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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud* and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2018.02. 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 1.0.91 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 1.0.91, 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

Quickly populate account data in a blank version via copy/paste

Tired of manually entering account data? Now when you create a blank version, you can cut down time doing data entry by simply copying and pasting the aggregated account values, even if you have parent-child hierarchies!

Learn more about analyzing account data

Change input tasks using value driver tree simulations

SAP Analytics Cloud now supports Value Driver Trees in an input schedule. As an assignee, you can now perform simulations using the value driver trees. All your data changes from the simulation will be synchronized with the grid. Meaning you now will have more options to model visualizations!

Learn more about examining a value driver tree

Value driver tree consumption improvements

If you work globally and with different currencies, this enhancement is for you. You can now select currency types in the value driver in addition to the default and local currencies. Financial planning has never been easier.

Data history panel improvements

Ever wished that you could take back a mistake? With the new history panel, you have more undo/redo control over the actions you’ve taken.
Imagine: you’re the assignee of an input task and decide you want to undo something. Just click! By clicking into the data region and opening the history panel, you can see the private input task version with every single change made.
Don’t worry if you have multiple colleagues collaborating. You can just click on an individual change and jump between change states before sending the task back to your colleague.

Modeling

Modeler usability enhancements

The modeling user interface now includes even more enhancements:

  • Column orientation (fixed, moved)
  • Filtering on columns
  • Sort on columns
  • Hide columns

Rearrange your columns, filter and sort to your heart’s desire, or even hide the columns you don’t want to see. Customizing your data is easy.

Learn more about editing public versions and version management

Infrastructure

Enhanced settings for importing data from the content library

When you’re importing business content from the content library, you can customize your import options and receive update notifications. There’s also a nifty progress bar that lets you know the status of your data import.

See how you can get business and sample content

Enhanced column formatting options in the files area

You can now show or hide columns in the files area—making it easier to clean up your data. Your settings are now saved across your visits.

Specify trusted origins for embedding purposes

When embedding SAP Analytics Cloud in your own web pages or applications, you can now specify the trusted origins as the domains on which those applications are hosted. This helps ensure that response headers are set correctly to support embedding in web pages and enhances security to protect you against clickjacking.

Learn how to add an embedded web page

Predictive

Create forecasts in a line chart

You can now run predictive forecasts in a line chart. This extends time series forecasting to line chart to provide improved flexibility in creating visualizations with a time dimension. This gives you the ability to have separate scaling for measures and mimics time series trend chart functionality.

Check out how you can run a forecast in a line chart and a time series

Digital Boardroom

Improved action bar

Utilize the enhanced touch and mouse interaction! Now, the action bar appears when you hover over the browser window edge. When you’re presenting, you can use touch controls by swiping from the edge to show the action bar on touch devices.

 

Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables

Measure-based calculated dimensions

In this update, you can create calculated dimensions on aggregated measures. For example, you can group the “Sales Managers” dimension into high and low “Gross Margin” measures.

Please note that existing chart, story or page filters will be ignored by the calculated dimension. This helps ensure that grouping for dimension members is consistent.

Dynamic text in chart titles and subtitles

You can now create dynamic text within chart titles and subtitles on scale, unit, measures and dimensions.

Learn how you can add dynamic text to your stories

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  1. Bilen Cekic

    great blog!

    Thanks for sharing. My client currently thinking to use either Cloud Analytics for planning (SAP is suggesting) or BPC 10.1 Standard + custom UI5 (i am suggesting to my client)  for all missing functionalities( workflows, notifications, visual reports, master data management, standardisation of attributes etc )

    I want to ask;

    1. Can we create formulas for relations in value driver tree ?
    2. Can we create conditional formulas in Calculation Editor ?
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    1. John Leggio

      Hi Bilen,

      Yes you can create simple formula’s in the value driver. See https://help.sap.com/doc/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/35166109cea346f9a6b6a5827a905e6c.html

      Yes we support IF then else conditional formula’s …

      see https://help.sap.com/doc/00f68c2e08b941f081002fd3691d86a7/release/en-US/3b7c99a7a7cd4a29bb1c5132d91af341.html

       

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