Webinar Summary – SAC Analytical Applications & Analytics Designer
On January 16, 2020, SAP’s Jie Deng joined us to discuss product updates to SAP Analytics Designer and the analytical applications it enables.
APOS COO Allan Pym laid out the agenda for the session, which included updates on Lumira Designer and Analytics Designer, as well as descriptions of complementary APOS solutions.
Jie began with a discussion of SAP Analytics Cloud Analytics Designer, which provides integrated analytic capabilities within SAP Analytics Cloud.
Analytics Designer is a low-code development environment within SAC that lets you use scripting, coding and other functionality to integrate BI, Planning and Predictive capabilities to build intuitive and interactive analytical applications. The environment enables power users and developers the flexibility to create analytical applications from simple dashboards to more sophisticated, guided applications.
Because Analytics Designer exists within SAC, it is able to leverage existing SAC functionality and connectivity, and the applications created within Analytics Designer can be consumed from the Analytics Hub.
The roadmap for Analytics Designer includes use with mobile devices and the Digital Boardroom.
Analytics Designer follows SAP “Cloud First” strategy, in which the focus is on use of Analytics Designer in SAC, but which also provides an on-premise solution, Lumira Designer. SAP Analytics Designer for SAC is the primary way forward for power users and developers. Lumira Designer will continue to receive improvements in functionality and scalability. Lumira Designer will continue to be supported for the life of the on-premise BI platform.
Jie went on to describe the path for Lumira 2.4, including continuous improvement and planned enhancements to charting, exporting, message display, and API scripting. Lumira 2.4 will be available with the general availability of BI 4.3.
Jie presented the Lumira roadmap showing recent and planned innovations.
Jie tells us that Analytics Designer completes SAP Analytics Cloud. What she means by that is that Analytics Designer:
- Brings together BI, Planning and Predictive capabilities
- Enables agile development using existing content, templates or user stories
- Provides interactive widget behavior based on user behavior and expectations
With the current version of Analytics Designer, released in Q4 2019, you can create dashboards, integrated Planning applications, and use integration with smart functions such as Smart Insights and Smart Discovery.
The following slide lists the features currently available.
Following her description of existing features, Jie gave a live demo of many of those same features. You can view the demo in the on-demand webinar from the APOS website.
Jie then outlined the road forward for Analytics Designer. The list of planned enhancements is quite long.
Jie closed the static part of her presentation with some useful links.
APOS closed out the webinar with a list of its SAC solutions, including:
- APOS Live Data Gateway
- APOS Publisher for Cloud
- APOS Insight for Cloud
- APOS UMMA