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Live Connections – Future Direction

Integration with SAP HANA

Enhanced analytic capabilities (2)

  • Enhanced data blending scenarios
    • SAP HANA live models with SAP BW live models
  • String manipulation for calculated dimensions
  • Median and running total calculations
  • Sorting and ranking improvements

Integration with HANA concepts

  • Support for conversion functions as part of HANA views

Integration with SAP BW

Enhanced analytic capabilities

  • Enhanced data blending scenarios
    • Blending of BW Live with HANA Live
    • Blending in BW HANA or other on-premise HANA engine
    • Blending on date dimension
  • Custom grouping of dimension members
  • Custom ordering of dimension members
  • Calculation enhancements: Aggregation calculation (1)
  • Enhanced standard pivot-style analysis

Integration with BW concepts

  • Ad-hoc currency conversion
  • Prompting: Ability to create and edit Variants
  • Display of images in table based on BW XXL attributes
  • Linked Nodes support in hierarchies

Performance Improvements

Integration with SAP Universes

Web Intelligence as a source

  • Document metadata and data
  • Time Dimensions
  • Geographical Dimensions (Latitude/Longitude)


  • Support Open SAML 3

Import Connections – Future Direction

Data connectivity

  • Connectivity to 100 additional cloud data sources (Cloud Foundry tenants only)
  • Blur the lines between live and data import connectivity

Data preparation

  • Smart Grouping of values
  • Geo improvements: Disambiguation of location information, Geo enrichment by city name, US zip codes
  • Data flow: Visual representation of transformations in a graph

Data integration

  • Datasets as a source for Stories
  • Automatic creation of Datasets when uploading data
  • Conformance with global dimensions
  • Public API to push Datasets


Note: Most features on this slide require SAP BW 7.50 or higher and will not be supported with SAP BW 7.40. For more details on feature support see SAP Note 2715030.

(1) Requires SAP HANA
(2) Please refer to the Data Visualization road map for additional details on general BI visualization capabilities planned as part of the quarterly communication road map

SAP’s strategy and possible future developments are subject to change and may be changed by SAP at any time for any reason without notice. This document is provided without a warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.

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