Live Data Connections Advanced Features Using the Cloud Connector

You can create live data connections to your on-premise data sources through the Cloud Connector, to make use of advanced features.

Some advanced features for live data connections in SAP Analytics Cloud, such as scheduling the publication of stories, require a connection using the Cloud Connector. The Cloud Connector is a component available with the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP). The Cloud Connector is also required for Smart Insights when connecting to on-premise data sources.

The Cloud Connector is an SAP application that you would install inside your own internal network, which then allows SAP Analytics Cloud to communicate with your on-premise systems.

  • Prerequisites:
    • If you plan to use single sign-on (SSO), SAML SSO needs to be enabled between the SAP Analytics Cloud tenant and the SAP BW, SAP S/4HANA, or SAP HANA system.
    • The Cloud Connector is installed and preconfigured.
  • At this time, this capability exists only for SAP BW, SAP BPC embedded, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP HANA data sources.
  • This information is intended for the system administrator for both SAP Analytics Cloud and the SAP BW, SAP BPC embedded, SAP S/4HANA, or SAP HANA systems.
  • Only advanced feature workflows are connected via the Cloud Connector. Users who use the web application are connected without using the Cloud Connector.
  • When live connection advanced feature workflows use the Cloud Connector, be aware that your data will proxy via the BTP (your data won't be stored in SAP's network). You'll need to first agree to allow your live data to leave your network. Go to Start of the navigation path (Main Menu) Next navigation step  System Next navigation step Administration Next navigation step Data Source ConfigurationEnd of the navigation path and enable the Allow live data to securely leave my network switch in the Live Data Sources section. This switch is audited, so that administrators can see who switched this feature on and off. To see the changes in the switch state, go to Start of the navigation path() Main Menu Next navigation step  Security Next navigation step  ActivitiesEnd of the navigation path, and search for ALLOW_LIVE_DATA_MOVEMENT. For more information, see Track User Activities.