What are the advantages of reporting with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)?
Reporting with SAC makes it possible to (1) build individual BI applications for different recipient groups quickly and easily; (2) integrate artificial intelligence to get new forecasts and insights, (3) customise the respective reports by the users (self-service) and (4) provide a central reporting platform and the ability to use it on all common devices.
Customisable solutions with the SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)
Thanks to the high-performance in-memory technology of SAP HANA, detailed data analyses can be carried out in real time via SAC, with the service rounded off by an app. The responsive design component allows the display to be adapted to the end device. As an SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution, SAC is very easy to use and cost-effective. By definition, the software is always up-to-date and provides maximum performance. The SAC can also be implemented quickly, giving a productive start at short notice.
The SAC is not just a tool for visual representation - it represents a unified concept with a strategic character. On one single platform, it offers a combination of all relevant functions, namely:
This is further enhanced by options for forecasts via predictive analytics. The individual functionalities complement one another and thus increase the overall performance, while a seamless integration of various data sources (including on-premise and non-SAP) is also possible.
End users in the business units can retrieve and visualise data directly and in a very user-friendly way through central access via self-service BI, and can also create their own reports and stories. IT provides the IT governance and qualitative data centrally for this purpose, with users networked via a uniform platform and benefiting from simplified cooperation through modern, interactive collaboration functions.
Individual analyses using SAC are based on the concept of so-called storytelling, whereby each story can consist of various elements (e.g. diagrams, tables, geo-analyses). The SAC system generates suggestions for visualisations and the structure of story boards. Thus, reports and dashboards can be realised intuitively. In addition, SAC is currently the only SAP product that has already firmly implemented the standardised and advantageous visualisation based on the notation concept IBCS®. Therefore, no add-on from external manufacturers is required in this respect.
Hybrid on-premise and SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) solutions
The SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) opens up the potential for you to maintain data and results securely in your company, as most SAP solutions for reporting and planning can be operated on company-owned hardware. These components are then complemented by the SAC, which provides new analytics solutions with rapid onboarding requirements.
Companies are by no means forced to replace their on-premise systems immediately and entirely with Cloud solutions. In fact, it makes more sense to gradually set up a hybrid solution of SAC and on-premise, so that existing systems can continue to be used, while at the same time expanding the system in a targeted and efficient manner with innovations in the Cloud. For the implementation of new reporting and planning projects, it is particularly advisable to opt for a Cloud solution right from the start.