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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.07. 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 1.0.269 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

Platform Services

Defining Prompt Value while scheduling a story

When creating or editing a “Schedule Publication” for stories based on SAP BW and HANA data models, you can now define prompt values. In this way, you can share different views with different prompt values for your story with the same or a new set of recipients, increasing the shareability.

Analytics Designer

New API to send a notification

Application developers can now use the Application.sendNotification() API to send a notification when an analytic application is running on the backend, i.e. scheduling. You can use scripting capabilities to configure the notification. Users can receive the notification via email or the notification panel. A maximum of three notifications can be sent per scheduling job.

New APIs to move widgets

Application developers can now decide to move widgets or containers dynamically to other containers at application runtime to cover dynamic layout scenarios.
Supported container widgets are canvas, panel or tab strip.
Provided scripting APIs:

  • Application.moveWidget();
  • Tabstrip.moveWidget();
  • Panel.moveWidget()

New API to apply bookmarks at run time

Application developers can now use the BookmarkSet.apply() API to load/apply bookmarks at run time. This scripting API needs to be related to the technical component of a bookmark, Bookmark Set. This new feature lets designers load bookmarks more conveniently.
The included widgets within the bookmark definition will be reloaded. The status of non-included widgets within the bookmark definition will be kept.

API DataSource.setDimensionFilter() supports range filters and exclude filters

Application developers can now use the scripting API DataSource.setDimensionFilter() to support:

  • Range filters
  • Excluding members with single and multiple filter values

New APIs for SAP BW models

Application developers can use the following scripting APIs for SAP BW models in the table widget:

  • Table.setCompactDisplayEnabled()
  • Table.isCompactDisplayEnabled()
  • Table.setZeroSuppression()
  • Table.isZeroSuppressionEnabled() table axis.
  • DataSource.getDimensionProperties()
  • Table.setActiveDimensionProperties()
  • Table.getActiveDimensionProperties()

This allows application designers to customize the table design. For example, when a user wants to open a chart in a popup / fullscreen container, the application developer can move the table to that popup / fullscreen container directly – with all the interaction states kept.

New API to improve the existing read access to OData services

You can now use the API getEntitiesCountFromEntitySet to improve the existing read access to OData services by enabling the OData system query options for “filter”, “orderby”, “select”, “count”, “top”, and “skip”.
The new API works like the getEntitiesFromEntitySet API but returns the count instead of an entity list.


Show Units and Scale in cell

Using the styling panel, story designers can decide where units and scale should be shown in the table. You can format it at the cell level to increase visibility. You can choose to display units and scale in:

  • Default
  • Row
  • Column
  • Cell

Create validation rules to define valid ranges of data

In planning models, you can now create validation rules to establish relationships of members across different dimensions to restrict planned data entry. For example, you may want to restrict planning to only a few products in a given geography. With this capability, you can set relationships based on attributes to enforce this type of restriction.

Calendar Integration for Reviewer in Story

When you’re reviewing a story that’s part of a calendar task, you can access it through the new status bar, which is located on the top of the task-connected story. It also shows calendar information when hovered over, together with Submit, Reject, and Details buttons. This update saves you unnecessary clicks to switch back and forth between the Calendar and the story.

Open the data locking editor from a Data Locking Task

You can now easily open the Data Locking editor in read-only mode from a Data Locking Task. The context of the task is applied to the editor as driving dimensions so you can see the current lock state for your task.

Data Visualization

User-defined hierarchies with custom shape files in the geo choropleth layer on SAP BW

For SAP BW, you can now consume user-defined hierarchies with custom shape files in the geo choropleth layer. It allows you to drill down to a specific level. For example, you can access level two with one click.

Custom sort for dimension members in SAP BW

You can now set up a custom sort for dimension members in tables, visualizations and Explorer. Flat list and Hierarchy are sorted only within the same hierarchy level and Characteristic Structures. This can be shared between the same model within the same story.

Display Measure Values in the Bubble Layer of a Geo Map

Now you have the ability to show measure values in the bubble layer of a Geo Map. You can choose to display the color, size, or measure values.

Enhanced Number Format Capabilities for Geo Maps

We have enhanced our number formatting styling capabilities, so you can adjust the scale, scale format, and decimals when working on geo maps. All values also update in tooltips, even when they’re hidden.

Input Controls Search Improvements

You can now search for members with certain patterns in input controls.
Note that this feature works only for searches of existing members of the dimension. New members are not automatically reselected. It is available for Acquired and HANA Live models only, and not supported for Hierarchies.

Administration & Infrastructure

Manage Team-specific Folders

You can now manage team-specific folders the same way you can manage other folders. This addition gives admins more control over the Team folders, including being able to rename and delete them, improving file repository organization.

Quicker Access to Content from the Home Page

The Home page now includes the following features to let users and teams quickly discover and access important content:

  • A Favorites tab dedicated to all the content you have designated as “Favorites”
  • A Shared with Me tab listing all the content that has been shared with you by other users

Note that this feature is disabled by default, and tenant admins can turn it on via the administration settings.

Publish Content for All Users

The ability to publish to “All Users” has been added to the Publish To Catalog dialogue box. This allows you to publish content to all current and future users of an SAP Analytics Cloud system.

Data Integration

Support for more Open Connectors data sources

We now support more data sources via SAP Open Connectors: Autotask CRM, Close, ConnectWise CRM, Infusionsoft CRM, Insightly, and Box. Users can acquire data from one of these sources and create a model based on imported data. Note that the users must be on a Cloud Foundry tenant and have the Open Connectors account.

Remove Duplicate Rows

Duplicate rows in the dataset can be removed while creating a public model. You can find the option “Remove duplicate rows” in the Actions tab. Initially, the duplicates are removed from the sample. Once the “Create Model” button is clicked, the duplicate rows are removed from the entire dataset. This helps you keep your dataset lean and clean.

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