Explaining Data Sources and Connections


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the SAP Analytics Cloud connections and data sources

Data Connection Options

Connections provide the communication between SAP Analytics Cloud and your data sources. Those data sources can be cloud-based or on-premise.

A connection must be made to a specific data source, so if you have more than one data source, you will have more than one connection in SAP Analytics Cloud.

There are two types of connections – live and import.

Live Connections

Currently, only SAP data sources/systems can be accessed using a live connection. Watch this video to find out more about what they are and how they work.

Import Connections

Import connections can connect to many data sources/systems, even non-SAP such as Google Drive, SQL databases, OData Services, and more. Watch this video to find out more.

Additional Information

Your organization must decide which connection type to use, according to your own unique needs. As you evaluate which connection type to use, consider the following criteria:

  • Functional needs
  • Data privacy constraints
  • Data volume constraints

It is also important to review the system requirements and technical prerequisites, and to check whether your landscape is compliant with what is supported for your version and connection type.

For more information, see: The SAP Analytics Cloud System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites

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