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This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.15. 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 1.0.281 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types!

If you haven’t upgraded yet, here are the data acquisition minimum requirements:

  • Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
  • Version 1.0.235 for SAP HANA view
  • Version 1.0.91 for SAP Universe (UNX)
  • Version 1.0.233 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
  • Version 1.0.75 for all other data source types

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Highlights of this release:

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. 

Data Visualization

Refresh Indicator Enhancement

When you refresh a story or use story/page filters, you now have a more visible indication for the table refresh similar to charts that are being refreshed, removing confusion and providing greater clarity regarding the refresh status of your data.

Suppress Zeros and Nulls

With this new update, you can now suppress zeros and nulls on SAP BW tables and charts within your story. In SAP Analytics Cloud, the Zero Suppression feature makes it easier to extract meaning from data as it allows you to remove redundant or invaluable data.


Smart Assist

Enhancement on Hierarchical Data

Efficiently find the answers to your business questions with this new Smart Insights enhancement. Smart Insights will now find more meaningful insights on your hierarchical data by basing the analysis on the most interesting level of your dimension hierarchy, opposed to solely using the leaf node level. Details of your dimension hierarchy will also be displayed when you hover over a selected dimension member in the Smart Insights panel, or in the Dynamic Insight text.

Add-in for Microsoft Office

Highlight Changed Cells in Planning

With SAP Analytics Cloud add-in for Microsoft Office, you can now see which of your cell values are being affected by your data input within your planning models and stories. If your new entered value is successfully processed, the visible values which are affected and changed by this data entry will be highlighted in yellow.


Copy and Paste Values in a Table with an Advanced Filter

In SAP Analytics Cloud for planning, you can now copy and paste values in a table where Advanced Filters are enabled. This includes copying underlying values where the target cells are already booked or pasting a value without weighting where the target cells do not have pre-existing values.

Analytics Designer

Pattern-based Functions to Create String-based Functions

As an application designer, you can now use pattern-based functions to create string-based functions by providing only input and output examples instead of writing script code. By leveraging machine learning to automatically generate string-based functions, this new enhancement makes it more convenient to generate string-based functions without coding.

Exporting Data to PDF

Have you ever wanted to convert your table data to a PDF file? Well, your wishes have been granted because Data Analyzers can now export data from tables in the form of a PDF file. You will also be able to configure the following for the exported PDF document:

  • Scope Selection
  • Page Orientation
  • Appendix and Page Size

Data Integration

Make an Embedded Dataset Public

With this new update, you will now be able to convert an embedded dataset into a public dataset in SAP Analytics Cloud. This new feature allows other users to utilize the embedded data throughout different stories.



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