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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Figure 5: Source: SAP

Hana SPS5 has the PAL library

The Gui interface hides the complex analysis.

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Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows executing an R algorithm – this complexity is hidden with the Predictive Analysis Gui.

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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.

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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

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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.‑

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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‑

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Q: any plans to support to view them in Mobile?

                A: Yes, to publish to Explorer using an Infospace or eview‑

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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.‑

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Q: will R visualization work in BI-PA ?

                A: Yes, R visualization does come back in PA ‑

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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 –

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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.

Also customer Medtronic shares Predictive/Text Analytics Using SAP HANA

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    1. Henrique Pinto

      PA (which I heard is being renamed as “Lumine” or something like that) is actually a special build of VisI with the PA-specific plugins (R integration, algos, charts, etc.).

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  1. Henrique Pinto

    And still no generic R (or generic HANA R) support??

    Last I heard, it was planned for SP10 (aka for SAPphire).

    Do you know when it’s planned for now?

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