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Brian Romanow profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP Analytics Cloud is in process of being rolled out across the organization. SAP Analytics Cloud will address the business problems of timely access to information through live connections to BW/4HANA, S/4HANA and external data sources. The dashboard-style reports will provide exception-based information in a user-friendly and accessible fashion.
  • Live data connections to HANA
  • Easy to create simple dashboards
  • Access to SAP master data and hierarchies
  • Data blending with disparate data sources; improving over time
  • Security model integration with SAP role based security
  • Multi-key figure models for planning
It is well-suited for executive-style dashboards and summaries of department activities.
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Juan Carlos Crespo profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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Currently we are using SAP Analytics Cloud in order to analyze new data and get useful insights from the financial point of business view, such as cost analysis for different business units, profitability dashboards, and later on in 2020 we will try the predictive scenarios (what-if analysis).
  • It's easy to learn, construct, and communicate relevant information in a single platform.
  • It's empowered FP&A users and kept IT involvement at a minimum.
  • SAP and Non-SAP datasources.
  • SAC does not have out of the box content for the oldest SAP ERP version.
  • Live Data connections for the oldest SAP ERP versions would be appreciated.
  • Native integration for SAP BPC and the consolidation module also would be appreciated.
There was a lot of pre-build content that was very useful when we started to use it. We took some samples in order to customize ours.
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Radouane Sbaa profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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It's being used:

1 - As a SAP BI consultants company, we use it to explore the functionalities and to be able to implement it for our customers
2 - As a BI tool to explore our own SAP Buniess By Design data and some Excel files (Financial data, timesheet)
  • Stories are quite easy to develop witout technical knowledge
  • Generating a simple model is very straightforward
  • Sharing and collaborating is very convenient
  • Updating an existing model is very painful. It's not Agile at all since we need to rebuild it whenever we need to add a new column, for instance.
  • Updating a transformation in a model lead to lose the calculated measures.
  • It is not possible to update a model if a Public Dimension has been used in it.
  • Comparing with other BI Solutions, I think we need more formulas in Transformations Area and Stories Developments.
It is well suited for simple design, stable models, business needs already defined with few changes to be process. It is not convenient for complex rules because of the lack of formulas or if the model needs a lot of transformation and frequent changes or if the business rules are going to change frequently.
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Sylvain Garneau profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Analytics Cloud is used at Cascades to address the new Cloud Eco-System offered by SAP. It is also interesting that this all in one BI Tools for all types of users allows us also to use smart technologies to gives us good insights.
  • Various connections.
  • Very intuitive interface.
  • Smart capabilities.
  • Planning and predictive features.
  • Modeling is hard for end-users.
This is a great all-in-one tool that covers all our analytics needs!
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Robert Harper profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Planning and Management Reporting. It enables us to perform integrated planning and set drivers used for both plan and actual management accounting, and reporting.
  • Driver Setting, including automation and dis-aggregation across multiple dimensions.
  • It's improved user experiences for planning users.
  • Dashboards, calculations, and allocation to enable the useful presentation of KPI's and metrics used in business decision making. They also provide for automated integration of plan versions and actual results.
  • The data connectivity needs work. We have had to use a complex BPC solution as middleware to integrate with Profitability and Performance management. There's still no direct integration with BW/4 HANA and PAPM.
  • More flexibility in setting drivers and dis-aggregating data.
  • Pricing.
It's very good for basic profitability, and spend planning. It's less well suited for detailed calculation and allocations for planning and actual data.
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Diana Coelho profile photo
October 09, 2019

GO SAP!!!

Score 7 out of 10
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Currently, I am responsible for developing a POC on why my organization implements SAP. Our analytics platform is a bit outdated and we would like to have a more modern approach to analytics and dashboarding.
  • Certain operations are very simple to do, like reference numbers on the graphs and comparisons between years.
  • Visually simple and clean
  • Very intuitive and quite complete in features that are most requested on our day to day.
  • Lots of standard features that in other tools can only be achieved by customized actions.
  • From a user experience perspective, there are some cases where there was a lag on the system and it was not clear if the operation was actually being executed or not.
  • There were some little hiccups in the system which I think will be solved with some more maturity.
  • Some limitations with comments on live scenarios. Can't wait for the release that will improve this.
Hana's live connections seem to be a great combination and the data processing options for Excel files are quite complete. I think a scenario that includes non-SAP connections has some disadvantages.
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September 26, 2019

SAP Analytics Review

Score 10 out of 10
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SAC is currently being used for various POCs across production, HR, and IT. The tool is helping us to investigate data for decision making as well as provide visual KPIs. Currently, IT staff has been doing most of the POC development, but we hope to use SAC for business end-user reporting as well.
  • Multiple visualization options.
  • Data insights.
  • Easy to get started with file data uploads.
  • Pixel perfect formatting is difficult.
  • Viewing all data imported in a simple tabular format is difficult for data checking.
  • The tool is in rapid flux as it’s quite new.
SAC is quick to get started with. It’s best suited to create visualizations to be directly consumed online. It can be used for executive dashboards, or more detailed visualizations. Likely if it’s needed to do detailed record analysis, other tools may be better suited like analysis for Excel. SAC Smart Discovery is very useful to help draw insights on data relationships that may not be known.
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Alfredo Zapata profile photo
September 24, 2019

SAP Analytics Cloud Review

Score 8 out of 10
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We recently completed a proof of concept of SAC Planning for one of our finance teams. The POC was completed in partnership with SAP and a partner and successfully fulfilled all the features and functionality it was aiming to serve. We are currently working with the AE to start the next pilot phase contingent upon commercial discussions.
  • Simple data Input and light planning scenarios.
  • Collecting data via a web browser within a small work unit with ready built-in workflow and validation.
  • Simple reporting and visualizations.
  • Richer graphics and visualization capabilities.
  • Robust SQL interface for advanced power user querying.
  • More seamless integration with HANA 2.0 XSA based development.
We have multiple use cases where SAC planning would be a great fit for data collection via a web browser for various business units to collaborate and review forecasting numbers for subsequent upload to APO, IBP or BPC, where more advanced planning algorithms and functions could be performed. The key is having a centralized data collection tool with power users being able to quickly model new planning scenarios and custom workflows without coding.
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Sanjay Mahajan profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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It is being used for reporting the data out of our BW system. It is being used by the Finance department. It makes it very easy for users to run the reports. Being on cloud, the administration for my team is also easy. Also, the live data makes it very useful.
  • Reporting of the live data
  • Connection to the on-premise system
  • User and security administration
  • The process of connectivity
When you want to use reporting on cloud without administering the system on-premise, SAP Analytics Cloud is most suited. Since the administration and security is done at the cloud, it is most suited when you want these functions on the cloud. It is not suited when the data set is very very large (in terabytes).
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Enrique Espindola Barajas profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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In our organization a key reason to move to SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is because you can seamlessly integrate a wide variety of cloud and on-premise data sources into one cloud solution. Our SAC demo has a live data connection that can connect to a remote system S4/HANA 1809.
  • Increased analytical capabilities
  • Simple use for ad hoc reports and analysis.
  • Use SAP Analytics Hub as the only access point in the analysis with many sources of information
  • A problem we have is split queries because the limit is 800,000 lines.
  • Increase the sources of information from other databases or systems
  • More clarity in the security of the system, roles and users
  • In a company where there is no information for decision making
  • No dashboards
  • All information are in worksheets
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Albert Pérez García profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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We currently have BO and BEx analyzer but we are planning to move to the Analytics Cloud.
  • Cloud-based.
  • Frequent updates.
  • SAP bids and investments.
  • AFO integration.
  • Non-SAP sources need better and easier integration.
In my opinion, it fits better in an SAP scenario. It needs to improve to get data from non-SAP sources.
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Jordi Bartoli profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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Cloud helps us centralize all the dashboards in a single tool.
  • In finance, it helps us keep track of costs compared to budgets.
  • We analyze budget deviations.
  • Simple integration into the end-users of finance, purchasing and sales.
  • Users make their own reports.
Direct integration with our SAP and our factory MES software. We can analyze information from different sources.
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Niranjan Deshpande profile photo
November 14, 2019

SAC Review

Score 6 out of 10
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SAC is SaaS product which provides BI planning, predictive analytics, and more recently integrated S/4HANA capabilty as well.
  • Planning
  • Business intelligence
  • Predictive
  • Reporting
  • Scheduling
  • Offline reporting
SAP Analytics Cloud is well suited when you have the SAP ecosystem. It provides native connectivity with BW, BW/HANA, BW4, HANA. It also provides integration capability with SuccessFactors, Concur, Fieldglass, and Ariba as well. Only tool to have business intelligence planning as well as predictive analytics capability. It offers augmented BI capability which is also a good feature.
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Sreenivasulu Dasari profile photo
Score 6 out of 10
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We have completed Analytics Cloud assessments, plan to use SAC Story to develop reports. It's easy to connect and develop reports, share with other team members. Coming to a problem - SAC Analytic Application is used to develop IT dashboards but it's missing some features compared to other tools. But we can clearly see in the SAC Road Map. And also I'd request SAP to check on SAC Analytic Application performance and improve in the release.
  • SAC - in one product have all analytics applications
  • SAC Analytic Application performance (SAC on BW and HANA)
SAP Analytics Cloud stories are working fine.
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Kirc Breden profile photo
November 13, 2019

Critical, but hopeful

Score 6 out of 10
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POC at this time, we have a strong amount of content that will find it's way to EOL, and are looking at migration path options.
  • Visualization
  • What-If Analysis
  • Intuitive engine for creating visualization of data
  • Lack of Query/Analysis, need to include WebI into SAC.
  • Unclear about Administration of content. CMC in SAC?
  • Migration of Dashboard content to SAC is limited to rebuild only in new tool.
If you liked Explorer/PoleStar, you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).
I applaud the use of Explorer interface into HTML5, I wish SAP had converted it earlier to Explorer in BI enterprise, as it would have gained more momentum on-premise leading to SAC.
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Karan Sehjpal profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP Analytics Cloud is used in the organization to cater to the needs of internal customers building interactive dashboards and stories for easy decision making.
  • Live connection with SAP BW in terms of performance
  • Building models and transforming the data into suitable stories
  • Capable of handling massive data numbers. This was not there in Lumira designer
  • In terms of data dimension, it does not allow for the custom values. This needs to be corrected
  • In terms of data, it does not consider the raw data while building models. It checks the integrated data which is sometimes not suitable as most of the time we have customized data sets.
Good where time dimensions are not majorly used as part of the combination charts.
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Javid Qureshi profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Oil and gas companies are streamlining and simplifying operations by creating intelligent enterprises based on industrialized and intelligent cloud services that enable innovative technologies such as robotic process automation (RPA). Most of the analytics are run on SAP Cloud platforms.

We have leveraged these process to all our departments to get the enhanced results and automatic transformation.
  • Faster
  • Secure
  • Reliable
  • Connectivity
  • Support
  • Small business needs cheaper [pricing]
For example, if you want to predict employee employment duration you would use a Smart Predict regression scenario. This will identify relationships in your data to help you better understand what factors lead to long-term employment. The result? These valuable insights can be used to influence your HR policies and reduce employee attrition.
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Saul Cantera profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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[It's being used for] Corporate reporting. Project for M&S was the first implementation but more business functions will be adopting it in the coming months.
  • Simplicity for self-service scenarios
  • Connectivity
  • Nice design
  • Some features available in Lumira Designer/Design Studio are not available yet
  • Mobile app only available for IOS devices - Should be a native app also for Android
  • It should support multiple IdPs since the beginning (planned in roadmap for future)
SAP Analytics Cloud is well suited for self-service reporting against SAP sources. It is less appropriate for very complex dashboards until the Analytics Designer evolves.
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Holger Laemmel profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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Is is used across the whole organization but we started with departments. We use it for reporting and planning.
  • Replacing Excel for planning with an application.
  • Calculate plans on a granular level without losing details, so we are able to regroup and report different views.
  • Combining reporting and planning
  • Planning: Data locking
  • Planning: Powerful calculations
  • Planning: Protocol function for executing data actions
We use it for all dashboarding and visualization. For a highly interactive drill-down and reporting on details. We use analysis for office.
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Veena Kodavanty profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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We are planning on using this product for our digital boardroom within the financial accounting team. SAP Analytics Cloud helps with our financial reporting.
  • Story telling
  • Data connectivity
  • Inbuilt machine learning capability that was showcased in the beta version
  • Data connectivity with live connection
  • Performance impact when connected to huge volumes through live connection
Still waiting on the machine learning functionalities for live connection.
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Martin Lopez profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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We use SAP Analytics Cloud for our client data and to provide valuable information to them. We use SAC across all kinds of industries and departments.
  • Provide predictive information easily.
  • Connect to multiple sources, either on-premise or cloud.
  • Easy to build visualizations without the need for coding.
  • Improvements in export options.
  • Improvements for integration with SAP BI on-premise.
  • Scheduling options.
The best scenario is for those that already have SAP as an ERP solution, like S/4 HANA, and want to show dashboards quickly without installing a server on-premise.
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Karima Zahrir profile photo
September 24, 2019

SAC Review

Score 9 out of 10
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We are using SAC for analytics and for predictions of financial and client data.
  • Smart insights.
  • Smart predict.
  • Not all features are available for a live connection.
  • Hard to use securely when connecting to outside applications.
SAP Analytics Cloud is well suited for any business user who wants to build their own stories.
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December 06, 2019

SAC

Score 7 out of 10
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We use SAP Analytics Cloud in order to run reports on our data. We have reports delivered by the organisation which cannot be changed, and we can also create ours. It allows us to access via web to the reports without the only requirement of having Google Chrome.
  • No need of desktop application.
  • Reports sharing.
  • Ramp-up knowledge.
In my personal opinion it is well suited for organisations which have clear and standard KPIs which are agreed across organisation. It is very important also that the business is the owner of the data, rather than IT.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We currently use SAP BO for most of our company reporting needs. However, we've been checking Analytics Cloud functionalities in other customers and we are very happy with its functionalities and how it breaks down the data and helps users to make better decisions. As per our initial assessment, we plan to migrate to Analytics Cloud to provide better analytics data for our company financial and sales needs.
  • Simple integration with SAP.
  • It's a cloud platform that provides better performance than an on-premise tool.
  • High speed on data extraction and analysis.
  • Licensing costs.
  • Difficult integration with third-party systems.
  • Dependency on SAP HANA database.
As per what we've checked in other customers, it would clearly help us on checking the stores' daily sales and their replenishment needs. Based on the analytics done it will identify which products are the best sellers per store so we can optimize the replenishment needs.
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Score 9 out of 10
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SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) brings to SAP the power of cloud reporting with fantastic features. The powerful connection that is has allows you to build analytical and data oriented reports. The company has to deal with an important change of management, in order to understand why the data can empower the business. It is important to have skilled people to play with SAC and deploy integrated reports with predictive analytics and AI. As a consultant in GRC, we are embedding risk information with financial information and spread the risk culture.
  • Visualization
  • Integration
  • Usability
  • Customization
  • Pixel perfect reports
  • Offline capabilities
  • Integrated reporting
  • Self-service data
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (47)
7.5
Customizable dashboards (59)
8.2
Report Formatting Templates (55)
7.5
Drill-down analysis (62)
8.3
Formatting capabilities (61)
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages (43)
7.4
Report sharing and collaboration (58)
8.3
Publish to Web (51)
8.1
Publish to PDF (53)
7.7
Report Versioning (44)
7.1
Report Delivery Scheduling (33)
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (62)
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (59)
7.8
Predictive Analytics (59)
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (60)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model (60)
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (57)
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO) (59)
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access (51)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (41)
7.6
Dedicated Android Application (29)
6.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (49)
7.7
Long-term financial planning (54)
7.2
Financial budgeting (53)
7.3
Forecasting (56)
7.5
Scenario modeling (57)
7.3
Management reporting (63)
8.4
Financial data consolidation (30)
7.5
Journal entries and reports (31)
7.2
Multi-currency management (37)
7.1
Intercompany Eliminations (24)
7.3
Minority Ownership (23)
7.0
Local and consolidated reporting (35)
7.7
Detailed Audit Trails (28)
7.1
Financial Statement Reporting (43)
7.6
Management Reporting (56)
8.1
Excel-based Reporting (52)
7.1
Automated board and financial reporting (48)
7.5
XBRL support for regulatory filing (16)
7.3
Personalized dashboards (73)
8.7
Color-coded scorecards (66)
8.2
KPIs (71)
8.5
Cost and profitability analysis (64)
8.1
Key Performance Indicator setting (67)
8.2
Benchmarking with external data (50)
7.8
Flat file integration (67)
8.1
Excel data integration (65)
8.2
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources (58)
7.3

About SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud combines planning, business intelligence, and predictive analytics as a unified cloud-based platform allowing visualization, planning and prediction to be performed within a single tool. It is built on top of the very fast SAP Cloud Platform, and integrates natively with on-premise applications and data.

The platform provides data connectors to a wide range of data sources, including SAP Business Warehouse, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP SuccessFactors, Salesforce, and other sources. Visualization capabilities are enriched by geo-enriched data, and the SAP HANA engine contains an in-memory calculation engine to perform numerous calculations in real-time.

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  • Entry-level set up fee?No
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Business$21per user, per seat
EnterpriseCustomUnlimited users

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SAP Analytics Cloud Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
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Mobile Application:Apple iOS
Supported Languages: Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.