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BI-modal IT is shown above

Business & IT collaboration needs to be better

Increasingly, with business moving faster with “digital transformation”, selling data, change leads to differentiation

IT is trying to keep the lights on, with increasing pressures of security, high availablility, network threats

Two groups in separate direction

Data remains same; underneath applications

Holistic data foundation

Source: SAP

"More advanced customers have up to 50% of their employees using Analytics." (source: SAP)

Adoption is a challenge; less than 20% of employees have access to analytics

How get more analytics to more people

Make sure analytics is embedded where the users are

Analytics is spread everywhere in different portals, SharePoint, different sites, email, personal devices

New employees have to find this information

This can be a high barrier to usage

If you’re one of the 20% who has access, reach 3rd barrier – can I trust data?  When was it refreshed?  Is it from a high quality system?

Source: SAP

It is not just about delivering analytics; it is about self-service

Moving from 20% to 70% - no way to get there using stylized reports

End users to deploy their own reports

Needs to fit inside holistic analytics strategy

Source: SAP

Creating an analytic strategy

Know objectives, business needs – centralized competency center

Hybrid analytics is a key component

Competency center – building programs, evangelizing, training programs, mapping value that group is providing

Building strategy – SAP has a workshop for free, ask account rep for analytics strategy

Source: SAP

That was the framework

Hybrid analytics – customers not using this phrase

Definition is there to use

“seamless user experience” so user not think of where data is residing

Source: SAP


  • Article of how competency centers are changing

  • It is not just IT, analytic skills and business skills – center – work being done

  • Link to blog

  • Business Skills:

    • Understanding of line-of-business (LOB) needs

    • Ability to help business managers set and balance priorities by analyzing consequences of choices and creating business cases

    • An understanding of the organization's strategic business objectives and the role action-oriented information plays in achieving the corporate objectives

    • Stewardship skills to drive standardization of official hierarchies, business vocabularies and other relevant business terminology, and to participate in semantic reconciliation and ongoing data-quality efforts

  • IT Skills:

    • Ability to understand the business intelligence infrastructure implications of business and analytic requirements

    • Deep understanding of how to access and manage data required to support business and analysis requirements

    • Deep understanding of diverse business intelligence and performance management tools and technologies

    • Understanding of the differences in design and access characteristics of diverse data sources

    • Data governance, architecture and management skills

    • Data administration and metadata management skills

  • Analytical Skills

    • Fluency with key analytic applications

    • Researching business problems and creating models that help analyze these business problems

    • Working with the IT department to develop insight into how to identify data for a specific analysis or application

    • Skills to train the users in how to transform data into action-oriented information, and how to use that information (source: SAP)

Source: SAP

It is about more than technology – have programs around it, training, where publish assets, who can access

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Data foundation needs to be rock solid

More live stream data, more cloud data sources, blending and merge

How find right sources together

Policies for right amount of governance

Part of information governance program

Information Governance and BI need to be “best friends”

1.Refine the data schema and database architecture underpinning the BI system so business users could easily locate data.

2.Add metadata where possible, including definitions, aliases, and owners. Tip: Start a business glossary, like SAP Information Steward’s Metapedia.

3.Perform routine cleansing and de-duplication.

4.Promote your best, widely-used sources to enterprise sources. Create universes or views of these sources, and gate access with user controls. Tip: Review universes and create smaller, more focused ones for specific audiences to make them easier to use.

5.Decide which existing queries, transformations, and views you can reuse from enterprise systems. How will you control performance implications? (Source: SAP)

Source: SAP

"SAP helps give insight to make better decisions"

Decision making is a process and to succeed in the digital economy just having access to more data isn’t enough. Organizations need to turn data into meaningful insights, improve decision making, and take immediate action.

SAP can help you lead your organization’s digital journey and address the challenges of data proliferation from enterprise data, Big Data, IoT, and beyond.  And we help you to transform your all of data, the foundation of a digital enterprise, into insight to drive innovation and create business value.

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BI, planning and predictive in one solution

Above shows what the market

SAP has put this in one application in SAP Analytics Cloud
Analytics solutions on the market today are fragmented at best and only provide one part of the complete picture. BI technology typically looks at historical data, “what has happened” but isn’t connected with future plans and outcomes. Plans aren’t connected with simulations and modelling based on automated machine learning algorithms to uncover hidden insights. And all of these elements aren’t connected with the ability to take immediate action within a business process whether it’s a decision being made by the board or from the front line. (Source: SAP)

Source: SAP

Should have planning integrated

Data prep across multiple stories

  • SAP is creating a highly differentiated solution

  • “Interactive Analytics” is the intersection of BI, Predictive and Planning

  • Putting these together forces competitors to play a different game (Source: SAP)

Source: SAP


What to do next

  • Explore Relevant Data

  • Simulate & Predict What Will Happen

  • Plan a Course of Action

  • ACT! - Implement Decisions (Source: SAP)

Source: SAP

Leading the cloud – digital boardroom, to help disrupt business

Innovate core – what you have on-premise has a roadmap in front of it

Customers will have a mix; that is hybrid analytics

Two grey arrows – hybrid analytics

  • SAP Analytics Cloud off to great start – Continue innovation quickly and lead the Cloud

  • Protect Investment in On-Premise: Hybrid, “Build Bridges” (Source: SAP)

Source: SAP

Cloud – SAP Analytics Cloud, Digital Boardroom

SAP BusinessObjects provides all the analytical capabilities that SAP BW/4HANA users need including reporting, analysis, dashboards and applications, advanced analytics and planning and consolidation
- for both on-premise and cloud deployments of BW/4HANA.

SAP BEx analytical tools are no longer supported with BW/4HANA

Source: SAP


Planning/predictive rolled together in cloud

Sits on top of SAP Cloud Platform

SAP's vision for SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is to connect to both on premise and Cloud data sources and applications.  Analtyics Cloud is a SaaS platform and is separated into 4 areas:

Core Capabilities – The first layer are core capabilities that are included in all Analytic capabilities and applications such as Data connectivity and Modeling, Administration and Auditing, Story Experience, and Collaboration.

Analytic Capabilities – The second layer are our 3 analytical capabilities:  BI, Planning, and Predictive.  No other competitors have all these Analytic capabilities.

Embedding Capabilities – SAP is building APIs to integrate and embed SAP Analytics  Cloud into SAP, 3rd Party, and customer applications.

Applications – The third and top layer are the Analytical applications.   SAP Digital Boardroom is an example of an SAP Analytics Cloud application.  SAP and our partners continue to look at building additional analytical applications and content that can be consumed on the App Marketplace. (Source: SAP)

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SAP Analytics provides both Private and Public Cloud options:
Private Cloud (IaaS) – BusinessObjects Enterprise can be deployed on premise or hosted on HEC, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, GCP, as well as 3rd party hosting providers.  Customers can leverage their existing BOE licenses in a hosted model (aka Bring Your Own License).  With HEC, we can provide BOE licenses in a subscription model.  The benefit of the private BOE cloud model is for customers who don’t want to manage their infrastructure internally and offload those costs to a hosting provider.  Customers would still need to administer and upgrade their BOE system in this hosted model, however, HEC does provide a managed service offering to help customers with the administration and upgrades of BOE.

Public Cloud (SaaS) – Our solution for public cloud is Analytics Cloud which can only be sold on a subscription model.  The benefit of Analytics Cloud is that it allows customers to try out all of our analytics capabilities (BI, Planning, and Predictive) on one platform with one user experience.

Note:  SAP Analytics Cloud is a new SaaS application and doesn’t support BOE content types like Lumira, Crystal Reports, Webi, Design Studio.  BusinessObjects Cloud should be positioned to complement an existing BOE platform by focusing on new use cases (ie Digital Transformation, extending SAP Cloud applications and SCP applications).  We will cover these examples throughout the presentation. (Source: SAP)


Customer story:


To be continued
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