SAP’s Charles Gadalla provided an update on SAP Predictive Analysis to ASUG last week.
Please note the legal disclaimer applies – things shown here are subject to change, and these are my notes. The available roadmap is service.sap.com/roadmap.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows Predictive is integrated with Visual Intelligence; the code lines have merged. You have the Visual Intelligence capabilities and you would have the Predict tab.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Charles said they release on a monthly basis and they are releasing aggressively
Charles said they are moving fast on algorithm support including Generic R and high performance analytics (shown in Figure 2)
SAP Predictive Analysis 1.0.10
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 shows new features in 1.0.10, with a planned GA of later this month.
There are over 18 PAL algorithms supported
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Charles took some time to explain what PAL is as shown in Figure 4.
PAL stands for “predictive analysis library”. It incorporates data with algorithms so there is no I/O hit or slow down – you are executing data in memory.
On the left of Figure 4 there is also the option for Hana PAL
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Hana SPS5 has the PAL library
The Gui interface hides the complex analysis.
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows executing an R algorithm – this complexity is hidden with the Predictive Analysis Gui.
Figure 7: Source: SAP
Figure 7 explains what the R language is. It is open source, it is free. He said there are now more than 4,200 packages for R.
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Figure 8 shows Visual Intelligence which has the prepare and share, data manipulation. From Figure 8 it seems Visual Intelligence is a subset of Predictive Analysis, which was a hot topic at last week’s Visi Chat with James Fisher and Timo Elliott
Predictive allows you to add sophisticated algorithms
Question & Answer:
Q: How do we get the demo version of SW?
A: sap.com/learnbi for tutorials
Q: Is there any idea if/when PA will be able to publish to the BI Launch Pad?
A: Yes, it is in the roadmap.‑
Q: R integration ? how its different when using BO-PA vs. HANA
A: R from Predictive is a gui call while Hana has the PAL R integration. (see his slide) ‑
A: Generic R Gui Interface is in the near roadmap‑
Q: any plans to support to view them in Mobile?
A: Yes, to publish to Explorer using an Infospace or eview‑
Q: If we have both VI and PA currently deloyed do we have to reinstall because of the platform merge that was mentioned?
A: Yes, that is true. The problem is the current install of VI standalone would need to be removed, reinstall predictive since is provides both together.‑
Q: will R visualization work in BI-PA ?
A: Yes, R visualization does come back in PA ‑
Q: Can analysis executions be scheduled to run and push data through a model and then back out for reporting through WebI or other tools?
A: Yes, using a stored procedure on database, schedule when you want and then have WebI report to pull off data base and push report out that way. Will have a scheduler built in the tool (Q3 planned) from Gui itself and push to Hana –
ASUG Annual Conference
You can meet Charles in person where he is co-presenting with customer Lubrizol on Predictive Analysis – How to Build Your Own Crystal Ball.
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