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A hot topic right now is how can a SAP Analytics Cloud user access HDI Containers of a SAP HANA Service (aka HaaS) instance. In particular how to provide "live" access to data that is changing in real time.

This capability has been formally supported since early 2019 however you'll need to deploy the HANA Analytics Adapter yourself and authentication must be via SAML 2 Single Sign-On (SSO).

It's actually pretty straightforward as long as you've addressed all of the necessary prerequisites and have your ducks in a row so to speak.

This is what the overall architecture looks like:

We published how-to content on this topic back in 2018 but to align with the recent announcement of formal support we've completely revisited the subject and have published eight brand new hands-on video tutorials to our SAP Analytics Cloud - Live Connections playlist.

The first tutorial shows how a given SAP Analytics Cloud user would connect to the SAP HANA Service, create a model and design and publish a story accessing "live" data. Child's play!

The others go through the required architecture and prerequisites including how to set up SAML2 SSO, how to verify trust, how to configure, build and deploy the HANA Analytics Adapter including installation of client tools used during the process such as the Cloud Foundry CLI, Node.js, Java and Maven, as well as how to set up the necessary authorizations that make the solution secure. Everything you'll need to go from zero to hero!

You can access the tutorials directly as follows:

The example applications and HDI containers used in the video tutorials are posted to GitHub: HANA Analytics Adapter, Sales, and Students.

If you’re new to the SAP HANA Service then you might want to check out our video tutorial series which should hopefully get you up to speed pretty quickly. This playlist also includes these SAP Analytics Cloud tutorials.

And for SAP Cloud Platform itself we also have an onboarding video tutorial series.

Finally if connecting SAP Analytics Cloud to HANA on-premise is your thing please check out the sibling blog from my colleague denys.kempen.

Good luck and let us know your feedback in the comments section below!


The SAP HANA Academy team publish hands-on tutorial videos on all sorts of SAP-related technologies to our YouTube channel. Don’t be fooled by the team name – we’re not only here to spread technical knowledge for HANA – although that’s a large part of what we do!

For the full list of blogs, see Blog Posts – by the SAP HANA Academy