AskSAP Call Notes focusing on Advanced Analytics
These are some brief notes with question and answer and polls from yesterday’s SAP webcast. The usual disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.
Also note I didn’t stay for the whole session so I may have missed some points.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
The Speed of evolution has changed. As Figure 1 shows, today we have the challenges and inefficiencies of current analytics landscape including complexity, speed, and cost (Source: @SAPAnalytics)
Figure 2: Source: SAP
SAP wants to democratize advanced analytics and make it easy, fast, and efficient as the slides shows.
They want to make it easy so you don’t need advanced degrees to do this work.
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 shows you can embed Analytics so the user doesn’t know it’s underneath
Business Analysts are the lynch pin, want things easier to use said SAP’s Shekhar Iyer
Figure 4: Source: SAP
The above shows an overview of predictive analytics solutions from SAP
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 shows bringing together lines of business and industries to make things “efficient and effective”
SAP says to consider the new analysis that is possible with predictive analytics & put our creativity to work
Q: What is biggest stumbling block?
A: Complexity, KXEN – Infinite Insight combines both
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows the results of attendees poll responses. Most of us aren’t using any predictive analytics solution.
Figure 7: Source: SAP
A customer example is eBay. They saved millions by finding an attribute that contributed to a lack of pipeline (Source: @SAPAnalytics)
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Analogy was made that InfiniteInsight is the espresso machine & Predictive Analysis is the barista
Learn more about InfiniteInsight at ASUG Annual Conference, where the data modeler for the 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign discusses Using Analytics to Help Win the US Presidency
Figure 9: Source: SAP
The above shows an overview of the HANA Predictive Analysis Library (PAL)
Learn how a customer is using PAL – see Predictive Analytics for Procurement Lead Time Forecasting at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Using SAP HANA, R, and the SAP Predictive Analysis Toolset at ASUG Annual Conference next month.
Figure 10: Source: SAP
The above shows an overview of SAP R Integration for predictive analytics
Q: Can you contrast solutions – R with HANA PAL
A: Algorithms with HANA PAL are a subset of R, optimized to run in R
SAP will continue to invest in #HANA PAL, R Integration
Continue to invest in PAL. Added 100 engineers in this area
Q: How see algorithms in KXEN?
A: Not algorithms in KXEN/InfiniteInsight – they are functions
What you see in InfiniteInsight are functions, sorted by category vs. the algorithms
Proprietary algorithms in KXEN -/ II but they do share details
Figure 11: Source: SAP
Attendees said the biggest barrier to adopting predictive analytics is skills shortage. Second is cost.
Figure 12: Source: SAP
Figure 12 shows the smart vending example of “Smart operations”
Asset management is used keep things cold
It also helps personalize the experience
Figure 13: Source: SAP
The customer in Figure 13 went from 4 days to 3 hours breakdown time on the Smart Vending example.
Figure 14: Source: SAP
Figure 14 shows a Cox case study.
Question and Answer
Q: I’d like to understand predictive and stochastic capabilities and how it understands unstructured data
A: address any model data
Unstructured – when build predictive models, need to structure data in some ways
Use SAP HANA libraries, data services, InfiniteInsight to structure data
Q: How often do you switch models out?
A: It depends on business problem and data
Tool to manage models is Infinite Insight –Factory, which lets you reconstruct original data set on the fly. Model management is a big piece
Figure 15: Source: SAP
Figure 15 asks who is using predictive analytics to build models in your organization? Looks like it is mostly the business analyst
Figure 16: Source: SAP
Figure 16 is an overview of future direction/roadmap of predictive analytics solutions from SAP. For more details attend ASUG Annual Conference Session Predictive Analysis Roadmap with SAP’s Charles Gadalla.
If you missed yesterday’s session and you can register for today’s 7:00 PM session http://bit.ly/RMHgEm
Other (source: @SAPAnalytics):
- If you are interested in test driving SAP Predictive there is a free trial available at http://bit.ly/1sqaowj
- SAP offers Rapid Deployment Solutions to speed up deployments
- It can use HANA smart data access feature. You can use HANA as overlay to federate the data into Predictive Analysis.
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