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:
- Data Integration: Share file server connections
- Data Integration: Export data to files hourly
- Data Integration: BPC live connection enhancements
- Intelligent Enterprise: SAP BW GrandTotal() and %GrandTotal() formula support
- Smart Assist: Smart Insights on calculation data points
- Data Visualization: Recommended Comparisons
- Data Visualization: Multi-Dimensional Sorting on Charts
- Data Visualization: Prevent Viewers from Removing Chart & Geo Filters
- Modeling: Enable translations of model and public dimension metadata
- Analytics Designer: Smart Insights for table widgets
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- Create a model from SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics
- Apply filters to a chart in a story
- Apply filters to a geo map in a story
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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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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