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Hybrid Analytics: SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP BW/4HANA, and the BI Platform #SAPTechEd Recap

Figure 1 Source: SAP

This was from SAP TechEd last month, presented by Ingo Hilgefort

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Customers investing in hybrid

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Hybrid is the normal approach

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Difference between live and import data connectivity

Live – real time data, every single time

Import – data is moved into the cloud

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Using live connectivity, leverage BW queries and authorizations; leverage BW assets of a BW query – the recommended way to go from SAC to on premise BW

Benefit of import is you can use smart assist feature

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Important back end recommend for BW

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Common request is the ability to blend information – key element of live connectivity

For example, BW data blend with a spreadsheet

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Time series – revenue by month, quarter, weeks, days – has feature of forecast

Date range filters provide more flexibility in choosing date/time ranges

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Create geo maps against live BW data

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Data Analyzer – connect to BW, choose BW query, and then user chooses measures, dimensions – can do this at run time – live out of BW

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Variance version based – actual and planned data

Use IBCS to color code variance

Columns in black (actual) and others show a pattern

Top shows variance (green/red)

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Query merging is important for performance

Revenue by country

Cost by country

Instead of asking for 2 queries, do one query that brings back revenue/cost by country – save overhead

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Ability to use in cell charts, interesting from visualizations

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Completely changed the prompting UI

Can use copy and paste

Multiple prompt values in a text file, select, copy and paste them into the UI of SAC

Search and reference attributes

Links:

Unsupported features for live SAP BW:

https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2788384

SAP BW version dependencies for features of SAP Analytics Cloud:

https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2715030

Required note for latest features of SAP Analytics Cloud:

https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2541557

Source: SAP

SAP Analytics Cloud: Live connectivity with universes

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Universe acts as a semantic layer

Leverage these investments from SAC

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Leverage metadata from universe from SAC

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Search to insight; search across the data, metadata, ask the question “what is the revenue for 2020 in Canada” and it will suggest the answers

Augmented BI – smart discovery, automated insight on top of data

Predictive – time series

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SAC – cloud based, everything in one environment, no patching

Can use Web Intelligence as a data source in SAC

Can use the Analytics Catalog as single point of entry for your users

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Can publish from BusinessObjects system to the analytics catalog

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Data does not leave the corporate network

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Access to existing assets, reuse existing assets, and experience smart insights with SAC

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Access to Web Intelligence with SAC

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List of limitations, currently working on

Limitations are not permanent, working on closing these items

Links:

https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/3600be69a97a4b2888e73dcebbfa8ace.html

https://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/BOC/SAP+Analytics+Cloud+-+Live+Universe+Consumption+%28LUC%29+Best+Practices

Link to the replay (logon is required)

https://events.sapteched.com/widget/sap/sapteched2020/Catalog/session/1602555746506001uBfu

Link to slides https://static.rainfocus.com/sap/sapteched2020/sess/1602555746506001uBfu/sessionppt/ANA207_16043927122980018wkT.pdf

Related:

Learn more in SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort  new book, Mastering SAP Analytics Cloud, Empower your Business Users, is now available at Amazon.  It’s a comprehensive book, 991 pages long, covering personas. tutorials, how to use it, how to use it with other SAP products.  I highly recommend this book.  It covers this product as well.  It also includes certification tips for SAP Analytics Cloud.  I posted a review here.  For a limited time, it is $5 off retail price

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