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This was an open webcast to everyone last Monday.  Clarissa Dold covers what is new here What’s New with SAP Predictive Analysis SP14?

Please note that the usual legal disclaimer applies that anything in the future is subject to change.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 describes what is predictive analytics, analysis to “support predictions”.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 covers where Predictive Analysis is used.  For me forecasting and trends are the most popular, but for sure businesses look at churn and turnover.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 covers R integration, PAL, Predictive Analysis and SAP Infinite Insight (new name for KXEN).  These are four separate items and I think this SAP Press book gives a very good overview of PAL and Predictive Analysis.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

The speaker provided a demo of SAP Predictive Analysis.  One of the upcoming features is the ability to share Predictive Storyboards to Lumira Server (and my take only – will help mobilize your predictive stories).


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 was part of the demo, showing that once you set up your predictive model, you could export it.  What is good about that?  You can save the settings in the model and then reuse it.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 is a summary of features in the current version of Predictive 1.14.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 is the high level architecture for Predictive Analysis.  You can see how it uses SAP BusinessObjects Lumira

The top of Figure 7 reflects the menu in Predictive Analysis.  At the bottom, you can import/configure R packages, which I found very simple in the current version.


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Infinite Insight is new name for KXEN.  The KXEN algorithms will be part of Predictive (planned).  Future direction is the convergence of Predictive Analysis and SAP Infinite Insight.  Future direction is typically 12-18 months out in the future.  Interesting too that Predictive Consumption and scoring is planned for the cloud.

Question and Answer

Q: When we connect live to HANA not getting the formula option

A: Data manipulation not supported HANA online

Planned for later in 2014

Option is to build a HANA Analytical view

Q: When will Infinite insight be included in PA?

A: Starting in Q2


In March there are Predictive sessions at BI2014

At ASUG Annual Conference in June we have a very special session planned covering Predictive Analysis – TBA – to be announced.

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