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Author's profile photo Tarkan Citirgi

Exposing a Story-Related Live Connection to the SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise Edition

As part of the SuccessFactors People Analytics portfolio, an SAP Analytics Cloud based reporting solution called Stories was released in H1 2020.

All SuccessFactors customers can enable Stories at no additional cost. In order to do this, customers need to enable SSO and upgrade to the new Report Center solution.  Customers can accomplish both of these upgrades in the SuccessFactors Upgrade Center.

Stories is part of the SuccessFactors suite and works only within SuccessFactors. Many SuccessFactors customers also use the Enterprise edition of SAP Analytics Cloud to enable BI, Planning and Predictive capabilities as well as cross-LoB analytics (e.g. SAP Analytics Cloud Story with SuccessFactors and S/4 data).  Today it is not possible to expose the live connection (which is used in People Analytics Stories) to the Enterprise edition of SAP Analytics Cloud to enable the same type of reports to be created in the Enterprise edition. SuccessFactors and SAP Analytics Cloud are working in the final phase to enable this in the early to mid-2022 timeframe.

SF connection options in SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise edition


Early Adopter Care Program to be Announced to Help Customers Leverage the Story Connection to the SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise Edition

We plan to announce an Early Adopter Care program in H1 2022 to assist customers to enable this new feature. Customers will be able to sign up for this program if they (a) have enabled Stories in People Analytics and (b) have SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise edition in use.  Details about how to participate in this program will be available toward the end of 2021.  As part of the program, customers will be provided access to the Early Adoption version of this feature.

This new feature will make available a copy connection workflow to expose Story-related connection details to the SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise edition. Once the live connection has been successfully enabled in the Enterprise edition of SAP Analytics Cloud, customers will see the following:

  • The SuccessFactors specific Query Designer becomes available in the Enterprise Edition.
  • Via the Query Designer, all Story-related reporting content is exposed to the Enterprise edition.
  • In the Story Designer, an additional table component becomes available for the required list view (of SuccessFactors entities).
  • Existing Story-related roles and data permissions are leveraged in the Enterprise edition.
  • The logging of read access for sensitive fields is leveraged in the Enterprise edition (called Read Access Logging).

Limitations of the Early Adoption Version

The Early Adoption version will have several limitations, of which these are some examples:

  1. Concurrent Employment is not supported; in case of Concurrent Employment, the employee’s main employment will be used by default.
  2. The IAS tenant as part of the SuccessFactors SSO enablement must be same that is used by the SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise edition.
  3. The locale of the SAP Analytics Cloud Enterprise edition is not used for SuccessFactors content; instead, the default locale of the SuccessFactors user is taken into account.
  4. The SuccessFactors-specific instance refresh does not account for any additional live connections. To ensure that no additional live connections are broken during early adoption period, an instance refresh may not be conducted in this environment.
  5. The enablement of the additional live connection will not be fully automated; after executing the initial copy connection workflow, manual activities may be required.

We plan to remove these limitations prior to releasing the Generally Available (GA) version of this feature.

We will continue to update this blog post as we get closer to the availability of this feature in the Early Adoption phase.  We will also provide details about how to enroll in the Early Adopter Care program.  Be sure to bookmark this and review it periodically for updates.

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      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks

      Thanks for this information Tarkan Citirgi this is fantastic news and a long time coming. The influence entry asking for this is/was a popular item so thanks for listening.

      To be fair, SuccessFactors has been leading the charge for 'SAC embedded analytics' alongside S/4HANA; and hopefully to followed by general availability for Ariba, CX then Concur solutions before too long.

      Hopefully this new Live connection in SAC will be able to query the SFSF Learning system, not only Employee central?  Looking forward to finding out more in due course.



      Author's profile photo s weiss
      s weiss

      I have a few questions about this upcoming feature with regards to the following point:

      • Via the Query Designer, all Story-related reporting content is exposed to the Enterprise edition.

      Would this also mean that pre-delivered story templates from SF can be reused in SAC? Also, is it possible to move custom stories from SF to SAC to reuse them there and adding the advantages of SAC?

      Thank you!

      Author's profile photo Emine Sule Irmak
      Emine Sule Irmak

      Hello Tarkan,

      Thanks for the information. I would like to learn if there are any updates with this.