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Empower BI Analysts with Automated Data Discovery in SAP Analytics Cloud

August 14, 2020

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Cynthia Lee Cynthia Lee

As organizations continue to amass more data, how they transform it into actionable insights becomes an opportunity for a competitive advantage. There are endless amounts of data to analyze, which is why it is critical to provide analysts in your organization a solution that brings data together, enables self- artificial intelligence-driven insights, and ensures complete integration. Learn more about how SAP Analytics Cloud can empower SAP BusinessObjects users to work autonomously and bring the power of cloud analytics and data together.

A Hybrid Solution to See the Whole Picture

SAP BusinessObjects BI customers can leverage their existing on-premise BI suite and SAP Analytics Cloud together to achieve greater value with the enhanced capabilities of the cloud. SAP Analytics Cloud is flexible and with its hybrid strategy, customers can collect analytic insights deriving from SAP BusinessObjects without sacrificing existing investments.

Bringing the solutions together allows for seamless integration of the data—whether it is stored on-premise, spreadsheets, cloud databases, or a combination of all three. When it comes to data connections, you have several options. Leverage live data connections to on-premise data sources such as: SAP BW, SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA, and Web Intelligence Data Models with SAP BI 4.3. Business analysts and other users can take reap the many benefits of a hybrid solution, so they can create reports that incorporates data from multiple sources for a holistic, end-to-end view.

SAP BusinessObjects BI users who extend to SAP Analytics Cloud have the advantage of seeing real-time updates that give an accurate snapshot of their organization’s performance. A business user building a customer engagement dashboard can bring together live and import data connections all in one place.

Employ Smart Data Discovery with Augmented Analytics

Become confident and comfortable with building value-packed stories, dashboards, and reports with no data science background required. With the augmented analytics capabilities available in SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP BusinessObjects BI users can spend less time exploring data and designing dashboards. Instead, they can spend their time using the machine-generated insights to drive their next course of action.

The smart features in SAP Analytics Cloud will help remove any human biases that BI users have. Users can use Search to Insight to quickly find answers with natural language query, Smart Insights to eliminate manually slicing and dicing their data, and Smart Discovery to uncover how business factors truly influence performance. By extending to the cloud, SAP BusinessObjects BI users use machine learning technology to simulate the anticipated impact of strategic business decisions. They can build these simulations while utilizing Smart Predict to train predictive models with existing data and eventually automate decisions.

Dashboards and Collaboration in One Solution

The analytics designer embedded in SAP Analytics Cloud is the ultimate tool to create a centralized analytics platform. It encompasses the process of creating an analytic application, which includes:

  • Defining the data model
  • Laying out the screen
  • Configuring widgets
  • Wiring it all up with the help of custom scripts

It provides complete integration to develop custom end-to-end dashboard applications, uniting BI, planning, and predictive capabilities. Use the analytics designer to prototype rapidly in a dedicated environment and create a consistent user experience across your organization. By extending to SAP Analytics Cloud, users can create analytics applications with the flexibility to embed into other business applications, achieving continuation across various lines of business.

The built-in collaboration tools in SAP Analytics Cloud enable business users to share and discuss information, create and manage tasks, and add comments to individual data points all within SAP Analytics Cloud. Ultimately, using SAP Analytics Cloud reduces the overload in communication channels and help SAP BusinessObjects BI users stay aligned within one application.