The SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is not just a tool for visual presentation. Instead, this SAP product represents a Unified Concept with strategical character: On one single platform, it combines all relevant functions regarding BI/Analytics, Planning, Data Connection, Dashboarding, Reporting, Simulation and Advanced Analytics – enhanced by options for prognoses via Predictive Analytics. The individual functionalities complement each other and thereby increase overall performance. At the same time, seamless integration of completely different data sources (incl. on-premise, non-SAP) is possible as well.
The central access via Self-Service BI provides end users in the specialist divisions directly with very user-friendly Advanced Analytics (e. g. data retrieval/visualization, preparation of reports/plans, forecasts). The IT-governance- and quality-relevant data are thereby supplied centrally by the IT. The users are interconnected via a standardized platform and benefit from easier cooperation based on modern, interactive collaboration functions.
Due to the highly performant In-Memory technology of SAP HANA, detailed data analyses via SAC can be carried out in real time. An app complements the use of the SAC. The responsive design component adapts the displays automatically to the respective terminal device. As an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution, the SAC can be used very easily and cost-efficiently. Thus the software is always up-to-date for maximum performance. Furthermore, the SAC can be implemented quickly for an operational start shortly afterwards.
Note as to Data Security: A special feature of the SAP Analytics Cloud is the so-called “Live Connection“. This type of data connection makes it possible to retain only the meta data in the Cloud. The actual operational data remain behind the enterprise’s firewall and are not transferred into the SAC.