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SAP Analytics Cloud Embedded and Enterprise Strategy for SuccessFactors

Happy new year! This blog post has been updated on January 7th 2020 to reflect the most recent updates. 


As we wind down from two exciting weeks of TechEd Las Vegas and TechEd Barcelona, I want to share again a few highlights of what SAP Analytics Cloud has to offer for HR Line of Business customers.

What is SAP Analytics Cloud?

Organizations have made vast improvements in collecting and managing their data, including HR and People data. However the majority of this data is located in silos, making it almost impossible to provide the holistic view of how your organization has been doing, and what kind of actions it should take in the future.

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is a cloud solution connecting your people, data, and ideas from multiple sources to enable fast and confident decision making. It allows users to discover, visualize, plan, and predict, all in one place.


SAP Analytics Cloud Embedded edition for SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics


Juergen Muller, SAP CTO,  announced in 2019 the Business Technology Platform that unites HANA, Analytics, SCP and business services to enhance the Intelligent Enterprise. One of the key pillars of that strategy is to embed SAP Analytics Cloud into the LoB solutions, and SAP Analytics Cloud will be embedded in SAP SuccessFactors. Available in Q4 of 2019, SAP Analytics Cloud will be the single tool for reporting for SAP SuccessFactors instead of five different reporting tools used currently in SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics Embedded edition. Utilizing live connectivity that eliminates the need for data replication while allowing role-based access, SAP SuccessFactors users will be able to analyze workforce related information and jump back into SAP SuccessFactors applications. Users can also create or customize reports using all SAP SuccessFactors data sources without having to replicate data. This will provide tremendous value to all SAP SucessFactors customers as your HR data will be accessible across SAP SuccessFactors solutions with no additional licenses, limited to the data in SuccessFactors.

The embedded edition of the SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics solution is now generally available with our Q4 Release and will be made available in data centers in a phased manner. The embedded edition enables you to create reports that combine data from the entire SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite and introduces stunning new visualization capabilities so you can tell compelling stories with your data

To learn more about SAP Analytics Cloud Embedded Edition for different SAP LOB solutions, check out the following blogs:


SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise to enhance SuccessFactors


SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise provides one single place to discover, visualize, plan, and predict. Unlike the People Analytics Edition which is limited to the data in SuccessFactors, SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise allows 360 view of the business with a wide range of integrated sources.

SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise allows your organization to put people at the heart of Intelligent Enterprise transformation, by blending and analyzing data from across HR, finance, employee experience, and many other sources of data – breaking down silos and make proactive and confident decisions.


HANA Cloud Services


During SuccessConnect and TechEd, the running theme has been the technologies of the Intelligent Enterprise. SAP is evolving the Digital Platform into a Business Technology Platform, ensuring out-of-the-box integration, modularity, ease of extension, and consistent experience across business processes in an Intelligent Enterprise. SAP Analytics Cloud completes the Analytics piece of this Business Technology Platform, and is also an integral part of SAP HANA Cloud Services.

SAP HANA Cloud Services provides Enterprise Capabilities that increase business value, by being a single gateway to all your trusted data and analytics. It includes:

  • SAP Analytics Cloud as the Analytics technology where it provides BI, Planning, and Predictive Analytics in a single solution,
  • SAP Data Warehouse Cloud as the end-to-end data platform in the cloud that blends, enriches, governs, and provides a semantic layer for your data, and
  • SAP HANA Cloud that  manages your data storage, federation, and runs powerful applications with the power of SAP HANA in the cloud with General Availability at the end of this year

SAP’s HANA Cloud Services strategy is to connect all elements of data processing into one seamless experience, and providing the value of data-driven Intelligent Enterprise.


To learn more about the material benefits that HANA Cloud Services can provide your organization,  visit the SAP HANA Cloud Services web site.  You can also try out both SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud today for 30-days. To begin the journey of realizing those benefits, please contact your SAP or partner representative.

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      Author's profile photo Prateek Raj Srivastava
      Prateek Raj Srivastava

      Thanks for the blog. Based on what you have written, for an SF customer, it appears very positive that SAC will be able to consume all my SF data and all the reporting/ analytics can be handled in SAC. However, is that entirely true? This raises the question:

      Does this central SAC completely eliminates the need of People Analytics, Advanced Edition (earlier WFA) and People Analytics, Planning Edition (earlier WFP)? In other words, will a client with SAC license be able to do everything these People Analytics Advanced and Planning edition does?

      Typically, just the HR data dump is not enough for customers to perform cross organization analytics. In my opinion, SAC still relies on these additional People Analytics offerings with additional license cost to enhance your HR data with metrics and dimensions. Then, this data can be fed to SAC.



      Author's profile photo Joanne Koh-Stewart
      Joanne Koh-Stewart
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Prateek, great question.

      The objectives of Embedded SAC in People Analytics is different from Enterprise SAC; The Embedded SAC in People Analytics Embedded/Advanced (Formerly known as Workforce Analytics)/and Planning (Formerly known as Workforce Planning) Editions are definitely geared more towards to the LoB users, where the Advanced and Planning Editions will provide those built-in HR metrics, bechmarks, and contents from HR-specific data transformation. This type of HR-specific content is not provided in Enterprise SAC.

      You are right on, that just a data dump is not enough. SAP SuccessFactors People Analytics (with Embedded SAC) and Enterprise SAC are meant to be symbiotic and complementary to each other, not to replace. Since People Analytics with Embedded SAC will be restricted in the scope to HR data/metrics/benchmarks, Enterprise SAC is there to fill the gap by blending this rich HR data with data from other systems for enterprise analytics.

      Hope this makes sense!


      Author's profile photo Nicolas TAOUSSANIS
      Nicolas TAOUSSANIS

      The simple truth is this: You can bypass WFA / PA entirely if you go for a SAC + Data Warehouse solution; SAC alone is not enough. What you lose in the process, are the predefined HR related metrics and transformation, which need to be manually built.

      Author's profile photo Raheel KHAN
      Raheel KHAN

      well said to the point. I would still like to add that with standard content out of the box from SAC for SSF i think we can still further enhace and quick start the reporting. there is lovely L0 deck for SSF with Analytics demonstrating this integration slide with SSF DWC and SAC