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Thus, information here is not to replace anything from official System Requirements page, nor will any information held here override anything mentioned in the official System Requirements. Official source information ALWAYS overrides anything mentioned in this wiki.

Models

 

Live Model Support

 CloudOn PremiseReference page(s)Comments
HANA

(tick) (C) (D) (E)

(tick) (A) (B) (C) (D)

  • (A) If using choropleth layer when working with geospatial models you must download and import the new version of the delivery unit, SPATIAL_DATA-1.1.6.tgz. Access to this delivery unit requires an SAP HANA Spatial license.
  • (B) HANA 2.0 is supported for On-Premise: SAP HANA 2.0 SP01 or newer on-premise, with the SAP HANA EPMMDS plugin installed on your SAP HANA 2.0 system. SAP Note 2456225 and SAP Note 2444261 provide additional setup information.
  • (C) for HANA 1.0 recommended to use SPS12 revision 122.14 or higher (to benefit from blending and other capabilities such as Aggregation Calculations (avg, count, min/max), Time Calculations (Previous Year/Quarter/Month, Year/Quarter/Month To Date.'Difference From'), Variances(Time,  Version and Measure), Blending (see below))
  • (D) can only consume HANA Calculation Views
  • (E) HANA 2.0 is not currently supported for SAP Cloud Platform (support is planned)

BW

  • SAP BW running on any DB
  • SAP BW running on SAP HANA
  • SAP BW/4HANA

 

 

 

(tick)

  1. Support Matrix for SAP BW
  1. SAP Note CDS Transient Provider: CX_RODPS_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND shows additional requirements on BW
  2. Supported versions:

    1. SAP BW 7.5 SP8+ (recommendation)

    2. SAP BW 7.4 SP17+

    3. SAP BW/4HANA SP4+

    4. Latest correction notes must be applied for the versions listed above. See SAP Note 2541557.

  3. SAP Note 2541557 also contains additional information on the following:

    1. Support versions prior to SAP BW 7.5 SP8

    2. Support versions of SAP BW 7.51 SP2+ or SAP BW 7.52

    3. Support versions prior to SAP BW 7.4 SP17

  4. Can connect to ABAP-based CDS queries (these can also be acquired using the BW acquisition connector)
S/4

(tick)

(tick)

 
  1. A BEx Query is required if querying a CDS view or a HANA calculation view.

  2. A single SAP Analytics Cloud story can not display a visualisation from a BEx Query based off a CDS View, AND a visualisation from a BEx Query based off a HANA calculation view. Its one or the other, not both at the same time within the same story.

Universe (tick) 
  • Universes are hosted within on-premise software. The on-premise software can be hosted in the Cloud with a supported IaaS provider.

Related and useful references:

  1. Error "Failed to connect to system in SAP Analytics Cloud" when defining a live connection - KBA 2544696

Live HANA Support

   Reference page(s)Comments
PredictiveTime series forecast on Analytic Model(tick)Limitations to SAP HANA and SAPCP Live Data Connections
  1. A time series chart is required and the model must have a time dimension to support this.
Smart Grouping(tick)utube tutorial 
TIme series forecast on Planning Model(error)  

Smart Insights

(error)  
R-visualizations(error)  
Smart Discovery, including Simulation(error)  
Planning (error)  
Hierarchy on Dimensions and Measures? (tick) 
  1. Parent-child hierarchy support only

Useful or related articles

  • HANA On Premise: InA role missing after HANA update SAP Note 2315536

Live BW Support

Requirements https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2541557

Live Universe Support

  Reference page(s)Comments
    
    

 

Live Model Connection Support

 Reverse Proxy 'PATH'CORS 'DIRECT'Single Sign-on (SSO)Reference page(s)Comments
HANA (on premise)

(tick)

(tick) (B)

  
  1. (B) The SSL server certificate of the HANA XS system must be a valid one that is trusted by your users’ web browsers (see SAP Note 2502174 for details)
HANA (Cloud)

(tick)

(tick)

   
BW (on premise)

(tick)

(tick) (A)

  
  1. (A) requires BW 7.52 onwards. See blog
S/4 (on premise)(tick)(tick) (F)  
  • (F) previously this was not supported, though it is now. The documentation may appear to limit this to PATH only, however DIRECT connection is also supported
S/4 (Cloud)(tick)(tick) (F)  
  • (F) previously this was not supported, though it is now. The documentation may appear to limit this to PATH only, however DIRECT connection is also supported
Universe(tick) (C)(tick) (C) (D)(tick) (E) 
  • (C) required BI 4.2 Support Pack 4 or greater
  • (D) the web application server fronting the SAP BI Platform must be configured for SSL
  • (E) SAML setup required on BI Platform. Each user must have an enterprise alias.

 

Reverse Proxy Support

Sometimes a reverse proxy server is required between the users browser and the SAP Analytics Cloud when connecting to an on premise data source.

Reverse Proxy Support for 'PATH' connections

The following table summarises what is supported.

 ApacheSAP Web DispatcherReference Page(s) 
HANA (on premise)

(tick)

(tick)

  
HANA (Cloud)    
BW (on premise)(tick) (A) 
  1. (A) Live Data Connection to SAP BW via HTTP Server
 
S/4 (on premise)    
S/4 (Cloud)    
Universe(tick)   
Reverse Proxy Support for 'DIRECT' connections

Here the reverse proxy is just translating the CORS HTTP Headers so the remote data source sees that the source application is the reverse proxy. Don't forget that the source must trust the reverse proxy!

 ApacheSAP Web DispatcherReference Page(s)Comments
HANA (on premise)    
HANA (Cloud)    
BW (on premise)    
BW (Cloud)    
S/4 (on premise)    
S/4 (Cloud)    
Universe(tick)   

Requirements for all direct connections

  • Communication from the browser to the database must use HTTPS and thus the browser must trust the SSL certificate being used. Some organisations have special policies around the use of which Trusted Authorities can be used.
  • The browser must support 3rd party cookies
  • The browser must allow pop-ups

Import Model Support

 

On premise source

via SAP Analytics Cloud Agent

Cloud sourceScheduleReference Page(s)Comments
Universe(tick) (C) (tick) 
  • (C) requires BI 4.1 SP5 or greater, or BI 4.2 or greater
Excel(tick) (tick)
  1. Blog on how to setup the Agent for scheduled imports
  • (A) The agent requires a small configuration change.
  • (B) Importing directly through the web browser is also supported, however only schedule imports can be made via Agent
Odata(tick)(tick)   
HANA    

Expose as an Odata source, then consume the odata source in SAC https://help.sap.com/viewer/b3d0daf2a98e49ada00bf31b7ca7a42e/2.0.02/en-US/d6b3fe1a380f45e6b8845744dd77a540.html

SAC Agent requirements:

  • SAP Cloud Connector must be installed and configured on premise. Blog on how to setup the SAP Cloud Connector
  • If running the SAC Agent as a windows  services, then Environmental variables may not be read if the service runs as 'Local System Account', so for the properties path either start the service as a user (rather than Local System) or use the '-D' parameter.

 

  Reference Page(s)Comments
Hierarchy on Dimensions(tick) 
Hierarchy on Measures(tick) 
Hierarchy on Time(tick)
  1. Year-Quarter-Month-Day levels

 

Connection support (live verse acquired)

Universe

SAP Analytics Cloud Wave and Universe Live Connector Support Matrix
 SAP Analytics Cloud Wave
Universe Connector VersionWave 11 and priorWave 12Wave 13Wave 14 on onwards (subject to change)Comments

Version 1.04 (v1 SP4)

(tick)(tick)(tick)(error)
  • Does not support models created with v1.06 and version 1.04 will stop working with Wave 14 onwards (current plan, it might change)
Version 1.05 (v1 SP5)

(warning)

(warning)

(warning)

(limited preview tenants)

(tick) (planned to be generally available)
  • Support models created with v1.04. When enabled in SAP Analytics Cloud tenant (i.e wave 14 onwards for most) existing models created with v1.04 continue to be supported and stories will work. Then, upon editing a model built with v1.04 the user will be forced to define a query by which the model will then be based upon. Until the wave 14 (for most) the use of v1.05 is supported it just that the new features will not be available.
  • Works like v1.04 until feature enabled in SAP Analytics Cloud tenant, this means that using v1.05 with Wave 11 is supported, but the new functionality will not be available until the planned wave 13 (for test tenant) and wave 14 for all others. It also means it makes sense to update, or at least test, the connector to the new version before wave 14

Version 1.06 (v1 SP6)

 

 

 

 

 

(tick) (planned to be generally available)
  • Support models created with v1.04. When enabled in SAP Analytics Cloud tenant (i.e wave 14 onwards for most) existing models created with v1.04 continue to be supported and stories will work. Then, upon editing a model built with v1.04 the user will be forced to define a query by which the model will then be based upon. Until the wave 14 (for most) the use of v1.06 is supported it just that the new features will not be available.
  • Works like v1.04 until feature enabled in SAP Analytics Cloud tenant, this means that using v1.06 with Wave 11 is supported, but the new functionality will not be available until the planned wave 13 (for test tenant) and wave 14 for all others. It also means it makes sense to update, or at least test, the connector to the new version before wave 14

KBA 2492800 Version 1 SP5 Release information and download

General Support for Universes
FeatureLive (1.04)Live (1.06)AcquiredComments
UNV Universes(tick)(tick)(error) 

Relational UNX Universes (Single and Multi Source)

(tick)(tick)(tick) 
Stored Procedure Universe(tick)(tick)(error) 
JavaBeans Universe(tick) (error) 
Multi-dimension Universes based off OLAP connection(error)   
Minimum BI Platform VersionBI 4.2 Support Pack 4 (A)BI 4.2 Support Pack 4 (B)BI 4.1 Support Pack 5
  • (A) Recommended to use BI 4.2 SP5 Patch 1 due to performance improvements made with that version
  • (B) Recommended to use BI 4.2 SP5 Patch 4 due to performance improvements with large data sets and scalability
Web Application ServerTomcat 7Tomcat 7 and 8+Tomcat 7 
Model enrichment(error) (B) (tick)
  • (B) Planned
Query as a data source(error) (C)(tick)(tick)
  • (C) Planned
Multi language support(error) (D)(error) (E)(error)
  • (D) the connection to the BI Platform specifies the language used to connect to it and it does not change dynamically. The model thus uses the language and this is why a single language is currently supported. @Variable('PREFERRED_VIEWING_LOCALE’) will not change
  • (E) Planned feature that will require an update to the BI Platform
Query as a data source Support Features

The live connector (v1.05 onwards) provides a query panel at the time of building a model in SAP Analytics Cloud. This section describes the features available with that query

  Live Connector Version 1.06Comments
Results paneDimensions (with Data Type 'String', 'Numeric')(tick) 
Dimensions (with Data Type 'Date' and 'DateTime')(error)
  • Dimensions with Data Type 'Date' and 'DateTime' are selectable, but are not supported. It means the objects are likely to cause issues in the SAP Analytics Cloud Story visualisations and they should not be selected in the 'Results' pane. These objects, can be used in the filters pane. Any dates should be returned as Year, Month, Day numeric objects. Filtering via a universe prompt on date and datetime is supported. This also means time based calculations are not supported, nor are Compound Growth Rates
Attributes (Detail objects)(error)
  • They are not shown and so cannot be selected. For both measures and dimensions.
Measures (with Project function: sum, count, average, min, max)(tick) 
Measures (with Project function: database delegated)(error)
  • Due to the change in architecture with v1.05 this object type is no longer supported (officially it never was supported before, but it did work).
Add a combined Query(error)
  • It means performing a union, minus or intersect is not supported
   
Filters paneBusiness Lever Filter(tick)
  • These can include prompts with/without list of values
Dimensions of Types: String, Numeric(tick)
  • 'String' data type objects in filters can have the following operators: Equal to, Except, Contains, Does not contain
  • 'Numeric' data type objects in filters can have the following operators: Equal to, Except, Greater than, Greater than or equal to, Less than, Less than or equal to
Dimensions of Type Date(tick)
  • 'Date' data type objects in filters can have the following operators: Equal to, Except, Before, Before or Including, After, After Including
Measures(tick)
  • 'Numeric' data type objects in filters can have the following operators: Equal to, Except, Greater than, Greater than or equal to, Less than, Less than or equal to
Prompts(error)
  • Defining a new prompt is not supported. Prompts need to be defined in the Universe.
Sub Query(error) 
Database Ranking(error) 
Nested filters with AND/ORs(tick) 
List of valuesSimple List of values(tick)
  • However there is a current restriction for objects defined with Index Awareness. It means the list of values shown in the query panels filter pane, when building the model, will show the Index Awareness values and not the actual 'SELECT' values as expected. This will cause the query to return no rows should any of the 'Index' values be selected. This is being tracked and under investigation (internal reference FPA55-852). It means you need to either enter the values manually, or avoid using a list of values on an Index Aware object.
Cascading List of values(tick) 
DisplayBusiness Layer Views(error)
  • Business Layer Views are supported, but you can not select the Business Layer View in the query panel to filter the objects seen.
By Navigation Path(error)
  • Hierarchies are supported, but you can change the view of objects to be listed by Hierarchies.
Object Description(tick)
  • Shown as tooltip

 

 

Relational Universe Features
 Feature

Live (current wave)

Live (future planned wave)AcquiredComments
Data FoundationMultiple Contexts(error) (A)(tick) 
  • (A) Multiple contexts in the universe is possible. The requirement is a single 'run-time' context. All active objects (so ignoring all hidden/deprecated objects) must use only 1 context at run-time. For example multiple contexts are supported when used with @Aggregate_Aware objects as only 1 context is used. Multiple contexts resolved with JOIN_BY_SQL are not currently supported. There can not be any context prompt. Any Business Layer Security Profiles are ignored to determine the use of contexts when creating the model.
Data typesNumeric(tick) (D)(tick) (D) 
  • (D) All numerics will be given a decimal format 0.00
Character(tick)(tick)  
Date, DateTime(error) (E)(error) (E) 
  • (E) Not currently supported. So any dates should be returned as Year, Month, Day numeric objects. Filtering via a promt on date and datetime is supported. This also means time based calculations are not supported, nor are Compound Growth Rates
Measure ObjectsProjection Function 'sum'(tick) (B) (F)(tick) (F) 
  • (B) The SQL must have an aggregation function (sum, min, max, avg, count etc.), this is best practice anyway.
  • (F) Display format is not supported, defaults to decimal 0.00
Projection Function 'database delegated'(tick) (B) (F)(error) 
  • (B) The SQL must have an aggregation function (sum, min, max, avg, count etc.), this is best practice anyway.
  • (F) Display format is not supported, defaults to decimal 0.00
Projection Function 'min', 'max'(tick) (B) (F)(tick) (F) 
  • (B) The SQL must have an aggregation function (sum, min, max, avg, count etc.), this is best practice anyway.
  • (F) Display format is not supported, defaults to decimal 0.00
Projection Function 'count', 'count without empty'(error)   
Projection Function 'average'(tick) (B) (F)(tick) (F) 
  • (B) The SQL must have an aggregation function (sum, min, max, avg, count etc.), this is best practice anyway.
  • (F) Display format is not supported, defaults to decimal 0.00
DetailsDetail Objects(error)   
Object PropertiesDescriptions(error) (M)(tick) (N) 
  • (M) they are ignored
  • (N) they are displayed as tooltips in the Query Panel when defining the model
List of ValuesSimple List of values (just a single column of values)(tick)(tick) 
  • (J) Associated List of Values on objects are used by @Prompt only. For 'Data View', 'Input Control' and filtering, the list of values used is the list generated by the SELECT statement when run on its own. It means the object must be able to be run on its own in order to generate a list.
Complex List of Values (multiple columns, nested, hierarchical, prompt)(error) (K)  
  • (K) Planned feature
SecurityUniverse Overload / Business Security Profiles and Data Security Profiles / Security Access Level(tick) (C)(tick) 
  • (C) though any Business Security Profile is ignored to determine if a context is used at model creation time. Only 1 context is supported.
FiltersFilters (defined in the query panel) or BI Sets(error) (D)   
@ functions@Prompt (E), @WHERE, @SELECT, @AGGEGATE_AWARE, @Variable (H)(tick) (E) (H)(tick) (E) (H) 
  • (E) though there are currently limitations to the list of values
  • (H) @Variable('PREFERRED_VIEWING_LOCALE') is not currently supported. Means a multi-lingual universe requires an SAC model per language. The language of the model is the language used in the SAC connection to the BI Platform. so the value of PREFERRED_VIEWING_LOCALE is fixed and set at model creation time.
Universe Optimisations

Index Awareness, Select optimisation (DISTINCT_VALUES)

(error) (G)(error) (L) 
  • (G) The universe can be index aware but SAC will ignore any index awareness properties
  • (L) Currently this means the list of values shown in the query panels filter pane, when building the model, will show the Index Awareness values and not the actual 'SELECT' values as expected. This will cause the query to return no rows should any of the 'Index' values be selected. This is being tracked and under investigation (internal reference FPA55-852). It means you need to either enter the values manually, or avoid using a list of values on an Index Aware object
SQL Optimisation (ANSI_92), Inline views (BOUNDARY_WEIGHT_TABLE) (I)(tick)(tick) 
  • (I) BOUNDARY_WEIGHT_TABLE is supported, however a linked universe will ignore this setting, instead the linked universe must be included and the table row count set for this to work.

 

 

Geospatial

Model Building

  Reference page(s)Comments
Geo coding by longitude and latitude(tick)
  1. Creating a Model with Coordinate or Area Data for Geospatial Analysis
 
Geo coding by name(tick)
  1. Creating a Model with Coordinate or Area Data for Geospatial Analysis
  1. USA State and County data only
  2. Plans for other countries (SAP internal reference FPA00-3706)
    
    

 

Points of Interest

Points of Interest Reference page(s)Comments
Create point of interest from a model

(tick)

  1. Creating points of interest
  1. Currently the model must be acquired model, either a normal Analytic model or a Planning model.
  2. (SAP internal reference: FPA00-8140)
Create point of interest from a CSV or an Excel File(tick)
  1. Creating Point of Interest Data from a CSV or an Excel file

 
Creating point of interest from ESRI shape file(tick)
  1. Creating Point of Interest Data from an Esri Shapefile
 

Planning

Integration

 

SAP Analysis for Office Edition for SAP Analytics Cloud (not standard edition)

  Planning use-case (write back)Analysis use-case (read only)
AcquiredAnalytical Model(tick)(tick)
Planning Model(tick)(tick)
LiveHANA(error)(tick) indirect access via an SAC model
BW(error)(tick) indirect access via an SAC model
Other  

Useful links

  • utube connect to SAC from Analysis for Office

 


Stories and visualisations

Linking/Blending Models

Matrix to show which models can be blended and linked to other models based upon the connection underlying the SAC model.

Model based off Live ConnectionsModel based off Import Data Connections
HANA live connectionOther Live ConnectionsAll Import Data Connections
Model based off Live ConnectionsHANA live connection(tick) (1)(error)(error)
Other Live Connections(error)(error)(error)
Model based off Import Data ConnectionsAll Import Data Connections(error)(error)(tick)
  1. Story level linking is supported when the data sources are HANA with a Live Connection to the same HANA instance/tenant using the very same connection as defined inside SAP Analytics Cloud (2 connections sharing the same connection properties are not enough). For HANA 1.0 this requires SPS12 revision 122.14 or higher and for HANA 2.0 this requires SAP Notes 2456225 and 244261 (SAP internal reference FPA34-396)

General features

  Live connectionImport connection 
  HANABWS/4Universe (1.04)Universe (1.06)BWBPCUniverse      
Table and ChartsHierarchies and drill   (error)          
Create Measures: Calculated Measure / Restricted Measure   (error)(tick) (M)        
  • (M) requires BI 4.2 SP5 Patch 1
Create Measures: Difference from / Aggregation (error) (error)(error)(tick) (tick)      
Filter on Dimensions(tick)(tick)(tick) (H)(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)     
  • (H) Dimension members must not contain exclamation marks in description
Filter on Measures   (error) (F)(error) (F) (Planned)        
  • (F) define measure filters with @Prompt in universe as workaround.
Dimension Linking (tick)(error)(error)(error) (Planned)        
  • Dimension linking enables filtering of one dimension in a model to filter the linked dimension in another. This is not blending!
Link Variables (tick) (error)(tick)        
  • Linking variables means multiple variables from different data source (of the same data connection type) can be linked so a user needs to provide only 1 value instead of multiple.
Linked Analysis  (tick)(I)          
  • (I) SAP S/4HANA Cloud version 1702, Linked Analysis workflows may return errors with no results. Errors may occur when filtering on a member in a chart that results in the creation of a story filter, or when filtering on a member in a chart that is pushed to other charts in the linked group.
Calculated Dimensions              
ChartRanking Top N filtering on hierarchies for charts and tables(tick)(error)(error)(error)          
Ranking Top N filtering on flat dimensions(tick)(tick)(tick)(warning) (C)         
  • (C) officially not supported, but mostly works
Sorting   (tick)(tick)         
Waterfall Charts (tick)(error) (E)(error)           
Time series Charts (tick) (B)(error) (E)(error)(error)         
  • (B) limitations may apply... validating it soon
Variance Charts (tick) (A)(error) (E)(error)          
  • (A) planned to be available from wave 2018.02 and this requires HANA 122.14 or newer
TableTable totals, when a Top N filter is applied(tick)(error)(error)(error)          
Sorting   (error)(tick)         
Export Data as CSV  (error)(error)          
ExplorationSearch on dimension value  (error)           
               
Geo mapsGeneral support (tick) (D)(error) (E)(error)(error)  (error)      
Hierarchies(error)             
                
KPICreate KPI   (error)(error)         
Alerts  (tick) (J)          
  • (J) except for SAP S/4HANA Cloud version 1702 when they are not supported
  • (E) Planned to be resolved end of Q2 2018

Story Visualisation of GeoMaps

  Reference page(s)Comments
Show data from a single model(tick)
  1. Creating a GeoMap
 
Show data from multiple models in a single geomap visualisation(tick) 
  1. Currently linked models do not work in a GeoMap. This means if model A is Geo-coded, you can't link to it, from another model B, and expect the data to be geo-coded in Model B.
  2. Plans for future (SAP internal reference FPA34-612)
    

Predictive

  Live connectionsImport Connections
  HANABWS/4Universeall (except BPC)BPC
 Time series forecast on Analytical Models(tick)  (error)(tick) 
 R Visualisations(warning) (A) (error)(error)(tick) 
 Smart Discovery, including Simulation  (error)(error)(tick) 
 Smart Grouping(tick)     
  • (A) limitations for the remote R server visualisations:
    • 5 millions rows and 3 million data cells.
    • 110 MB remote data size limit.

Input Controls

  Comments
Maximum unique values4000Influence (SAP internal reference)

 

Commentary

 Comments 
Number of comments per model100Adding comments on Planning Models requires the model currency to be displayed, not a local currency

 

 

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