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Predictive Features in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud Webcast Notes

This was a webcast earlier today


The usual disclaimer applies; anything in the future is subject to change.


Also posted at SCN beta site but the post won’t remain there: Predictive Features in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud Webcast Notes – SAP Blogs


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Agenda is above


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All capabilities are in one product


User experience is Fiori based


SaaS in cloud; no install required


Based on HCP real-time platform


Predictive included to include all users


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Future will include GRC


Can include connection to on-premise data sources


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Bring predictive to planning and BI user


Targeting business user


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Predictive was just released last month at SAPPHIRENOW


What influences?


Upload data, highlight the field for question, and then shown influencers, outliers




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Self-serve predictive

Data scientist design framework, user navigates










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HCP (HANA Cloud Platform) is embedded in applications


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When to use what


Question & Answer

Q: Will it works with MS SQL Server Database?

A: yes you can connect to MS SQL


Q: I have connected BOCloud to HANA database using Live Connection and

have created Analytical models in BOCloud. I see the Machine Discovery

disabled. Which Connection types/Models support planning?


A: guided machine discovery is only for offline data sources

In the planning process to see how handle online capability


Q: Which Connection types/Models support predictive?


A: please check out the connection types to SABOC environment here


Q: How do you position Predictive Analytics as compare with SAS or SPSS?

Since folks more inclined towards SAS predictive rather SAP


A: the differentiation of SAP BO Predictive Analytics with other product is , our predictive product empowers business users/citizen data scientists to create predictive models without having all data science skills and automate the enterprise predictive process


Q: Is integration to Integrated Business Planning planned/possible?

A: at this moment you can use predictive time series forecast on the BPC plan data , you will see a demo at the end of the presentation on this


Q: What does Leak Variables mean (in the Machine Discovery overview screen)?

A: Leakage is the creation of unexpected additional information in the training data, allowing a model or machine learning algorithm to make unrealistically good predictions.


Q: What algorithms are used with the Guided Machine Learning option?


A: key influencers -HCP predictive service, automated predictive library


Q: is there an environment where we can create custom demos with the predictive capability?

A: if you have account you can upload – have tutorial, PoC, partner accounts; best to contact account executive


Q: This solution exits for small or medium company?

A:  yes cloud solution is targetted to all companies


Q: Are the predictions based in Statistical Regression models?

A: Yes, guided machine discovery is using machine learning regression model to gain insight


Q: does BO Cloud include options for preparing data, like excluding runaways or filling gaps in data? Or is there any type of documentation which requirements have to be meet from data to get valuable results?

A: heavily investing in the data prep area; ability to change values and replace values

for runaways you can create calculations


Q: Who creates model – business or IT?

A:  Business user having domain knoweldge should be able to create Predictive models,


A: IT would help you to configure data connections and extract the data from other system


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