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This was an SAP webcast from last week.  Tomorrow there is a related webcast called Smart Predict - register here

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"We have to do more with less"

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How embed machine learning in the application

How get the information to the right decision at the right time in the right context

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Data discovery  has failed to meet expectations

Analytics is subject to human bias; selection bias as you can’t ingest all information

How get to insights; typically through visual recognition; takes too much time causing delayed insights

 

Next step to solve; plan, use machine learning – eliminates bias, uncovers insights; machine learning recommends next action to take

 

Adoption of machine learning in analytics is quite low; usually machine learning is geared towards data scientists

 

How make machine learning accessible to the BI user

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Planning is fragmented, ignored, reactive

 

Organizations do planning with spreadsheets today, end up with version control issues, and planning process breaks down, and takes 3-6 months and gets ignored

 

Bring planning with machine learning and analytics, you can monitor and plan

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Not every user will adopt machine learning models

 

Make it easier to get answers naturally; use natural language

 

Explain a measure with a single click; what drives revenue, use machine learning in background

 

Human does not need to code a model

 

If a business analyst knows it is a classification model (will customer buy x) they can do it and will know if model is quality.

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Going from data to insights as quickly; address data quality

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Type in questions, like "what is the revenue for 2019" and then see the results in a visualization

Users can see visualizations without selecting chart type, measure

Increase abilities of business analyst

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Help automatically interesting patterns in data, influencers, drivers of revenue, determine anomalies in dataset, where are the outliers

 

Simulate drivers, what are the impacts

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Detect where you might have challenges - an early warning system

Click of a button with time series analysis, you can see if risk to make target

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Classification is Y/N – will someone buy?  Churn or not?

Regression – how explain something? What are variables contributing to measure

Time series – here what has happened historically and project to future, and if trend continues, where end up

 

Smart features with pre-built content (15 industries) and 27 line of business use cases (finance, HR, marketing)

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Plan head count expenses, where allocate

Work with business

Collaborate with stakeholders

Come up with plan

Trends on expenses

Enhance where employees may churn

Track performance against key KPI's and embed insights into HR SuccessFactors

 

Question & Answer

Q: What does predictive power and confidence mean?

A: An indication of 2 qualities

Predictive power of a model - how much of the thing you are trying to explain, were we able to explain based on data provided

Confidence - how apply to new data and be valid

 

Prediction confidence is more critical

 

Q: Difference from machine learning?

Machine learning foundation can be used by developers

What's new in Crystal and road map; watch the replay here.

Special thanks to SAP's Donald Guo, who stayed up very late to provide this webcast to ASUG.

What is in the future is subject to change; the legal disclaimer applies

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In 2018, already delivered Fiori-fied launchpad in BI4.2 SP4/5

User function library in Crystal for Enterprise

 

Working on repository objects in Crystal for Enterprise (CR4E)

 

Read only Crystal Reports  - now possible in CR4E

 

Delivered parameter prompting in UI5; before relied on Flash and now Flash is a security concern

Made UI5 a default setting; can switch back to Flash prompting

 

Certification for new platforms including data sources, applications and operating systems

 

Some enhancements in Crystal for Eclipse (right outer join)

 

Continued API enhancements; plan to enhance Restful web service

 

In 2019, planned items - bridge functionality gaps between classic Crystal and CR4E and geo map functionality in CR4E

Plan to invest in unified viewer

What’s new in BI 4.2 SP06

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UI5 works in Fiori-fied launchpad and classic launchpad

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Now supports BW selection option variable as shown above, including "not between" and you can combine operators together

Uses UI5 prompting

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User function libraries extend formulas; bring UFL's to CR4E

 

SAP Help: Link

Developer guide for Java UFL and .Net UFL

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Read only report format; CR4E reports can export to this format

 

Demos are attached

 

What’s new in BI 4.2 SP07

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Functions from different UFL's will be shown separately and sorted by function name so it is easier to find the functions

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Repository items to show local and copyright in reports; can install centrally

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BW variants - way to save predefined views

Load variants will be available

Save variants are planned

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Better SAP Gui support for 750

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HANA SAML SSO support can be configured by tenant in CMC

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Items on the radar - planned for 4.3 release.

Continue enhance Fiori-fied launchpad, with publications; improve UI

64 bit Crystal Reports - consider upgrade designers & servers to allow native connectors

 

 

Question & Answer

Can we get the link for the SAP App Center? How would we find the mentioned Partner add-ons?

 

Where can we get more information on "Repository objects in CR4E"?

 

Not released yet, but it's being developed. The concept is the same as in classic Crystal - existing repository objects will be available in both.

 

Is there work on a conversion tool to convert Crystal Reports 2016 reports to Crystal Reports for Enterprise reports like there is for WebI reports?

 

Open existing .rpt in CR4E designer and change the data source.

 

Are "Repository objects" available in Crystal Reports 2016?

 

Yes.

 

4.2 sp6 allowed the use of UI5 rather than adobe flash for parameters. However, parameters in OpenDocument URLs aren't accepted by UI5 (Note 2684812). Any idea about when this functionality might be added?

 

This is being worked on.

 

does UFL needs to be available in repository for it to work or the current report inherits it and works similar to old CR

 

It is a separate file that has to be deployed to the server where BOE is running.

 

 

What is the next version of Crystal Reports?

 

Crystal 2020 with BI 4.3

 

 

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