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This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.19. 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 1.0.293 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 

Duplicate BI Story Calculated Measures/Dimensions

As a Story creator, you will now be able to duplicate calculated measures, calculated dimensions, and cross calculations, in the stories which will help in reducing your time spent on creating calculations and increase productivity.  For example, you can now use an existing or newly created restricted calculation for Sales Revenue in the year 2019, duplicate it, and then change the time restriction to 2018 to create Sales Revenue for the year 2018 and quickly compare the company’s performance over two years.

Note: Only Calculations will be duplicated but not the input controls.

Smart Assist

Search to Insight via Home Page Hides Embedded Models

When using Search to Insight, embedded models are now only included in the search scope if the query is initiated from within a story. This will increase your data relevancy by providing more meaningful Search to Insight suggestions.

Planning

Create Rules and Dimensions Relationships with Greater Flexibility

You can now create rules and dimension relationships directly in the rule builder without the need for attributes. With this new enhancement, you now have the benefit of referencing parents directly as part of the rule and the ability to apply to all decedents.

Support New Time Function “LAST”

When writing advanced formulas scripts in a Data Action, you can now use the new function LAST() to retrieve the last time period of the year taken from the given date argument. The other two-time scope selection functions FIRST() and PREYEARLAST() have been enhanced as well to support returning a time period of the year taken from a given date argument. The date argument can be a date type dimension, a dimension attribute, a fixed date, a single selection of an external parameter, or TODAY().

ATTRIBUTE Function Without RESULTLOOKUP 

When writing advanced formulas scripts in a data action, now you can use the ATTRIBUTE function together with IF condition; for example, “IF ATTRIBUTE([d/Employee].[p/HRGrade]) > 25 THEN”. Also, you can use the ATTRIBUTE function standalone for the number variable assignment, without needing to include RESULTLOOKUP as part of the calculation. All similar functions that return numeric values (I.e. DATEDIFF, DATERATIO, DAYSINMONTH, DAYSINYEAR, DAY, MONTH, YEAR) now have the same behavior.

Modeling

User and Teams Validation

This next enhancement helps speed up the loading times of your models in SAP Analytics Cloud. When opening or saving a model, a user validation is triggered. This feature allows you to easily detect and unassign missing or invalid users with data access and rights on dimensions linked to your model.

 

Mobile

China Cyber Security (CCSL) Compliance for SAP Analytics Cloud Mobile

The iOS and Android mobile apps are now compliant with the China Cyber Security Law (CCSL). This applies only in the following usage scenarios:

  • The device language is set to Chinese.
  • The device is set to China Standard Time (CST).

For more information, see Downloading and Setting Up the Mobile App.

 

Analytics Designer

Filter Line Working with Multiple Widgets

As an application designer, you can now define a filter line for a group of widgets. Application users can then filter members for multiple widgets at once. The filters defined in the filter line will be merged with the filters applied to the same dimensions in these widgets.

 

Option to Always Initialize Widgets on Startup

As an application designer, when your application has background loading, you can now use the widget action “Always initialize on startup” to optimize the startup performance of your analytic application. This allows you, for example, to access widgets that are used in the onInitialization script without the need to wait for these widgets to be initialized in the background.

 

Platform Services

Schedule Administrator can Delete any Schedule Within Tenant

To effectively manage and delete unwanted schedules from your tenant to free up scheduling slots, the administrator can now delete the occurrence or recurrence of a schedule. Here, the schedule owner will be notified when a schedule is deleted.

Discontinue and Move Schedule Occurrence or Reoccurrence to Cancelled State

You can now discontinue an occurrence or a series of a schedule. Once you discontinue a scheduled publication, the overall status of the schedule will show “canceled.” This enhancement helps you make room for essential scheduled publications in SAP Analytics Cloud.

Administration & Infrastructure

Filter Content Packages Based on the Lines of Business or Industries in the Content Network

SAP Analytics Cloud’s Content Network provides various premade analytic dashboards, stories, and data models for a variety of analytic scenarios related to various industries and lines of businesses. With this new update, you can now easily and quickly find content by applying filters to your search. Content publishers can add filters to the content packages from a set of available options.

 

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