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2589761 - Connecting to Live Data sources in SAP Analytics Cloud ***Collective KBA ***


  • You want to create a live connection to various data sources without importing (acquiring) data into SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).
  • What data sources allow you to connect directly from your browser?
  • For import connections, see 2358097 and the product documentation: Import Data Connection.


    • SAP Analytics Cloud
    • Live Data Connections:
      • SAP HANA (See our new SAP Analytics Cloud connectivity setup for SAP HANA database service)
      • SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
      • SAP BW/4HANA (BW4)
      • SAP S/4HANA Cloud (S4HC)
      • SAP S/4HANA on-premise (S4HOP)
      • SAP BusinessObjects (BOBJ) Universes
      • SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) (Embedded model) (BPC NW / BPC Embedded)



    • Since the web browser is requesting data directly from the data source using the HTTPS protocol, this requires that the data source provides the browser with a valid and SSL trusted certificate.
    • Due to the following Google Chrome security change, it is not possible to workaround a valid Certificate Authority (CA) signed certificate with a self signed one.
      See: Error: "Subject Alternative Name Missing" or NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID or "Your connection is not private" 
    • This applies to desktop browsers and the SAC mobile app. For iOS, you will find more information on trusted Certificate Authorities in the section Downloading and Installing the Mobile App of SAP Analytics Cloud documentation.
      See 2653326 - Connecting to Live data does not work from the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app.
    • For more information on valid certificates for your data source, please review 2482807.



    SAP S/4HANA Cloud (S4HC) and SAP S/4HANA on-premise (S4HOP)

    UNX Universes in SAP BI Platform

    Authentication methods:

    • None: The browser will send directly the authentication method available to the backend: Kerberos ticket, client certificate, etc.
    • User Name and Password: each user will be prompted to type its username/password for the data source.
    • SAML Single Sign On (SSO): valid for HANA, BW, S/4HANA and SAP Universe. SAP Analytics Cloud and the data source selected must use the same SAML Identity Provider: AD FS, Azure AD, SAP IAS, etc. 

    Connecting outside your network:

    • Live connections to your database will require your browser to connect directly to the datasources.
    • By default SAP Analytics Cloud cannot use live data connections if it is not connected to the network where the HANA, BW, etc. system resides.
    • In case the requirement is to use SAC live data connections from the internet (outside of local network) it is recommended to expose the backed system to the internet:
    • For any of these options, you need to discuss with your network administrators.

    Cross-origin Resource Sharing (CORS) Troubleshooting:

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