Exploring the SAP Analytics Cloud AI Functionality for Augmentation

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the SAP Analytics Cloud augmented analytics functionality
  • Use Search to Insight

SAP Analytics Cloud Augmented Analytics Functionality

SAP Analytics Cloud provides you with many artificial intelligence and machine learning utilities to assist you in your data analysis and planning activities.

The topics below are covered in more detail in the Applying AI-powered Augmented Analytics to Business Data in SAP Analytics Cloud learning journey.

Predictive Forecast
Run an algorithm to project out time frames based on historical data. The more historical data there is, the more accurate the prediction. Predictive forecasting takes different values into account, and also looks at trends, cycles, and fluctuations in your data.
Search to Insight
Request information in natural language simply by typing a question about your data. You can access this feature from the Home page or from the Search to Insight icon in the main horizontal menu.
Smart Insight
Right-click a chart element or data point in a table, and the system adds context. For example, in a table with a total salary value, SAP Analytics Cloud can help determine what the key contributors are to that total.
Smart Predict
Create one or several predictive models that automatically learn from your historical data, and find the best relationships or patterns of behavior to easily generate predictions for future events, values, and trends.

Some of these augmented features are unique to either live or imported data models, and some apply to both.

SAP Analytics Cloud - Supported Predictive Features

Imported DataLive Data
  • Predictive Forecast
  • Search to Insight
  • Smart Insight
  • Smart Predict***
  • Predictive Forecast
  • Search to Insight *
  • Smart Insight**
  • Smart Predict***

*Search to Insight for live data is supported for all live connections except for SAP HANA Cloud & SAP Datasphere.

**Smart insight for live data is supported only for SAP HANA on-premise.

***Smart Predict on acquired data is supported for datasets and planning models but not for analytic models. Smart Predict on live data is supported only for SAP HANA on-premise.

Search to Insight

Search to Insight

Search to Insight lets you ask questions in plain language which automatically generates visualizations with your answers using artificial intelligence. One place you can access Search to Insight from the Home screen in the Ask a question field under the Welcome message.

For example, you can type show me gross margin over time which produces the following time series chart:

Use the Search to Insight Feature

Business Scenario

Search to Insight is a natural language query interface used to query data. Simply ask it a question, and it will recommend a chart to insert into your story. It is a quick and easy way to explore your data.

You are working in a team that must report on operating expenses for your company. You aren't sure where to start, so decide to use the Search to Insight functionality in SAP Analytics Cloud.

Task Flow

In this demonstration video, we will show you how to:

  • Access Search to Insight from the Home page
  • Create a search query
  • Refine the query to further explore data

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