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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2019.11. 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 1.0.229 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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Planning

Default mass data entry

You can now enter mass data entry mode by default when making data entry changes in your table. This can be toggled on and off from the builder panel.

Booked mode enhancements

You can now add new members by right clicking on the header of an empty table and they will be added as unbooked data. You no longer need to see visible elements in a table before adding a new member, giving you more flexibility in how you want to use SAP Analytics Cloud!

Calendar keyboard support

What’s better than relaxing on a beach in Maui with a Pina Colada and an all you can eat buffet, you ask? Two words: Keyboard. Shortcuts. And boy do we have some good ones for you! Check out the table below for all the great shortcuts that are now available:

Action

Key (Windows)

Key (Mac)

Comment

Open copy dialog Ctrl+C CMD+C Only works when no text is selected. Otherwise text is copied to clipboard.
Open delete dialog Ctrl+D CMD+D Will open browser bookmark dialog when no calendar item is selected.
Update (and send) changes Ctrl+S CMD+S Will open browser safe window if no pending changes exist.
Move to previous day/week/month Page down Page down
Move to next day/week/month Page up Page up
Toggle filter bar Ctrl+Shift+F CMD+Shift+F

 

Change calendar tasks to processes and vice versa & assignee roles for calendar process

You can now change your calendar tasks to processes or your processes to tasks with a simple click. You can also add assignees to a calendar process and they can distribute tasks to other assignees by transforming those tasks into processes and adding child tasks. Efficiency maximized!

Copy and paste in your tables with live BPC

When working with a table based on a live data connection to BPC Embedded you can now copy and paste values inside the table, between tables, and with external tables (such as an Excel file). Keep in mind that only values will be copied. Typing data manually is over and out.

Intelligent Enterprise

Version to version variance & Waterfall chart support for SAP BW live data

Hey, how you doin’? You can now enable Joey’s powers to answer questions about how your business has changed with version to version variance and waterfall charts for SAP BW live data sources. Now that’s a real (Central) Perk!

Performance improvements for BW

¡Ariba, Ariba! (pun intended) ¡Ándale, Ándale! With these new performance improvements for BW you’ll be running faster than Speedy Gonzales!

Date picker

Sorry, unfortunately this won’t help you pick a date location any faster for Saturday night, but it will allow you to select a date more efficiently for a BW characteristic value variable!

Mobile

Additional language support

Buna ziua! Ola! γεια σας! SAP Analytics Cloud mobile now supports 12 new languages! These include:

Croatian
Dutch
Greek
Finnish
Hindi
Indonesian
Norwegian
Portuguese
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Romanian

Administration & Infrastructure

Featured files on the home page

Free featured files feature finding its feet for future freedom from file finding. Say that fast three times! In other words, now you can access files from a featured files tile on the homepage for quick access, saving you time from looking through folders. Featured files will be dynamic based on sharing settings, so team members can edit who sees which file and each user will only see their accessible files on the homepage. Fantastic!

Edit the sharing settings for samples

Administrators can now change sharing settings on samples that are installed by default, making it easier to control access for samples.

Smart Assist

Smart Insights on tables

We have introduced a more intuitive design, right click on a cell instead of searching in the toolbar for the Smart Insights icon. This makes it easier to access the insights your company needs, and to keep all your goals in sight!

Smart Insights on navigational attributes

When generating Smart Insights, navigational attributes are now considered and will help provide more detailed context to better enable your decision making! This will bring Smart Insights to a whole new dimension!

Data Visualizations

Dynamic time filter workflow enhancements

Users can now create dynamic time filters and calculations faster than the Millennium Falcon escaping Hoth. These filters and calculations can also be adjusted for different levels of granularity (i.e. Periods) with fewer steps than before.

Period selections include:

  • Current
  • Previous
  • Next
  • Current & Previous
  • Current & Next
  • Wookie (Only available in the special Chewbacca edition of SAC)

Dynamic time offset for page and story filters

We hope you’re ready to unleash your inner Marty McFly because SAC is going Back to the Future! Story designers can now create dynamic time filters with offsets for months and years to fine tune exactly which time periods you want on your dashboard. Has anyone seen my DeLorean?

Enhanced linked analysis

Where did you come from, where did you go? Now linked analysis has gotten more pro! A more intuitive design allows users to access linked analysis via the quick action bar, rather than the toolbar. And story designers have greater control and flexibility to select which widgets can be included in linked analysis. This enhancement allows more than one linked analysis group per page!

Cross calculations for currency conversion in charts

What’s the one currency Superman can’t hold? Kryptocurrency. Luckily though, he can convert it all to USD with SAC’s new currency conversion models in charts! This will allow story designers to create currency conversion calculations for each desired currency, making it even easier to interact with global currencies.

Cross calculation input control in charts

Story designers can create cross calculation input controls in charts, providing more flexibility to end users by allowing them to select which currencies to display at any given time. If a region is unprofitable, just deselect it and make all your financial problems go away! (Wouldn’t that be nice…?)

Optimized performance for open-ended and dynamic date range filters

Meep, meep! Story opening times have been improved by delaying queries for dynamic or open-ended date range filters until after the story has loaded. Even the Roadrunner can’t keep up with these speeds!

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