Take a Tour of SAP Visual Intelligence

  • by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA
  • November 30, 2012
Review some of the key functions of SAP Visual Intelligence based on its seventh Support Package, all of which make the application ready for you to exploit now. Included are helpful video clips.
Key Concept

SAP Visual Intelligence is designed for business analysts to discover and share insights from their data residing in personal, departmental, or enterprise-owned data sources without involving their IT department. SAP Visual Intelligence is a light-weight desktop application to connect to diverse data sources and merge data across different sources. It allows for cleansing, manipulating, and enriching the data before creating on-the-fly data visualization using a library of chart types. You can create trend analysis and forecasts using its predictive capabilities and share visualizations and resulting datasets with the enterprise and on mobile devices.

SAP Visual Intelligence (known already as VisI by some) is an intuitive self-service BI desktop application that doesn’t require any other SAP components. You may already own a license for this product, if you are a customer of SAP BI Suite and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence, Edge edition, as it is included in many license deals. The setup.exe installs in two minutes on your desktop, and software upgrades can be made out of the application without any S-User logon at SAP Service Marketplace — just how a business user would expect it.

The product permits business analysts to discover trends and anomalies in their data and lets them drill down and filter to identify root causes via a series of on-the-fly data visualizations. Data can be accessed from and merged across diverse data repositories, be they personal flat files, departmental databases, enterprise repositories (e.g., SAP HANA in-memory databases), or SAP BusinessObjects universes.

SAP Visual Intelligence can stand on its own as an application. It doesn’t need project plans, consultant involvement, three-tier system landscapes, hardware orders, server components, costly training, semantic layers, design time, coding, scripting, or to be part of a larger BI implementation project.

SAP Visual Intelligence offers an easy way for SAP HANA users to gain more value from their investment: It allows for visualizing big data and discovering valuable insights in the granularity of the data being replicated from potentially any type of source system into SAP HANA.

Figure 1 summarizes the capabilities of SAP Visual Intelligence, which follows this general process:

  • Acquire data from diverse data sources
  • Cleanse, manipulate, and enrich the data
  • Visualize the data
  • Share the resulting visualizations and datasets

Let’s look at these steps in detail.


Figure 1
SAP Visual Intelligence solution capabilities map for version 1.0.7

Frank Rambo, PhD

Frank Rambo, PhD, is managing a team within SAP’s Customer Solution Adoption (CSA) organization working with customers in the SAP analytics area with the objective to drive adoption of new, innovative solutions. Prior to this position, he worked eight years for SAP Germany as a senior consultant focusing on SAP security and identity management. Before he joined SAP in 1999, Frank worked as a physicist in an international research team. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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