Live from SAPinsider Studio: Jayne Landry on SAP Cloud for Analytics

December 11, 2015

Jayne Landry, SAP Global VP and GM of Business Intelligence, joins SAPinsider Studio during the 2015 Reporting & Analytics conference in Las Vegas to discuss SAP Cloud for Analytics.

This is an edited transcript of the discussion:

Ken Murphy, SAPinsider: Hi, this is Ken Murphy with SAPinsider, and I am here at the SAPinsider Reporting & Analytics 2015 event, and with me today is Jayne Landry, who is the Global Vice President and General Manager for Business Intelligence, SAP. Jayne, thanks for being here.

Jayne Landry, SAP: Thanks so much for having me, Ken.

Ken: So Cloud for Analytics is obviously the big topic here at this event. Can you tell our viewers a little bit about Cloud for Analytics. Should customers think about it as a point solution or a platform with which to integrate their BI and EPM tools?

Jayne: Yes, we’re really excited about the launch of Cloud for Analytics, and we saw with this opportunity to take analytics to the cloud, the opportunity to really simplify things for our customers. And we’ve been seeing that many customers who use planning today the next step was, well what are my actuals compared to my plan? So there was a natural affinity between planning and business intelligence and then on the BI side of the house we were seeing more and more use cases where customers were wanting to look not only what had happened in the past and what is happening now, but start to think about what is likely to happen next. And so we’re seeing predictive capabilities. We’re bringing those into solutions like Lumira so you can start to look forward as well. And so as we looked at cloud and the opportunity there we saw that we could deliver all analytics capabilities; planning, BI, predictive, and governance, risk, and compliance in a single solution. And so that’s our vision. We started with planning, which we delivered earlier this year and now we’re with the launch of Cloud for Analytics we’ve got both planning and BI capabilities and we’ll add predictive early next year and then some of the governance, risk, and compliance  by the end of next year.

Ken: All in one.

Jayne: One place, a single platform for all analytics.

Ken: OK, so where does that leave customers with existing on-premise BI tools, the BusinessObjects BI suite on-premise? How do they take that into Cloud for Analytics?

Jayne: Yes, that’s a great question. And I think that one of the first things is data gravity. So as your data moves to the cloud it’s going to make more and more sense to do your analytics in the cloud, so we expect some of the early use cases to be connecting to systems like SuccessFactors or Cloud for Customer. If you’ve got the majority of your data on-premise, then BI and analytics on-premise is still going to make a lot of sense. And then we’re really providing those bridges for you from on-premise to cloud, so as your data moves you can start to pick up Cloud for Analytics seamlessly. So that includes things like being able to connect to BusinessObjects universes and also being able to use Lumira datasets as a starting point for Cloud for Analytics visualizations.

Ken: You mentioned the bridges. How does HANA Cloud Platform fit in – is that the bridge?

Jayne: The Cloud for Analytics solution is built on the HANA Cloud Platform, so that means you’re taking all the advantages of HANA as part of that solution. And certainly we’re looking at those connections between on-premise to cloud. Another way you can leverage the solution on top of HCP is that not only are we delivering it is as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application, but also as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) so if you’re looking to build an application you can build it on HCP and take advantage of Cloud for Analytics for all the analytics as part of your solution.

Ken: And last we spoke, you discussed SAP Lumira as trusted data discovery, embedded in the BI suite as a single source of truth for data discovery. Does that make Lumira the UI for all of Cloud for Analytics?

Jayne: No, we haven’t used Lumira UI, but what we have used is some of the concepts from Lumira. So Cloud for Analytics is being built as a native SaaS application and so we really looked at how we could take advantage of that and we deliver a native experience run natively on top of HCP. But what we did do is took some of the great features that people love from Lumira like the data wrangling capabilities, the visualization capabilities, the infographics. So you find all of those in Cloud for Analytics, and as I mentioned we’ve got that connectivity where you can take the Lumira dataset and use that as a starting point for your Cloud for Analytics visualization story.

Ken: So you said early next year for predictive?

Jayne: Early next year for predictive, and then some of the GRC capabilities coming in the second half of 2016.

Ken: Jayne, thanks for joining us.

Jayne: Thanks so much, Ken.

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