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SAP Analytics Cloud integration with SAP BW Technical Webcast Recap

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This webcast covered SAP Analytics Cloud Integration with BW; technical, end to end

Technical overview, backend prerequisites.

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2 ways to connect

Live connection – baseline of 7.5/4 with SP’s and you must apply SAP Notes on top
See SAP Note 2541557

How start applying notes?
Notes are specific to SAP Analytics Cloud

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Data import connnectivity is covered above

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2 modes of connectivity

Live connectivity – approach most customers want; connect directly, leverage rich metadata and no modeling, no data replication

Leverage underlying data authorizations

Data import is not a dark horse; if using data from different sources

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Getting connectivity to work
If using reverse proxy approach, no need to change

If starting new deployment, SAP recommends CORS

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CORS technical specifics

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3 components to install

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Install HANA Cloud Connector – manage transfer of on-premise to SAP Analytics Cloud
Uses TLS encryption; same as what banks use
Set up agent; used to help manage connection and query request to on-premise
SAP JCo connectors – connect to BW system

In next wave or 2, new component that bundles HANA Cloud Connector, Jco and agent together
Could be an alternative for those who want a simplfied connectivity experience

BW Query Concepts

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Talking to BW queries
Live connection and data import
Leveraging your existing investment

Data import – about leverage selective BW query concepts; extract query results into SAP Analytics Cloud

Once acquired in SAP Analytics Cloud not tied to BW OLAP engine

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Different BW metadata concepts
Live connection almost fully satisfy – not support TIMS – part of the roadmap; early next year
Data import nuances; acquire the data, map dimensions as part of the model

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Display attributes, structures; recommend Live connectivity

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Live connectivity is recommended here
Recently delivered support for BW Variants and personalization

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Core concepts make the live connectivity “special”

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Display settings – scaling, etc. part of the live connectivity workflow

Best Practices:

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Safety belt protects against large dataset retrieval

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Query read mode; setting in BW that decides how OLAP processor navigates in client; use transaction RSRT

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BW query design considerations; not redesign queries, try to leverage existing queries with SAP Analytics Cloud

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Administrative feature introduced in SAP Analytics Cloud; if have story page with 6 different charts/widgets and pointing to different queries those would be executed in parallel
Use judicially

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Storybuilding feature; similar to pause/refresh in Analysis Office
Design time feature

Road map

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Some of the changes in Q3/Q4 delivery planning
DATS support improving

Product direction – planned for 2019

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Q3 – additional chart types
Waterfall charts may come in Q4

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Chart to chart filtering is being enhanced (called Linked Analysis)
– when charts are based on different BW queries
– planned for end of Q3

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Search to insight was introduced last month
Planned for Q4 – live BW models
“Smart capability”

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Data blending – many customers are asking for this
Looking at Q3 delivery

Questions & Answers
Q: Will BW based RRI work with SAP Analytics Cloud?
A: Not yet; aware of this; working on as part of the product backlog

Q: Are there customers live with a live BW connection?
A: Yes

Q: End users want to create ad-hoc BW queries; Eclipse based BW query desiger has too much overhead; will SAP Analytics Cloud have it’s own version?
A: No, you can use traditional BEx query designer or the BW modeling tool

Q: As the safety belt assists limiting data, is there a possibility to limit it for SAP Analytics Cloud?
A: No, the safety belt is managed from IT

Q: What is the row limit for BW live connections?
A: Think of BW live connection with a safety belt – could be restricted
Within SAP Analytics Cloud – different visualizations have different limits and data points
Not specific to live connections

Q: Currently using data import; can we switch model to live connection?
A: No, can’t switch

Q: Will SAP Analytics Cloud cover the same functionalities as Analysis for OLAP?
A: Over time, will bring use cases to SAP Analytics Cloud


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      Author's profile photo Daniel Spokoinyi
      Daniel Spokoinyi

      Tammy, thanks for the great summary.

      Do you know where we can find the slides for this webinar. I have watched it but did not see slides attached 🙁

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      The slides are available in a JAM group.  I'll try to find the contact person for that