An Introduction to SAP Analytics Cloud Predictive Analytics

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • July 19, 2017
Predictive analytics used to be the domain of data scientists (math guys with a cooler sounding name). Although SAP still feels strongly about supporting this type of user in the ultimate mission of the advanced use of predictive analytics, enabling the average user in predictive endeavors is equally important. Learn the big picture using predictive analytics in an SAP system and, more specifically, the predictive features of SAP Analytics Cloud (formerly SAP BusinessObjects Cloud).
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you’ll learn about:

  • The predictive features of SAP Analytics Cloud and its positioning in relation to other SAP predictive tools
  • SAP Analytics Cloud predictive forecasting
  • SAP Analytics Cloud predictive machine learning
  • The future of predictive analytics

Key Concept

SAP Analytics Cloud (formerly SAP BusinessObjects Cloud), enables cloud-based predictive analytics. Although not currently as robust as the client-based offerings, the target audience of business users has a toolset to help in day-to-day analysis and forecasting. [/]

SAP Analytics Cloud formerly SAP Cloud for Analytics)is the newest analytical toolset (only about two years old) offered by SAP. SAP Analytics Cloud is part of SAP’s overall strategy to move more products to the cloud. It was critical to this effort that a cloud-based analytics tool be offered to support SAP’s business applications, such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, Fieldglass, and Concur that run in the cloud.

SAP Analytics Cloud is only offered as a cloud-based solution, but it is not limited to reporting against cloud-based sources of data. Rather, it can access and report against SAP’s on-premise and cloud-based products and access data in comma-separated value (CSV) and Microsoft Excel files as well as other data sources. 

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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