Month: March 2013

SAP Visual Intelligence vs. Microsoft PowerPivot and PowerView

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In this post I will review the latest version of SAP Visual Intelligence – 1.08 – and see how it stacks up against the Microsoft self-service BI tools, Excel, PowerPivot and PowerView. In the initial release, Visual Intelligence only supported SAP Hana, but in its latest iteration few other data sources are supported:

  1. CSV File
  2. SAP Hana
  3. SAPBW as exposed as a view in SAP Hana
  4. MS Excel
  5. Freehand SQL (basically ODBC)
  6. SAP Business Objects Universe

Just to clear some confusion that this list may generate, Visual Intelligence does not access BW objects directly, instead, Hana has some connectivity to connect to BW models, DSOs and Query Snapshots and then expose those as a Hana view, in short, Visual Intelligence knows how to plug into Hana but not BW.

Data import

Since I don’t have Hana running on my laptop, I decided to use a CSV file to load in…

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