Welcome Guide

Transform your Enterprise with SAP Analytics Cloud

Thank you for choosing us.

Intelligent enterprises like yours use information to achieve insights and efficiency by enabling fast and confident decision making.

SAP Analytics Cloud is one simple cloud solution that connects your people, information, and ideas. It’s powered by artificial intelligence and is complete with SAP’s world-class compliance, security, and data protection practices.

So, whether you’re an existing SAP customer ready to take your business to the next level or you’re at the start of your digital transformation, you’re in the right place with SAP Analytics Cloud.

Thank you for choosing us and letting us be a part of your future success. I invite you to explore this Welcome Guide for useful information that will help you on your journey.

Gerrit Kazmaier
SVP Analytics Development

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First Steps for Admins

Activate and Log In

Once you subscribe to the software, you’ll receive a Welcome Email that will help you activate your tenant and log in to the system for the first time.

If you’re having trouble logging in, check out our Quick Answers for help.

System Ownership

The individual who purchases SAP Analytics Cloud is automatically designated as the System Owner. However, the purchaser may not always be the right person to administer the system. You can easily transfer the System Owner role to the appropriate person in your organization.

Learn how to transfer the System Owner role

System Administration

System Owners can start by exploring the Administration area. In this area you’ll find the settings to configure your system before adding users, connecting to data sources, and using other integrations.

The administration area and most of its features can be accessed by all users with an Admin-level role. Keep reading to learn about more adding users and assigning roles.

Learn about setting configurations in the Administration area

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Set up your Team


SAP Analytics cloud is committed to trust, security, and compliance in the cloud. Security features are built into every layer of the software. For more information on how SAP keeps your data safe, visit the SAP Cloud Trust Centre.

Within SAP Analytics Cloud, you can specify permissions for different areas of the software and manage individual access rights to your content.

Learn more about security

User Management

When you’re ready to get your team up and running using SAP Analytics Cloud, you’ll want to add other users to your system. You can add users manually or by importing from Active Directory.

Learn more about user management

Role Management

Assigning roles to your users maintains access rights and secures your information in SAP Analytics Cloud. When users are added to your system they will be given a default role, which you can specify. There are pre-existing roles in your system and you can create custom roles to suit your needs.

Learn more about role management


Work with your Data

SAP Analytics Cloud uses your business information to help your whole organization make confident business decisions. There are a few steps you’ll need to complete to create a consumer-grade analytics environment.

Connecting to Data

Before you can start making stories and data-driven decisions, you’ll need to connect to your data first. SAP Analytics cloud can retrieve data from spreadsheets, on-premise databases, and cloud databases, or a combination of all three.

Live Data Connections use native connectivity while Import Data Connections acquire data from your systems for data preparation and blending purposes.

See your data connection options.

Data Models

Data models help you to provide a trusted self-service analytics environment in your organization. They should be prepared, governed, and secured by system administrators, ensuring accurate and consistent information.

Model creators clean and blend acquired data with built-in data preparation features. Models based off of Live Data Connections query the data source directly.

Get started with data models


Stories bring your data to life and answer your business questions. Stories are how you’ll produce and consume SAP Analytics Cloud content. You’ll use stories to build dashboards to track KPI’s, explore your data with machine learning technology, and plan the future of your business.

Story features you’ll love:


Keep Learning

Learning Resources

With a large number of powerful features available, there’s a lot to learn about SAP Analytics Cloud. SAP has developed a number of options to help your team adopt and thrive while using the software.

Make sure to subscribe to our email list to get the latest learning content delivered right to your inbox.

What’s New

SAP Analytics Cloud is 100% cloud-native which means we’re innovating fast. To stay on top of the latest developments, bookmark the Product Plan and Updates section of our website.

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Best Practices

Best Practices for Business Intelligence Performance

Learn some best practices and tips for designing and maintaining your stories to help keep things running smoothly.

Check out the guide

Visualize your Information

Learn your options for data visualization with this comprehensive guide of charts available in SAP Analytics Cloud.

Check out the Chart Type Guide 

Set up your Connections

If you’re looking for general help with setting up your connections, this playlist will point you in the right direction.

Check out the Connection Administration Guided Playlist