SAP Predictive Analytics Interview with Sven Bauszus

I talk with Sven Bauszus, SAP Predictive Analytics global leader, about their main products in Business and Predictive Analytics and Big Data space, analytics maturity by industry, the automation of Data Science, and "citizen" Data Scientists.

I recently had a chance to talk to Sven BauszusSven Bauszus, Global VP and General Manager of SAP Predictive Analytics.

Sven has over 18 years of international experience managing enterprise accounts and growing successful sales and service organizations. In his current position as SAP global leader for Predictive Analytics, he oversees go-to-market and strategic programs with responsibility of managing and driving the company's sales initiatives for the enterprise-class Predictive Analytics platform worldwide.

SAP Gregory Piatetsky, Q1: SAP is a very large company with many products. What are the main SAP products in the Business Analytics / Big Data space?

Sven Bauszus: SAP Analytics & Insights provides comprehensive end to end analytics portfolio of products both in on premise and cloud. SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise provides modern, at scale on premise deployments of end to end analytics. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud provides all analytics for all users with one product in cloud. SAP Digital Boardroom provides Insights & transparency across the organization powered by SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise provides business intelligence, predictive and Planning and Consolidation. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud provides planning, business intelligence, predictive, mobile and SAP Digital Boardroom. SAP GRC solution provides governance, risk, compliance and security. More details are here.

SAP HANA - an in-memory platform that runs analytics applications smarter, business processes faster, and data infrastructures simpler...SAP HANA is the foundation for all your data needs, removing the burden of maintaining separated legacy systems and silo-ed data, so you can run simple in this new digital economy.

SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform is a platform-as-a-service for extending, integrating and building apps to meet new challenges, attract new customers, and drive new business.

SAP S/4HANA, the next-generation business suite designed to help you run simple in the digital economy. This new suite is built on our advanced in-memory platform

GP, Q2: Recently, SAP launched SAP Predictive Analytics, with two components: Expert Analytics, a visual workflow tool; and Automated Analytics, a wizard-driven UI. Tell us more about these products and what users you envision for each.

SB: SAP Predictive Analytics 2.0 launched Q1, 2015 with two components - automated analytics and expert analytics bringing both analysts and data scientists in a single roof. Over the last year, we added lots of new capabilities. The expert analytics focused on data scientist to allow them to build complex predictive models using SAP HANA - Predictive Analysis Library (PAL) & Automated Predictive Library (APL) and R algorithms and write their own R-scripts. The automated analytics allows the analyst to automate the data preparation, model building, scoring, retraining and deployment. sap-predictive-analytics

Recent release SAP Predictive Analytics 3.0 brings predictive factory with new look & feel, native spark predictive modeling and lots of optimization & new features for SAP HANA. SAP Predictive Analytics - predictive factory is web-based application allows users to
  • scale massive number of predictive models
  • automatically retrain, score and deploy models,
  • schedule model refresh and notify exception & deviations
  • seamlessly Integrate with SAP and non-SAP systems
Native spark modeling allows users without moving the data from big data eco-system such as Hadoop, Spark and do in-database modeling & scoring.

Social network analysis introduced as part of automated predictive library in SAP HANA. Optimization in SAP Predictive Analytics - data manager allows faster & better data manipulation. With SAP Predictive Analytics 3.0, users can apply predictive model in SAP HANA smart data stream directly, which makes it easier many of the IoT predictive use cases. Expert Model chains allows the users to ability embed model into any application running in SAP HANA through single stored procedure.