SAP Analytics Cloud Roadmap #ASUG Webcast Recap with Q&A
SAP’s Ty Miller presented as an ASUG webcast from last week.
Please register for more upcoming February webcasts below:
February 19 BI: SAP Analytics Cloud for BW Customers
February 21 BI: What’s new in SAP BI4.2 SP7
You can watch the this webcast replay here
Ty suggests going to https://sapanalytics.cloud/ site for more details
The legal disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change. These are not promises for the future
The strategic platform for SAP applications – Concur, SuccessFactors, C4 – all part of the intelligent enterprise
SAP Analytics Cloud is the Enterprise analytics cloud platform
Plays in SME markets as well
Not just a BI platform
Augmented analytics is a big investment, smart assist, smart insight, etc.
“one simple cloud” – one platform for all analytics capabilities, focused on the business user; meant to be simple.
Quarterly release cycle was discussed – more details are here
Canada is planned as a future data center, so is Singapore
As a customer you can choose your data center
Data connectivity, preparation, modeling
Simplify ability to connect to data – on premise, cloud, import connection, persisting in SAC or live connection
There has been a delta of capabilities between live and import – want to reduce differences between 2
Increase data blending scenarios
Do blending on multiple types of joins
Increase size of data to bring into SAP Analytics Cloud
Support same relational datasources as BI4.3 – 104 relational data sources that the universe can connect to, SAC can connect to as well
New set of datasources focused on cloud applications – coming around Q2, MS Dynamics, Salesforce, etc – 3rd party cloud sources, SharePoint, planned
Looking to add 170 more cloud data sources
Partnerships allow more data sources
Adding connectivity to HANA 2.0 in SCP Cloud Foundry
Modeling – visual based hierarchy area, multiple time dimensions
Browser based data blending will be offered
A few waves ago, live HANA/BW to an import connection blending – requires have HANA and SDI behind the scenes
Q2 will have logic in browser, so not to involve IT
BI, Analytics Hub, Digital Boardroom, Mobile
Strategy for 2019 for BI use cases, in priority order
Enterprise reporting – last area of BI suite to bring to SAC
Scenarios around reporting – alerts, schedule content, repeating layout of footers, headers, more control of format of report, burst report, decide where schedule story to – email, FTP, file share, export to CSV/Excel – looking at this year
Closing functional gaps between live and import – more self service capabilities – more self service to a viewer user rather than designer/author – same license
Add more analyst capabilities – for BW customers, add more capabilities to SAC. More blending, do data blending in a model – so any new story you create you can take advantage
Intelligent enterprise is growing
Enterprise readiness – lifecyle management, content versioning, etc.
Mobile – SAC mobile is available to day, controlled release for RoamBI
RoamBI is in a controlled release today – focused on a mobile first paradigm
Will provide offline use cases to view SAC content while not connected
RoamBI comes with SAC subscription
Initially available as iOS – will offer Android later this year
We had a webcast on this topic the other week.
Analytics Hub: allow you to access and discover content in multiple platforms, SAP or anyone
Catalog to access content
Plans to add MS Edge support; it is a few months away
Future direction – natural language and machine learning capabilities
SAP App Design in SAP Analytics for power users or IT who want to create a unique, directed, targeted experience for analytics for planning, predictive – a professional design environment
Uses widgets, controls, scripting, create sophisticated applications in SAP Analytics Cloud
SAP App Design is planned for release in Q2, part of the quarterly release cycle
App Design spans BI, predictive, planning – likely available by SAPPHIRENOW
Continue to support SAP Lumira Designer
Integration with planning, planning models, write back to planning scenarios to planning, Smart Discovery, insights, 360 “take action as a web service” – API’s, oData function calls, create a transaction in source system from App Design.
Will see data source API’s, visualization API’s, etc.
SAP Analysis Office is an example of hybrid. Provide a version of Analysis Office for SAC for free as part of the subscription. Can connect to import models (BI or planning) and write back to planning enabled model.
Will work more with Office365, desktop mobile and Excel plug in
Access to live connections in Q2
Integrate Analysis Office into SAC, store there
Smart Predict Smart Assist
Working with machine learning, natural language (search to insight)
Power business user can use Smart Predict; not need to know how to create a predictive algorithm
Today focused on imported data
In a few weeks, will extend to SQL source connected to SAC (cloud or on premise)
Publish to S/4HANA
Future direction – do more with Live Connections – HANA Live, more questions with predictive scenarios
One part of “augmented analytics”
Another part of augmented analytics
Embed intelligence into SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) – automatically create insights, grouping, search to text you can type in
Plan to add more live connections
Will add more R visualizations and services to SAC; will have live connection to HANA as well
Smart Discovery is the wizard driven approach
SAC started with Planning
Integration with on-premise BPC; integration with S/4HANA, S/4HANA Cloud, integration with SuccessFactors Workforce Planning
Cloud first strategy with planning
Live write-back to BPC embedded (S/4HANA)
This is a critical area for SAC
Supports import and live connections to BW today
Looking to improve integration over several quarters
Next month – quarterly release cycle – take advantage of Smart Data Integration blending (BW on HANA/BW/4HANA)
Looking to support structures, waterfall chart (Q2)
Browser based data blending is planned for Q2
Geo support for live BW (HANA) – planned for Q2
More blending, grouping, pivot style analysis – SAC planned to be a first class tool for BW scenarios
Will see SAC embedded in several SAP applications
Ability to blend and get started
Integration with C/4HANA
For S/4HANA Cloud and on-prem
Every SuccessFactors customer will be using SAC
Workforce Analytics – will be SAC – full use
Name not set – People Analytics, Extended Analytics
Plan to start beta program in Q1/Q2 timeframe
Analytic App scenarios and embedded scenarios
Question & Answer
Questions answered by SAP after the webcast:
Q: I’ve invested significantly in the SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite. Why would I want to also purchase a subscription to SAP Analytics Cloud?
[WTM] SAP is committed to delivering innovative applications in the Cloud. Consistent with this, our strategic direction for data discovery and application building follows on and aligns with our broader Analytics strategy. We are working on providing attractive commercial mechanisms to allow our customers to continue to license the parts of the BI Suite that they most frequently use, like WebIntelligence, and re-purpose freed up resources for subscriptions of SAP Analytics Cloud for things like Stories, Explorer and Application Design, to drive a hybrid analytics strategy.
Q: Is there any Microsoft BPC functionality that will not be integrated into analytics cloud by July?
SAC is quite distinct from BPC, and while we have certainly introduced several capabilities similar to, and inspired by BPC, we do not expect to every have “feature” parity with BPC per say. Having said that, we do expect to ultimately cover all the primary functional use-cases of BPC from a planning perspective (i.e. financial consolidations capabilities will not be introduced into SAC).
Q: who implements this platform??? Can any partner implement?
[WTM] SAP Analytics Cloud is a SaaS solution developed, maintained and provided by SAP, purchased as a subscription and delivered on a public cloud platform. Partners can subscribe to and programmatically integrate, extend and customize the service.
Q: When can we have webi as a data source in SAC?
[WTM] WebI as a data source for SAP Analytics Cloud is available today through our partner APOS with their Semantic Data Driver
Q: Is there any plan to migrate some SAP BPC Consolidation capabilities into SAC?
SAC provides capabilities to support basic intercompany elimination capabilities, however for statutory consolidations and close reporting, these are now included with S/4HANA for Group Reporting. Group reporting is closely coupled with both S/4 (although it can be run standalone), and SAC for Planning.
Q: Can you name 5 main points that are possible on premise (e.g Lumira) and not (yet) in the Analytics Cloud?
[WTM] The only remaining capability in the BI Suite that that will not yet be available in Analytics Cloud as of Q2 2019 is traditional reporting. This year we plan to begin developing reporting capabilities in SAP Analytics Cloud to meet this use case so keep your eyes on this space!
Questions asked during the webcast:
Q: How are the “partner delivered” data sources delivered (e.g. Cloudera)? Do we contact Cloudera, or another partner (Zoomdata)?
You can go to SAP App Center at https://www.sapappcenter.com/productLines/11#!/list/page/1
Q: Will Application Design provide the web query capability of the Design Studio/Lumira Designer “Generic Analysis” template (to replace BW Web Templates)?
Q:Are there any plans for integration with Qualtrics (Experience data)??
yes, created an integration, working on content
Q: will analytics cloud become the embedded reporting solution for Sales Cloud and Commerce Cloud (i.e. C/4 Hana applications)
yes, it will, no timeline
Is there any future plan integrating workday in SAC
yes; planned to add 170 data sources
Collaborative Enterprise Planning – thats the name of integration between SAC and IBP
Application Design feature which under which subscription BI or Planning or Both ?
Will WEBI still be relevant with SAC coming up or will it come to en end?
yes; BI4.3 is coming out in Beta in 2019
What do you think? If you missed a previous webcast, go to ASUG BI Webcast Recording/Slides Reference List for 2019