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Future Direction – Live connections

Integration with SAP HANA

Data connectivity:

  • Simplified connection to SAP HANA Service
  • Easy setup process to live sources

Enhanced analytic capabilities:

  • Extended data blending scenarios
  • Enhanced support for dynamic input parameters (via Tables / Procedures)
  • Data binning
  • Calculation along time
  • Advanced string and time calculation functions
  • Statistical functions (e.g. median, quantiles)

Integration with HANA concepts:

  • Query runtime statistics in SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Smart query bundling for multiple widgets
  • Extension of supportability features

Integration with SAP BW

Enhanced analytic capabilities:

  • Extended data blending scenarios 1
  • Custom grouping of dimension members
  • Custom ordering of dimension members
  • Prompting enhancements: Date Picker
  • Calculation enhancements: aggregation calculation 1,2
  • Standard pivot-style analysis of BW queries

Integration with BW concepts:

  • Ad-hoc currency conversion
  • Prompting: save Variants

Integration with SAP Universes

Continued integration with Universe concepts:

  • Support for Universe details, subqueries, union, preview, view SQL
  • Hierarchical (a.k.a. nested) Prompts / LOV, prompts definition
  • Delegated measures

Continued investment of analytic capabilities:

  • Smart Discovery
  • Search to Insight

Web intelligence as a data source:

  • e dimensions (including variance and difference)
  • Geographical dimensions (latitude / longitude)


  • Open SAML 3 support

Future Direction – Data import connections

Data connectivity:

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

Data preparation:

  • Conformance to global dimensions

Integration with SAP Data Hub:

  • Analyze data flows in SAP Analytics Cloud


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, i.e. SAP BW/4HANA, or SAP BW 7.50 on HANA
Requires SP16 on SAP BW 7.50 (or SAP BW/4HANA)


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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