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SAP Data Warehouse Cloud – an Overview

SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is an end-to-end warehouse in the cloud that combines data management processes with advanced analytics. It is built on the powerful SAP HANA and is, together with SAP Analytics Cloud, part of SAP HANA Cloud Services.


In the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, metadata management, business intelligence, planning, and augmented analytics are all built-in features in the solution. The creation of a business semantic layer brings real-life meaning to your data and opens new doors to truly smart decision-making and new insights!

Let's take a quick tour of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud's interface.

After you log in, you are greeted by the Welcome page.
There's already a lot to discover here.

In the center of the screen, you see a quick menu, pointing you to either Create Spaces, Build Data, or Build a Story. For more, click on the links below.
You'll also see the SAP DATA Warehouse Cloud News. Here is where we post updates on new releases, other news, or just wish you an awesome day!

Now, let's look at some of the menu options on the left side. On the bottom left, you see these options:

Space Management: This is where you'll set up and manage the Spaces. Spaces are virtual workspaces for an individual or a group of users for data modelling, data integration, and story dashboard building. For more on Spaces, click on the link below.

Connections: This is where you set up and manage your data warehouse's connections – internal and remote ones. For the Beta phase, these connections will be based in HANA.

Administration: SAP Data Warehouse Cloud allows you to use SAP HANA Smart Data Integration (SDI) and its Data Provisioning Agent to enable on-premise connections. This requires that you first download and install the SDI Data Provisioning agent to a network location from which it can establish HTTPS connections to SAP HANA on Cloud. This is the place to do this.

Security: Here is where the Administrator can add users, assign them to specific spaces, and give them different roles. Via e-mail, users receive notification that they have been added to a space and that their environment is ready to be used. Users can be grouped, which makes it easier to assign a group of users to the respective spaces. In short: here you can specify permissions for different areas of the software and manage individual access rights to your content.

About: Here you'll find information on the version, commit, and build date of your SAP Data Warehouse Cloud application.

Now, let's go up and take a look at the menu options on the top left.

Please note: The KPI Builder, Cube Builder, Data Flow Builder, and Data Integration Monitor will not be available during the Beta Program.

Data Builder: This is where the magic happens. The Data Builder allows you to model your data sets, perform transformational and viewing operations, and produce the correlations and data insights you're looking for.

Story Builder: The Story Builder is your tool to deploy your freshly created data models into Business Intelligence and predictive analytical applications such as the SAP Analytics Cloud. Here, stories you choose bring your data to life and help you answer your business questions.

More to this in our blogs "What is a Story" and "How to build a Story".

Business Catalog: The Business Catalog displays all data models you are authorized to use. This varies from user to user, dependant on the permissions you granted. As you are creating more data models, your business catalog grows.

And last but not least, our Feedback Corner: drop us a note and let us know your ideas and experience using SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. You can also connect with other users in the Community Blog. We love to hear from you!

Author
Dr. Dorothea Walter Dr. Dorothea Walter
Dorothea is a Solution & Product Marketing Senior Specialist and Instructional Designer at SAP. With a fondness for Socratic ideals in education, she loves bringing complex topics closer to people of all backgrounds. And she's learning a whole lot herself while doing so!
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