Word’s out! Jürgen Müller, SAP’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Board member, has announced the general availability of embedded SAP Analytics Cloud for SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers at TechEd.
Upfront, let me share a demo recording with you and share the key capabilities
- Pre-defined Dashboards included in Fiori navigation
- Intuitive ad-hoc reporting with Data Analyzer (scroll to 7:35)
- Key user enhancements using “Manage KPIs and Reports” (scroll to 10:00)
You may also find the video here.
This following blog provides additional insights, trying to help answer the questions that this announcement may have triggered for you:
- What exactly is SAP Analytics Cloud?
- Why does SAP S/4HANA Cloud embed SAP Analytics Cloud?
- How does the embedding work?
- Does “embedded SAP Analytics Cloud” go beyond a simply iFrame integration?
- What scenarios are supported? In which way are embedded and enterprise tenants different?
- Do all SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers receive the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud or do I need to apply for it specifically?
- How do SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers receive the embedded SAC? Does an additional scope item need to be implemented? How much effort does that create?
- What can customers expect in terms of predefined dashboards?
- Can the pre-delivered dashboards be modified?
- Can I build my own content?
- How does the lifecycle of custom content work?
- Does the “embedded scenario” increase my license costs?
- Does the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud replace any other technology or product?
- Is the embedded scenario restricted to SAP S/4HANA Cloud? What about on premise or STE?
A: SAP Analytics Cloud is a SaaS solution for analytics, planning and smart prediction. Please refer https://www.sapanalytics.cloud/ for details.
A: Next to integrated operational processes, it takes first-class analytics to make an enterprise intelligent: Business users expect pre-defined reporting, seamlessly embedded into their daily work. They expect personalized access to data and ad-hoc analytical capabilities to get as much value out of their enterprise data as possible. And with the deep integration of SAP Analytics Cloud into the solution, this is exactly what SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers get with the 1911 release.
A: For each SAP S/4HANA Cloud tenant, a new SAP Analytics Cloud tenant is provided. The SAP Analytics Cloud accesses the ABAP CDS views live, using the transient analytical queries generated automatically for the CDS views. Please look at the Architecture diagram in Figure 1: High Level Architecture. SAP Analytics Cloud UIs will be embedded in iFrames and published on the Fiori Launchpad.
All relevant SAP Analytics Cloud features – from tenant provisioning and connectivity to content management and lifecycle – have been published as APIs, so the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud can be “remote controlled” by the embedding applications. These APIs are available to other applications and even Partners.
This means, that the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud is completely managed by SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Customers do not need to log on to the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud specifically, nor can they.
Figure 1: High Level Architecture
A: Yes! SAP Analytics Cloud is deeply embedded into the Fiori UX paradigms: Launched for the Fiori launchpad and based on live data connections and thus up-to-date information, SAP Analytics Cloud stories are integrated by means of a “wrapper application”: This software takes care of offering screen-variant saving and personalization features as well as intend-based navigation between analytical and operational applications. Role-based assignment of the SAP Analytics Cloud Stories is also available, and the content lifecycle is also fully handled by SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
A lab preview showing screen variants and Intend-based navigation can be found in Figure 2. Of course, users will not be able to simultaneously trigger both option. These options have been overlaid in one screen for simplicity.
Figure 2: Lab Preview — Screen Variants and Intend-based Navigation
A: The embedded SAP Analytics Cloud uses the live data connection to the embedding SAP S/4HANA Cloud data exclusively. Thus, up-to-date dashboards and ad-hoc data analyzer scenarios as well as the consumption of analytical applications are supported. Incidentally, the authorization concept of S/4HANA Cloud remains valid as well.
Other SAP Cloud applications and also SAP partners will eventually also offer embedded analytics and thus spin off embedded SAP Analytics Cloud tenants. In any given customer situation, one might thus find several embedded SAP Analytics Cloud tenants, each working exclusively for the embedding application’s tenant. The embedded SAP Analytics Cloud tenant is available only in the scope of the embedding application and cannot be used for any other application or 3rd party data.
If you are interested in scenarios that require data acquisition, e.g. planning or prediction, or a cross application scenario, you need to license an enterprise SAP Analytics Cloud tenant in addition.
See Figure 3: Embedded and Enterprise scenarios for details.
The embedded tenant does not interfere with the enterprise tenant, so you can continue to connect from the enterprise tenant as if the embedded did not exist. To save potential double efforts, means to move content from the embedded to the enterprise tenant are being looked at.
Figure 3: Embedded and Enterprise scenarios
Q: Do all SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers receive the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud or do I need to apply for it specifically?
A: No need to apply: During the course of Q4/2019, all SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers receive the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud in a phased approach. Details have been communicated in SAP Note 2836759.
Customers do not need to trigger the provisioning. A little patience has to be asked for if you are not part of the first round, because then the following apps may not be functioning immediately after the upgrade.
Q: How do SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers receive the embedded SAC? Does an additional scope item need to be implemented? How much effort does that create?
A: After the upgrade, dedicated scripts spin off a new SAP Analytics Cloud tenant for each S/4HANA Cloud tenant (so, one for your Q and one for your P system). These scripts also set up the live data connection between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP S/4HANA Cloud and finally hook SAP Analytics Cloud into to common user management. Thus, the entire system landscape enhancement is fully automated. No additional scope item needs to be implemented.
A: The last step of the landscape provisioning is the automatic installation of so-call business content. SAP Analytics Cloud models and stories are installed in your tenants and they are ready to run.
The first delivery focuses on Finance, so expect the following dashboards and data analyzer reports:
- Group Financial Statements
- Aging Report for Accounts Payable
- Treasury Executive Dashboard
- Group Data Analysis
- Group Data Analysis With Reporting Rules
For more details, please check Katharina Doerr’s great blog. .
There are plans to include the following additional stories/dahsboards in the next SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivery in February 2020 (release name 2002):
- Purchasing Spend Dashboard
- Contract and Lease Management Dashboard
- Profit Center – Plan Actual
- Cost Center – Plan/Actual/Commitment
To avoid misunderstandings: Planning itself will not be supported by SAP Analytics Cloud. Once plan data has been created, SAP Analytics Cloud may be used to run plan/actual comparisons.
A: Yes, by making a copy of the pre-delivered dashboard and modifying the copy. Actually, this functionality will be made available in the release 2002 according to current plans. Until then, business users may use the screen variant saving to personalize the stories for their needs.
A: Yes. SAP S/4HANA Cloud extensibility concepts also apply to content: Key users can use the already existing Fiori application “Manage KPIs and Report” to build their own stories with the intuitive what-you-see-is-what-you-get WYSIWYG SAP Analytics Cloud designer. You may even create your custom ABAP CDS view and build your own content on top of this.
A: SAP Analytics Cloud artefacts will be moved to receiving tenants using the standard SAP S/4HANA Cloud mechanisms. SAP ensures, that content and other configurations or enhancements (like your custom CDS view) are consistently treated automatically.
Technically, the Analytics Content Network (ACN), an integral component of SAP Analytics Cloud, takes care of moving content between tenants. This technical process has once more been included into the Fiori tool set and thus customers do not need to trigger any additional processes to move content.
A: No, the embedded SAP Analytics Cloud features are covered by the existing SAP S/4HANA Cloud license.
A: No, it does not. It is an additional offer to support dashboard and data analysis. If at a later state technology or products will be substituted by SAC, this will be announced 2 releases in advance as always.
A: Yes, for the time being the embedded scenario is restricted to SAP S/4HANA Cloud. The complete embedded experience is not available yet for SAP S/4HANA on premise, nor for the STE (single tenant edition). While the URLs to SAP Analytics Cloud stories may even today be added to Fiori tiles, the result cannot be called truly embedded, not least because a new window will be opened. The above-mentioned wrapper application ensures the tight integration between Fiori UX and SAP Analytics Cloud.
Similar coding will eventually be made available for SAP S/4HANA on premise; according to current plans with the next major release in Q3/2020 or subsequent feature pack. The end-to-end tenant provisioning will most probably not be included, so customers of SAP S/4HANA on premise will have to pay for a license and the system landscape management will be a one-time manual effort. Please remark that this plan might change, so please refer to the official SAP S/4HANA roadmap.