SAP Analytics Cloud

Fast, Easy and Secure - Self Service BI, Planning and Real-Time Analysis for all users

What is SAP Analytics Cloud? With SAC (SAP Analytics Cloud), the Walldorf-based software specialists have introduced a product that significantly simplifies data analysis as well as the planning and creation of dashboards and brings them closer to users. In addition to dashboarding capabilities, Predictive Analytics helps you with simulation scenarios and the Planning module helps you deploy your resources.

SAC can be divided into three main modules: BI (Business Intelligence), Planning and Boardroom.

Business Intelligence

SAP Analytics Cloud provides two options for creating analyses and dashboards: First, business users without programming knowledge can create Self Service Dashboards (SAC Stories) by using the stories and models. Second, Analytics Designer provides developers with the ability to create enterprise dashboards through advanced features and connectivity.

Self Service Dashboards with Stories

Stories also allow SAP users to create dashboards themselves. Scripting skills are not required, but it is recommended that the IT department set up templates and governance once only. Thanks to a large selection of control elements and also diagrams, you as a user receive meaningful analyses . By integrating local Excel files, the SAC Stories allow you a quick and easy analysis.

Stories let you access your dashboard at any time - even on your smartphone. SAP provides special templates so you can optimize your dashboards for different devices and access them from anywhere.

SAC Story Home

Analytics Designer - Dashboards for Your Specific Requirements

Analytic applications extend the self-service functionality of SAP Analytics Cloud with further functional elements. In particular, the ability to create validations and user interactions using simple JavaScripts represents an approximation of SAC to the functional scope of established dashboarding solutions such as SAP Lumira or Tableau. The ability to fill individual widgets such as dropdown boxes depending on other data or user interactions makes it even easier to implement specific application scenarios and improve the user experience.
The creation of Analytic Applications usually goes beyond the IT knowledge of business users. For experienced Lumira developers, therefore, the switch seems obvious at first glance. However, compared to Lumira, SAC has conceptual changes and gaps in the scope of functions that can only be compensated by experience gained in projects.

SAC Analytics Designer

Planning

SAP Analytics Cloud enables you to easily plan and analyze large volumes of data across your enterprise. Planning in SAP Analytics Cloud is very simple thanks to input components and sliders directly in the dashboard. Thus, different planning scenarios can be created and compared. Predictive analytics can also be used to create forecasts that can be integrated directly into your resource planning. With the integrated Value Driver Tree, planning scenarios can be better understood and changes in the model can be immediately displayed.

SAC Value Driver Tree

Boardroom - Cockpit for the Management

Boardroom bundles the dashboards you create from SAC so you can use them to gain real-time insight and make critical decisions for top management. Virtual meeting rooms and the integration of SAC dashboards can reduce presentation preparation and improve collaboration. Boardrooms can also be used to organize and schedule meetings. Immediate, data-based insights allow ad hoc questions to be answered in meetings and forecasts to be planned using simulation options from the planning module.

SAC Boardroom

Your added Value

Predictive Analytics

By connecting to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), patterns and relationships between key figures and dimensions can be identified and if-then scenarios can be mapped. But please note: Forecasting strongly depends on the quality of the data and the knowledge gained by the user himself.

SAC Story Forecast SmartInsights

A platform not only for the IT department

SAP Analytics Cloud is designed in such a way that even power users can create their own plans, dashboards and analyses easily and without script knowledge.

SAC platform

Data diversity on a uniform platform

In SAP Analytics Cloud, not only data from SAP HANA or SAP BW can be imported or connected live from the SAP Cloud platform, but also Excel, other file formats and system connections (e.g. OData, SQL Server, or GDrive) can be used. However, SAP Analytics Cloud not only offers a variety of data selection options, but also the uniform platform that many have been longing for and which integrates all tools.

SAC local Excel Files

Security

Of course, the topic of security plays a prominent role in sensitive company data. SAP Analytics Cloud offers security for your company data in several ways. On the one hand, all data is processed in accordance with GDPR / DSGVO, and on the other hand, customers can choose the location of their hosting data center, with which SAP in turn concludes a data processing contract in every case. In SAP Analytics Cloud, your sensitive data never leaves the corporate network, only metadata is exchanged with the cloud.

SAC Security

Architecture

This new platform can provide all components for an advanced analytics solution. SAP Analytics Cloud is based on SAP HANA and uses the SAP HANA Cloud Platform with its data storage, cloud connectors and corresponding operational functions. Data can be provided as a live data connection or data import connection (e.g. connection to an SAP BW system or SQL Server) and imported as local data. With a live data connection, your sensitive data never leaves the corporate network, only metadata is exchanged with the cloud. In the case of a data import connection, the imported data is replicated in the cloud.

SAC-Architecture

Blog posts about SAP Analytics Cloud

SACvsLumira
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