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On April 5, Gartner released the 2023 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms[1]. For another year SAP has been recognized as a Magic Quadrant Visionary in this market based on its Completeness of Vision (horizontal axis) and Ability to Execute (vertical axis).  A reprint of the Magic Quadrant report can be accessed here (registration might be required).

I wrote an article on the business value that SAP customers realize with SAP Analytics Cloud after last year’s recognition.  In this article, I explained SAP’s cloud-first product strategy that enables fast deliveries of innovations.  I also highlighted how SAP Analytics Cloud customers benefit from a complete solution for analytics and planning, with contextual and embedded analytics, and prepackaged best practices business content aimed to accelerate time to value.

SAP Datasphere

I’m taking this year’s recognition as a Visionary as an opportunity to come back to the recent and important announcement of SAP Datasphere.  I’d like to confirm its significance for analytics and planning use cases moving forward.

First things first, let me briefly recap that SAP Datasphere is a comprehensive data service that enables every data professional to deliver seamless and scalable access to mission-critical business data.  It provides a unified experience for data integration, data cataloging, semantic modeling, data warehousing, data federation, and data virtualization.  SAP Datasphere enables data professionals to easily distribute mission-critical business data—with business context and logic preserved—across the data landscape.

Over 9 out of 10 SAP Data Warehouse Cloud users have been running SAP Analytics Cloud on top, building an end-to-end solution for analytics and planning use cases.  SAP Datasphere is the next generation of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud and therefore all SAP Data Warehouse Cloud users had already their cloud tenant transitioned to SAP Datasphere without disruption – the beauty of public cloud delivery model!  Now they all benefit automatically from the combination SAP Datasphere with SAP Analytics Cloud on top.

For more information on SAP Datasphere, please visit

Rich business semantic modeling

SAP Datasphere provides SAP Analytics Cloud users with a direct line to mission-critical business data and metadata – and the critical relationship between them – from SAP applications.  It makes it effortless for data and analytics professionals to solve complex business semantic modeling requirements via the new SAP Datasphere analytic model capability.  This capability offers a multidimensional modeling experience and comes with powerful new features, such as calculated and restricted measures, exception aggregations and the pruning of attributes and measures.  It provides accelerated time-to-value by automatically reusing the semantical definitions and associations from SAP applications, simplifying the steps data professionals must take to deliver mission-critical business data across their organization.  SAP Analytics Cloud is tightly integrated with SAP Datasphere and analytic models are already established as “first class citizens” in SAP Analytics Cloud.

Read more about the analytic model capability:

Open data access

With SAP Datasphere, we aim to simplify the delivery of authoritative data in business terms to consumers across highly distributed data landscapes — SAP and non-SAP, cloud, hybrid, or on-premises.  We enable an open data ecosystem with other leading technology vendors seeking to alleviate customers’ needs to simplify, integrate, secure, and govern their data landscapes.  By bringing together previously discrete capabilities into a unified service, we enable customers to operate SAP and non-SAP data from many different sources and capitalize on all their data investments.  They can access their mission-critical business data across any cloud infrastructure.  The rapid spin up of new analytics and planning projects is no longer constrained by where data resides or slowed down by the development of new data staging plans.  Ultimately, SAP Datasphere serves as the trusted data foundation for analytics and planning with SAP Analytics Cloud.

End-to-end solution

With SAP Analytics Cloud tightly integrated with SAP Datasphere, we deliver an end-to-end solution for analytics and planning.  It simplifies how organizations can deliver data to every consumer — with business context and application logic intact – for analytics and planning use cases across highly distributed data landscapes – SAP and non-SAP.


A reprint of the Magic Quadrant report can be accessed here (registration might be required), enjoy your reading!

For more information on SAP Analytics Cloud, please visit


[1] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms, Kurt Schlegel, Julian Sun, David Pidsley, Anirudh Ganeshan, Fay Fei, Aura Popa, Radu Miclaus, Edgar Macari, Kevin Quinn, Christopher Long, 5 April 2023.


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