This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.06. 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 1.0.267 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:
- Analytics Designer: Copy Widgets Across Browser Tabs
- Analytics Designer: Enhanced Tabs in Builder Panel
- Analytics Designer: Data Locks
- Analytics Designer: Support for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud
- Data Visualization: Search and viewing enhancements for widget filters and input controls
- Mobile: Single-sign-on experience
- Mobile: Support for Xcode-11
- Smart Assist: Search using number abbreviations In Search to Insight
- Planning: Reference another time dimension for time functions NEXT/PREVIOUS
- Data Integration: Import from SAP HANA views based on XS Advanced
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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.
You can now copy widgets from story to analytic applications and application to application at design time across different browser tabs.
Application developers can now rename and reorder tabs in the Builder Panel. The name and order of the tabs within a Tabstrip in Builder Panel is synchronized with the outline. In the outline, application developers can reorder the tabs within the same Tabstrip via drag and drop. New scripting APIs for the tabs are also provided. Your capability to organize the Tabstrips of your applications is enhanced, making it easier for your viewers to consume the information.
When working on a planning application, the developer can now use the menu entry Data Locks at design time to display locked cells in the table. Now the Data Locking display is available at both design and run time.
An application creator can now create an analytic application based on an SAP Data Warehouse Cloud space in SAP Analytics Cloud. This increases the scope of the data you can choose from when designing analytical applications.
When viewing a story page, you can now choose whether to display (and search) the ID, Description, or ID and Description for widget filters and input controls. This action can be done through the “more actions” menu or the right-click menu.
You can now use a simplified single-sign-on experience when using the mobile App to connect to your live SAP BW, SAP HANA, or SAP S/4HANA data using SAP Cloud Connector. This gives end-users seamless access to their data without worrying about entering credentials, saving you time and trouble.
This feature can be enabled on existing connections by supplying the right configurations details.
The SAP Analytics Mobile App and SDK now support Xcode 11. This means that the new App is now built with Xcode 11 and deprecating older iOS versions.
The Mobile SDK requires Xcode 11.3 to be able to build an IPA file and deploy it in internal App Stores.
- Numeric decimal values, such as “2.4 B”.
- Expressions in English, such as “a million” or “a half million”.
- Words for fractions, such as “half a million”.
For planning models with multiple time dimensions, you can now reference a secondary time dimension within the Advanced Formula functions Next and Previous.
One of the more typical use-cases for this are scenarios that require amortization of revenue recognition. For example, in the insurance industry, premiums are paid upfront for the duration of the contract. However, these payments cannot be recognized as revenue immediately, but rather need to be spread over the contract duration.
By introducing the ability to reference a secondary time dimension in the Next/Previous functions, it becomes easier to define relative time offsets to the initial payment period to amortize the specific revenues or expenses.
This feature enhances existing on-premise data acquisition from HANA to support XSA based HANA Views.
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