This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2019.23. 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 1.0.251 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:
- Planning: Copy and paste shortcuts
- Planning: Export currency and quantity in separate jobs to S/4HANA
- Data Integration: SAP HANA 2.0 Connection Enhancements
- Smart Assist: Smart Insight Enhancements
- Data Visualization: Background gradients or image for Responsive Pages and Lanes
- Data Visualization: Threshold legend in charts
- Analytics Designer: API Improvements
- Analytics Designer: Text-area widget
- Smart Predict: Smart Predict Cloud native and converged architecture
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With this update you’ll be able to cut and paste cell values with keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, or Cmd+X and Cmd+V. This brings the functionality that was available for custom cells, to data cells, creating a consistent user experience.
When you export data to S/4HANA using OData Services and your target key figure is a quantity, you will now be able to map it to a unit dimension and export the quantities of the different units. This will ensure accurate mapping and improve the quality of data exports to S/4HANA.
Connection setup to Cloud Foundry HANA 2.0 has been simplified by removing the need to force the connection through an HDI container. The overall architecture of the live connection has not changed, the only difference is to replace the HDI container reference to a user provided service.
To help you make better business decisions, Smart Insights now brings top contributors for all generic dimensions, even those with large number of dimension members. To further improve the value of insights, “unassigned” values will no longer be shown as a top contributor, and for variances, Smart Insights now supports up to 50 dimension members.
Story designers can now select gradient colours and images to use as a background for responsive pages and lanes. Background images and colour gradient are also available in story preferences for ease of story design.
Story designers can now choose to display a threshold legend when a threshold is applied on a chart. Just like other chart legends, the threshold legend can also be hidden via the “More Actions” menu.
You can now add a new text-area widget to your Analytic Application. It is similar to the input field widget, but different in that it can wrap text automatically based on the size of the widget and the line break entered by the application users. This is especially useful when you get long text from comments and descriptions.
Multiple improvements have been made with a synopsis listed below for each improvement:
- The wave version of the API reference is displayed in the browser tab and in the first link of the “Contents” section.
- The link “API Reference Latest Published Version” in the “Contents” section navigates to the latest publicly available version of the API reference.
- Class, field, method, and event API additions are listed in their documentation with the wave version of their addition under the heading “Since” and their update under “Last Update”.
- Direct subclasses of a class are listed in the class documentation under the heading “Direct Subclasses”.
- Each class in the “Contents” section has decorator icons indicating special capabilities of the class:
- Icon with the letter “D” indicates whether the class contains fields or methods that can be directly accessed in the script editor without creating an instance of the class.
- Icon with the letter “T” indicates whether the class can be used as a type in method arguments, return values, or global script variables.
- The API reference shows the type library information of each class and all classes are grouped into type libraries.
We’ve made improvements to how Smart Predict connects to your data. This ensures that your user experience creating predictive models is now more aligned when using either live or acquired datasets. This alignment, however, means that you’ll have to make sure that all predictive models created before release 2019.23 on acquired datasets, are retrained to view their debriefs, and also before they can be applied to new datasets.
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