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Connecting SAC to HANA Cloud the Easy Way – Using Application Studio to Deploy the HAA (Hana Analytics Adapter)

Having previously deployed the HANA Analytics Adapter (HAA) I thought it was worth sharing the latest and greatest method.  SAP Analytics Cloud receives live data from HANA Cloud using InA (Information Access) protocol.  Previous the XS Engine provided this, butt this is not part of HANA Cloud, we therefore need the HAA to provide this.

If you are lucky enough to have access to HANA Cloud, chances are you will want to connect that live to SAP Analytics Cloud aka SAC.

The official SAP help documentation can be found here for Set up Live Connectivity to SAP HANA on SAP Cloud Platform and the SAC Guided playlist is here SAP HANA HDI in SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry (live). I did not find either of these very useful.

The good stuff can be found at the HANA Academy on YouTube from Philip Mugglestone, part 12 in the playlist covers the HANA Analytics Adapter App

Finding this information can be hard, it is often good to refer to a text/static version so I have captured the steps in this blogpost.

The are 6 main parts to connect SAC to HANA Cloud

  1. Access the Business Application Studio
  2. Hana Analytics Adapter Configuration
  3. Create Role Collection
  4. Assign Role to Cloud Platform Users
  5. Verify Access to InA using Application URLs
  6. SAP Analytics Cloud Connection

Pre-requisites

  • SAP HANA Cloud with an HDI Container created
  • SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Business Application Studio

1. Access the Business Application Studio

You need to have quota, the subscription enabled and the role collections assigned to your user (Trust Configuration: SAP ID Service – Role Collection Assignment).

Full details of how to provision the App Studio the first time can be found here. https://developers.sap.com/tutorials/appstudio-onboarding.html

If you prefer a video, Philip also created one for that too. SCP Onboarding: Provision Services – Subscribe to SAP Business Application Studio

With the Business Application Studio available, you should launch App Studio from the subaccount, subscriptions.
Click Go to Application.

Login to the Business Application Studio with your Cloud Platform credentials

Create a New Dev Space with the application type as SAP Cloud Business Application

After creating the Dev Space, we can click on the name to enter it.

 

2. Hana Analytics Adapter Configuration

Now we are inside our space in the Business Application Studio we can configure the HAA (Hana Analytics Adapter). The clever people from the SAP HANA Academy have created an npm we can use.

Open a New Terminal

Type the npm install command into the Business Application Studio Terminal.

npm install -g generator-saphanaacademy-haa

Execute the installed package, with yo.

cd projects
yo

For the curious ones the npm package source code is hosted on the HANA Academy GitHub Repo

Please Note

The HDI container name can be quite ugly if it is generated.  The HDI Container name is controlled by the parameter service-name in the WebIDE mta.yaml project.

The host of the Client Application is the full SAC tenant name without https://

? What project name would you like? haa
? Would you like to create a new directory for this project? Yes
## You are binding the HAA to this HDI Container, multiple can be added later if required
? What is the name of your HDI container? covid-nhs
## SAC Tenant name, if you have multiple these can be adjusted in the mta.yaml
? What is the host of your client application? my-sac-tenant.eu10.sapanalytics.cloud
## Yes = SSO to DB, No = HDI Container user used for DB connection
? Will you be requiring named HANA users? No
? Would you like to add multi-tenant application support? No
## Space name in your SCP sub-account
? Which Cloud Foundry space do you intend to deploy to? dev

Upon completion, open the newly created project.

Click the link to download the SAP HANA Analytics Adapter release version WAR file from.

https://tools.hana.ondemand.com/#hanatools

Current file version is xsahaa-release-1.5.10-release.zip

Extract the downloaded xsahaa-release-1.5.10-release.zip

Drag and drop the file java-xsahaa.war into the project srv/target directory.

We can now select Build MTA on the mta.yaml file

When the build completes check the Task build log shows something similar to below with
BUILD SUCCESS. The log should open automatically.

Once successfully built we should see the MTA archive folder with the .mtar file inside.

We can now select the haa_0.0.1.mtar, right click and choose Deploy MTA Archive

You should be prompted to login to your SCP API Endpoint. Something similar to below. You can then see the organisation and space.

https://api.cf.eu20.hana.ondemand.com

3. Create Role Collection

After successful deployment we will have a 1 new application, 2 new services and 1 new role.

These can be seen in the Cloud Platform Cockpit, Subaccount.

Create a New Role Collection

Click the HAA Access role created.

Add Role to the Role Collection.

 

4. Assign Role to Cloud Platform Users

Within the Cloud Platform Subaccount we can navigate to Trust Configuration

Type in the users email address that you wish to assign the role to.

Click Show Assignments

Click Assign Role Collection

Select the HAA Access Role Collection

5. Verify Access to InA using Application URLs

We can see our new application URLs, by navigating to the Cloud Platform space Applications.

The Base URL (Application Route) is shown after selecting the haa app.

Click the URL to open the base HAA page, no authentication is required yet.

# Heartbeat URL Path
/sap/bc/ina/service/v2/HeartBeat

## GetServerInfo URL Path
/sap/bc/ina/service/v2/GetServerInfo

6. SAP Analytics Cloud Connection

We can now establish a Live Direct connection to HANA Cloud, using the SAP HANA connection option.

For the Authentication method SAML appears to be correct but basic User Name & Password may also connect.

Conclusion

Currently the HAA is a necessary evil that is required to connect from SAC to HANA Cloud.  Hopefully this blog post has shown that by using the Business Application Studio this configuration is becoming easier.

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  • Hi Ian,

    Thank you for the blog!

    I followed it to connect my HANA Cloud Instance and SAC . We are using custom IDP for our subaccount and I assigned the roleCollection to the user in the custom IDP. But I see below error.

    Wondering if you have faced similar issue before.

    Thanks,

    Keerthi

     

     

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    • Thanks Keerthi,

      I have not tried a custom IdP.

      The error suggest to me that the binding to the HDI container is not working.  I would confirm you are bound to the HDI Container and also check the haa application logs.

      Confirm that Database Explorer can open your HDI Container.

  • Amazing blog Ian!

    I was able to connect to SAC thanks o the clarifying instructions!

    Thank you VERY much also for your support as I used a wrong parameter in step 2 and you helped me to correct that.

    All the best!

    • Thanks Dave, I updated the SAC connection screenshot, Authentication to SAML for SAC as I believe that is correct.