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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2019.17. 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 1.0.239 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types!
If you haven’t upgraded yet, here are the data acquisition minimum requirements:

  • Version 1.0.233 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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Data Integration

Share file server connections

When using the File Server, larger files will now load in the background while you work on other tasks with smaller files loading instantly. You will also be able to share connections with colleagues because as we all know, sharing is caring!

Export data to files hourly

Repeating scheduled settings for exporting to a file will now show an hourly option. If the export takes longer than an hour, SAP Analytics Cloud will wait until the next hour after the export has completed. Would you like me to repeat that?

BPC live connection enhancements

In a story created using a BPC Live Connection, the planning status of the back-end BPC query will now be synced with the status of the planning-enabled option of the table in the story. The story designer can switch on or off the planning-enabled option in the builder panel.

Intelligent Enterprise

Display SAP BW live GrandTotal() and %GrandTotal()

For SAP BW live connections, you can now display the values for Grand Total and percentage Grand Total in tables and charts by using the provided functions. This is a Grand move towards bringing Total compatibility with SAP BW!

Smart Assist

Smart Insights on calculation data points

Now you’ll be able to use Smart Insights on data points created with calculations to see information about the calculations.

Data Visualizations

Recommended comparisons

SAP Analytics Cloud will offer you recommended comparisons right in the builder panel as you create your charts. The recommendations are based on version or time and will adjust based on the chart context. In many cases there is a lot of value to be gained from comparing versions or time periods, however, not everyone knows how to create a valuable comparison.

Multi-dimensional sorting on charts

With this update, you’ll have the ability to sort charts by two or more dimensions either alphabetically or in a custom configuration with semantic meaning. These sorts can be set be both the designer and the viewer, making it easier to organize your information.

Prevent viewers from removing chart & geo filters

Story designers can now prevent viewers from deleting chart and geo filters with a new option available in the filter dialogue. Moreover, viewers may now reset the filter selection back to default if they wish.


Enable translations of model and public dimension metadata

You can now enable translations of model and public dimension metadata, in addition to stories. The user has the option to mark a model or a dimension as ready for translation and all the relevant texts in the metadata will then be translated by a common translation service. Dit sal beslis baie mense help! (Good thing you can translate Afrikaans directly in SAP Analytics Cloud)

Analytics Designer

Smart Insights for table widgets

When creating an analytical application, you can choose to enable Smart Insights when right clicking on a table cell. To do this, simply check the “Enable Explorer Mode” box at design time.

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