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BI 2015 – It’s a Wrap, Part 1


BI 2015 Las Vegas is now over but it started a week ago today with Jump Start sessions (which I missed).

I watched the keynote online on the plane (you can watch the replay here).   From the keynote I did enjoy Charles Gadalla’s SAP Predictive Analytics 2.0 demonstration, to build a model to “catch crooks in Central Park”.  He said they wanted to “make it simpler, make it real time”.  When he modeled it, he didn’t even have to select a model.  Using HANA spatial analytics, he could track the pattern of tourists in New York City and perform some social network analysis.


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Next, I attended a session titled “Making Agile BI a Reality with SAP HANA” with SAP’s Ken Tsai.


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As you can see above, Brazil has to make 26 payments a year; how do you streamline processes to make this less labor-intensive?


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The SAP speaker was making the case for how the analytic platform can make business more “agile”.


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On this slide, the speaker said this was “Agile BI beyond the Warehouse” as there is no staging, no aggregation, and is real-time.


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The 4 value proposition includes no batch, instant insights, deeper analytics and making agile BI more real, the SAP speaker said.


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The above shows the 4 layers agile BI, consume, compute, store, and source


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Customer quotes of “no more batch” came from the University of Kentucky, hierarchy changes are simple (Newell Rubbermaid) and a customer from Spain said “get instant insights”.


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As shown above the 5 analytic use cases for HANA include operational reporting, query& analysis,  mult-dim OLAP reporting, planning & forecasting, and unstructured information discovery

For more BI2015 pictures, see this Animoto or see this video here:

More to come.  Towards the end of the conference, SAP asked me to provide what I thought of the show, you can watch it here:

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