SAP Analytics Cloud enables access to both on-premise and cloud data sources via either live or import connectivity – two ways of accessing your data located anywhere in your information-system landscape.
Depending on your environment, there are different requirements for establishing live and import data connections to SAP Analytics Cloud. For more information, see the System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites Guide
You must decide which connection type your organization needs, based on your user requirements. As you evaluate which connection type to use, consider the following criteria:
- Functional needs
- Data privacy constraints
- Data volume constraints
It is possible that you will need a combination of both live and import connections, and SAP Analytics Cloud makes satisfying that requirement very easy to support and manage.
On the Connection screen, an administrator creates and maintains data source system connections. Connections are categorized as either a live connection or an acquired data connection. It is also possible to filter the list of available connections by data source type or by category.
The following figure shows the connection screen in SAP Analytics Cloud.