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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud* and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2017.24. 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 1.0.85 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 1.0.87, 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.

New SAP Analytics Cloud content
New content is now available for SAP Analytics Cloud! Content innovation 6 was just released on December 4. We added new Line of Business and industry Digital Boardrooms have been added- please check below for details and the content library.


Highlights of this release:

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Collaboration

Commenting usability enhancements

Collaboration is now even more user friendly with usability enhancements:

  • When a story is opened, comment mode is on by default
  • The data point comment indicator in a table is now a wedge at the top right of the data cell
  • Widget and data-point comment indicator numbers have been replaced with a comment icon
  • You can now delete the first comment in a thread without deleting the entire thread

Learn more about collaborating with others

Data Integration

 

Build more complex queries with S/4HANA

We now have a new dedicated S/4HANA cloud driver for acquiring data based on the OData Web API. This allows you to access S/4HANA-specific filter operators and build more complex queries.

Learn more about building a query

Enhanced viewing options in modeler

You can now view the timeline of all jobs that were run for a model. You can also drill into more detail for each job, including the time it was run, the duration, and even the number of rows that were acquired (except for BPC). Additionally, all the files containing rejected rows are available for download.

Please note that files are excluded as they cannot be scheduled.

Learn more about modeler

Share access with your colleagues within the same tenant

You can now share SFSF, OData, BW, and BigQuery connections along with the credentials entered by the owner.  Please note that the connection is private upon creation but the administrator can choose to share read-only access with other users.

Learn more about sharing stories with other users

Analyze data in your story directly from more sources

With this release, you can now directly import data from Google BigQuery, SAP BW, Google Drive, OData, SuccessFactors and S/4HANA within stories for analysis. You no longer need to start with a model, saving you more time. When you are done with your analysis, a public model can be published from the curated data set. This will allow you to share your findings with your colleagues.

Planning

Choose a different assignee during input task

You can now choose different assignees from the distribution dimension. Previously, you would have had to do this through the model. With this new feature, assignees can be quickly and easily changed during the input task itself making the process a lot more user friendly.

Populate private versions based on filters

You can now populate your private versions based on filters, to focus on the content and optimize performance. You can choose between the current filter or apply a new filter.  You can also save time by selectively copying the data and only using what is relevant to your task.


Infrastructure

 

Restore deleted files within a specified number of days

Administrators can now restore previously deleted files, stories and boardrooms. This means that you can restore old files and configure the default retention period changing it to the needs of your business.


Digital Boardroom

 

Refresh data across multiple stories

In this new release, we made it easier for you to update your story; with one click, you can now refresh your stories.

Data Analysis, Stories and Tables

 

Scaling of geo bubble sizes

We have updated scaling in our geo bubbles to remove outliers. Now you can organize your data with minimum and maximum values to scale the range. You can also use the reset option to return to the default scale.

Learn more about adding the Bubble Layer

Advanced page and story filters

Our page and story filters are now easier to use. You can now filter multiple dimensions together using “AND” or “OR”. You can also specify the number of dimension members to include or exclude within a given selection. These filters can be applied to your stories and pages.

Learn more about Story and Page Filters

Bar Position and Color per Measure

In this release, we enhanced the ways you can customize your measures. You can now assign the color and pattern per measure and place them automatically in the color feed. This means you can create IBCS charts and overlay patterns and bars using measures only.

Support for booking settings in charts

As with tables, you can now have charts that show unbooked data. Chart types that support this feature include:

  • (Stacked) Bar/Column Charts
  • Combination (stacked) Column/Line charts
  • Line chart
  • Area chart
  • Numeric Point Chart

Dynamic text for charts and subtitles

You can now use dynamic text in your chart titles and subtitles. Chart filters can be inserted as dynamic text, and for your convenience, subtitles are automatically copied if the chart is copied. You can also style different parts of the title and subtitle individually to suit the needs of your presentation.

Learn more about adding Dynamic Text

Support for time calculations

You can now do time calculations without actually including time in the dimension axis, if there is a filter that selects a single time value. This allows you to use dynamic time calculations that were previously not supported before.

Learn more about Time Calculations

Waterfall variance based on time

Our new waterfall charts can show you time-based variance if the waterfall chart is filtered on a single-time value.

Enhanced formatting for waterfall charts

In this release, the waterfall variance is automatically based on the account that is set in the model. EXP and LEQ increases are displayed in red representing a negative impact and decreases are green, representing a positive impact.

Account expansion and hierarchical dimension in waterfall chart

Simply by hovering over the tooltip, you will see an explanation of the variance created by comparing the baseline to dimension members. You can now also drill deeper into waterfall charts by account or dimension. Drilling will automatically calculate the variance between dimension bars and provide you with more granular insights on your data.

Enhanced control for variance charts

With this new release, you now have better control over the space redistribution for the base chart, ABS and % of variance. Now when you resize a chart, the container size and scaling has been enhanced so now the entire chart scales appropriately. You can also minimize the base chart to hide it and focus on what is most important.

Learn more about Variance Charts

Variance on exception aggregations

You can now create variance on exception aggregations such as average, sum, maximum, minimum and count.

Cross Calculations on Charts

In this release, you can now add cross calculations to charts. This means that any calculation that you do will be applied to all the measures in the chart, even if you have added measures through the measure input control – you can save a lot of time this way. However, please note that forecast and rolling forecast cross calculations cannot be created in charts but they can be consumed if created as a table. Currency conversion cross calculations are not yet supported at this time.

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*SAP Analytics Cloud was previously known as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

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