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Introduction to Cloud Analytics – ASUG Webcast Recap

This was an ASUG webcast by SAP’s Ty Miller last week.


Figure 1: Source: SAP


Figure 1 is the famous disclaimer slide; future plans are subject to change


Figure 2: Source: SAP


Premise is to create cloud-based analytics solution – not just BI, planning, or predictive – have all these capabilities in one environment


For the business user; there needs to be trust between business and IT


Connect to and take advantage of trusted platforms – HANA, BW, S/4HANA, Universes


Figure 3: Source: SAP


“All analytics in one place”


Multiple definitions


Analytics is a combination of BI, planning, predictive, dashboards, GRC


Consumer-grade, focused on business user


Provided as a service by SAP


Working with partners internal to SAP – SAP SuccessFactors, hybris, Concur – apps are looking to integrate and talking to 3rd party partners


Deployed on HCP (HANA Cloud Platform) for data manipulation, storage


Figure 4: Source: SAP


Figure 4 shows the logon screen for Cloud for Analytics


Figure 5: Source: SAP


Connects to HANA on premise, HEC, BW on premise, working on S/4HANA


Data stays in source system without data having to go past firewall


Plan in C4A (Cloud for Analytics) and push results back to BPC


It has a Fiori UI5 philosophy


Every 2 weeks, releasing an update to C4A


Wave release every 2 weeks


Wave release 17 inn 2015


Reset clock; now at Wave 1 at 2016


Uses HANA and ESRI native geospatial


Can export to PDF, linked dimensions


Figure 6: Source: SAP


Who is C4A for? For existing customers and net-new customers.  New to analytics and not looking for on-premise solutions.


Existing customers is why connections to BW, HANA, and working for Universes


Includes more cloud sources – Google sheets, salesforce


Integrate with internal cloud applications such as S4HANA SuccessFactors & Concur


Customers purchased HCP and they are adding C4A to connect


Figure 7: Source: SAP


Figure 7 shows how things fit.  Design Studio, Lumira, WebI – those are continued to be developed


C4A is new SaaS


Combine all analytics capabilities in one platform


In BI pillar, looking to simplify clients and combining.


Lumira 1.30 is slated for this quarter


BI4.2 is in rampup


Multiple experiences off same platform


Figure 8: Source: SAP


Driving use case for Digital Boardroom is to immerse audience in data


Presented on 3 screen format, they are touch screens


Interacting with information on touch screens


Will see at the conference in May


Feels like you are in the data


Figure 9: Source: SAP


Looking to bring in predictive capabilities into core BI


Predictive is coming into the core


Looking to offer predictive editions


Figure 10: Source: SAP


Figure 10 shows embedding in SAP apps like SuccessFactors, HCP, HANA, or 3rd party like Google, Salesforce


Question and Answer (subset)


Q: Can you discuss scheduling and distribution capabilities?

A: Scheduling & distribution – no scheduling per se now; interested in what type and what do


Q: Is this based on Lumira tool at backend?

A: No, this is all been developed ground-up


Q: Is application created based on HTML5?

A: Yes HTML5


Q: for the model cleansing / changing you did, if you upload a new update file, do you have to do all the manual steps again? or can that be automated?

A: It is automated


Q: Do you have Android App?

A: right now just iOS app – in process of creating a new dev team just for mobile


Q: Hi – I signed up for a trial at SAP TechEd but have not heard back. Any updates on when a trial will be available?

A: Overwhelming response to this – some challenges working on – recommend to all customers and partners – please connect with account rep – create a process – PoC system that is free for you to use for 30-60 days. Pre-sales champion that owns it.


Q: Will Go-To from one report to another report be supported?

A: Yes, just found this yesterday


Q: Can C4A data mashing include left outer joins?

A: Don’t know – believe right now just right inner join


Q: Can C4A stories be published onto Fiori Launchpad?

A: Can be in Fiori Launchpad and Cloud story points to a tile


Q: As newer versions of IE and Chrome are released, will C4A support these versions immediately?

A: Plan is support Chrome releases as soon as they come out – goal is to create latest version of Chrome. Not sure of plans for IE, Firefox, Safari – today just supports Chrome


Q: Is it planned for C4A to have the same capabilities as Lumira, Design Studio, and Web Intelligence?

A: Short answer is no, but not compare and contrast with on premise BI tools. Focus is on cloud scenarios and connect to data on premise

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      Author's profile photo Éric Ledu
      Éric Ledu

      thank you Tammy !

      I could not attend.......and now I know everything I wanted to learn 😉

      Great recap as usual

      Happy new year 2016 !


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy.

      In the Q&A session you are writing:

      Q: Can C4A stories be published onto Fiori Launchpad?

      A: Can be in Fiori Launchpad and Cloud story points to a tile

      How is this possible? Is there a certain way to do this? Or just by creating a new App in the launchpad and using as App type "URL"?


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Anton - thank you for reading and responding.

      I haven't had a chance to try this, so please re-post this as a question in the discussion area so others may assist

      Thank you