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Power BI Vs. SAC – One page reference


I collected the technical comparison resources based on the information available on SCN links for reference in one place.

This is more like a Superman VS Batman comparison to me…Funny part! Tough call since both have a different and equal fanbase to debate and both got the power!!! In the SAP world, SAC is a “definite winner” since its easy and proven integration with SAP products flawlessly running on-premise or any hyperscalers.

Power BI has a large customer base since it comes free with office 365 customers as a bundle, it too got a smooth integration with MS Excel since long way. Anyone who’s familiar with Office 365 can easily connect Excel queries, data models, and reports to Power BI Dashboards—helping to quickly gather, analyze, publish, and share Excel business data in new ways.

Besides both are equally powerful and insightful dashboarding platforms to leverage on cloud or on-premise doesn’t matter.

Advantage SAP Analytics Cloud –
  • Better fact-based decision making and improved business performance for SAP Customers.
  • Best use of data with the integrated organizational planning features.
  • More effective use of analytics with extensibility across devices and applications.
Ref: SAP


plus, SAP has a wonderful introductory video on SAC for reference and getting started for new customers.

Source: SAP

Also, here I have collected all SCN technical articles written by SCN Experts for your convenience and bookmarking in one place.

Thanks to ==> Tammy Powlas Chaman Bhati & Anish for writing wonderful insights about SAC and PowerBI in depth. You can save these blogs for future references and bookmarking.

Tammy Powlas SCN link
Chaman Bhati SCN link
Anish Ninan LinkedIn link



Amit Lal


Disclaimer – These are my personal opinions and thoughts. This does not represent any formal opinions, POVs, inputs, product road-maps, etc. from my current or past employers or partners or/and any Clients.


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      Author's profile photo James Longstaff
      James Longstaff

      Dear Amit,

      Great blog post!  As someone who interfaces with potential clients this kind of information is very valuable.

      One thing I noticed in your matrix is that you had that it is not possible to import data from SAP HANA.  This has been possible for some time now so you might want to change that.  See the following link:

      I have not yet created this connection type but I read that you must install the SAP Cloud Connector and SAP Cloud Agent on the same server as the SAP HANA system you wish to import the data from.  As my client is on HEC this would involve raising an Incident/Service Request so that they carry out the installation on the backend.

      Kind regards

      James Longstaff


      Author's profile photo AMIT Lal
      AMIT Lal
      Blog Post Author

      Dear James,

      Thanks for your inputs. I'll review this point again.



      Amit Lal

      Author's profile photo John Leggio
      John Leggio

      The Integrate SAP Cloud Platform Open Connectors also includes the following sources:

      Query-based data sources
      Microsoft Dynamics

      Cloud Storage (document-based) data sources
      Amazon S3
      SFTP Element

      See our full list here: 



      Author's profile photo Abhishek Sharma
      Abhishek Sharma

      Hi Amit,

      I agree with James, actually on the SAC portal itself SAP doesn't list SAP HANA undr import type connections however if you check the SAP HANA in the on-premise and cloud link you will find there are 3 options available for connecting HANA to SAC via import using JCO, SAC Agent and cloud connector.