This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.16. 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 1.0.287 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:
- Data Visualization: Statistical Aggregations in BI Calculations: Median and Quartile Formulas
- Smart Predict: Display Description in Smart Predict Debrief for Planning Forecasts
- Planning: Embedded Data Action Steps
- Planning: Validation Warnings
- Analytics Designer: Value Driver Tree Widget
- Analytics Designer: Export Entire Table as PDF
- Data Integration: Support Live Connection from SAP Analytics Cloud to SAP HANA Cloud
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 create statistical aggregations that will calculate the median values and the first or third quartile values in your stories. These formulas allow you to understand the distribution of your measure values and create valuable business insights. For example, you can use this enhancement to understand the distribution of your employee salaries, identify larger outlier order values or create customer spending groups based on quartiles. Note that this new capability is only supported for models based on acquired or live HANA Connections.
In SAP Analytics Cloud, Smart Predict was designed to help you predict future outcomes, so you can make meaningful, data-driven decisions. With this new enhancement, we are making it easier to understand your predictive results from Smart Predict. Now, the information displayed in the Smart Predict debrief will be based on dimension descriptions instead of IDs.
In SAP Analytics Cloud for planning, embedded data action steps are now available. With one simple click, you will be able to add an entire data action as a step within another Data Action. This simplifies the overall design and administration of Data Actions, while also streamlining the end user experience by allowing them to run a series of Data Actions with a single click. Creating your plans has never been quicker.
Accuracy is key during the planning process. With this new enhancement, you’ll be able to mitigate any potential errors when entering plan values. In tables, unbooked data cells will now be proactively disabled for data entry if they are invalid according to the validation rules of the underlying model. A grey dash character (-) indicates that you can’t enter data, providing you with guidance to plan on valid member combinations.
As an analytic application user, you can now use the Value Driver Tree widget for a variety of budgeting and forecasting scenarios. Analytics Designer provides the following API script:
The Value Driver Tree widget is a tool that you can use to connect areas of your business and run “what if” scenarios so you can make informed data-driven decisions.
Have you ever wanted to convert your table to a PDF file? Well, your wishes have been granted. Analytic application users can export their full table as PDF or together with other widgets during the application PDF exporting and scheduling process. Analytics Designer provides the following script API to enable the exporting to PDF capabilities:
We have an exciting announcement! You can now work with live SAP HANA Cloud data in SAP Analytics Cloud. By connecting to SAP HANA Cloud, you can quickly connect to your data in real-time, so your organization can develop powerful applications, leverage advance analytics, and therefore make strategic business decisions. For more information, including limitations, see Live Data Connection to SAP HANA Cloud.
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