The SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is by no means just a tool for visual representation but rather represents a unified concept with strategic character: The SAP product combines all relevant functions for BI/Analysis, Planning, Data Integration, Dashboarding, Reporting, Simulation and Advanced Analytics on a single platform – extended by options for Predictive Analytics. The individual functionalities complement each other and thus increase overall performance. At the same time, seamless integration of different data sources (incl. on-premise, non-SAP) is also possible.
Thanks to central access via Self-Service BI, end users in the specialist departments can directly access and visualize data in a very user-friendly way – combined with the option of creating their own reports and stories. The IT department centrally provides the IT governance and quality-relevant data for this purpose. Users are interlinked via a standardized platform and benefit from easier cooperation through modern, interactive collaboration functions.
Individual analyses using the SAC are based on the so-called Storytelling whereby each story can consist of various elements (e. g. diagrams, tables, geo-analyses). The SAC system generates suggestions for visualizations and the setup of story boards. Thus, reports and dashboards can be realized intuitively. In addition, the SAC currently is the only SAP product in which the standardized and advantageous visualization based on the IBCS® notation concept is already implemented as a default. In this respect, add-ons from external manufacturers are not required.
Thanks to the highly performant in-memory technology of SAP HANA, detailed data analyses can be carried out in real time by using the SAC – complemented by an app. Thanks to the responsive design component, the displays adapt to the respective end device. As an SaaS solution (Software-as-a-Service), the SAC can be used very easily and cost-efficiently. Therefore the software is always up-to-date and offers maximum performance. In addition, the SAC can be implemented quickly which facilitates a productive start on a short-time basis.