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Extend Analytics – What’s it All About Webcast Summary

This was an ASUG webcast last week; plus we find out planned GA date for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 (subject to change).  Patrick Sims, SAP presented.  Thanks to Ingo Hilgefort for arranging this.

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Extend Analytics
Bring SAP Analytics Cloud to SAP BusinessObjects Customer Base

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Start with vision
SAC – not only platform
BusinessObjects is key to customer base
Interoperability is a key investment area, with BI4.3 will be stronger (BI4.3 is expected GA June 12, SP1 in December time frame)
Continue to invest in tools to transition on-premise to the cloud
Why – bring SAC to BusinessObjects
When – it is up to you

SAC will be embedded in SAP Cloud suite of applications; product vision
Over 1500 customers combining in hybrid use cases


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Why do this?
See from Forrester – intelligent organization
Insight driven versus gut driven

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See the landscape is changing
A slow change, but happening
Customers have large on-premise investments


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How insights brought to bear?
3 approaches now
Enterprise reporting – more historical

Now have notion of augmented analytics

SAP can support all 3 approaches

Enterprise – BusinessObjects suite; been controlled by IT

SAC can bring in augmented perspective


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Analysts says AI augmentation of analytics will create business value in 2021 (Gartner, Forrester)

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Requires a new way of thinking for analytics

AI will be more transformational

Hybrid strategies a way of benefitting from change

Data democratization – insight to everyone who can interact/access analytics

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Ask questions by voice or type questions

Predictive futures, of existing algorithms

Gain insight, text automatically generated

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Enter with SAC
BI is just the beginning with SAC
Brought planning with it
Bring predictive in for the citizen data scientist
Bring analytics application building, for those using Lumira Designer, not fully at parity yet
Tie into an application

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What does augmented bring?
Various smart assist features
Search to insight – type question
Smart insight – explain data
Smart group – clustering, prone to bubble charts, heat maps
Smart discovery – data have not seen, want to understand relationships between columns and dimensions, generate a story automatically
Smart predict – business analyst who wants to do modeling, machine driven to certain outcomes

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Use for planning, estimation, forecast on any type of data, all together
Combine sets of data against different sets of data sources

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How can SAC extend on premise investment?

Seamless plan with on premise investments

Integrating – with BI4.3 share connectivity, ways to share Crystal / WebI content

Flexibility – multiple ways

End to end – generic or home grown, or SAP cloud suite where SAC will be embedded

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How generate value?

BOBJ – pixel perfect, not in SAC yet

Access universes via SAC
Can use universe live
With BI4.3 will be able to use WebI documents as data models


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Analytics Hub, another element
Unify access
Catalog to access different content

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SAC into cloud applications
Bring analytics to intelligent suite
Lightweight, embedded stand point

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Forrester Study found customers looking at hybrid vs pure cloud


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Some customer examples

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How extend
Cloud extension policy
Partially terminate on premise and turn into a new cloud contract
Conversion credits for unused maintenance
WebI only license or new BusinessObjects Enterprise SKU, right size BOE landscape
End of life for BusinessObjects Explorer & XCelsius due to Flash

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Trusted BI, single source of truth, new innovations
Migrate end of life Flash use cases to SAC


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BusinessObjects + SAC, value, right size existing investment

Q&A:
Q: Strong WebI base, Explorer use case
A: stay with WebI, use SAC for explorer use case

Q: Performance of universe as a live connection
A: Not seen issues

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