This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2020.20. 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 1.0.295 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: Replace Model Behind Story for Acquired Models
- Data Visualization: Suppress Zeros and Nulls on Charts for live HANA Models
- Data Visualization: Automatic Format for Decimal places in BI Charts and Geo widgets
- Smart Predict: Predictive Planning—Enhancements to Smart Predict
- Planning: Monitor Planning Calculations and Processes in One Place
- Data Integration: Live Connectivity from SAP Analytics Cloud to SAP HANA Cloud
- Data Integration: Ability to Set Aggregation Type for a Measure in the Dataset
- Data Integration: RowNumber() Function Added in the Custom Editor
- Analytics Designer: Flow Panel for Responsive Layout
- Analytics Designer: CSS-like Theme
- Analytics Designer: PauseRefresh Script API
- Analytics Designer: Data Change Insights to support Remote Repository Schema (Beta)
- Analytics Designer: Select Data Source Dialog
- Analytics Designer: Integration with SAP Analytics Cloud Mobile iOS App
- Platform Services: Customer SMTP Server Configuration
- Platform Services: Commenting Privileges for Story, Analytic Application, Model, and Folder
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 replace any acquired model in your story with another acquired model that has additional measures and dimensions, alongside the original measures and dimensions—providing you with more flexibility when it comes to repointing models. Replacing the model preserves the configuration of all widgets in your story.
With this new update, you can now suppress zeros and nulls on charts based on acquired HANA models and live HANA Models. 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.
In SAP Analytics Cloud, you will now see the option “automatic” under Decimal Places in the Styling panel. With this new option, the scale will automatically update with a minimum of three decimal places for Charts and Geo maps.
Great news! Using Smart Predict, financial planners can now generate forecasts using the default currency or local currency. This update empowers you to predict and plan the evolution of your financial KPIs expressed in your local currencies.
After running data actions in a story, analytic application, or scheduling data actions using the Calendar, you’ll now be able to monitor and manage your data actions on the new Data Action Monitor page—providing greater visibility to task owners. The Data Action Monitor will provide updates on:
- Current status of executed/scheduled data action
- Timing of when a data action was triggered
- Use who triggered the data action
- Which object the data action was triggered from (e.g. specific story)
Did someone say simplification? Yes, you heard right! We have simplified the connection setup to SAP HANA Cloud. SAP Analytics Cloud users with Cloud Foundry tenants can now connect to live data from SAP HANA Cloud using SSO or basic authentication, without needing to set up the SAP HANA Analytics Adapter. This new enhancement allows you to quickly connect to the product in a matter of minutes—saving you time and effort!
From the dataset overview panel in Smart Wrangling, you will now be able to define default aggregation behavior—including SUM, COUNT, NONE—for your measures, so that you don’t have to create a calculation for standard aggregation behavior in your story. Here are the following options. This feature overall saves you from having to create calculated measures for aggregation in every story.
In SAP Analytics Cloud, you can create a new Custom Expression to add a unique row number to each row of your dataset, which can then be used to see individual measures instead of aggregated ones in your story. This update provides a quicker way to uniquely identify rows of a dataset, making this particularly helpful for creating aggregations.
Note: It’s not guaranteed that a given row will have the same number for the sample, the full data, or between data refreshes.
As an application designer, you can now add a flow panel to your applications. The flow panel allows you to display content in a flow layout, which automatically adjusts size to different devices—enabling you to easily create responsive scenarios without any coding efforts.
As an application designer, you can now define multiple CSS class styles either as a global default or per widget. The styles conform to CSS standard and are no longer limited to the existing styling properties provided by Analytics Designer
Application designers can now use the PauseRefresh API to allow application users to pause the refresh of tables or charts until the user has completed corresponding actions or necessary initial loading activities. This can improve the efficiency of retrieving and updating a table or chart when running an application.
You can now configure where to store your Data Change Insights snapshots. The storage place is the local tenant by default. If you are a live data connection user and want to save data changes to your own HANA system, you can also choose any other remote data repository that you configured in Data Repositories.
At application runtime, users can now open the Data Source Dialog to change the underlying data model for table widgets—allowing you to easily and quickly switch to a different data model when running your applications.
Open the Data Source Selection Dialog via the script API:
Set data model via the script API:
This next capability is an exciting one! End-users are now able to use the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile iOS app to list, view, and interact with the analytic applications that were created by their analytics designers.
As an administrator, you can now configure an SMTP server of your choice for email delivery in SAP Analytics Cloud.
In SAP Analytics Cloud, you will now be able to control who can view, add, or delete comments on your stories, analytic applications, and folders while sharing it with your users and teams. This is particularly useful when you are dealing with confidential information.
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