Released just before Thanksgiving 2015, SAP’s latest enhancements to the Predictive Analytics suite introduce some exciting new features and algorithms.
The first major enhancement for the Automated Analtyics side in quite some time really enables Automated users with HANA to take full advantage of the power of HANA for the first time. I don’t have any screeenshots to share for this feature, but essentially this allows Automated Analytics to leverage the APL (Automated Predictive Library) within HANA to perform all model training on the HANA server; previously HANA was used simply as a data source and the data was fully transferred either to the local machine (desktop version) or the Automated Analytics Engine server for processing.
It will be interesting to see how this affects licensing for the Predictive Analytics products going forward; for example if an organization only intends to use data on HANA for predictive activities, it could possibly mean that they no longer need to license the Engine component and can perform predictive analysis on big datasets through the HANA connection, if all the desired functionality is available within HANA.
With this update, SAP has introduced 2 new HANA components to the Expert Analytics platform and 1 new custom component option.
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About Hillary Bliss
Hillary Bliss is a Senior ETL Consultant at Decision First Technologies, and specializes in data warehouse design, ETL development, statistical analysis, and predictive modeling. She works with clients and vendors to integrate business analysis and predictive modeling solutions into the organizational data warehouse and business intelligence environments based on their specific operational and strategic business needs. She has a master’s degree in statistics and an MBA from Georgia Tech.