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:
- Planning: Default mass data entry
- Planning: Booked mode enhancements
- Planning: Calendar keyboard support
- Planning: Change calendar tasks to processes and vice versa
- Planning: Copy and paste in your tables with live BPC
- Intelligent Enterprise: Version to version variance & Waterfall chart support for SAP BW live data
- Intelligent Enterprise: Performance improvements for BW
- Intelligent Enterprise: Date picker
- Mobile: Additional language support
- Administration & Infrastructure: Featured files on the home page
- Administration & Infrastructure: Edit the sharing settings for samples
- Smart Assist: Smart Insights on tables
- Smart Assist: Smart Insights on navigational attributes
- Data Visualization: Dynamic time filter workflow enhancements
- Data Visualization: Dynamic time offset for page and story filters
- Data Visualization: Enhanced Linked Analysis
- Data Visualization: Cross calculation for currency conversion in charts
- Data Visualization: Optimized performance for open-ended and dynamic date range filters
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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.
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!
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:
|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|
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!
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.
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!
¡Ariba, Ariba! (pun intended) ¡Ándale, Ándale! With these new performance improvements for BW you’ll be running faster than Speedy Gonzales!
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!
Administration & Infrastructure
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!
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!
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!
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
- Current & Next
- Wookie (Only available in the special Chewbacca edition of SAC)
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?
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!
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.
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…?)
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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