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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud* and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2017.12.

SAP Analytics Cloud agent version required for data acquisition with this release:

  • Version 1.0.63 for the new “export models to a file server location ” feature
  • Version 1.0.59 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
  • Version 1.0.57 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
  • Version 1.0.51 for all other data source types
  • Note: Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.63, no matter what data acquisition type you use. Do this to take advantage of updates made to SAP Analytics Cloud agent.

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Highlights of this release:

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Core: Data Integration

Shared logins for live connections to SAP S/4HANA Cloud or SAP HANA on SCP

Are you working on purpose-built data marts, POCs, or in any other situation where user-specific data restrictions are not required?

Now when you are creating live data connections to SAP S/4HANA Cloud or to an SAP HANA database hosted in SAP Cloud Platform, you can save time and effort by securely storing a specific set of user credentials with the connection. This will allow all users on your system to refresh stories and query whatever data those user credentials are authorized to access from the connection, without having to supply their own credentials.

Schedule export of models to a file server location

You can now schedule the export of models to a file server location in addition to the local file repository. To use this feature, you will need an existing file server connection, and your tenant administrator will also need to enable this functionality via the “Allow model import from File Server” toggle on the System Configuration tab under System > Administration.

Once the toggle is enabled, you can select a model under Browse > Models, click the Export Data icon, and schedule the export by selecting Export Model As File > Create New Schedule.

Core: Modeling

Usability improvements in the Modeling formula bar

Several improvements have been made to the Modeler formula editor, including a new syntax tree that allows you to navigate more easily to a node of interest, and better hints for functions and operators.

Core: Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables

Tile borders

You can now add borders around tiles on a canvas page to improve the readability of your stories. Choose from options like the border style (dotted, dashed, solid, etc.), color, and line width.

Tile borders can be added or modified individually using the Styling Panel, or within Story Preferences.

Improved limitation handling and fallback behavior for variances

Variance is a powerful tool for analyzing data, but it can also be a little tricky to use if you are new to the feature. Based on your feedback, we’ve now improved the way SAP Analytics Cloud handles invalid/unsupported variance types. If you have an invalid variance, it will be displayed in red in the Builder Panel. In addition, depending on the chart type, we now have smarter fallback behavior — an unsupported variance type will be automatically switched with the last valid variance type when you click outside the Builder Panel.

Predictive

Improved UX for selecting inputs in time series forecasting

For a times series forecast to consider additional measures, these measures must have values in the future periods. We have now added a notification help you see more easily where you are missing future values.

Planning

New date options for currency conversion

New date options are now available when you create or edit a currency conversion in the Calculation Editor, allowing you to apply a rate from a year, quarter, or month before or after the date for each value.

For example, if you want to use conversion rates from one year before each value’s booking date, select Booking Date – 1 and choose Year as the interval.

Input form enhancements

In this release, we’re pleased to bring you a couple of new enhancements for input task forms:

  • For input forms, your assignees can now provide data for areas that are unbooked.
  • You can now use the calculation dimension in input forms. Please note this applies to restricted calculations in a forecast layout only, not to formula-based calculations.

 


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*SAP Analytics Cloud was previously known as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

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