Overall Satisfaction with SAP Analytics Cloud
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.
We have only leveraged the Excel upload, universe, and query type connections, all via Model import. However, we hope to pilot live connections to BW as well as eventually HANA connections once in HANA. From the options available in SAC it appears there are several connectors that are available for use.
Sharing reports or data models with others are straight forward and easy. We have not put much security around our reports as of yet, nor have we done high amounts of collaboration due to still being in a pilot mode. Early on we did run into some issues to try to take over administration of other models.
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.