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Difference in Prediction

So what is the difference of prediction

1.when being done at HANA DB using PAL


2.when its carried at SAP BO predictive analytics or any other tool like SAP Analytics cloud??

We have already a SAS(Software as service) developed in SAP analytics cloud tied with SAP HANA DB.

So to add predictive features to the existing product which is the right option to choose??

1.SAP Analytics cloud (with predictive) ?

2.SAP BO predictive analytics?

3.OR Doing the predictive modelling in HANA DB using PAL and then expose it through any of these kind of tools

what is the right direction to go with??

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    Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 06:52 AM


    It depends on your application use case and what you are trying to achieve there.

    One way to deal with this could be:

    1. Create predictive models using SAP Predictive Analytics on top of SAP HANA. Use Predictive Factory to regularly update the models and produce results onto the SAP HANA DB. By results I mean forecasts (time series), probabilities (classification), clusters (clustering), values (regression).

    2. Consume the results available in SAP HANA, using your SaaS application built on the basis of SAP Analytics Cloud.

    You can do similar things using PAL, but this will probably require more data science & SAP HANA skills to operate this.

    As I mentioned in my previous answer SAP Analytics cloud (with predictive) features are intended for the BI user or the Planning user and are deeply embedded into the workflows.

    Another thing you could use are the SAP Predictive Service in case you need specific insights like the key influencers (classification) or the forecasts.

    I hope this helps regarding the various options,

    kind regards


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  • Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 06:54 AM

    On a separate note: Nice profile picture! Makes me think of Arcimboldo.

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  • Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Hello Neeraja,

    In addition to Antoine CHABERT I would like to extend my views in two parts. This is absolute my personal experience.

    Earlier I have used HANA Live to run some alogorithm in modeler view. But it will require you to speak with a Basis consultant to install the pakcages. You have dependecies. Also you need to have some idea on writing SQL.

    I currently used SAC. The advantage of SAC is SAP has given the predictive model there. So you can use your data to train and then predict. Even functional consultant can try to predict some models.

    In my case there was also enablement of R in SAC so i could bring some packages there as well.

    But if you do not want to code and predict then SAC has inbuilt smart predict in it. Although it is mainly in three areas. You may refer to my blog and mail me if you have any questions.

    Thanking You

    With Respect


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