple visualization in an interactive board like Exploration Views

It can can consume that information “seamlessly on the web in new BI cloud solution and the mobile device”

Question & Answer (very short, only 2 minutes)

Q: Does it support BEx/BW?

A: No

Q: Is it available as a standalone product?

A: yes

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