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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2019.24. 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 1.0.254 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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This blog provides a high level overview of the latest features in SAP Analytics Cloud.
If you’re looking to get more information about these features, please visit the help documentation here

Analytics Designer

Performance Enhancements

This update will allow you to improve performance by merging queries from SAP BW or SAP HANA for multiple charts in the Analytics Designer. To enable this feature, visit the Query Settings pop-up panel and turn on the “Enable Query Merge” toggle.

Data Integration

Query Panel Resizing Improvements for Live SAP Universe

When creating a model on a Universe with SAP Live Data Connect, you can now use the full-screen icon in the Query Panel header to maximize the view. This will make it easier to deal with large quantities of selected data, especially when working on smaller computer screens.

Smart Assist

Additional Time Phrases in Search to Insight

Search to Insight will offer more contextual information based on different time inquiries. The following time phrases are now supported:

  • Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
  • H1, H2
  • Previous, Current, This, Next
  • First, Second, …, Last
  • Half of the Year

This will provide the end user with a more pleasant experience and better search results!

Smart Predict

Time-Series Forecasting Model Debrief Improvements

The time-series forecasting model debrief has received several major improvements with this release. In an effort to improve navigation and interactivity, the predictive reports are now available as tabs to quickly switch between. Furthermore, the structure of the debriefs has been enhanced by grouping the information in a more concise and relevant way. The default report has also changed, showing the forecasts as the initial report. Lastly, the explainable AI has been improved by exposing the influencers and their contributions in the debrief, as well as providing a description for each component of the signal to help with interpretation.

Data Visualization

Custom Web Fonts

Administrators now have the ability to bring in Custom Web Fonts to their tenant from within the Administration Panel. Story Designers can then use these Custom Web Fonts anywhere fonts are configurable in the Story, in the exact same way you would use a pre-installed font. This will allow for better brand consistency for companies with custom typefaces and offers more flexibility in formatting.

Digital Boardroom

Integrated Boardroom Action Bar to Improve Discoverability

Digital Boardroom designers can now easily integrate the Action Bar into the header or footer of the Boardroom for quick access. This greatly improves discoverability and leaves more space for viewing the boardroom story itself. These options can be configured in the boardroom preferences.

Administration & Infrastructure

Danish Support

No, this doesn’t mean SAP Analytics Cloud will visualize your data in the form of a pastry. It does mean, however, that you can now choose Danish as your user interface language. Velkommen to all our Danish users!

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