This was a public SAP webcast last week – and these are my notes as I heard them.
SAP said this product was “released at SAP TechEd Barcelona”
Figure 1: Source: SAP
All analytics in one cloud for one environment
BI and planning; coming soon predictive, GRC in same environment, libraries
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It is based on the HANA Cloud Platform so “all customers to take advantage of HANA”
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Applications, analytic capability, and core capabilities
Working on predictive, GRC, vertical apps (public apps)
Figure 4: Source: SAP
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Figures 4 and 5 cover the market reception
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Public demo environment is in progress
Will have a series of webcasts
Figure 7: Source: SAP Demo
ESRI integration/partnership is coming; you don’t need an ESRI account to use geospatial
Next adding HANA Cloud platform as a data source, universes
Features include linking, blending and it is multi-dimensional aware
Releases are every 2 weeks
Coming – enhanced data connectivity, data sources, Concur, SF, hybris, Google apps and Digital Boardroom for mobile
Resources available now – roadmap, Youtube, user guides, release notes, FAQ
Question and Answer
This is usually the best part of webcasts – the Q&A
Q: How load data to C4A (Cloud for Analytics)?
A: if you have HCP (HANA Cloud Platform) can use Data Services, SLT
Next week connect to HCP’s database as a service
Working to connect to on premise – likely will be a universe and HANA
Q: What are the data access load options – level 2 and level 3 details
A: Reach out to SAP Account Executives
Q: Alternative to SuccessFactors Workforce analytics
A: for operational data; working to connect today using oData/Restful API’s
Q: New capabilities roll out to private tenants too?
A: C4A is a subscription service – 2 options – public cloud or private
Public – promoting, customers
Within a week update both
Q: How do we get access?
A: Webcast poll provided; Working on low-touch self provisioning trial environment over the next several months
Q: Do you need clients to develop?
A: No everything is in the cloud
Q: What about SAP applications in a non-HANA scenario
A: “BW is your friend” – use BEx Query
Q: Do you push data to cloud?
A: No, you pull
Upcoming ASUG SAP Cloud for Analytics Webcasts:
January 12: Intro to Cloud for Analytics
February 3: SAP Digital Boardroom