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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2019.05. 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 1.0.219 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, seeΒ System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Highlights of this release:

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Planning

Option to publish data collection tasks with your calendar tasks

When you submit your Calendar task, you can now choose to publish data collection tasks as well.

Create input tasks on responsive pages

Input tasks can now also be created with Stories containing only responsive pages.

Hide referenced columns of front-end calculations

Less is more! After creating calculation columns in your tables (such as running sums, moving averages, etc.), you are now able to hide the column(s) that the calculation was based on while the calculation column remains visible.

Data Actions – Option to select target currency

Fancy using euros over dollars? Or prefer working with your local currency? For models with currency conversion, Data Actions can now be run on the currency of your choice. You have the option choose between default and local currency. This selection is used to create the version in Edit mode in the selected currency. However, please note that this setting will be ignored for private versions.

Trigger planning sequences in stories via live connection to the embedded BPC system

With just a simple click, Story Designers can now include a BPC Planning Sequence widget allowing Planners to easily trigger remote BPC calculation logic. Variables of these planning sequences can be set in the Stories. Please note that the BPC Work Status function can be used, although the planning function type file upload is currently not yet supported.

Data Integration

SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) import connection

Import data connection to SAP Integrated Business Planning is now available. Follow the usual on-premise setup by declaring the system in the SAP Cloud Connector administration panel and installing the SAC Cloud Agent.

Google Sheets import enhancements

Select which sheet to import for Google Sheets. Please remember that you can work with up to 5M cells in a sheet.

Model creation enhancements

When importing a smaller data file to create a model, you will be immediately directed to the data preparation area. No more unnecessary clicks!

Import data from an entity directly into a dataset

Import data directly from an entity into a dataset and use it to perform predictive workflows from the following sources:

  • Generic OData
  • SAP SuccessFactors
  • SAP Business ByDesign
  • SAP Cloud for Customer
  • SAP Cloud for Customer Analytics
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP)

Mobile

Geo map support

Get insights and dive deeper in your geo map analysis when you’re on the go! You can now view and interact with geo maps on the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app by exploring your choropleth and drill layers. Please note that geo on mobile does not currently support the following basemaps: Transparent Dark Gray, Night Time Streets, and China-based basemaps. Stay tuned for more!

Data Visualizations

Absolute base value for % Variance and % Difference From calculations

Use the absolute value of the denominator as the new default when calculating the % variance and % difference from. The resulting values will no longer deviate from the direction of their numeric counterparts which was the previous case whenever the denominator was a negative value. You will always be able to revert to the previous behavior if required.

Example: 𝐴=βˆ’20 ;𝐡=βˆ’40

Numeric Variance=𝐴 βˆ’π΅=βˆ’20βˆ’(βˆ’40)=20

γ€–% π‘‰π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘Žπ‘›π‘π‘’γ€—_((𝑂𝑙𝑑 π‘π‘’β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘–π‘œπ‘Ÿ))=(𝐴 βˆ’π΅)/𝐡=(βˆ’20βˆ’(βˆ’40))/(βˆ’40)=βˆ’50%
γ€–% π‘‰π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘Žπ‘›π‘π‘’γ€—_((𝑁𝑒𝑀 π·π‘’π‘“π‘Žπ‘’π‘™π‘‘) )=(π΄βˆ’π΅)/|𝐡| =Β  (βˆ’20 βˆ’(βˆ’40))/|40| =50%

Performance enhancements

With on-demand loading of filter values, your Stories will render faster! Previously, the filters’ list of values and the Story data itself were loaded simultaneously. The loading list of values for collapsed filters is now delayed until you expand it. Therefore, greater priority is given to displaying the data in the page: charts, tables, expanded input controls.

Please note that the dimension member count will no longer be displayed next to the dimension name if the Story Designer selects β€œAll Members”.

As a part of our performance enhancements, when opening an SAC story from a direct link, persisted queries are now submitted during the startup sequence. We have also improved SAC’s logic to batch queries where possible. Please note that the batching of queries only applies if there is no data cache available. This is currently supported in the Chrome browser.

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