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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2019.04. Please note that the Analytics Cloud Help documentation is updated at the same time as the upgrade to this release, so the links here may not yet reflect what is described below until after the upgrade is complete.
Upgrade your SAP Analytics Cloud agent to the latest agent version 1.0.217 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types!
If you haven’t upgraded yet, here are the data acquisition minimum requirements:

  • Version 1.0.85 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
  • Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
  • Version 1.0.91 for SAP Universe (UNX)
  • Version 1.0.75 for all other data source types

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Highlights of this release:

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Specify actions at due date for input and Calendar tasks

Input and Calendar tasks just got more intuitive. Now you can automatically complete your tasks at due date and control assignee status transitions at task completion. This means that you can complete the task automatically but also control how the data is completed depending upon the current process state of the individual node.

Reviewer chains for calendar tasks

For Calendar tasks, you can set up a reviewer chain. When one review is done, the task automatically passes to the next reviewer.

Link functionality for Data Actions

Like the ability to link to source models utilizing account formulas, you can now use the link function within advanced formulas to copy or read data from other models.

Custom sorting for account dimensions in table

Enjoy more control with your tables with the new ability to edit the order of account dimensions from import models.

Data Integration

SuccessFactors queries with effective dates

Want to know your employee insights for last year? Gather insights from SuccessFactors data from a specific snapshot in time. For example, you can create reports showing last month’s headcount, or the changes in the workforce over a given period.
Using the filter, you can now specify the as-of-date when running SuccessFactors queries. By default, the “Effective date” is today. Note that “As-of-Today” is dynamic when scheduling.
As shown below, you have the following options when creating your filters: range, before, after, as-of-date, as-of-today.

Smart Predict

Segmented time-series models for debrief reports

Smart Predict now provides debrief reports for a segments-based time-series model. This contains more than 20 segments which can be generated individually on-demand rather than automatically during the training process. Each segment can be selected from a dropdown list to generate the report. For predictive models with less than 20 segments, all the debrief reports are created during the training and are available at the end of training.


Data Visualizations

Geo layer support for SAP BW

Geo layers are now supported with SAP BW/4HANA 2.0. Note that this does not include support for Choropleth layers.

Variance chart support for SAP BW

Now the ability to create variance in charts is supported on SAP BW/4HANA and SAP BW 7.5 on HANA. Please note that this currently does not include variance based on Version and Time.

Show measure and dimension descriptions in Calculation Editor

Easily understand your formulas in the Calculation Editor now that it can display measure or dimension descriptions as well as IDs. In Edit mode, the ID is displayed while the formula is being modified as well as when you are working in the formula input area. In View mode, this will display the descriptions when you click outside of the formula input area.

Enhanced Waterfall Nested Axis Labels

Waterfall charts keep on getting better and better. Nested axis labels provide a cleaner look and feel, and an improved user experience overall. Dimension members are grouped and there is improved spacing between labels that will help you easily identify your measures and dimensions. Want this to be applied to all your waterfall charts? No need to worry – your existing waterfall charts will automatically be updated!

Digital Boardroom

 Parent topic filters propagated to sub-topics

Check out this one-click solution! Filters created on parent topic filters can now be easily passed on to all its sub-topics with one tap! Filters that are inherited from parent topics cannot be removed at the sub-topic level. However, selected filter values can be modified at any level and will be propagated across all topics.

Please note that applying filters to sub-topics will be the new default. Existing Boardrooms preserve the old behavior until you change the setting.

Simplified multi-screen configuration

We have simplified and created a more intuitive multi-screen configuration for the Digital Boardroom. You can now choose up to 3 screens for your Boardroom. For single lane presentations, the default will be full screen without preview. If not preferred, you can always switch back to single lane with preview.

Administration & Infrastructure

Upload Analysis for Office enabled Excel files

Want to share your Analysis for Office Excel files? You can now upload macro-enabled Excel files (.xlsm) into Files so it can be accessible by your SAC friends!

Connect to S/4HANA on-premise systems through front-end servers

You can now create live data connections to S/4HANA on-premise systems that are federated through an SAP S/4HANA front-end server or SAP Fiori FES. After you choose SAML single sign-on as your authentication method when creating new connections, you can then enter your “Target System Alias”. When logged on via SAML, you can also create or edit these connections and access the S/4HANA system.


User interface adherence to your device language settings

Bonjour, ciao, nǐ hǎo! You can now share and access your Stories in different languages! The menus, buttons, messages, and other elements in the mobile app now respect your device language settings. When you enter text, such as the Story name, it will not be translated, and it will be displayed in the original language. This first release currently supports 15 languages. Stay tuned for more!

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