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Please note the usual disclaimer applies that everything in the future is subject to change.

ASUG is in the process of establishing 3 new ASUG Influence Councils for SAP Analytics Cloud:
Focus Area 1: Business User driven workflows

Here we will discuss topics, such as creating stories, creating visualizations, calculations, data blending and also the consumption workflows.

Focus Area 2: Data Connectivity & Data Modeling

Here we will discuss the ability to connect to live data, load data into the cloud and we will discuss the topic of data modeling.

Focus Area 3: Integration with SAP BW

Here we will discuss the integration of SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP BW, BW on HANA, BW4HANA. (source: Ingo Hilgefort)

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Influence Councils are interactive forums where members can communicate ideas and concerns about product plans and SAP services directly to SAP development and product managers. It is also an opportunity to network with other members.

Each Influence Council has a leadership team that manages activities. This team is comprised of the Product Manager, Customer Chair, ASUG Volunteer SIG representative and HQ representative.

The average Influence Council has 10-15 companies, with 1-2 representatives per company. Meetings take place in both a virtual and face-to-face setting depending on need. (source: ASUG)

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Generally, Influence Councils have 3 phases: Launch, Feedback and Conclusion. In each phase, a set of activities occur.

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Above are all the roles with the ASUG Influence Councils

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SAP’s Christina Obry will lead the Business User Council

Making things easier for the business user

Covers creation and consumption workflow

Roles for this council:

SAP PoC

Christina Obry

Customer Lead

(TBD)

ASUG SIG Chair

Tammy Powlas / Joyce Butler, ASUG Volunteer

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Roles for this council:

SAP PoC (point of contact)

Paul Ekeland, Paul Brownsey

Customer Lead

(TBD)

ASUG SIG Chair

Tammy Powlas / Joyce Butler, ASUG Volunteer

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This one focuses on BW, including live acquisition and metadata

Roles for this council:

SAP PoC

Eric Yew, Ingo Hilgefort, Christoph Albrecht

Customer Lead

(TBD)

ASUG SIG Chair

Tammy Powlas / Joyce Butler, ASUG Volunteer

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Continue to leverage existing investments

SAP Analytics Cloud is suited for new use cases

See a hybrid scenario between cloud and on premise

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Connects to SAP data sources, free content

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See what is planned

Different live investments, including SAP BW, SAP HANA, data blending

Support planned for water fall charts, variants

Chart-to-chart filtering

Query builder concept – to select dimensions and measures before you build model on top of query

SAP Application Building – look for more at SAPPHIRENOW conference; to further extend capabilities, a toolset can extend and create custom BI applications

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SAP has “reached a milestone” that SAP Analytics Cloud is IBCS certified

SAP is doing work around dynamic time calculations – year over year

They are also working on concept story filters

New chart types include histograms

Story bookmarks are planned; save a current view of story as a bookmark and reopen

Second half of this year includes alerts and notifications

Planned – conversational AI – first release planned during SAPPHIRENOW – smart insights based on natural language input – type in search statement “show me your top revenue products”

Prediction  – integration with cloud solutions such as S/4HANA cloud to enhance business workflows; planned in H2 includes predictive on live data

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Mobile slide includes support for geomaps and hyperlinking

H2, 2018 has planned support for Android and offline data source

Hybrid – integration with SAP Analytics Hub and will be enhanced for a user experience

Planned Support for multiple deployment options include AWS, Google Cloud Platform

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Please see high level council charter above.

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Please see timelines above.

Question and Answer

Q: “Classic” BW on ECC…or Embedded BW in S4HANA..or both welcome..?

A: all are welcome!

Q: Is Design Studio/Lumira Designer still being ported to SAP Analytics Cloud?

A: no migration path at this time; wait until SAPPHIRENOWQ: 3rd party Infrastructure Support for AZURE needed ASAP…Please. thx!

A: Not on the roadmap – feel free to add to Influence site: https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/884Q: Where can I find list of influence councils?

Q: Do you have any plans to integrate with SuccessFactors?

A: already can use SF as a data source

Survey

If you are interested, you must be an ASUG member.  You can only select one influence council to join as well.  If you are interested please complete the survey here.

 

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