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Lifecycle management in SAP Analytics Cloud is a bit different than in traditional on-premise systems, because SAP is responsible for software, hardware, and infrastructure updates. Read this guide to start planning your deployment.

Object Transport Approach

Option 1: (legacy) manual ‘Deployment-Export/Import



  • Unlike Content Network:

    • Can be used for transporting between a mixture of SAP and non-SAP data centers (between NEO and CF)

    • Sharing settings are included



  • ‘Unit’ files needs to be manually manage: source downloading and target uploading

  • Has limitations on file size

  • Security concern may arise in case SAC objects can be access from non-client network


Option 2: Content Network (Recommended)



  • Unit files are hosted in the Cloud

    • Can be organized into folders including with folder security options

    • Processing occurs in the background

    • No need for any manual download/upload



  • Unlike (legacy) manual deployment option:

    • Sharing settings are not included

    • Supports a greater number of object types



  • Will only show Units that can be imported into the Service

    • Older units that are not supported can still be imported, but a warning message is shown

    • Same version will support units





Connection Transport Approach


Connections


No ‘connections mapping’ or ‘dynamic connection switching’ concept available in SAC currently

Approach 1



  • Connection Movement via Package/ Export file from Development to Quality and Production landscapes

  • With simple change in connection details within the system as one-time manual step by basis team, which will keep connection ID same

  • Connection name in this approach will remains generic like CONN_S4H_LIVE_ProjectName etc.


Approach 2



  • Create 3 connections in Development system one for each system (dev, qa, prod)

  • Switch the connection before transporting new model version

  • Switch the connection back after creating the

  •  transport unit (which will be tedious task)

  • Connection Name can be System specific like DEVBW, QABW etc.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Approach 2 (credit: self)



Approach 3 (Hybrid of both approaches which can be recommended)



  • Connection Movement via Package/ Export file from Development to Quality and Production landscapes

  • Rather changing the connection configuration in Quality or Production landscapes, connection configuration can be edited in development landscape itself before moving to further systems.

  • Post transport of connections to further systems, edit back to original configuration i.e., development system as one-time manual step, which will keep connection unique ID same across the systems.

  • Connection name in this approach will remains generic like CONN_S4H_LIVE_ProjectName etc.


 

Summary


There are multiples ways to Transport SAC Objects and Connection, we can chose which will be the best option as per the project requirement.

But recommendation is to go via "Content Network" for all SAC objects export/import.

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