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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2018.07. 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 1.0.99 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
  • Version 1.0.91 for SAP Universe (UNX)
  • Version 1.0.75 for all other data source types
  • Note: Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.99, 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

In-grid calculations

We now allow direct entry of user defined calculations within the calculation area of the grid in both the rows and columns. Previously, support existed for calculations in the grid but it was outside of the predefined calculation area. This capability simplifies both the construction of report calculations (e.g. variance calculation) and the ability to customize the layout of your reports and calculations. Moreover, these in-grid calculations will be replicated down (or across!) consistent with changes in drill state of the specific report.


Learn more about grids

Improved cell formatting on grid pages

Never again will you forget which cells you’ve changed! In this release, when you select a cell to add to a formula, the cell will be highlighted so it’s easier for you to remember which cells you’ve changed.

Learn more about styling a table on grids

Cell reference enhancements

When you type a formula in a cell, you can now create cell references by simply selecting a table or grid cell.


Learn more about Cell References

Input task enhancements

Made a mistake? Don’t sweat it! If needed, you can now reset all your substitutes back to your default assignees. You can even exclude pages from input tasks that get sent to assignees, too!
Your administrators can see all the pages but your assignee will not. Got an issue with that? Now as an assignee, you can include comments when you choose to submit or decline a task.


Learn more about input tasks

Version management panel improvements

Easily create private versions by dragging and dropping your public version to your private version section. We’ve also added keyboard support for all versions.

Learn more about version management

Planning operation improvements

Planning operations including data entry on unbooked cells are now supported when filtering by dimension attributes. These navigation attributes can be combined with other types of dimension filters.

Navigation attributes are allowed in:

  • Story filters
  • Page filters
  • Builder panel filters

Data Integration

Data source tab for public dimensions

We’ve upgraded our public dimensions area! Now access the “Datasource” tab for public dimensions. This will capture all the information uploaded in it, creating a smoother consistent user experience for you and showing information about all data uploads into a public dimension.

Learn more about public and private dimensions

SAP BPC improvements

We’ve extended support to BPC models which use non-calendar fiscal years. To streamline and simplify integration with BPC, we’ve removed the option of creating a “read-only” model. Any BPC model can be read-only or write-enabled simply via the specific security configuration for the model within SAP Analytics Cloud.


Predictive

Complex multi-dimensional filtering with R visualizations

R visualization widgets can now accommodate advanced filters for complex multi-dimensional inclusions and exclusions—so you can easily select N-tuples of dimension members to be filtered together.


Learn more about adding R Visualizations to your story 

Digital Boardroom

Auto refresh option

Tired of seeing yesterday’s data? You can now set your story data in Digital Boardroom to automatically refresh in your presentation settings. It’s up to you to choose if you want your story refreshed every 5 minutes or 5 hours! Auto refresh is also available for stories independent of the Digital Boardroom—check out the details below!

Integration & OEM

Universal display hierarchy

Table visualizations using live connections to SAP BW now supports the BW Query setting “Display as Hierarchy” (also known as Universal Display Hierarchy.)
The Universal Display Hierarchy setting in the BW Query can be activated in the rows and/or columns. This allows two or more dimensions defined in the row or columns in the BW Query to be displayed hierarchically within a table visualization.

Interested in learning more? Check out our new blog on Universal Display Hierarchy support with SAP BW!

Learn more about hierarchies

Support for two structures in a BW BEx query

Stories using live connections to BW BEx queries containing two structures now support custom measures (calculated or restricted) within a visualization (table/chart.)

Learn more about building queries

Mobile

Enterprise management of mobile deployments

Now, administrators can manage their SAP Analytics Cloud Mobile application via Mobile Application Management (MAM) solutions. As an administrator, you can specify your tenant URL, set up a default story to open on launch, and remove the application off a user’s device.

Learn more about using the Mobile App

Data Analysis, Stories and Tables

Optimize story building performance

Save time when you design your stories! By enabling this performance optimization option in the modeler, charts or tables can be altered in a story without triggering an automatic refresh with each action.

Learn more about optimizing your story builder performance

Auto refresh of stories in view mode

Auto refresh stories! Set an interval for auto refresh in seconds, minutes, and hours (min. 30 secs.) You can also turn off auto refresh in view mode.

If auto refresh fails five times in a row, the feature will be temporarily disabled and you will be notified.

Force prompt on open

Story designers can configure prompts for viewers when they open a story, ensuring that the viewers are aware that the story is driven by prompts that can be adjusted.

Please note if there are two models and all variables are linked, only one prompt variable dialog will be shown for both models.

Star join time hierarchies in HANA

We now support star join time hierarchies in HANA! Please note that the minimum HANA version is 122.05.

Notification when multiple users are editing a story

Whether it’s two people, or twenty, all users editing the same story concurrently will be notified of each other’s presence. If any user in this scenario saves their story, all the other users will become viewers of that story and can only save a copy of it.

Example: Colin is in Design Mode for a story and Cynthia opens the same story in Design Mode. They will both receive a notification of each other’s presence. If Colin saves his version before Cynthia, then Cynthia will have the option to save a copy of her edits as a new story (and vice versa.)

 

Date interval calculation

You now can create date difference calculations on:

  • Max
  • Min
  • Average
  • Sum

You can also calculate on different granularities such as:

  • Year
  • Quarter
  • Month
  • Week
  • Day

Please note that this is only available for imported data.

Learn more about editing calculations

NULL value calculations

Now you can do calculations on NULL values in either calculated measures or dimensions.

Histograms

We’ve added histograms as a new chart group! Histograms are easy-to-read charts that allow you to compare quantitative data in a visually compelling way.

Please note that blended data-sets and remote connections are not yet supported.

Setting hierarchy drill level in charts

You can now set the hierarchy drill levels in the chart details and builder panel. Once the chart is saved, the drill level selection is maintained when reopening the story.

Please note that the only live data source supported for this feature is HANA.

Learn more about drilling through hierarchical data

Expanding hierarchies in charts

Expand hierarchy top nodes of accounts or dimensions in your charts. Once they’ve been expanded, you can see both parent and child nodes. This level selection is maintained when reopening the story once the story is saved.

Please note that the only live data source supported for this feature is HANA.

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  1. Anna Burkhardt

    Hi Colin,

    I have a question about the Mobile deployment options. Is it necessary to have an MAM? Or can I opt to use the app as before without any ramifications on functionality that existed before?

    Best

    Anna

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