Deep Dive: Search to Insight with SAP Analytics Cloud Webcast Recap Q&A
This was an SAP webcast earlier this month
Please register for these upcoming webcasts:
We’re moving to a more intuitive way to interact with data
How do we want to interact with the data? How we can use natural language to interact with data
Asking questions and getting answers
It uses natural language
“Show me sales” “show me revenue for last quarter” – it builds a chart as an answer
Key value is you can get relevant data quickly and make decisions
Traditionally have to find the correct data and build the visualizations
Move to ask questions quickly
This was shown in the demo
As type, it looks against the index; helps to get to data by auto-completing
“best 5” is interpreted as “top 5”
“last 2 quarters” – it understands
Once type search, system comes back with proposals and allows you to select
Once select, query in background and visualization is provided
Phrases supported, evolving continuously, what is shown above is not exhaustive
Can specify chart type in search query
“Describe” – type describe if you don’t remember the fields of the model
Different time frames are supported
For quantitative items, refine the measure
Advantage of search to insight is that it happens quickly
Search to insight auto completes, gives proposals, and is managed using an index
Stored in a Lucene database
Index only stores metadata (measure names, dimension members, model names)
Search to insight supports acquired data and live HANA
It is a feature at the story level
Where going next…Global Search
Start by asking a question, searching data in tenant and provide results
New user experience; search on home page
Planned to be released at some point this year
Question & Answer
Q: Does search to insight support other languages?
A: Only English today
Q: Can I change filters/directly as values?
A: If you mean filtering data down, yes you can
Q: Can search quarter over quarter sales and provide a histogram?
A: Not today; working
Q: Support for live universes?
A: Support for live HANA connections first; next support will be BW and expand
Q: Based on co-pilot or recast.ai?
A: Neither; uses Lucene for searching – can be a service to pilot or recast
Q: Can you schedule re-indexing?
A: Done automatically for acquired data; for Live HANA connection you need to re-index to update the auto complete
Q: Are these features available for cloud foundry/neo?
Q: When can we expect this in Spanish?
A: Aware of gap, no timeline this moment
Q: Does search to insight work with live connections to S/4HANA?
A: Not at the moment
Q: Does the indexing impact performance of the model?
A: No, testing done for this
Q: When can we expect to talk to search to insight?
A: Speech to insight is something actively working on – no date yet
Q: Use in a story with multiple models and linked dimensions?
A: Works with multiple models but not linked dimensions – hope to solve with global search later
Q: For live HANA connection, does it make a difference if it is on prem or in cloud?
A: Supports either
Q: Can you add custom keyword and patterns?
Q: Are these features supported in the mobile app?
A: No, but looking at it, no date on this yet
Q: Do you have a target date for BW live support?
A: No specific quarter
Q: Can you ask for a prediction?
A: Not right now, but want to build interaction around smart features and looking to interact with SAP App Design
What do you think?