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In one of the latest blog post by my colleague nash.gajic, we found out how to setup HANA Cloud Platform multitenant database as a remote data source and use it with SAP Cloud for Analytics to visualize and share the insights with other users.

I have decided to take this step further and describe how SAP Cloud for Analytics can be used along with the HANA Cloud Portal. The main focus of this post is on how quickly the IT department – or, better yet, the business users themselves – can turn critical analytics data into the self-service portal for customers & partners.


                                                                                                (Image courtesy of Nash Gajic)

In this tutorial, you will learn how to setup HANA Cloud Portal for external facing analytics and collaborative B2B experience. I will be using my trial account to activate HANA Cloud Portal service and prepare a site to launch the C4A visualisations (created in the previous post).

Activate the Cloud Portal Service in your trial account

Login to the HANA Cloud Platform cockpit with your trial account and add a subscription

Select "trial" as the Provider Account and "flpportal" as the Application.

Navigate to Services in the menu and activate the service “HANA Cloud Portal”

Configure the Portal Service

Click on the configure SAP HANA Cloud Portal link to launch the configuration section of the Cloud Portal

In the roles section ensure your user is assigned to the role “TENANT_ADMIN” as shown below. If not, you will have to manually assign it.

Create a Portal Site

Launch the Cloud Portal by clicking on the “Go to Service” link

From the site directory menu, click on the + icon.

Select the “SAP Fiori Launchpad“ as a template and click on create button

In the Get Started section, click on “Create App Tile”

Ensure that the App Type is URL and provide the URL of the Story created in C4A

Click on “Next” to provide values for the Navigation tab. Assign the tile to a predefined Sample Group.

Click on the Site Preview at the top right hand corner

This will open the site in a new tab

When you click on the tile “Sales Report”, it will launch the C4A visualizations. It will prompt for a User/password as we have not setup any authentication between the two applications. After providing the login details, you will get to see the same C4A visualizations which you previewed earlier.

Using the Cloud Portal is one way to expose your Visualizations/reports. Based on your requirements, you can hook up these reports within other Cloud solutions or even to your on-premise solutions.

This will conclude part 2.In the next part, we'll have a closer look on some of the additional things that we can do using SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Cloud for Analytics.

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