SAP Hybrid Analytics #ASUG Webcast Recap
SAP Hybrid Analytics – this was a webcast we had last week.
In this webcast, insights, technologies working, hybrid analytics approach was described and learned what does hybrid analytics mean
Standard SAP disclaimer applies; anything in the future is subject to change
Above is the agenda with a quick overview of Analytics strategy and a focus on portfolio
There is no definition of hybrid
NIST has formal definition of cloud
Hybrid means different things to different people
Depending on where you are
Frame hybrid in those in IT – working in hybrid for most of our lives
Paradigm shifts are shown above
Still many workloads on mainframes
End up in a hybrid world where we mix and match
In analytics, hybrid means mix of on-premise and cloud landscapes with heterogenous landscape
Run existing landscapes with new technology
Not one or other but one and another
Most companies are
We’ve all heard the warning “disrupt or be disrupted”
But for established companies, current realities usually mean disruption poses significant risks
This means knowing exactly what to keep and what to change, where to start and how fast you can go without things breaking (SAP)
Both scenarios; interconnectivity between existing and new landscapes
On-premise traditional BI4 landscapes and connect to new emerging Analytics Cloud
There are 3 key Analytic in the SAP portfolio that support these 2 scenarios, Run and Growing the business:
SAP Analytics Cloud is a single Analytics experience where everyone can discover, visualize, plan, predict, steer, and see all analytics in one place versus having separate point solutions.
SAP Digital Boardroom is built on SAP Analytics Cloud and brings the boardroom and meetings of all types to life across people, places, and devices into a real-time enterprise experience. The SAP Digital Boardroom provides a harmonized view across all lines of business to help you run your business and look for new areas of growth.
–AP Analytics Hub sits on the SAP Analytics Cloud platform and provides a single catalog of all your analytics across your enterprise and helps you focus on the most important content for your business users.
On-premise analytics solutions for BI (with BusinessObjects Enterprise), Planning (with Business Planning and Consolidation), and Predictive Analytics and support hybrid models.
SAP’s strategy is to combine on premise and cloud capabilities into an integrated hybrid solution (source: SAP)
Interest in cloud, is real
Focusing on High Speed Innovation in Cloud
Continue to make improvements on premise
We realize customers will use both Must Protect Investment for Existing On-Premise Customers
Hybrid Gives Best of Both – Innovation in Cloud + Investment Protection
SAP Unique Differentiation: Don’t Move/Replicate Data – Bring Analytics to your Data!
Get the cloud solutions deployed to existing landscapes
Cloud addresses current challenges
Free up BI resources to do high value analytical work
See Gartner article
No formal definition of hybrid analytics
Worked with Forrester – asking questions
Consensus – looking at cloud analytics
Moving towards hybrid analytics landscapes
Some have concern about moving data to the cloud; valid concerns
74% describe overall cloud strategy as hybrid
23% think hybrid is integrating public cloud with on premise infra and data
From Forrester “Top 10 Facts Every Tech Leader Should Know About Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid Cloud Isn’t A Specific Strategy — It’s A Sanity Statement”
Above are the areas SAP is investing in
SAP Analytics Hub: Single source of the truth and a quick way to expand analytics across the organization.
Smart Discovery is a set of capabilities in SAP Analytics Cloud that is powered by the SAP Cloud Platform predictive services. The guided analysis is designed for Business Users and features the power of Exploratory Analytics by leveraging SAP’s proprietary predictive technology. Smart Discovery allows business users to take advantage of predictive analytics without the need for any Data Science or Machine Learning expertise.
Understand the main business drivers behind your core KPIs, such as revenue, churn, and productivity – powered by Machine Learning
Interact with insights and explore hidden structures and relationships
Find the answer to business questions through intuitive charts and natural language
Smart Discoveries – Simulation
Simulate possible outcomes based on your business scenarios
Predict the outcome of a particular KPI or record value based on historical data
Experiment to see how particular dimension values or KPI values will affect the outcome, e.g. your sales opportunity
Quickly develop a clear understanding of intricate aspects of your business data
Click on a data point to get smart textual and visual insights
Example: Want to know more about your Revenue in the Retail Sector? Smart Insights panel offers an explanation
Pre-Built Content and Models (11 industries and 16 LoB models)
The free business content for SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom provides a quick and easy starting point for your individual analytics scenarios. SAP Analytics Cloud business content features technology highlights such as planning, Smart Assist, value-driver trees, and mobile design. You can browse the content and choose packages to add to your system from within the application. Delivers enhanced time to value. Free to all who license the SAP Analytics Cloud. (Source: SAP)
Many have a cloud first strategy
Ways available today to take advantage of the cloud to lower costs: either infrastructure costs, operations costs, or application costs.
Looking at providing a hybrid license
Cloud subscription license
Single license type for all BI capabilities (cloud and on-premise) – is the plan, a work in progress
Single front-end to access all analytics in landscape
- Single view of governed analytics assets, whether on prem or in the cloud
- An easy way for business users to find analytics assets
Manage your hybrid deployments and enable your journey to the cloud Source: SAP
Invested in data warehouse, universes, reuse in cloud; concept of live/remote connection – leave data where it is
Data stays on premise, behind your firewall
How does that look?
Browser on laptop, request to cloud (metadata), universe connection – browser to in BI platform, uses the DSL bridge, uses SQL, pass back to browser
Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) : Roadmap to support more than Tomcat 7+
Time to value
Asking question, getting answer
Smart discovery allows SAP Analytics Cloud to auto generate a story and what the outliers, influencers mean
The vision for SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is to connect to both on premise and Cloud data sources and applications.
This was covered in detail in What’s new in Analysis Office 2.7 webcast last week
Analysis Office is part of SAP Analytics Cloud planning; allow write back
Continue the integration journey
SAP Analytics Cloud is also a planning solution; hybrid planning – mixture of on-premise and SAC planning
Going forward, same for planning landscapes
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow capabilities
–Improved integration from S/4 to SAC (reuse of integration content)
–Bundling of integration jobs
–Automated retraction from SAC to S/4 Source: SAP
Overall view – landscape on premise
Single view of assets
Reuse data sources
Administration is taken care of too; simplify
Hybrid is about bringing these together – core workflows, announced building out BI4.3, hybrid workflows there
Question & Answer
|Does the Enablement of Governance use the foundations of Information Steward? Or completely different||not tightly integrated with Information Steward; understand value|
|Is there a authorization concept in SAP Analytics HUB?||He is answering now; it relies on source system for access|
|Is there a trial account for Analytics Hub? like SAC||No, but you can get a POC; SAC has a trail|
|So underlying asset controls access, but is there ability to restrict business users to see certain tiles?||intent is user can see all analytics and if they don’t have underlying permissions they cannot see report|
|If we have named and concurrent licenses for BOE on-prem today, will the new model give us equal licenses to SAP Analytics Cloud (and/or Hub), and will it be free or at what cost?||still a work in progress – no exact answer|
|So my understanding of how this Hybrid Analytics works is that data can be on premise and some can be in the cloud and the Analytics service is running in the cloud and then users access the analytics app on the cloud which then gathers the analytics data from on premise and the cloud depending on the data location. Does this sound right?||hybrid – shouldn’t matter were data is or analytics is|
|Can SAP Analytics Hub work with non SAP front-end tools such as Tableau, Power BI, etc..?||yes|
|When is the formal release date of the new hybrid license?||no formal release date|
Thanks for posting. I am working with a client to Integrate HANA on Prem with SCP with models being consumed by on prem BOBJ. The goal however is to move some of the reporting to Analytics on cloud with SAP. Anyone can share their experiences with Analytics on the cloud and any functionality issues they faced with ON prem BOBJ vs Cloud?.
Hi Vamsi - we had some presentations earlier this month at ASUG Annual Conference. Presentations are posted on ASUG.com and can be found here - no logon required
Thank you, will analyze it and post follow ups. Thanks for your immediate reply.