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Author's profile photo Emerson Silva

Working with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud (Step by Step)

Hello Everyone!

In this blog post, I want to share how we can work with SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud to consume HANA Calculation Views with a Step by Step approach.

Since the SAP Analytics Cloud, version 2020.20, SAP announced a very straight forward way to connect live in SAP HANA Cloud. We can establish this live connection with a few clicks.

I will split this blog post into two sections:

  • Creating a Live connection between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud.
  • Consuming Calculation Views from SAP HANA Cloud.

I hope you enjoy it!

Creating a Live connection between SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud


Let’s see how to create a SAP HANA Cloud live Connection on SAP Analytica Cloud.

Under SAP Analytics Cloud Main Menu, click on the Connection:











In the connection page click on Add Icon:


Under Connect to Live Data group select SAP HANA:

Now, I need to provide SAP HANA Cloud information.

1 – Connection Name: Fill in with the name and the description of your connection.

2- Connection Type: Choose SAP HANA Cloud.

3- Host: Fill in with SAP HANA Cloud endpoint. You can copy the endpoint URL from your SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit. PS. Don´t forget to remove the port 443 from the final of the URL.

4- Authentication Method: In this example, we will connect using the Username and Password from SAP HANA Cloud. But it´s also possible to connect using a single sign-on.

5- Username and Password: Fill in with user credentials.

After the click in OK. Now we have our connection ready to use.


Consuming Calculation Views from SAP HANA Cloud


But now what to do? How can I consume data from SAP HANA Cloud using SAP Analytics Cloud? Let´s use the connection created to create a data model and consume a calculations view.

Just to let you know, at the SAP HANA Cloud side.I have an HDI container with a Calculation view created called cv_orders. And I will use it in this example.

The first step to consume this calculation view is to create a SAP Analytics Cloud Model. To do this under the main SAP Analytics Cloud Menu, click on Create > Model:


On the Model Page, click on Get Data from a data source and after on Live Connection:

Now it´s time to use the connection we create in the first part of this blog post:

Under System Type, select SAP HANA.

Under Connection, select the connection created, in my case is ConnHC.

And finally, under Data Source, click to browse SAP HANA Cloud Objects.

We will see all calculation views available to consume on the SAP HANA Cloud. I will choose cv_orders and click OK.

See the structures of the calculation view (measures and dimensions) and Click on the Save icon to save this model.


Give a name for the model and save it in one of the SAP Analytics Cloud Folders, clicking in OK.


Now the model was saved and is ready to consume. Let´s create a Story to explore the data. To do this under the main SAP Analytics Cloud Menu, click on Create > Story.

Click on Add canvas Page:

Let´s add a chart to explore the data. Click in Chart:

Go and select the model created, in my case is Model_HC_Orders.


Well Done!

Now you can explore the data coming from SAP HANA Cloud and create your own stories.

PS. If you have any permission issues at this part please see this article (see the section: Grant a privilege or role in the HDI container to the database user).

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! If you want me to continue this series or have any questions. Let me know in the comments 🙂



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      Author's profile photo Sastry Lingala
      Sastry Lingala

      Good blog for beginners on how to create connection and to extract data via story based on model.

      Author's profile photo Emerson Silva
      Emerson Silva
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Sastry!

      Author's profile photo Rodrigo Caparroz
      Rodrigo Caparroz

      Great Blog Emerson!

      Author's profile photo Daniele Comincini
      Daniele Comincini

      Hi Emerson Silva, in the same scenario (SAC + Hana Cloud) if i need to do planning how can i set an import connection? Live connections are not suitable for planning. What is the best practise?

      Thanks in advice

      Author's profile photo suchin chouta
      suchin chouta

      Emerson Silva,

      If we have HDI container for each tenant( multi tenancy using CF instance manager) now we want to expose the containers to customers so they connect from SAC. then how do we achieve here ?


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hey Emerson,

      I wanted to ask a question in regards to setting up the HDI container as I wasn't able to learn how to do it from your blog. I am trying to connect my SAP Analytics Cloud to my HANA Cloud instance but I seem to be unable to do it as I can't seem to make the HDI containers. While I understand that you did not intend to make your blog about making the HDI containers, could you possible say the general path you took to make it?

      Best Regards,