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SAP Analytics Cloud: Technical Guide

Overview:

SAP Analytics Cloud solution is a reporting apparatus used to analyze Core business processes utilizing various capabilities such as Business Intelligence (BI), augmented analytics, predictive analytics, and enterprise planning within a single environment.

The below mentioned are collaborative capabilities provided by the application suite:

  • Digital Boardroom used for real-time, interactive boardroom presentations.
  • Mobile Apps for iOS or Android devices to retrieve analytics data from anywhere and anytime.
  • SAP Analytics Hub a centralized repository for organizational analytics.

The technical environment has the flexibility to be deployed on Premise, in the cloud and the combination of both option known as a Hybrid solution.

Source: Ingo Hilgefort, Global Product Evangelist, SAP Analytics Cloud,2020

Documentation URL: https://www.sapinsideronline.com/using-sap-analytics-cloud-in-combination-with-sap-businessobjects-bi/

Figure 1: SAP Analytics Cloud Overview

 

Solution Architecture:

The solution architecture accommodates various Data source deployment options required for different reporting capabilities within every tier of the SAP Analytics Cloud Platform:

  • Core Capabilities: Mainly focuses on the connection options to the data available from either the cloud or on premise for analytic capabilities.
  • Analytic Capabilities: Mainly focused on the Analytic capabilities involved using Business Intelligence, Predictive analytics and enterprise planning.
  • Applications: Mainly focuses on the presentation of the data, Usually in SAP Digital Boardrooms, SAP Analytics HUB, and mobile apps.

Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/2d7115b0e0aa4f78bfd9c06fdc1fe4f6/release/en-US

Figure 2: Solution Architecture

The below depicts the Data connection environment options such as OData services, SAP ERP, SAP S/4HANA required for data acquisition by SAP Analytics Cloud.

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Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/bdf055159cbb4f36b26c93ccb0c56066.html

Figure 2.1: Data Connections Environment

 

Installation Steps:

The below Steps are to be performed when installing all the supporting component of the SAP Analytics cloud solution:

1.Install Tomcat application server:

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Source: Apache Tomcat Organization

Documentation URL: http://tomcat.apache.org/

Figure 3: Tomcat application Server

 

2.Install SAPCP Cloud Connector:

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Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/ae39ab60b1154c179e2baabd26aa249c.html

Figure 4: SAPCP Cloud Connector

 

3.Install SAP Analytics Cloud Agent:

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Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/565e96275ed341658f24bd87a6209685.html

Figure 5: SAP Analytics Cloud Agent

 

4.Install SAP JAVA Cloud connector if you intend on importing data from SAP ERP or SAP BW:

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Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/ffe3b941e82641bc97b76ce522423d83.html

Figure 6: SAP JAVA Cloud connector

 

5.SAP Cloud connector configuration:

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Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/8d8511532794429caa243b6fb7c79989.html

Figure 7: SAP Cloud connector configuration

 

6.SAP Analytics Cloud connection:

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Source: SAP Help Portal, SAP Analytics Cloud Q3 2021(2021.14)

Documentation URL: https://help.sap.com/viewer/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/5339a2395ccd4befb047c625a15f8481.html

Figure 8: SAP ERP Connection

 

Figure 9: Organizational statistics at a Glance

 

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      Author's profile photo Iver van de Zand
      Iver van de Zand

      Hi Thato Sekhute , thanks for posting. Be aware that some of your screenshots are very old and the situation is significantly updated today. Analytics Hub for example is removed from the pricelist but there is way more. Drop me a note and I can help you with more updated overviews.

      Cheers

      Iver

      Author's profile photo Thato Sekhute
      Thato Sekhute
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Iver van de Zand,

       

      Thank you for reaching out, Much appreciated. A note is something I'll definitely drop off. Looking forward to gaining more significant insights on the the solution.

       

      Kind Regards,