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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2018.10. 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 1.0.105, 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:

Please note that we have updated a few of the feature group names. Check out our product plan for more information!

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Planning

View hierarchy nodes and hide private nodes

Starting this release, you can create private nodes and hide hierarchy nodes from authorized users. If a higher-level node is hidden, orphaned nodes are now listed as direct children of the root node. 

Data Integration

Define level-based hierarchies on imported data

During wrangling and modeling, you can define level-based hierarchies! These levels are properties of the dimension and this can be part of multiple hierarchies. If leaf nodes have ambiguous values, you have the option to generate unique ideas for the dimension.

Here’s an example: You can use this feature to distinguish the Vancouver in Canada from the Vancouver in the USA.

Furthermore, level-based hierarchies can be used in charts and explorer with a drilling or expand experience.

Specify dimensions for replace scope during data imports

When updating data in a model, the scope of the replacement is defined by the combination of all the dimensions values in the source. With scope replace, you can define which dimensions will define the scope of the replacement.

Intelligent Enterprise

BW BEx conditions appear in chart and table header

Conditions defined in a BW BEx query are now supported with SAP Analytic Cloud chart and table visualizations. In addition, information about the conditions are now exposed as part of a visualization. This gives end users better insights into the data which are influenced by BEx conditions.

Level-based hierarchies are now supported for SAP Analytics Cloud data import models. These hierarchies can be defined as part of the data preparation/data modeling step for data import models. Easily leverage defined level based hierarchies within SAP Analytics Cloud chart and table visualizations.

Also, administrators now have the option to update a subset of data with import models, using the concept of scope replacement for selected dimensions.

For more information, check out this blog post.

Predictive

Smart Predict

Find the best answers to your business questions! If your SAP Analytics Cloud subscription is through our partner, Amazon Web Services (AWS), you’ll be able to take advantage of our new Smart Predict capabilities.

Explore the opportunity to create and compare several versions of the same model, apply your model immediately on new data, and consume the generated predictions in your story. Smart Predict lets you create classification, regression and time series models directly. You can also debrief, understand, and fine-tune your model.

Check out the SAP Analytics Cloud help page to determine if your SAP Analytics Cloud tenant subscription is through AWS.

Search to Insight

With our new natural language query capability, Search to Insight, you can now get the quick answers you need and seamlessly add them to your story!

For example, simply type or say, “Show me gross sales by region and product” and see this:

Digital Boardroom

Story panel improvements

These improvements are perfect for Digital Boardroom designers who maintain a larger number of stories within a Boardroom. These enhancements allow designers to quickly find where in the Boardroom presentation a story is used, so that they can update their content as needed in a jiffy!

APIs

Self-service HANA Cloud Connector configuration

SAC Administrators can save time and easily configure the HANA Cloud Connector required for data import scenarios. Customers are no longer required to open a SAP support ticket as part of the simplified configuration steps.

Directly enter the S-User account in the System > Administration > Datasource Configuration page. The system will then automatically assign the S-USER.

Infrastructure

Simplified OAuth client authentication for API access

In some cases, an application may need an access token to act on behalf of itself rather than a user. For example, a service may provide a way for an application to update its own information or get information about the users of the app. In this case, the application will need a way to access a token for its own account, outside the context of any specific user. OAuth provides the client credentials grant type for this purpose.

With Client Credentials Grant a Non-Interactive Client (a CLI, daemon, or backend service, etc.), can directly ask the Authentication Server for an access token. The Authentication Server validates this information and returns an access token. In this case, the token represents the Non-Interactive Client itself instead of an end user. Then, the application can use the access token to call APIs on behalf of itself.

Mobile

MobileIron cloud support for managed configuration capabilities

We’re excited to say that our mobile app now supports using MobileIron Cloud for setting iOS managed configuration capabilities!

Data Visualizations

Axis break for bubble and scatter charts

Optimize spacing for bubble and scatterplot charts! Now, you can add axis breaks on the x-axis and y-axis. With this feature, the line indicator will show users exactly where the axis breaks will be applied. Users will be able to apply more than one axis break, be able to edit and delete existing breaks, and hide data points by applying axis breaks in which an information message will be shown.

Bonus: this is also available in view and edit mode!

Custom Choropleth layer in a geo map for live HANA

For all the story designers out there, you’ll be able to show choropleth layers for custom shapes in your geo map! These shapes can be hierarchal or flat and you can also create others layers on top of the custom choropleth layer.

Check out the step-by-step guide here.

Please note: this is only available for live HANA for polygons with a maximum custom shape size of 8M characters.

Drill to data points and into missing shapes in a geo map

Now, you can drill down to data points in a hierarchical choropleth layer in a geo map! You can also drill into missing shapes to see the underlying data.

Please note: no more than 20,000 data points can be shown at the data level.

CSV download for BW and S/4HANA live connection

Quickly export data from BW and S/4HANA live connections to CSV for both charts and tables! You can also disable the option to export in the modeler.  

Additional resources:

Previous feature summary blogs:

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  1. Deepu Sasidharan

    Hi Cynthia,

     

    Thanks for the great blog!

    I have some questions around Smart Insights:

    1. is this something which will be available for all subscriptions in the future?
    2. While we subscribe to SAC can we ask specifically to be hosted with AWS to leverage this feature?  For existing subscriptions can we migrate to AWS?
    3. Can you provide a screenshot of where we would look whether we are hosted with AWS or not?  I checked under Help and About and could not see these details.

     

    Thanks.

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  2. Kris Hansen

    Hi Cynthia,

    Thank you for a great blog post!

    On our tenant, which is running 2018.10, we are unable to locate the “Search to Insight” feature. Has this been delayed?

    Thanks!

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