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SAP Analytics Cloud Embedded and Enterprise Strategy for SAP Cloud Platform

As we wind down from SAP TechEd Las Vegas and SAP TechEd Barcelona, I want to share some exciting news with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform.

 

What is SAP Analytics Cloud?

SAP Analytics Cloud is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) 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.

What is SAP Cloud Platform?

SAP Cloud Platform is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for developing cloud business applications in a fully provisioned environment using a set of end-to-end services, capabilities, and tools, developers can build, extend, and integrate business applications in the cloud.

 

SAP Analytics Cloud, Embedded edition for SAP Cloud Platform

Juergen Muller, SAP CTO, announced at TechEd that the Business Technology Platform unites intelligent, application, database, data management, and analytic services to enhance the Intelligent Enterprise. One of the key pillars of that strategy is to embed SAP Analytics Cloud into our SAP applications like S/4HANA, C/4HANA, SuccessFactors, Concur, Ariba, and Fieldglass.  With this latest announcement, we’re also working on embedding SAP Analytics Cloud as part of SAP Cloud Platform.  The delivery for this release is planned for the end of 2019.  The strategy is to include SAP Analytics Cloud, embedded edition through the Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA).  For more information on CPEA consumption based license model, click here.   You’ll simply be able to turn on SAP Analytics Cloud embedded services within SAP Cloud Platform and start building and leveraging SAP Analytics Cloud stories as part of your extension applications.  SAP Analytics Cloud, embedded edition is limited to live connectivity to SAP Cloud Platform HANA Service and CDS-based application metadata.  Click the link below for a preview of how it works:

SAP Analytics Cloud Embedded Demo

 

SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise provides enhanced analytic capabilities for SAP Cloud Platform

As mentioned above, SAP Analytics Cloud provides a single analytics experience to discover, visualize, plan, and predict. While the SAP Analytics Cloud, embedded edition is limited to BI capabilities and SAP Cloud Platform data only, SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise allows you to blend your SAP Cloud Platform application data with other application data allowing you to plan, predict, and share insights so you can break down silos and make proactive and confident decisions.   For more information on SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise capabilities and customer stories, visit SAP Analytics Cloud.

 

Leverage HANA Cloud Services

SAP Analytics Cloud is also an integral part of SAP HANA Cloud Services.  SAP HANA Cloud Services provides a single data and analytics service that provides data scale, data quality, and data usage that drives business value.  It includes:

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

The strategy of SAP HANA Cloud Services is to connect all elements of data and analytics processing into one seamless experience.  To learn more about the material benefits that SAP HANA Cloud Services can provide your organization,  visit the SAP HANA Cloud Services web site.

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  • Hi Aaron,

    First of all, great blog! Thanks for the update.

    I’m wondering what the strategy will be regarding SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise and the Embedded version. Would it be possible to have a single consolidated view across multiple Embedded versions of SAP Analytics Cloud in an Enterprise tenant? Or do customers need to bring over the data to an Enterprise version of SAP Analytics Cloud (and pay additional licenses) to consolidate data across multiple SAP Cloud products?

    Thanks for sharing your vision!

    Kind regards,

    Martijn van Foeken | Interdobs

    • Martijn, thanks for your post.  Our vision of SAP Analytics Cloud enterprise tenant is to access all embedded data from our applications, blend it, but leave the data where it’s at.   Today, you can you can harmonize our application data into a single source like SAP HANA, BW/4HANA, or Data Warehouse Cloud and use SAC enterprise on top of it.  I hope that helps.

      Aaron

      • Hi Aaron,

        Thanks for your reply. A couple of follow-up questions:

        • Leaving embedded data where it’s at can only be accomplished with a live connection from the SAC enterprise tenant to the applications, correct? What is the plan to have those live connections in place?
        • Are you suggesting data harmonization should be done by loading cloud application data from SAP into HANA or BW/4HANA first?
        • At the moment the beta of Data Warehouse Cloud uses its own embedded tenant. Will this have any connectivity to consume fact views from a SAC enterprise tenant?

        Kind regards,

        Martijn van Foeken | Interdobs

        • See my answers:

          • Leaving embedded data where it’s at can only be accomplished with a live connection from the SAC enterprise tenant to the applications, correct? What is the plan to have those live connections in place?

          Our plan is to release the SAC embedded integrations first and then focus on releasing the SAC enterprise live connections shortly after.  We’re going to be adding this to our SAC Enterprise integration roadmap.  

          • Are you suggesting data harmonization should be done by loading cloud application data from SAP into HANA or BW/4HANA first?

          Correct, today SAP application data can be loaded and harmonized in SAP HANA, Hana Service, or BW/4HANA with SAC enterprise tenant connecting live to those sources.  

          • At the moment the beta of Data Warehouse Cloud uses its own embedded tenant. Will this have any connectivity to consume fact views from a SAC enterprise tenant?

          Yes, Data Warehouse Cloud comes with SAC embedded and our vision is to allow SAC enterprise tenants to access Data Warehouse Cloud live.   

  • Thanks for the information Aaron,

    Why SAC features are limited on embedded edtn? Do we have plans to bring all features to this version in the future?

    Regards,

    Midhun VP

    • Midhun, our plan was to start with limited SAC features in embedded edition so we’re consistent across the applications and then start expanding the embedded capabilities.  However, our SAC enterprise edition is available today and can provide all analytic capabilities that work across all our applications.

      Regards,
      Aaron

      • Thanks, Aron.

        The reason for my question was that there are many CPEA customers who wanted SAC. If SAC on CPEA is limited functionality they need to look into SAC enterprise edtn. Good to hear that we will expand the functionalities.

        Now, the real challenge for customers is to decide whether to go with SAC embedded version Vs SAC enterprise. If you can differentiate both in a table(not sure its already documented) it would be helpful for sales.

        Regards,

        Midhun VP