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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud* and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2017.22. 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.

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

  • Version 1.0.82 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
  • Version 1.0.82 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
  • Version 1.0.75 for all other data source types
  • Note: Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.82, 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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Planning

Specify the default hierarchy for the time dimension

When setting options for the time dimension in a model, you can now specify the default hierarchy that the time dimension will display in story tiles and filters.

 

 

Support for fiscal years in the time dimension

You can now configure the time dimension for a model to use a fiscal year starting in the month of your choice, instead of the calendar year.

  • Charts, tables, value driver trees, and filters based on the model will display the time dimension based on your fiscal year configuration.
  • Time-based calculations performed on the fiscal year hierarchy will use fiscal time as boundaries.
  • You can filter across models even if they do not have the same fiscal time offset. In this case, the filtering is done based on the calendar time.
  • Blending on models with fiscal time is done based on the period name, so use caution if the models have a different fiscal period offset.

 

 

Data Integration

Map an uploaded dataset to an existing model using the card view

With this release, we’ve revamped the experience of importing data – now, you can use the card view to more easily map your uploaded data to an existing model.

  • Models are now represented as cards.
  • Dimensions with attributes are now displayed in stacks – simply double-click a dimension to reveal a “drawer” with all its attributes expanded.
  • An advantage of this new card view is you can now use drag-and-drop functionality to move unmapped source columns into the target model entity, and you can sort the list of source objects to see what is still unmapped.
  • Any errors are highlighted immediately to help you quickly identify and make corrections.

 

 

Show/hide columns when preparing data

You can now show or hide columns of the source data when creating a model or importing data.

  • You can easily hide selected columns via the quick action menu.
  • A new panel is available to help you see and manage columns that are hidden.

 

Collaboration

Display updated values in data point comments

When you add a comment on a data point, the comment now includes the original value if the data is updated in the cell – this now makes it easy for you and others to see what has changed.

Mobile

Support for iPhone X

The layout of the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app now adapts to the edge-to-edge display of the iPhone X.

 

Infrastructure

Search and create folders when saving a story or Digital Boardroom

You can now create folders in the Save / Save As dialog when saving a story or a Digital Boardroom. By default, folders will be directly created under “My Files”. If you create folders within an existing folder (i.e. a public folder, team folder, or any other folder that is already shared), it will inherit the same security settings of its parent folder. You can also search to locate a specific subfolder to save into, or a specific story or boardroom to overwrite.

Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables

Display variance charts in table cells

In release 2017.14, we introduced in-cell charts so that you can embed bar/column charts in your table cells. We’ve expanded on this capability so that you can now also include variance bar charts and variance pins (for % variance) in table cells. Plus and minus (+/-) signs in data labels are also supported.

 

Version patterns on variance bars and pins

Version patterns can now be used in variance bars and pins, in accordance with IBCS (International Business Communication Standards) standards. For a forecast-actual variance, the forecast pattern is shown in the bar or pin and the actual pattern is shown in the variance axis.

 

Thresholds support version patterns

Version patterns will now be preserved when you apply thresholds on a chart. You can use the legend to quickly distinguish between patterns.

 

 

Table threshold formatting improvements

In this release, you now have better control over the display of threshold values and cells in a table.

  • Symbols, font colors, and cell background colors can now be used to indicate thresholds.
  • Threshold styles can be saved as story preferences.

 

 

Custom decimal places for table measures and calculations

You can now specify the number of decimal places used for measures and calculations in tables.

 

 

Improved look for smaller geo visualizations

Geo maps now look better when you size them down in your stories. Improvements include:

  • Automatic hiding of legends once a map becomes smaller than the optimal size.
  • Automatic hiding of interactive navigation options (e.g. zoom) when the geo map is not selected/in focus.

 

 


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*SAP Analytics Cloud was previously known as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

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