Using the SAC Data Export API with Data Warehouse Cloud and Data Intelligence
In this blog post I will show how we can configure the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) Data Export API to access SAC planning data and integrate it with Data Warehouse Cloud (DWC) and SAP Data Intelligence (DI).
The API provides OData and Cloud Data Integration (CDI) access for great integration with DWC and DI. CDI is a superset of OData, therefore when available it is better to use CDI.
At the time of writing the SAC Data Export API is in controlled release, see the SAC Roadmap Explorer for the latest updates. The Export API is planned to be made generally available during Q2 2022.
The steps to be covered in this blog post are the technical setup of the integration.
- SAP Analytics Cloud Configuration
- Data Warehouse Cloud
- Data Intelligence
1. SAP Analytics Cloud Configuration
To use the SAC Data Export API you require 3 parameters, I refer to these numbers further in the blog post.
- Token URL
- OAuth Client ID
In SAC navigate to System -> Administration -> App Integration
Here you will see your OAuth Clients and Token URL.
Add a New OAuth Client, when the Data Export API is enabled/released you will see the Data Export Service as an Access Type as below.
Create a New OAuth Client, similar to that below.
With these 3 parameters we can access the Data Export API with either Postman, Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP Data Intelligence.
We can test the API with postman to verify it’s working as expected.
First we need to Authenticate using the OAuth Client details created above.
All being well we can click “Get New Access Token”, which will let us use the API.
Click Use Token and we can use that token to call the actual API
Above, we can see the API is working and returning metadata as requested
3. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud
Switching to DWC we can add a new connection of type Cloud Data Integration (CDI).
In Data Warehouse Cloud the URL format would be the following.
To use remote tables with the CDI Connection a Data Provisioning Agent is required.
We can now see namespace (sac) and the planning models, some of which have a GUID others have a description.
We are now able to use the remote tables for modeling with either remote access (federation) or replicate as a snapshot into DWC. Currently we do NOT support real-time replication from this connection, this is under review and may be supported in the future.
4. SAP Data Intelligence
In SAP Data Intelligence we can create a new connection of type CLOUD_DATA_INTEGRATION. Use the three configuration parameters as below and paste in your details from SAC, obtained in step 1.
The Service Path should be
Switching to the Data Intelligence Modeler perspective
We can then browse the SAC Planning Models, via the namespace (sac) and then the provider, some of which have a description others have a GUID.
In this blog post you can see that we can access SAC Planning data using the SAP Cloud Data Integration within Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP Data Intelligence.