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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.01. 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 1.0.256 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

Scripting for Search to Insight

As an application designer, you can now use scripting API to build your own Search to Insight UI by integrating Search to Insight with another application, such as a Chatbot or your own company portal. This new scripting API allows users to pass a question through the application and apply the resulting chart or table in an Analytic Application, making it faster and easier for the end user to get custom analytics.

Concurrent Session Notifications

This usability improvement will help ensure that users don’t overwrite each other’s work when working on the same Application. When a second user opens the same Application, system notifications will indicate to them that someone else is already editing, and the original editor will receive a notification that someone else opened the file. Once an edit is made by one of the users, the other user will receive a notification to either save a copy of their Application or jump to the most recent revision to continue working.

Loading Indicator

Application Designers can now define a loading indicator to prevent Application users from performing new actions while an operation is still in progress. This will improve the user experience as they will receive a visual cue that a process is occurring.
There are two types of loading indicators:

  • Automatically triggered when loading is longer than a predefined delay time. This is configured in the Styling panel of the canvas.
  • Defined for the application as a pop up, a tab strip, or a panel, by leveraging corresponding APIs.

Data Analyzer Enhancements

As a user of the data analyzer, you will find several improvements for this ready-to-run service to improve your workflow efficiency:

  • The “Available Items” area is now displayed by default.
  • You can use the Refresh button in the query information dialog to refresh your data source.
  • In the query information dialog, prompts that have been set for the data source are now displayed.
  • You can now quickly and easily collapse the filter line.

Trigger Refreshing for Widgets

By leveraging the refresh data APIs, Application Designers can allow Application users to trigger a data refresh for a specific widget (such as a table or chart) or all widgets related to an Application data source. This ensures that relevant and up-to-date information is always available for your end user to make decisions.

Planning

Option to Switch to Input Mode in BPC Embedded

When planning against BPC embedded, planners now have the option to toggle between input mode to edit data in a table, or view mode to only view data in the table. In view mode, there is no BW backend lock, and other planners can change data. This improves collaboration and makes it easier for appropriate users to make edits as necessary.

Show Hyperlink in Tables

Table hyperlinks are now visible through a quick “Go to Link” Hyperlink button available in the context menu of each cell. The hyperlinks will be displayed with the URL and additional context for quick comprehension and access to the destination.

Rename Account and Measures in the Builder Panel

The table now provides options to rename Account and Measure dimensions directly from the Builder panel. The changes will not be saved to the model itself but are useful for customizing individual stories based on individual preferences.

Activate Processes Automatically on Start Date

As you can already do with tasks, you can now enable Processes activate automatically on the start date you’ve chosen. This reduces the manual inputs required for Processes, leaving you more time to spend on the actual tasks!

Auto Complete Process on the Due Date

Planners can now choose to have a process complete automatically on the due date and define the completion settings. In addition, Planners are able to apply the same completion settings to subtasks and Processes, or they can complete them with custom settings. Another case of SAP Analytics Cloud saving you time through automation!

Mobile

Search to Insight on Mobile

Search to Insight is here! You can now query your acquired models using Search to Insight in the mobile app to get quick answers to questions and share these findings with other users. As you type your query, auto-complete suggestions will display, bringing augmented analytics right to your fingertips no matter where you are in the world!

Application Logs

The SAP Analytics Cloud App will now generate local application logs to help analyze issues when contacting the SAP Support team. This will help accelerate resolution of any issues you may face.

Support for HANA Variables

HANA Input parameters and variables will now be supported within the SAP Analytics Cloud Mobile app.

Smart Predict

Multi-Column Segmentation for Data Sets

When creating time series forecasting predictive models, segmentation will now have the ability to use values from multiple columns. This makes it easy to create forecasts for segments that combine values from several columns, such as region and product.

Smart Assist

Better Support for Time-Based Questions in Search to Insight

Natural language is more useful than ever! Users can now ask for a measure over time in a much simpler way as well as specify the granularity through familiar terms, for example:

  • Show me Gross Margin…
    • over time
    • by year
    • by fiscal quarter
    • broken into months
    • broken down by week
    • by date
  • Show me monthly Gross Margin

Search to Insight will also automatically select a time dimension if the user does not specify one explicitly. This will help your end user get quick information in a very intuitive manner without needing any specific knowledge about the data!

Search to Insight Support for Acquired Models with Data Access Control 

Acquired Models with Data Access Control (DAC) will now be used in Search to Insight when indexing is enabled from the Model Preferences. By default, models with DAC are not indexed, and because indexing does not respect the DAC settings, users without access to a member will still be able to see it in autocomplete.

Exclude Acquired Models from Search to Insight

Acquired Models can be excluded from Search to Insight by disabling indexing, giving users more control over which models get exposed.

Smart Insights on Data Over Time

Smart Insights now show you how your data points have changed over time, including when they have time dimension filters applied to them. This comes with a convenient tab view of the different time granularities which you can quickly toggle between. These features not only provide more context for better insights, but they also make for a more intuitive interface!

Smart Insights on Account Dimensions

You can now get Smart Insights on data points representing account dimensions which have Income (INC) and Expense (EXP) as financial account types. This feature is especially useful for Planners, offering more valuable insights when looking at financial data.

Data Integration 

View Mapping and Import Job Transformations

Users can now view data mapping and transform history after they import data into a model or dimension. This history can be used to help map or transform data for other import jobs, saving you time and potential confusion!

Administration & Infrastructure

Translate Analytics Hub Content

You can now translate SAP Analytics Hub asset content and structure using the SAP Analytics Cloud translation service. Users can update their language preference and view translated content in their preferred language. Support for over 30 languages allows for Analytics to be consumed by a wider audience within your organization, which is perfect for international organizations!

Buy and Import Content

When browsing paid content from Content Libraries on the Content Network, you can now follow a link to the SAP App Center to buy the content, and then import it directly into SAP Analytics Cloud. This seamless integration makes it much easier and faster to bring in your favourite external content.

Data Visualization

Right Click Context Menu

This update brings a big increase in usability and discoverability of possible widget actions by providing a right click context menu. Widget menu items will now be accessible by right clicking anywhere on the widget, or through the floating “More Actions” icon at top right of the widget. The wrap title action will be moved inside the context menu to reduce clutter on the main widget screen and core data point actions such as filter, exclude, and drill will remain available via left click. These updates should make interacting with widgets much more intuitive and consistent.

Restrict Measures on Dynamic Time Using a Custom Current Date

This feature provides the ability to create restricted measures and cross calculations with dynamic time range filters based on a “custom current date”. This allows viewers to control the “current period” used for the dynamic time range based on their current date configuration. Essentially, you will no longer need to update the date filter range whenever you want to change the time-period, just update the custom current date and the rest will change accordingly!

Story Level Font Resize in Device Preview

Story Designers can now change the font scaling of the entire story for each individual device size using a single scale. Widgets can still be individually scaled but this will save you a lot of time from having to configure each widget one-by-one.

Digital Boardroom

Set Prompts for All Pages

Boardroom presenters can now change prompts for all pages rather than page by page. This dramatically reduces the number of clicks needed to change prompts and allows for a more consistent view of the data. Prompts can still be set for individual pages if desired, allowing you to choose between efficiency or customization!

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