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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.04. 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 1.0.263 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 1.0.235 for SAP HANA view
  • Version 1.0.91 for SAP Universe (UNX)
  • Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
  • 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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If you’re looking to get more information about these features, please visit the help documentation


Administration & Infrastructure

View Recent Files

You can now open recently accessed files on the Recent Files widget located on the Home Page. This update saves you time navigating to your recent work and opening the files you use most often. You need to turn this feature on in the administration panel as it is turned off by default.

Analytics Designer

Copy widget to Analytic Application

Users can now copy widgets from a story to analytic applications at design time within the same browser page. Copying can be achieved via ctrl +c and ctrl + v, or via the copy feature on the quick menu. All the property capabilities on the widget itself will be copied over.

Supported features: State of the widgets (calculated measures, features created by the build and styling panel), copying widgets to container or a popup, copying grouping widgets (without group information), chart in smart insights panel, etc.

Not supported features: Value Driver Tree, Input Control, linked analysis, story filter, geo polygon filter, etc.


Restore the latest deleted widget

Accidentally deleted a widget when working on Analytic Designer? Don’t worry. With this update, you can restore the deleted widget or technical component within the ten seconds after you deleted it. The restored item will keep the previous state so you can easily pick up where you left off.


Error count on Analytic Application

We now show the error count on the information panel toolbar’s icon of your analytic application. This will help inform the application developer instantly when the application has an error.


Edit Button

When you’re running Analytic Applications, you can now use the Edit button in the toolbar of an executed application to enter edit mode. The Edit button is not available in Microsoft Internet Explorer and is only displayed for application users with corresponding permissions. Quickly switching from run time to design time increases your efficiency when designing an Analytic Application.


Data Visualization

Export Story Content to PowerPoint

We’ve released the ability to export a story to Microsoft PowerPoint, allowing users to easily include stories in their presentations and streamline their workflow. Each exported story page will be one image on a PowerPoint slide. This feature has the same capabilities and limitations as exporting stories to PDF or Google Slides.



Export data from SAP Analytics Cloud to S/4HANA Activity Type Plan Cost Rates

We have expanded our capabilities to push plan information from SAP Analytics Cloud to specific components within S/4HANA. With this release, you can now export data from SAP Analytics Cloud to S/4HANA Activity Type Plan Cost Rates (ACCOSTRATE). Configuration for this export is consistent with the current export to S/4HANA capabilities (i.e. ACDOCP). 


Return the current Coordinated Universal Time in Advanced Formulas

A new function TODAY is now available within Advanced Formulas which returns the current system date in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in the format YYYYMMDD. This function can be modified to return local time based on the configuration setting CONFIG.TIME_ZONE_OFFSET


Smart Assist

Live Universe Connection in Search to Insight

Search to Insight can be used on Live Universe Connections. The model needs to be indexed in the Model Settings and requires Live Universe 2.3. This will help your end-users quickly ask questions of their data from the live universe connection.


Smart Insights in Explorer and Digital Boardroom

You can now use Smart Insights in Explorer and Digital Boardroom, allowing users to get contextual insights in more scenarios.


Enriched Smart Insights for calculations

Smart Insights for calculations can now show you their top contributors and how they change over time. It lets you see more information about calculations on a particular data point or variance in your visualization or table, and understand which factors are making the biggest impact on them.



Access specified content

Now when a user creates a link to share a story with others on the Mobile Application, it will include specified filters, page indexes, and prompts, so the receiver of the link can access the specified content with ease. This feature greatly improves the shareability of stories on the Analytics Mobile Application.


Query time in Search to Insight

Search to Insight on Mobile now supports time-related keywords such as “… by Year”, “… by Quarter”, etc. to offer more contextual information based on different time inquiries. This update provides you with more concise search results at your fingertips.

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