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Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering SAP Analytics Cloud?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SAP Analytics Cloud, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Independent Consultant at Bosch&Cia
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Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 11, 2022

Take your time and study the product because when you use SAP Analytics Cloud, you'll find it's very easy to make graphs and tables, to analyze and cross data. It's important to understand how it works but to also have a very clear idea of where you're going. There are online courses available as well as online help which is very useful. I rate this solution eight out of 10.

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Cornelia MBA - PeerSpot reviewer
Director - IT Finance/SAP Business One at NQ
Real User
Top 10
Sep 2, 2022

I would highly recommend SAP Analytics Cloud. I would rate it a ten out of ten.

Sr Advisory Technical Specialist at IBM
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 17, 2022

My company has around fifteen users of SAP Analytics Cloud. My advice to anyone looking into using SAP Analytics Cloud is to first have an understanding of the BI system, based on the BI data models, and to have good analytical skills to develop reports in the solution. If you know the system, you can create reports and dashboards in SAP Analytics Cloud, but if you don't, you'll find it difficult. I would also tell others to go for SAP Analytics Cloud over other technologies because SAP has a vast infrastructure, so you can integrate different modules and products within SAP very easily. For example, SAP has launched Data Warehouse Cloud, so you don't need a separate BI solution such as the SAP BW/4HANA system. You can directly take the data from the source and store it in the cloud, and compared to other technologies, it's quite cheap as well. My company doesn't have any plans of increasing usage of SAP Analytics Cloud, but there's a plan to integrate it with SAP DWC. I would rate SAP Analytics Cloud seven out of ten.

AlejandroValencia - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of new business at Perceptio
Real User
Top 10
Jul 8, 2022

I would tell potential users to focus on the data, the source of the data, and the modeling capabilities. If you model well, you can present anything you want. On a scale from one to ten, I would give SAP Analytics Cloud an eight. I won't give it a ten just because of the solution's modeling capabilities and the price compared to other solutions in the market.

Santosh Pallai - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP BPC Consultant at Tech Mahindra
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Top 5Leaderboard
Jun 6, 2022

We are using the corporate edition. I'm a user and consultant. I'd advise new users to use it as much as possible. It helps make it more stable and scalable. It's very user-friendly and intuitive for both the management and technical team - no matter who uses it, it's not too hard to deal with. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. There's still from for improvement, however, I am largely happy with the product.

SAP BW Senior Consultant at Capgemini
Real User
May 31, 2022

I'm a software engineer and I'm working with SAP Analytics Cloud. I'm using the latest version of the solution which was released this quarter: 2022.07. SAP Analytics Cloud is deployed on a public cloud, but I don't know the cloud provider, so SAP must have tied up with a data center. In my company, people who are using the tool have the role of developing it and developing reports, and currently, one hundred people are using SAP Analytics Cloud. I would recommend SAP Analytics Cloud to others who are currently not using it because it is a very good, easy-to-use tool. It's quite user-friendly and that's the most important factor. My rating for SAP Analytics Cloud is eight out of ten. I'm not a customer, but a partner of SAP Analytics Cloud.

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Wonjae BAE - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Managing Director at dfocus
Real User
Top 5
May 11, 2022

I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. My advice is the same as BW/4HANA. For someone who wants to start using this solution, they need to refine their requirement in the beginning and analyze the available data and how it should be consumed in the dashboard or analytics. They need to design from the beginning. It can be just a sketch, but they need to think about it before they start implementing it.

CEO at Attiva Spa
Real User
Top 20
Apr 6, 2022

We're using SAP Analytics Cloud in our company. I still don't have an idea on how scalable the product is. I'm unable to give feedback on the technical support for SAP Analytics Cloud, because I don't deal directly with SAP, but with another company that assists us, and they work with SAP. My advice to others looking into implementing SAP Analytics Cloud is for them to check the cost of implementation, because the cost of the product is not high, but sometimes the implementation could cost a lot more, e.g. the connection to your access system could cost a lot. I'm rating SAP Analytics Cloud nine out of ten.

Camille Maitrot - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager , Team Leader Data Analytics at Teamwork
Real User
Top 20
Jan 30, 2022

My advice for anybody who is looking into implementing this product is to enlist the help of consultants to get started. This is the service that my company offers. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Finance Manager
Real User
Top 20
Jan 20, 2022

I think it's important to be strategy-driven based on your underlying data. If you are an SAP-based organization, this is a good solution. If you are non-SAP, then you might be better off looking at an alternative solution. I rate the solution nine out of 10.

Sherif-Hassan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consultan at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Jan 5, 2022

We are an implementor. We are using the latest version of the solution. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten.

Human Resources Consultant - Workforce Reporting at a government with 10,001+ employees
Top 10
Nov 6, 2021

My advice would be to all-out purchase the analytics application, as some of the features are in just the designer mode, and they are not going to be sufficient. You're going to need some of the features that are contained in the third option, the analytics application. Users need to be very familiar with what they have called the data modeler and should spend some time modeling and rendering data in their data modeler or just importing data into something called the dataset. With the dataset, users have more flexibility, however, the data modeling, that's something I didn't know starting out. Had I done it differently, I might have used the data modeler. I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

Sameet Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Governance Data Quality - Lead at Syngenta
Real User
Top 20
Nov 1, 2021

If someone is using an SAP environment in their businesses, it's good to adapt SAP Analytical Cloud. But, if the person is using another ERP software, say, QuickBooks, there are other market options to opt for. The solution works well if one is using the SAP package. I rate SAP Analytics Cloud as an eight out of ten.

Anthony Debyser - PeerSpot reviewer
BI Architect at ArcelorMittal
Real User
Top 5
May 8, 2021

If your data is stored in the SAP environment, it is still the best tool in the market. Microsoft Power BI and Tableau are very nice in functionality and layout, but they lack functionality when you link them to an SAP database. My suggestion would be to use the tools from the same vendor. The reporting tool should be from the same vendor whose backend system you are using. I advised the same in our company because we have a lot of tools. If you have an SAP data warehouse, then use tools from SAP on top of this data warehouse. If you have SQL Database, then Microsoft Power BI is more suitable. I would rate SAP Analytics Cloud an eight out of ten.

Ramasamy Telungupalayam - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP Intelligent Enterprise Manager at Arram solutions ltd
Real User
Top 5
Apr 2, 2021

If you're interested in using this solution, you have to be aware of the frequent changes and product improvement that occurs. Every month there's a new update. You need to be aware of that but at the same time, don't get carried away with all the new features. Keep track of the roadmap and what new updates are coming. It won't cause any problems, but as it updates so often, it's good to keep track of what new features will be available and which features you should implement. SAP Analytics can be used as an all-in-one source. It can bring everything together: BI, predictive, planning, simulation — it can combine all of this into a single user interface. Other products have also done this, but SAP has done it very nicely. It's quite good, it's quite stable — I like it. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. It combines all features into a single user interface, including planning, prediction, simulation, analytics application, and analytics or data dash boarding and reporting — I like it.

BI Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Top 10
Mar 29, 2021

I would recommend this solution. Generally, their roadmap is full of good innovations. They focus a lot on things that can be improved and bring the improvements that you don't even realize that you need. They are great. I would rate SAP Analytics Cloud a nine out of ten.

Manager Finance at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Feb 5, 2021

I would recommend this product to potential customers. On a scale from one to ten, I would give SAP Analytics Cloud an eight.

SAP Architect/ Business Analyst BPC, BW , SAC , FI at a educational organization with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 18, 2020

I would recommend the SAP ERP and Analytics Cloud products for users who want to start using it. In general, on a scale of one to ten, I would give SAP ERP an eight. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate SAP Analytics Cloud a seven. I would like to see more standardization here.

SAP Associate IT Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Top 10
Dec 8, 2020

I would recommend SAP Analytics Cloud to others. It is a good solution but I want to suggest that they minimize the coding by using the analytical application. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Segun Oyeleke - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
Nov 25, 2020

If the client is SAP-based then I would say it's quite okay to implement this product. It's stable, provided they have the budget for the licensing which is, I think most of the time, the bottleneck. Also, they have to consider other supply systems, their internal users. What is the diversity, how many of them work on strictly SAP solutions, and what are the compatibility issues where you cannot be stuck with one product? I think it's pretty much okay provided you can scale and then it depends on how technical the people are. So, we have two variants of it in SAP. There is the SAP Analytics Cloud Discovery, which is just mainly for discovery analytics. You basically create SAP reports, nothing advanced. Then you have the Designer, which enables you to do a little bit more scripting and other advanced features. Depending on the end-user population, you can train down towards the pure basic reporting or really develop an application on it. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Consultor SAP Business Object, Sap Analytics Cloud at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Nov 15, 2020

The best way to keep up with relevant information about SAP Analytics Cloud is in public forums. I check those daily, including any blogs. There are many useful articles on the internet about SAP Analytics Cloud. I rate SAP Analytics Cloud as a 10, based on the implementation, functionality to the users and it is the best tool to measure KPIs in the Cloud.

Head of Finance Enterprise Application at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Oct 14, 2020

SAP Analytics Cloud is an easy-to-use tool that can help you to analyze data. It also depends on the industry and what you want to use it for, but it is an easy tool. Before start using it for advanced reports, I would suggest spending a month learning this tool well. Because it is so easy to use, when you start using it for doing complex things in the beginning, you might realize that you haven't done it the right way because you didn't have the training. Don't get too enthusiastic about the ease of use of SAP. Do get the training and learn how to make proper reports, how to appropriately use the models, how to connect to on-premise systems, and how to implement live connections. After that, start building complex reports and use it for productive work. I would rate SAP Analytics Cloud an eight out of ten.

Santosh  Pallai - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 4, 2020

If you are new to SSE and are trying to implement SSE in your project, don't think that SSE is an SAP product. Look into the features because I am sure you'll be satisfied with the features. They come out with the releases. I go into the release notes to understand what are the enhancements are. This will make it easier to understand. If you have somebody who isn't as experienced with BI, even that person can still learn SSE and can cope up with the BI requirements. In India, if you want to be a BI compatible, you have to have at least three years' experience so that you can understand all of the data warehousing concepts, and EDL. With SSE, learning is very smooth and easy. I would rate it a nine out of ten. The missing point would be because of the performance.

Analytics Practice Lead at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Aug 4, 2020

It's really important to think about data governance in the solution because it's very much a self-service application. It can be quite open for users to create their own versions of data, so it's really important that you think about customers, think about a data governance model to make sure that there's clear ownership of data, and there's a clear single source of truth for enterprise data in the model. It's easy to create a situation where it's open, but you still very much need to consider having a data governance strategy that underpins your Analytics Cloud implementation. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.

it_user1269450 - PeerSpot reviewer
EPM Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Jan 29, 2020

I would rate it an eight out of ten. Sometimes it has less flexibility when doing something. You can only do with what is available in SAP. We can't double up anything in SAP. I would take off two points for that.

AkinbiyiOgunware - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP Associate Consultant at Deloitte
Real User
Jan 26, 2020

The program runs on the cloud. We push the data from the source offline entirely in the cloud, and the cloud takes over the analytics. It's a bit of a hybrid solution for now but we are thinking of moving fully into the cloud so that everything just happens in the cloud, and we get our insights and our KPIs displayed on the dashboard. There can always be improvements and updates are coming in regularly but if you can afford this solution I would say 'go for it!' For now, I would rate this product an eight out of 10.

it_user885657 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Dec 25, 2019

On a scale from one to ten, I'd give SAP Analytics Cloud an eight.

SridharSelvam - PeerSpot reviewer
Practice Head at ERP Logic
Real User
Dec 19, 2019

For now, we are only using the solution on public cloud but we have several customers in the pipeline and we are planning to use private cloud for future clients. I've worked for many business warehouses over a period of 18 years and I strongly recommend this particular product because whatever I do in multiple tools, in reporting or dashboarding, for example, I carry out a planning process where everything is integrated, so I strongly recommend SAP. I would rate this product a 10 out of 10 because I'm impressed with its function.

it_user1220244 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Practice Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Dec 16, 2019

We are trying to get the reports out of AWS Redshift. We are consolidating all of our data in the Amazon Data Lake, and we have it in AWS S3. It is from there that we are pushing to Redshift, but we had a challenge because there is no native connector. This is a solution that I recommend to anybody with SAP in their landscape. We used to prefer QlikView and Tableau, but as of now, I suggest trying SAP Analytics Cloud to see the results first. There is a lot of seamless integration and you can avoid a lot of licensing costs. It is also pretty good at connecting multiple SAP systems together. It is quite useful in terms of data connectivity, data transmission, and modeling. Our customers definitely prefer SAP Analytics Cloud on Amazon Redshirt, regardless of the third-party connector that we had to use. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Project Manager at Infrabeat Technologies Pvt Ltd
Real User
Dec 15, 2019

I'm a consultant as well as a user of the solution. We're a small team that does work for our clients. If our clients want analytics done, we use the solution to work on their data. Our team is about 15 people. Our clients are typically small and medium-sized enterprises. With some clients, there'll be some hand-holding with them to understand how SAP benefits them. At the same time, we've got some real large giants who have 3,000+ users and they are using a CPS room. They want lots of analytical capabilities. Some use Tableau or Click. The awareness of this solution isn't as good as those. I'd recommend others try the solution. It's quite a good tool with a lot of features and different user levels. Users don't need to be trained professionals; anyone can start with smaller analyses on their own. A few video tutorials should be sufficient to get someone started. It's only when you get into more complex items that you may need more assistance. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

Sudhir Kanakoti - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP BIBO Consultant at NTT Data
Real User
Dec 15, 2019

I would advise anyone looking into SAP Analytics Cloud to go for it. One a scale of 1 - 10 I would rate it an 8. To raise that score they need more exporting options.

VishalGuthula - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Software Engineer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 12, 2019

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to first look at the connectivity that is required. Second, look at the functionality and the visuality that you are going to need. If you are looking at simple things, like traditional visualization, then this solution is good to go. However, if you're thinking about more complex scenarios with more complex logic, then you may need to wait. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Senior Consultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 12, 2019

The suitability of this solution depends on several things including use case, budget, and licensing costs. Tableau will do the same thing as this solution. If cost is not a problem and you want to try something new then I would recommend SAP Analytics Cloud. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Sr Advisory Technical Specialist at IBM
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 5, 2019

My advice to anybody who is thinking about moving out of their standalone system is to implement this solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

reviewer1131582 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Jun 25, 2019

My only suggestion is that people try SAC, and start using it.

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Nov 3, 2021
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Mogle - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior BMC Remedy Consultant at Mogle & Partners Limited
Nov 1, 2021
I got limited experience with both. My answer is simple, I would typically try to keep the number of touchpoints to a minimum.  I assume you are already using SAP? If yes, select SAP Analytics Cloud. If you are not using SAP, Tableau would probably be a better option since it is implemented with a wide range of platforms. If you already got SAP in-house, I would generate a comparison report, compare functionality, cost, investigate where your company got skills in use, support and administration.
Djalma Gomes, Pmp, Mba - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Partner at Data Pine
Nov 1, 2021
Tableau will allow you to analyse data from all different data sources combined amongst them and allows you to use cloud or on-premises.  SAP Analytics is more tailored to SAP and it's only for the cloud.
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Nov 5, 2021
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Syed Fahad Anwar - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal System Developer at HHRC
Nov 5, 2021
It all depends on your use case.  Tableau licensing is very flexible, you can easily get up and running with Tableau, Tableau provides you with good customizations options so you can customize the dashboards easily. SAP Analytics Cloud, I am very much aware but I think it must be costly as all SAP products are. However, a support/out-of-box SAP dashboard could give you more, in case you already have a SAP ecosystem.
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