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Frequently Asked Questions
SAP Analytics Cloud is an all-in-one cloud platform offered as software as a service (SaaS) for business intelligence (BI), planning and predictive analytics providing data discovery, data visualization, planning, simulation, what-if, forecasting and many other capabilities. Built natively on SAP Cloud Platform, it provides a complete, unified and secure public cloud analytics experience to maximize data-driven decision making.
The vision for SAP Analytics Cloud is to deliver all analytics capabilities - business intelligence (BI), planning and predictive - in one product to help people make better fact-based decisions. SAP Analytics Cloud includes the best data connectivity to SAP and non-SAP data sources, on cloud or on-premise. New data sources are being added regularly. Please refer to the excitingly named System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites document for data sources that are supported today and the Product Roadmap for data sources that we plan to support in the near future.
With all analytics capabilities available in one product, users can do their jobs much more efficiently ‒ without needing to jump between multiple products. For example, a financial planning and analysis professional can access and analyze data, create reports, run predictive functions, collaborate with others, and plan ‒ all using SAP Analytics Cloud!
SAP Analytics Cloud differs from other cloud-based analytics solutions in multiple areas. Our solution:
- integrates all analytics capabilities (BI, Predictive & Planning) into one product enabling users to save time and reduce errors by not having to jump between multiple products to do their jobs.
- offers a shared multi-touchscreen interface that is easy to use on any device including mobile, browser and large screen displays, so users can get value in just a few clicks.
- has an SAP Digital Boardroom provides the next-generation board portal with the ability to gain insights on the fly and turn steering executive meetings into a real-time digital enterprise experience.
- provides built-in social collaboration tools such as chat and comments, enabling users to take action directly in the context of their analytics.
- connects to heterogeneous data sources – SAP and non-SAP – whether they are on-premise or in the cloud.
- enables wrangling and blending all types of data, including Big Data, to enrich traditional analytics without requiring a separate specialized product.
- integrates natively with SAP applications deployed on-premise or in the cloud to support hybrid scenarios while complementing existing investments.
- provides pre-defined business content for different LBs and industries allowing users to make use of analytics best-practices.
- hosts your data in certified SAP data centers that fulfill the highest security and data protection requirements.
- is built natively on SAP Cloud Platform so that it can be easily and quickly extended in a scalable way to meet the needs of your organization.
- Satisfies users looking for self-service analysis while still maintaining the control and trust over data used throughout a company
- Has the concept of a semantic layer to unify the business semantics across teams and organizations
Licensing is by monthly subscription. The 4 licenses available are:
- BI: available for online purchase through the SAP Analytics Cloud website
- Predictive Standard (includes BI Standard)
- Planning Standard (includes Predictive Standard)
- Planning Professional (includes all licenses).
SAP Digital Boardroom is an add-on subscription and requires at least one other SAP Analytics Cloud license. Please contact us to learn more about pricing for the SAP Digital Boardroom.
Yes! The mobile app is available to all subscriptions for all editions:BI, planning, and predictive. The mobile app was just released at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW in 2017 and we’re excited to hear about what you think!
Built on SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Digital Boardroom provides the next-generation board portal with the ability to gain insights about your business on the fly. Bringing together LoB data from SAP & non-SAP data sources, business leaders can gain insights about their organization’s most important KPIs by monitoring, simulating, and driving change using large shared touchscreens.
Yes. SAP Analytics Cloud provides a free of charge content library with packages of end-to-end sample business scenarios for specific industries and lines of business. For more details, check here
Yes. SAP Analytics Cloud is available as a public cloud (software as a service, multi-tenant) offering. A ‘private cloud’ (software as a service, single tenant) is optionally available.
Currently, SAP Analytics Cloud runs on SAP Cloud Platform data centers around the world. We have also just announced partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure to run SAP Cloud Platform and we plan to run SAP Analytics Cloud on these IaaS platforms soon. There are no plans to run on other IaaS platforms.
Not at all. Today, the majority of our customers use on-premise software. Eventually, all organizations will need a combination of on-premise and cloud deployments, and we will continue to innovate with both. We are already building data bridges between on-premise and cloud solutions so that data can be consumed wherever best.
No, it does not. We continue to evolve SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and SAP Lumira® with a strong set of on-premise innovations and new features being delivered rapidly.
Yes. We recently provided a public update to our convergence strategy here. This strategy and our focus on simplification are not affected by SAP Analytics Cloud.
Yes. SAP Lumira, cloud edition, has retired in September 2016 and to SAP Analytics Cloud, providing improved functionality and experience.
No. SAP Analytics Cloud is SaaS-only:not available on-premise.It can complement existing on-premise deployments of SAP Lumira, desktop edition (hybrid deployment) and the BI Platform. SAP Analytics Cloud is better suited for customers who want to start in the cloud, pursue new use cases in the cloud or complement their existing on-premise deployments. It is not meant to replace existing BI deployments.
Yes. SAP Analytics Cloud can complement existing on-premise deployments of SAP Lumira (hybrid deployment). The product road map for SAP Lumira includes publishing of data sets with metadata to SAP Analytics Cloud. Business users and analysts can still acquire and prepare data through SAP Lumira Desktop.
Yes. SAP Analytics Cloud is designed to access SAP semantic data like universes, BEx queries and HANA views: in addition to traditional SQL sources like Oracle and SQL Server. It also connects to SAP cloud sources like SuccessFactors, Concur, Fieldglass, ByDesign, Hybris and 3rd party cloud sources like Salesforce.com, Google BigQuery and Google Drive.
If you are looking for SaaS‒based analytics, including data visualization, what-if analysis, forecasting and simulation, you should use SAP Analytics Cloud. If you are looking for on-premise BI, then you should use SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and SAP Lumira.
If you are looking for SaaS‒based analytics, including LoB planning, data visualization, what-if analysis, forecasting and simulation you should use SAP Analytics Cloud. If you are looking for on-premise enterprise financial planning, then you should use SAP Business Planning and Consolidation.
No. SAP Analytics Cloud is SaaS only, not available on-premise. It complements existing deployments of BPC allowing you to create what we refer to as a hybrid deployment.
If you are looking for a SaaS-based planning application or if you are indifferent whether it’s SaaS or on-premise, then you should deploy SAP Analytics Cloud. If you are looking for an on-premise solution or a unified planning and consolidation application, then you should deploy BPC.
SAP Analytics Cloud is preferred for lighter workflows, departmental/LOB planning scenarios (particularly where BPC is the corporate financial planning solution) or predictive forecasting scenarios. BPC is preferred for more complex workflows, financial consolidations, intercompany eliminations etc.
Yes. SAP Analytics Cloud and BPC can be used together in a hybrid scenario. Native, bidirectional integration is available to move data and metadata between BPC and SAP Analytics Cloud without having to use flat files and new functionality is being released for manipulating BPC content from SAP Analytics Cloud.
No – These two products are intended for different types of users.
The predictive capabilities of SAP Analytics Cloud, in particular the "Smart Discovery" feature, provide business users the ability to automatically analyze their data through machine guidance. With minimum involvement, business users can quickly surface insights generated by machine learning technology without needing to build predictive models.
SAP Predictive Analytics is intended for a more sophisticated business analyst or “citizen data scientist” to create predictive models and manage their lifecycle regardless of underlying database, predictive technology, or even their data science experience. This mature, enterprise-grade predictive platform is typically installed on-premise. The solution consists of a server (Predictive Factory), a modelling tool, and for SAP HANA customers, a native HANA component called the Automated Predictive Library (APL).
SAP Analytics Cloud runs exclusively on SAP Cloud Platform which meets international security standards. Details about security and data protection at SAP data centers can be found in section 2 of the guide that’s available at http://www.sapdatacenter.com/
SAP Analytics Cloud can connect to multiple on-premise and cloud data sources including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP BW, OData, Google BigQuery, SQL sources, Universes, etc. New data source support is being added regularly. Please refer to the excitingly named System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites document for data sources that are supported today and the Product Roadmap for data sources that we plan to support in the near future.
Besides acquiring data from personal data sources like Google Sheets, .csv files or Excel files, you can use online data access or acquired data access to get data into SAP Analytics Cloud from a variety of sources. Please refer to the excitingly named System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites document for data sources that are supported today and the Product Roadmap for data sources that we plan to support in the near future.
With online data access, the SAP Analytics Cloud is rendered in the user’s browser which in turn makes its own connection to the data in the source system without replication. This allows data to stay in the source system without the need for replication.
With acquired data access, data is imported into SAP Analytics Cloud where you can then leverage the full analytics capabilities of planning, forecasting, simulation, what-if analysis, data blending and predictive that are not available with online data access. This is ideal for data preparation and blending scenarios.
Smart Assist is an umbrella of next generation predictive capabilities that empower workflows with machine learning. These capabilities currently include Smart Discovery (formerly known as Guided Machine Discovery), Smart Insights, Smart Grouping and Smart Transformation.