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SAP AI/ML Solutions Overview

SAP has provided a number of solutions to carry out AI/ML operations in a given SAP landscape. Each of these solutions have specific advantages and disadvantages. This blog touches upon SAP AI Core in SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) and SAP HANA Cloud.

SAP AI Core in SAP BTP

SAP AI core is the most flexible and feature rich solution available in SAP BTP for implementing AI/ML scenarios. SAP AI Launchpad acts as an entry point for SAP AI Core to provide access for administration and monitoring of AI/ML cases in SAP BTP. 

It also provides support for automation of end-to-end AI/ML scenarios by using MLOps

 

MLOps enables easy maintenance and updates in AI/ML scenarios. It also ensures the usage of the latest dataset and AI/ML artifacts. The pipelines created using MLOps continuously synchronize the workflow logic in the Github and dataset present in the object storage. The AI/ML code and the workflow can also be modified very easily to pick up a docker image for a given AI/ML scenario.

 

One of the other advantages of SAP AI Core is that it allows the usage of a library of your choice for building AI/ML code. You can choose to make use of Python, R or any other library which suits your requirement. Being a part of SAP BTP Portfolio , SAP AI Core has an advantage due to the integration capabilities of SAP Integration Suite and features like Data Federation of SAP Datasphere.

 

Seamless integration of a hyperscaler Object Store with SAP AI Core allows the creation of a unified dataset from multiple SAP and non SAP sources. By utilizing hyperscaler Object Store for storing datasets and Docker for logic execution, SAP AI Core provides all the cloud benefits such as scalability, high availability, and cost-effectiveness.

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High-level Architecture of SAP AI Core in SAP BTP

 

SAP HANA Cloud

SAP HANA Cloud provides a single place to access, store and process all enterprise data in real time. It allows consumption of data from SAP HANA Databases by applications on SAP BTP or on-premise or any other cloud services using the standard SAP HANA clients.

This eliminates the need to load all the data into a single storage solution thus providing simplified data access. If all of the required data is available in SAP HANA Cloud, then it is advisable to carry out AI/ML logic execution in SAP HANA Cloud.

SAP AI Core is more suited for scenarios which require gathering data from multiple SAP and non-SAP sources. Also suitable for organizations which already have platforms to support generally used languages like Python, R or any other non SAP language. SAP AI Core makes use of external libraries, e.g. Scikit-learn in Python or mlr3 in R to carry out AI/ML operations.

However, the SAP HANA Cloud, SAP HANA database  already has embedded libraries and functions such as PAL (Predictive Analysis Library) and APL (Automated Predictive Library). These libraries provide functions and procedures to carry out AI/ML operations in the SAP HANA Database. PAL and APL offer the advantage of executing AI/ML operations natively in the database without the need to retrieve the data into temporary tables. 

Again, the triggering of AI/ML scenarios can happen outside the SAP HANA Cloud as well. For instance, these operations can be triggered from SAP AI Core through SAP’s Python library hana_ml.

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Architecture example of triggering AI/ML operation from SAP AI Core

 

If you have any questions about solutions available for AI/ML Scenarios in SAP BTP or SAP S/4 HANA, please connect with Mindset.

 

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Juhi Kulshreshtha is an SAP Senior Technical Architect Manager in Mindset Consulting, Bengaluru. She is a key part of Mindset Consulting in India managing technical delivery leads, working with other developers, project architects and subject matter experts, creating remarkable experiences for the clients.
A few of her core areas of specialization include Ariba Integration with S/4 HANA, Ariba Procurement, ABAP for HANA customizations, SAP Concur Integration with S/4 HANA FI, SAP FSCD Integration with third-party software for Insurance, HANA DB Upgrade and ABAP remediation, Integration of ABAP-PI Interfaces and Agile Project Delivery.
Juhi lives in Bengaluru with her husband, an 11-year-old mischievous daughter and a playful 2 yrs old golden retriever. In her leisure time, she likes to read bestseller books and watch acclaimed movies.

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