Realize Geospatial Analysis in SAP Analytics Cloud

  • by Anurag Barua, Principal, TruQua Enterprises
  • August 4, 2017
SAP Analytics Cloud (formerly SAP BusinessObjects Cloud) is SAP’s one-stop shop for the analytical needs of a company. Learn how to use SAP Analytics Cloud to do comprehensive, in-depth geographical or spatial analysis that accelerates your decision-making process.

Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will:

  • Become familiar with the (SAP HANA) spatial engine that powers SAP Analytics Cloud
  • See a real-life scenario of a geographical analysis with a dataset
  • Obtain best practices and recommendations for using geospatial analysis in your enterprise
Key Concept

SAP Analytics Cloud offers a suite of geographical or spatial features and functions that enables both the analyst and casual user to visualize their data in a spatial context. The ability to layer multiple types of data helps users ask questions they never really thought to ask and get insights into what their data means in various spatial contexts. These features enable companies to make strategic decisions by quickly detecting patterns and anomalies.

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s sofware-as-a-service (SaaS) offering for data integration, planning, and analysis (both historical and predictive), all made available in a single application to which you subscribe. This application does not require you to buy or install any SAP software, and there aren’t any technical prerequisites involving SAP applications or any other software that you need to fulfill. All you need is a subscription to SAP Analytics Cloud and access to a browser. SAP Analytics Cloud also allows you to work with data from various sources.

Incorporating geographical visualization capabilities in your data and enabling users to analyze such data in a geographical or geospatial context allows you to accelerate your analysis, detect patterns hidden in the data, and thus gain insights that you would otherwise be challenged to obtain. I provide you with a real-life scenario of geospatial analysis using a specific scenario after a technical overview of the engine that enables geoprocessing and geo-analytics─SAP HANA. 

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is a principal at TruQua Enterprises. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including nearly 18 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling (FI/CO), logistics, SAP HANA, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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8/12/2017 10:31:44 AM

great article
8/12/2017 9:06:50 AM


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