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bigonnet
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This blog provides an update of my previous blog published in Feb 2021.

https://blogs.sap.com/2021/02/23/extending-the-reach-of-sap-analytics-cloud-data-with-microsoft-offi...

 With this I want  to share the latest Positioning, Road map and Strategy, we do follow for our two Add-ins SAP Analysis for Office and SAP Analytics Cloud add-in for Microsoft Office.

We do  continue to provide to our customers two different solutions to explore an extended playground in the familiar Microsoft interface.

 SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office


Analysis Office 2.8 has been delivered more than 3 years ago.

As you may be aware, SAP has taken a Cloud first strategy, which means SAP Analysis for office, as on-premises solution and mature product, will receive only limited investments from 2023 onwards. Nevertheless, we continue to support this important solution until at least 2029. Corrections will be delivered as a quarterly SP based on the 2.8 release.   

The 2 editions of Analysis for Office have evolved since the last Service Packs.


 

Our Road map for Excel environment is focused on SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office, as consequence we have made public the following Statement of direction:



SAP Analytics Cloud add-in for Microsoft Office


SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office is our new Excel front end built on top of Office 365, leveraging Microsoft’s latest Java script technology. With the freedom to drill down, expand, and filter your data in Excel, you can then build custom calculations with external data, expand hierarchies, generate ad hoc reports and intuitively create ratios and trace data to the KPIs that matter most to you. The Add-in is provided via Microsoft store. Updates, fixes and new features are then delivered automatically to you, where you can use your choice of Mac or PC platform.


It is a great match for large-scale deployment of SAC where MS Office (Excel) remains an essential component for simple visualizations or more complex processes of data-entry.

Road Map  



How do we position the two Add- ins?  


SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office (also known as AFO) continues to be an important add-in for multiple data sources like SAP BW, HANA, BPC, S/4 and Group Reporting. It is designed for financial analysts who require analytical capabilities in Microsoft Excel. It can also be used with SAP Analytics Cloud .

However, all feature investments are being made exclusively in SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office, which is our strategic solution, built on top of Microsoft Office 365. As consequence new Datasphere Analytic Models can be consumed in it and not in SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office as described in Note 3297935 and SAP has no plans to support it.

Useful links on this article:

SAP Analysis for Office (AO) : 

SAP Analytics Cloud add-in for Microsoft Office

  • Community page & blogs : HERE

  • Road map HERE

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