SAP Launches End to End Analytics Cloud Service

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It seems all IT environments are becoming hybrids, all IT companies therefore have evolving analytics needs, and all IT software providers are pitching an analytics product. SAP Cloud for Analytics was announced Tuesday, with the promise of an all-inclusive, high performance analytics SaaS offering drawing data together from across on-premises and cloud deployments in a single solution.

Cloud for Analytics is native-built on the SAP HANA cloud platform, and delivers business intelligence, planning, budgeting, and predictive capabilities, which ZDNet reports will be added in 2016. The service is designed to provide seamless workflows when embedded within SAP or third-party apps, including Google Apps for Work. It will be served from a scalable, multi-tenant environment, and allow real-time insights and actions within the application.

It also provides full data access and data use flexibility, social media data analysis, and a user interface designed to be flexible and intuitive for business users.

“The challenge with analytics solutions on the market today, cloud or otherwise, is the silo approach to delivering capabilities such as visualization and forecasting,” said Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions, SAP. “SAP Cloud for Analytics will be a new end-to-end cloud analytics experience, giving customers the ability to access all data so business users can easily discover, visualize, plan and predict. That to me is more than visualization of data, that¹s realization of success.”

Cloud for Planning, the analysis application announced a year ago Tuesday by SAP, is being integrated into the broader Cloud for Analytics offering.

Cloud for Analytics will be demonstrated at SAP TechEd next week, according to ZDNet. Pricing details for the service are yet to be announced.

The crowded hybrid analytics market includes solutions announced this month by Cloudyn and VMware. AWS announced its own cloud-based analytics service QuickSight at re:Invent last week.

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