Strong demand for data visualization tools - SAC?
October 14, 2020

Strong demand for data visualization tools - SAC?

Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SAP Analytics Cloud

We are using for specific few departments, source data is SAP BW. Business team needs dashboard to be created to analyse the data more effectively. We are planning to implement Planning model for finance team.
  • User friendly like Tableau.
  • Comparative features offered by Tableau, Power BI.
  • Business feel more comfortable to use Power BI.
  • Strong integration with HANA, what about other data sources and columnar storage.
  • Available on web. All operations (create, modify, share stories) are done on web.
  • SAC out of the box connections available for SAP specific source systems only.
  • Power BI out of the box connections available for wide range of data sources.
  • Power BI will maintain authorization/roles of source systems (Checked specifically for SAP BW).
  • Power BI Available SAP Sources: SAP BW, SAP HANA.
  • SAC Search is not available using Bex description. Search can be done only through technical name.
  • SAC Prompt Difficulty in using select all or Not equal to option.
  • SAC Smart Insights and Smart discovery not available with Live connections to SAP BW. Works well with offline excels.
  • SAC New calculations - with live connection new calculations can be created while creating charts. It is not available at modeling level.
  • SAC Local and Global Query Elements supported.
  • SAC Forecast in line charts.
  • Strong integration with SAP source
  • Acquire Data/Import from excel/csv files
  • Bit difficult
  • No option to exclude Top N rows.
Lower price compared to competition, user adoption and sustainability, features enhancement.

Do you think SAP Analytics Cloud delivers good value for the price?

No

Are you happy with SAP Analytics Cloud's feature set?

Yes

Did SAP Analytics Cloud live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of SAP Analytics Cloud go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy SAP Analytics Cloud again?

Yes

I've been working with SAP Analytics for 15+ yrs, feel sad when people leave SAP and go towards Modern BI tools.

SAP Analytics Cloud Feature Ratings

Long-term financial planning
8
Financial budgeting
10
Forecasting
8
Scenario modeling
8
Management reporting
8
Financial data consolidation
7
Journal entries and reports
7
Multi-currency management
7
Intercompany Eliminations
7
Minority Ownership
7
Local and consolidated reporting
7
Detailed Audit Trails
7
Financial Statement Reporting
8
Management Reporting
8
Excel-based Reporting
9
Automated board and financial reporting
8
XBRL support for regulatory filing
8
Personalized dashboards
8
Color-coded scorecards
8
KPIs
9
Cost and profitability analysis
8
Key Performance Indicator setting
8
Benchmarking with external data
8
Flat file integration
8
Excel data integration
8
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
8
Pixel Perfect reports
9
Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
8
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
8
Publish to Web
8
Publish to PDF
8
Report Versioning
8
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
8
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
9
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dedicated Android Application
8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9

Using SAP Analytics Cloud

1000 - Infrastructure Management Services.
50 - Upskill resource with SAC training.
  • License cost.
  • Adoption.
  • Rich features.

Evaluating SAP Analytics Cloud and Competitors

  • Product Usability
  • Vendor Reputation
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
Price.
Product features.
Product usability.
Product reputation.

SAP Analytics Cloud Implementation

SAP Analytics Cloud combined features of analytics and cloud offering.
Yes - Wave 1 -50 users/EMEA user1.
Wave 2 -100 users/EMEA user2.
Wave 3 -50 users/EMEA user3.
Change management was minimal - Code versioning, backup, restore.
  • SAP support timely response.

SAP Analytics Cloud Training

  • in-person training
Good videos and reference material available in SAP Portal.

SAP Analytics Cloud Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Poor followup
Escalation required
Yes - SAP Platinum partner. We implement latest features, upgrades for our customers' seamless experience.

Using SAP Analytics Cloud

ProsCons
Easy to use
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
Requires technical support
Inconsistent
Cumbersome
Lots to learn
  • Augmented analytics.
  • Automated machine learning.
  • Conversational analytics.
  • Data science for all.
  • Intelligent predictive analytics.
  • Non SAP data source integration.
Yes - With the mobile app, you can connect to your SAP Analytics Cloud tenant and view a list of stories created with responsive layout (that you have permissions to view). This includes stories based on both live and acquired data connections supported in the SAC Mobile app. You can sort the list of stories by Name and Last Changed date or apply predefined filters to the list like ‘Shared with Me’ or ‘Favorites’. If you know the name of the story you wish to view, you can also search for it using the search bar.

Upgrading SAP Analytics Cloud

Yes - Yet to implement and experience.
  • Live Connection/Direct Query (out of the box integrations with SAP Sources).
  • Mobile app integration.
  • Mobile integration.
  • Service Pack features.