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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.05. 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 1.0.265 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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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
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Data Visualization

Show/Hide Data Markers On Line Charts And Combined Line Charts

Show/hide data markers on line charts and combined line charts are now available. When you choose to hide data markers, thresholds will also be hidden. This update simplifies your visualization and increases the readability of your charts.

Mobile

Query Live Data Models in Search to Insight

You can query models based on live data (SAP HANA, SAP BW, SAP S/4 HANA) when working with Search to Insight on iPhones. Now you can enjoy the benefits of our conversational artificial intelligence to visualize and analyze live data on your iPhone.

Smart Assist

Story Filter in Search to Insight

When you open Search to Insight from a story, all story filters are automatically applied in the question you ask. Only filters affecting the specific chart get displayed. This update makes it easier for you to dig deeper into the filtered data, simplifies your workflow and makes the experience with Search to Insight more seamless.

Enhanced Simulation View

For your business, it’s really important to answer the question “What would happen if…? To better help you answer that question for all your new stories, our impact simulator replaces the original waterfall chart. This will better explain your simulation results, help you forecast possible scenarios and make smart business decisions.

Planning

Set Completion Options to Ignore

When copying data across different models, there is a new completion option, “Ignore”, to help you include only data that is relevant for the specific copy action.
By setting the “Ignore” option, any source members that were not automatically mapped to a target member are excluded from the copy. This can improve overall cross model copy performance, and simplifies and streamlines the overall cross model copy mapping experience.

 

Enhanced Table experience

We’ve improved the table experience with the following updates:

  • Smooth scrolling bar appears when your cursor hovers over the table and saves you from clicking
  • Improved performance of in-cell charts and thresholds
  • Ability to specify exact row height or use the predefined Fiori heights (Default, Condensed, Cozy)
  • Ability to specify exact column width for non-responsive tables
  • Deselect linked analysis members with “Esc” on keyboard

This should make your experience feel more familiar and intuitive.

Analytics Designer

onBeforeExecute event

As an application designer, you can now use the onBeforeExecute event for the Data Action Trigger and the BPC Planning Sequence.
You can use this event to add any scripts that should be executed before the data action trigger/Planning is executed. So now you have more flexibility and room for creativity when designing applications.

Administration & Infrastructure

Analytics Catalog

With the Analytics Catalog, a new Home Page tab is provided where Stories, Analytic Applications, Digital Boardrooms and other external content can be published to help make them easily discoverable for SAP Analytics Cloud end-users. The ability to add enhanced meta-data and filters can help end-users find and learn more about the content.

The External URL is a new object type in the File Repository that allows managing access to any URL based content and can be also published to the Analytics Catalog.

 

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