SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) was developed from scratch in 2015. The developers focused on a pure cloud solution for end users, to which SAP, non-SAP as well as on-premise data sources could be linked.
Users are to receive a product with which they can set up and operate their reporting, analysis and planning solutions, to a large extent autonomously and without extensive training.
It is therefore possible to use SAC without any programming know-how as well as without SAP source systems.
As even a highly experienced business analyst can only answer a limited number of questions, AI and Machine Learning are deployed as well. These are the so-called “Augmented Analytics” features, which provide the business analyst with valuable insights into the data with great speed and ease.
Predictive functionalities are available as well, both to the business and to the data scientist and for use in the standard reporting.