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Machine learning with SAP ECC 6.0 and SAP BW 7.50

Written by Sergiu Iatco
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Machine learning with SAP ECC 6.0 and SAP BW 7.50

What if you currently work on SAP ECC 6.0 and you want to build a proof of concept with machine learning and be prepared when times comes to migrate ideas to SAP landscape with native machine learning capabilities of SAP HANA Predictive Analysis Library?

I started to work with SAP about 20 years ago and I stepped through different stages of understanding business data in various implementation projects of master data, material management, sales and distributions, plant maintenance, demand planning, business warehouse and integrated planning and interfaces with other satellite systems. Few years ago, machine learning started to flood the media. This caught my attention because I have seen so many data and I was curious about revamped age of artificial intelligence I read from science fictions books, but in reality all that worked in the past was only basic statistics models.


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I graduated various SAP courses from  and at the same time I started to look for a second opinion of the core solutions to break in my mind the concept to basic elements. I found out that most of data science environment relies on Python and that the giants democratized the machine learning libraries. Most notable libraries are TensorFlow and Keras provided by Google.

Once you understand the basic you want to understand the scale and because of that you inevitable will land on Kaggle competition. I took my chance with learning and scrapping the code from Earthquake Kaggle competition.

The Kaggle completion is the fast start and give you the real flavor of machine learning. The Kaggle playground works out of the box and from the community shared exploratory data analysis you can puzzle your own ideas. After that you are convinced that machine learning has a real flavor you start asking if it works because of data or if it might work with any data?

Probably one of the most common and important area in a company to check out  the machine learning on pricing prediction. Sales process are probably the most detailed with lot of attributes in sales order and sales invoices. Sales reporting heavily relies on standard reports, logical databases and profitability reports for real-time data consuming ECC 6.0 or

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