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As a valued member of the BI community, we wanted to let you know of some upcoming webinars that may be of interest to you! In addition to providing insights from the SAP's most respected voices on the most relevant and important topics today, these webinars also help you earn CPE's/PDU's depending on your area of certification.


Keep in mind you can always watch the archived webinars later—and we offer an extensive library of on-demand webinars you can also explore here: ASUG BI Webcast Recording/Slides Reference List for 2018


More upcoming webcasts can be found Upcoming ASUG Business Intelligence Community Webcasts


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Value of Learning


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Learning is a cycle, it doesn't end


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How learning has changed from legacy

Speed at which technology is changing; today on the right quarterly cycles

Today is learning on demand, any time


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Today need to learn everywhere, in an online fashion

Learning needs to be continuous

Learning curve is changing


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Online attendee poll


Blended Learning



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Public training at


Virtual learning from the live classroom session has over 5K learning titles available

Why Learning Hub?




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Huge knowledge leakage

Access latest content and experts

On demand, any time


Learning rooms - experts to help and interact


Not have to wait for a classroom session


Learning rooms - some rooms have more than 20K members; ways to learn informally


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6 components

In the middle, the Learning Hub home page


Learning Journey - SAP Learning Hub has 5K titles with new ones being added everyday

If you want to learn S/4HANA manufacturing - if search, may get 50 titles, not sure which course to take first

Learning Journeys offer this, to not get lost in the titles; a customized learning plan; a guide/path the learner can take


Learning management - assign courses


Live Access - practice what you have learned on a live system


Learning room - social collaboration learning


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Online poll results


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Identify which Learning Hub edition fits you


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How to engage with the SAP Learning Hub, what fits, evaluate learning needs


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Who benefits from learning?  Power Users, etc.


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When teams are well trained, reduced costs, reduced support calls, organizations perform better



Q: What if I don't know which course I need?

A: Use the Learning Journeys

Q: How access the live access systems?

A: Once purchase learning hub, each learning journey has a learning system, purchased separately from Learning Hub



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We want to provide services that are important to you, refine those that need improvement, and introduce new services that address your goals.


We realize you have many demands on your time. This short survey can be completed online in 3 to 5 minutes.  Your input is important to us and responses will help us better meet the needs of our members.


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Register now for  BI: What’s New and What's Next in SAP Crystal Reports


Introduce SAP Crystal Reports recent new features, as well as planned features in coming months.

Why should members attend the webcast?

Attend the webcast to see Key trends, customer requests and the value proposition of SAP Crystal Reports



What can you expect to learn? 


Hear more on the product vision to build further on the strengths and key capabilities to satisfy the needs of SAP enterprise customers to create, manage and operating operational reporting cost effectively and the next big steps to reach the our vision.  Check out the modern UI (SAP UI5, SAP Fiori compliant) which can be consumed in browsers of multiple platforms.  



The Webcast agenda includes: 

Presentation of the Crystal Reports roadmap

• Cover both Crystal Reports 2016 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise

A closer look of some recent new features, e.g.

1. UI5 Prompting

2. User Function Library

3. View Time Security

4. Continuous improvements like SAP BW Variant support / HANA SAML SSO via tenant

Feedback and Q&A



Speaker BIO

Donald Guo, Crystal Reports Product Owner since 2012. He joined Business Objects as developer in 2006, and is experienced on Crystal Reports SAP Integration Kit, Crystal Reports 20xx, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, as well as developer solutions like Crystal Reports for Visual Studio and Crystal Reports for Eclipse. He also presented sessions in SAP TechEd, and webinars for ASUG/DSAG

Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM Central Standard Time

Duration: 1 hour


Donald Guo, SAP


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Value scenarios


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Data is stored only once in Universal Journal


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Machine learning for automation detection

Universal is like a pivot table for slice and dice


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Learn from decisions made in the past, make recommendations


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See Note 2158822 for mapping old tables to ACDOCA


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Universal journal features


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New journal entry header and item


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Compatibility views


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No new innovations for Special Ledger


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All relevant information in one view from real time source


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Inputs, collect, accountants review amounts


Covers purchase orders; PO not yet fully delivered, and calculated based on percentage of completion



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Data model changes are shown above


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Classic GL, one ledger, no document splitting available


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Some pain points


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Active or draft

for reporting and planning processes


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Self-service data discovery, mobile consumption on the go; broaden reach of SAP Analytics

Hybrid strategy to leverage things like SAP HANA


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Leverage your HANA investment; get the maximum benefit of data and data security



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Content is free, help jumpstart

Comes as part of SAP Analytics Cloud subscription


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Live - direct consumption of views without modeling

Keep data secure behind a firewall

You do not need to replicate data

Reuse authorization concept


Data import - extending use case beyond what live connect can, such as predictive, planning



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Browser - where everything is brought together and rendered

Recommend using direct live connection

Guided play list is available


By end of year, will deprecate reverse proxy for new tenants going forward


Recommend CORS going forward for live connectivity


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Using public wifi, reverse proxy + CORS (reverse proxy in DMZ to safely publish on premise to internet)


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Generic OData connector


Last month released a simplified deployment kit - simple installer, has component - TomCat, Connector + Cloud Agent - one simple app to download


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Recommends SAP HANA 2.0


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Data import requirements are looser


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App Design, planned GA end of this year

Targeted towards power user, professional designers

Integrated with SAP Analytics Cloud

Data Connections, visualizations, they are fully available as part of experience

Version 1 release will have widgets, such as dropdown, customize through scripting

App Design is being built by Lumira Design team


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What is an app and why do I need one?


Applications are intended to be created by a few experts and consumed by many

Build standard content through reusable components

Appeals to design professionals


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Story versus app


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Outside of BI, available now as part of SAP HANA Live Connections

Search to insight - "smart assist features" - the beginning of integration of machine learning capabilities

Works for English only

Audible questions planned next year


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Blended join at the visualization layer, primary with secondary, common linked dimensions


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Available in guided playlist


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How blending happens - HANA with Excel


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Custom sort - requires HANA 2.0


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Show all countries with revenue over $10M - logically at each level - story to page to widget


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Concatenate, grouping together


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Granularity with time


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Date calculations


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Evaluate best practices with HANA calc view design


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Visualize aggregated data where possible; detailed information goes to another page (use hyperlink) - reduce clutter


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Pause/refresh capability

Design time feature



With CORS how do users outside the organization access SAC that do not have VPN accounts?


The recommendation is to place SAP Web Dispatcher in the DMZ and do a simple redirect. There is more information under Step 10 of the Guided Playlist at



Why it is only possible to write back data from SAC only through BPC? Customers who do not want to use BPC as a planning and consolidation tool still need to purchase licenses for BPC. Is it the best solution?


If you only have SAP Analytics Cloud then you can update and collaborate on your plans in SAP Analytics Cloud. What write base destination are you thinking of?



in case of Data Import - do we have limitation of data size


CORS cannot be used for data import?


CORS is only used for Live connections.



Is the web dispatcher option the same as the reverse proxy option?


Web dispatcher can be used to route requests to a DIRECT live connection and the configuration is much simpler than previously done with the PATH connection type.



Hello, we have a customer who's asking for a PoC, consuming a table from the S/4 HANA. Do you have like a guide for this?



It is possible to connect SAP Analytics Cloud with an SAP ERP Suite On HANA located in Amazon Cloud y not exposed to internet


yes you would use the SAP Cloud Connector. We have generic documents for this and if you Google you will find some specific ones from Amazon. Our generic ones are and




can we connect SAC Analytics cloud using live/direct import connection to a HANA db on neo cloud platform




Hi, we have installed the Agent Client onpremise to connect the cloud. Can you tell me please, which ports and urls we need to authorize in our firewall ? Our base url is Thanks.


the SAP Cloud Connector connects using the standard 443 port. More information is at:





What limitation will be there in terms of data load for data import option


this is documented at




Is there an Excel connectivity with the planning capability of SAC?


SAP Analytics Cloud can import from excel either directly from a file or via a file server:





Can you still import excel files while having a sap cloud as datassource?



Can we use SAC for analytical needs of OLTP data in SAP ECC system ?

you can import the data into SAP Analytics Cloud per:





with the iOS app. What kind of certificate the customer should use? is the wildcard domain certificate useful?



for Linked Dimension between live connection Models what is the suggerst, because In my implementation is running sLowly more than 5 minutes for showing results


there are some performance recommendations here:




Pros and Cos for live connectivity and data import functionality?


Tammy Powlas

#askSAP Call Recap

Posted by Tammy Powlas Oct 19, 2018


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Purpose of the askSAP call


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Augmented Analytics 2️⃣ Intelligent Enterprise 3️⃣ Hybrid Environments 4️⃣ Collaborative Enterprise Planning



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Data is massively growing


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Not just about visualization

Analytics is about being smarter, using machine learning to guide us

Capture and connect plans through enterprise without being a financial planning expert

"The One Simple Cloud strategy is about moving beyond human bias, with automated & assisted insights, from a connected environment"


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Inclusive strategy



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SAP is included in SAP applications such as SuccessFactors, Ariba



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Smart assist is making BI accessible to everyone


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Data Warehouse as a Service


Q: Do you have to be an SAP shop to use?

A: No, SAP Analytics Cloud works with other data sources and application types and run in hybrid landscapes


Q: Embed Analytics Cloud to integrate

A: API's available


Smart Predict


Intelligent enterprise, automate repetitive tasks, making business analysts more productive

(blog from yesterday):


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Help Business Analyst understand the results, best way to use prediction


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Drive adoption, show how use to solve business problems

Drive into transaction systems - Pai


Q: Is this in addition to what is on premise for predictive analytics?

A: in addition to what is on premise predictive analytics (tool for analysts & data scientists)

Cloud - simpler experience for business analyst


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Moving to a hybrid environment is the next evolutionary step

"Strategy is hybrid, bringing additional capabilities to innovate with agility in the cloud"


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Forrester research


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BI4.3 is planned next year with BOE maintenance until 2026



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Q: What is SAP BI 4.3? A: Hybrid for improved integration, enterprise readiness - simplifying deployment, user experience


Application Design

Part of SAP Analytics Cloud


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Professional design, guided apps, reuse elements from SAP Analytics Cloud


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Planned is planning and integration with Smart capabilities

Use dashboard to influence the model and rerun it


Watch the webcast replay for the in-depth demo, and this blog for a recap.


Q: What is the GA on app design?

A: Towards end of the year

Q: Is the scripting in app design based on JavaScript?

A: Scripting is based on JavaScript/TypeScript


BW/4HANA SAP Analytics Cloud


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Goal of BW/4HANA is to drive simplification

Deliver faster to the business when change an existing business scenario or a new data model

Data model is simplified; in the past had 10 modeling objects

Reduced to only 4 modeling objects  - infoobject, ADSO that keeps line item DSO, composite provider for query access, open ODS view


Middle of the above are simplified data flows

High performance analytics in BW4

Decision on layer is no longer based on performance implications


Reduced huge number of source connections (had 11 different source system types) - now down to 4 - one includes HANA, ODP, Big Data (Data Hub, Hadoop), File


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New user experience, eclipse based environment

BW/4HANA Cockpit, the central entry point for the administrator; web based UI5 technology so access to any device



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New process chain editor; integration with Data Hub and BW/4HANA (add structured/unstructured) process chains can trigger SAP Data Hub



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New is data tiering optimization; data movement from hot to cold/warm - it is done in the background


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Flexible conversion options

Next step is BW/4HANA 2.0 - planned for February 2019 with major enhancements


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How integrate "best of both worlds"?

No additional modeling, replication, data stays in BW, and Analytics Cloud can integrate

It is a unique integration


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What SAP Analytics Cloud can use

Can run queries in parallel


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Time dependent hierarchy support


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BW Structure support


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Variant support


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Rename dimension, create your own groups


Q: Will SAP Analytics Cloud perform authorization routines?

A:  When connecting to live data, automatically check data level security


Q: When should a customer go for BW/4HANA or SQL warehouse?

A: Not a decision done on feature/function level; customers who have no ABAP knowledge, perhaps consider SQL approach - can integrate with BW/4HANA


Q: Can Lumira Designer apps migrate to App Design?

A: So far, that is not planned as part of the immediate roadmap; not saying it will never happen as both products are not at same level of maturity


Q: What is the future of Lumira Designer?

A: Lumira Designer is the leading tool for professional dashboards; no plan to replace; SAP still committed to tool


Q: Is there is a mass import option of assets for SAP Analytics Hub?

A: Today Analytics Hub has API's and that API would allow you to script operations

Going forward, looking to clean up and tighten integration with BOE and SAP Analytics Cloud


Q: Which BI4x is required for live connectivity?

A: BI4.2 SP5 or above

SAP offers the opportunity influence innovations for next releases through the influence program Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI).  This is the third cycle of 2018.

What innovations are there?

There are several projects for which you can register. The following projects are relevant for the SAP BI Community Members (logon is required):

Analytics Consumption Pages in Intelligent Enterprise Suite

Business Transaction Types in Closing and Analytics and SAP S/4HANA

Customer Churn Analysis

Integration of Key User tools in SAP S/4HANA

Liquidity Planning and Analysis on SAP Analytic Cloud

Next Generation Business Intelligence Launch Pad with Fiori design for BI 4.3

SAP Analytics Cloud - Next Generation Smart Analytics

Speed up the design of WebIntelligence reports with templates

Viewing and Sharing Dashboards in SAP Analytics Cloud


These projects can be found here .

Follow-up after registration

When you register, you will be sent a confirmation from.  When you register for a project, you will be invited to an introductory call SAP; at this point further participation is optional. Typically signing a Feedback Agreement with SAP will be part of the procedure.

The deadline for this cycle is on November 9th


How do I register on the Customer Influence website?
The process of registration is here online.

About the Customer Engagement Initiative

SAP wants customer’s early involvement in the development process. Many topics will be opened only for SAP customers, but there are also topics for which the contribution of partners is requested.

Note: The above information was pulled together from various sources: SAP, ASUG and VNSG with some edits by me.

Also check the SAP Continuous Influence topics listed below:


Continuous Influence OpportunityLink to project
SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
SAP Analytics Cloud & SAP Digital Boardroom
SAP Analysis for Mícrosoft Office
SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAP
SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform
SAP BusinessObjects Mobile
SAP BusinessObjects Roambi
SAP BusinessObjects Semantic Layer
SAP Crystal Reports
SAP Analytics Hub


New added back - Lumira Designer:



Consider registering for these upcoming ASUG influence council sessions:

December 4 INFL: Mobile BI Influence Council Re-launch

ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council Launch.- see a recap of the launch here. If you are interested in joining the council, take the survey today.  Deadline is October 19th

If you missed the webcast you can watch the replay of the ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council launch here


Welcome to Fall, end of Q3 2018.     We have some influence opportunities for you, call for speakers is open for BI+Analytics Conference 2019, and call for speakers for ASUG Annual Conference 2019 is planned for November 2018.




News to Know  


BI+Analytics Research Report is Available - Download today

You're invited to download BI+Analytics Research Report, a compilation of hot topics and issues brought up through one-on-one research calls, in-person round table events and a survey.  This information will be used to help develop the content needs for the BI+Analytics Conference, March 11-13th.  We are looking forward to co-location of the 2019 BI+Analytics conference with SAP Centric Finance.


For years now, Eventful Conferences has specialized in developing communities of common interest for business and IT professionals. Intense research with these communities is conducted via process known as the round tables and surveys, where both the challenges faced and opportunities perceived are identified.



Months of research has been conducted, revealing the trends and challenges being faced by BI and Analytics professionals.  This report summarizes the results and explores some of the challenges facing the BI and Analytics profession, as well as the opportunities for change that creates greater success. The themes identified in this research inform the agenda for the BI+Analytics conference being held in March 11-13 in Dallas, Texas. This event will cover real-life customer case studies, hands-on workshops, in-depth interactive sessions, and SAP expert presentations


Call for Speakers

Have you or a co-worker experienced a success or failure in the world of SAP Analytics that if you had known, you would have saved time, effort, or money? If so, you are invited to submit an abstract talking about it. Eventful Conferences is collecting your amazing stories to share with the conference selection committee so if you have a story you’d like to submit for consideration for the 2019 conference, please do so (that portal is open through Oct. 19th).


Opportunities to Influence      

ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council Launch.- see a recap of the launch here. If you are interested in joining the council, take the survey today.

If you missed the webcast you can watch the replay of the ASUG Analysis Office Influence Council launch here

Have a Voice in shaping ASUG Annual Conference 2019

Would you like to review content to help shape ASUG Annual Conference 2019, May7-9?  ASUG is looking for reviewers.  Right now this is open for customers only.  If you are interested, please complete this survey today.


Call for speakers is planned for November.  Look for our BI+Analytics track.


Upcoming Webinars



More are being planned


For a list of our 2018 webinar recordings/replays please see this link.



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Register now for  #askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call - SAP Analytics Fall 2018 Innovation Update



Topic: SAP Analytics Fall 2018 Innovation Update

October 18, 2018 -  8:00 am PDT | 11:00 am EDT | 5:00 pm CEST