#askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call: SAP Cloud for Analytics Recap
I was late, but I am sure that the legal disclaimer applies, that all future and forward looking statements are subject to change. Also these are my notes as I heard them.
The session yesterday started with a poll:
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Gerrit Kazmaier said Cloud Analytics was created as a “system of one” for unification of workflows, analytics, and rethink modern system architecture – network of systems that interact dynamic – cloud and on premise. It “unifies analytic needs with semantic layer and self-service analytics”
Question and Answer (part 1)
Q: SAP invested in BI, why come up with another tool?
A: Gerrit said this was a “bold decision, do better, to create beautiful software to seamlessly work together”
He has a demo on how connect to on premise system
Ivo: customers ask for native HANA solution in cloud
Q: Still invest in Lumira/Web Intelligence?
A: Yes, still invest
Q: This looks great, why not part of my existing license?
A: “Your investment is safe”
Customers are looking for a low-cost option, self-service, SaaS
Q: Who is the ideal customer for cloud?
A: Ivo – any customer is ideal
Customers who are comfortable with the cloud
Software as a service “let us take care of this environment”
Looking to add predictive, GRC
Customers have heard of HANA – do they need to operate it themselves?
“Opportunity to get your hands on HANA” and “Start small”
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Ordinarily I don’t like to share screen shots from demos, but in this case, the call was mostly demos and question and answer, and I hope the screen shots help explain the features.
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Connects to Multiple systems
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HR information is from SuccessFactors
Features include interactivity
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Data is from Cloud for Customer
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Figure 7 shows Geo graphic charts
Features include comments
It integrates planning
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Also a value driver tree was shown, and it was “plannable”
Also a slider was shown for “what if” analysis
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Collaborate with co-workers
Connect to Google Drive
Predictive is planned as the “next tile”
Run predictive algorithm based on data
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“Plethora of charting options” with “top N sorting” and zoom in features
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Features include Lasso selection, point of interest layer, “using core services from HANA”
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Faceted navigation like Explorer
Handles currency conversion
Models use a spreadsheet paradigm
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Features include ETL, mapping, stories, planning
Live Oak Bank demo: http://go.sap.com/assetdetail/2015/11/c2be788e-4b7c-0010-82c7-eda71af511fa.html
Question & Answer (part 2)
Q: Is it based on HANA Cloud Platform?
Q: Does all the data have to be in Cloud
A: No, supports cloud hybrid – connect cloud with on premise systems
You can upload to cloud
Queries for on premise “never leave your system”
Q: What can I reuse from what I have today?
A: Now answer – use the models in BPC, BW content, connect to BW queries, HANA content
Future – S4, universes, Salesforce
Next year – “deliver a data source every other day”
New release every two weeks
Can push Lumira datasets to it
Universe coming Q1
Q: Can it be linked to Google spreadsheet
Q: Access on mobile device?
A: Have a mobile app for it
Have a Mobile solution
Can use parts
Not using HTML5 rendering; creating true mobile applications around this
Unique to device itself
Current mobile app has limited functionality; real mobile cloud come next year
Q: Is Infinite Insight connected?
A: Next year will have bigger announcement for Cloud for Predictive
Q: Security questions – detailed, reuse security
A: respect source system authorizations
SAP ID, identity providers
Cloud for Analytics authenticates with source system
Cloud for Analytics has multi layerauthorization concept
Q: If want to use Cloud for Analytics, is there any other SAP software needed?
Q: partners – how will this work with partner landscape?
A: working with partners already; providing a set of API’s
Publish first set of partner API’s – part of the roadmap
SDK and embed API’s coming next year
Q: How does pricing work?
A: Subscription based, per user per month
Question & Answer (part 3)
Q: only cloud or cloud on premise?
A: only cloud
Offer private edition and public edition
Run in HCP data center
Q: will we be able to designate data center?
A: Your call
Q: How do data mashups?
A: You can model these
Q: Offer in multiple languages?
A: offered in top tier languages including English Spanish French Russian, Portuguese
Q: New features for Cloud for Planning?
A: merged Cloud for Planning with Cloud for Analytics
Building more enhancements
Q: What is the release schedule?
A: release every 2 weeks
Features framework- decide if you want to adopt or not adopt
Will make accessible to customer to opt in or out
Will be weekly soon
Register at SAP Cloud for Analytics for trial
Source: SAP – resources
Note: I missed 10 minutes of the question & answer, but at the end SAP said they would publish the full question and answer later
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