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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.02. 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 1.0.257 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


Data Integration

Qualtrics Import Connection

Could you think of a time when knowing how a customer or partner felt would have helped your business? Most of us would agree that understanding how people feel about an experience would be incredibly beneficial and offer insights that simply cannot be gained through financial metrics. With this new release of SAP Analytics Cloud, we’re bringing in the experiential data (X data) powers of Qualtrics by allowing you to import survey questions and answers, adding new insights to augment your operational data (O data). Users will be able to define what data to import via the familiar query building experience, making the X+O connection experience seamless and intuitive, so you can focus on understanding how to offer your customers the most benefit.


Allocation Steps in Data Actions

Rather than manually executing allocations from within you story, you can now add structured allocations as part of a data action to provide a more automated experience for your end user. You can also combine an allocation step with other step types in one data action, and then easily execute them with one click using the data action trigger. Quick and easy!

Copy Data Actions

In this release, you’ll gain the ability to copy a data action with all its steps and parameters, saving you time in those cases when you want to duplicate an existing data action. Just be aware that you can only copy one data action at a time, in order to not lose any previous copies.

General Updates

SAP Analytics Cloud for Office

SAP Analytics Cloud’s add-in for Microsoft Office extends our analytic and planning capabilities with the well-known Excel frontend and functions to allow planners to work on their preferred device while still getting all the benefits SAP Analytics Cloud provides. This add-in works both on premise, with a product installation, as well as on desktop and in the cloud where no installation is required since the add-on can be found in the Microsoft store. And, of course, please keep in mind that some functionality may be missing as this feature is still in beta.

Analytics Designer

Type Library Optimization

More isn’t always better, especially when it comes to searching through help sections. In an effort to save Analytic Designers from having to sift through multiple irrelevant topics, new Analytic Applications will only suggest types that are available in the standard library, within the script editor value help. Whenever a widget or technical object is loaded into the application, the associated type library will be added as well. For Analytic Applications that were created prior to this update, there will be an “Optimize type Libraries” button under the “Settings” menu which will remove any unused libraries from the script editor value help.

Platform Services

Data Point Comments on Analytical Models

Liked our Data Point Comments on Planning Models? Well, now you can make Data Point Comments to the data cells of a table on Analytical Models. This will help you add context-based comments on a particular data point in a table, making it even easier to collaborate with your colleagues.


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Data Point Comments on Analytical Models

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