Pyramid is an official member of the SAP® PartnerEdge® open ecosystem. Pyramid 2020 is certified by SAP to interoperate with SAP BW/4HANA. Pyramid 2020 is pending certification by SAP to interoperate with SAP HANA.
SAP offers two powerful data stacks in the analytics marketplace: SAP Netweaver Business Warehouse (BW) and SAP HANA.
One of the key challenges in the marketplace for SAP customers is to find a great set of tools that work directly on both SAP BW and HANA technologies with modern self-service analytic capabilities while exposing all the enterprise, server-based functionality required for security and governance.
In short, customers simply want “real self-service BI that works directly on SAP.”
BW offers native connectivity to the SAP ERP application and its data, with a lot of clever analytic functionality catering to that environment and its unique data footprint. HANA also comes with powerful analytic functionality that fully exploits the SAP ERP application.
SAP customers are eager to implement an SAP-compatible BI tool that offers significant self-service functionality alongside direct querying of the SAP BW application and SAP HANA database while retaining all the benefits offered by SAP and HANA. Few companies want to lose this functionality when implementing a BI tool to work in concert with these engines.
Given the above premise, SAP customers have some serious challenges in closing the functionality gap in analytics. They need to choose either from SAP’s own technologies or look to third parties.
SAP’s natively integrated applications include Business Objects, Lumira, and SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). However, each offering has functional limitations:
Compounding these challenges, SAC is, by definition, a cloud-only solution, while SAP’s BEx reporting tool—a key element in SAP’s analytics line-up—has also now been deprecated.
On the other hand, third-party self-service BI tools, (e.g., Qlik, Power BI, Tableau, MicroStrategy) generally lack close integration with SAP BW and HANA because their query engines are not built to support all the core functionality of SAP’s analytic engines. As such, they all tend to encourage users to export their raw data out of SAP and reimport it into their native data stacks to gain better analytical functionality.
The duplication of data runs contrary to the entire concept of using BW and HANA in the first place: it compromises data governance and security; duplicates analytic layers; decentralizes the “truth,” and ultimately deleverages the investments in BW, HANA, and even SAP ERP itself. This is a very expensive price to pay for self-service capabilities—and it’s the reason why many SAP customers have not found a reasonable solution to their problem.
Simply put, the challenge is to find a mature, fully functional self-service technology that offers “direct query” and full functionality on SAP, thereby fully leveraging SAP BW and HANA technologies without replacing them.
Pyramid solves this entire problem with a complete solution that offers real self-service working directly on and with both SAP BW and HANA.
In this series of blogs, I will be unpacking these critical issues when selecting a BI environment for SAP BW and HANA, and I will demonstrate how Pyramid addresses these challenges.
Pyramid solves this entire problem with a complete solution that offers real self-service working directly on SAP BW and HANA. How? By delivering best-in-class functionality and performance on SAP BW without extracting or duplicating data, Pyramid preserves the full analytic power of the SAP engines, as well as the inherent security and governance.
Please explore our Pyramid + SAP Blog Series to learn how Pyramid supports our customers on SAP. Each post contains specific examples to illustrate key functionality: