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This was an ASUG webcast presented by Jie Deng today. You can watch a replay here.

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The usual legal disclaimer applies that anything in the future is subject to change.

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Application designer in SAP Analytics Cloud is a new capability

Parallel to other capabilities

Added app design capability

Enable power users, professional designers to create analytical app dashboards

Core capability – wrangling, modeling, collaboration, mobile API

Reuse core capabilities, data connections, to enable user to build analytical apps/dashboards, integrate planning, story features

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What is an application?

You might be a SAP Analytics Cloud user, create stories, why do you need an application?

Applications are single dashboards to complex applications, expose custom logic based on scripting

Applications are created by a few experts, consumed by many

They include complex logic, require for your scenario, and drive standardization

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A SAP Analytics Cloud user makes a story

Above shows the difference between story and application

Stories – standardized user interface for self service dashboards, user does not write code

User doesn’t write logic, drag and drop, easy dashboards, consistent already

Application can reuse story features, provide additional logic, dropdown box for additional item

Application has more flexibility

More comparisons follow:

  • Applications and Stories share functionality and widgets
  • Applications and Stories provide same user experience
  • Applications and Stories are different artifacts
  • Applications and Stories are created with different Design Environments (Source: SAP)

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Provide intuitive design environment in browser

Provide panel, pagebook, composite

Also provides a function script editor

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First delivery is planned for end of July as part of the beta program

Outline – see your objects, provide rich script capabilities

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Starting with SAP Analytics Cloud, go to create analytical application – outline view – turn on or turn off

Turn on global variables view

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Write code to fill dropdown boxes

Get dimensions, set filter, similar to Lumira Designer/Design Studio

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Use scripting to filter

Basic filtering

Filter line widget; define a source widget

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Support dropdown box cascading filter – depends on selection of dropdown box

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Dynamic switch widgets at app run time

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Open / close popup using scripting capabilities

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Selection based on the crosstab

Based on where make selection, get different information; can pass through to other widgets

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Application initialization event – before the application starts, influences how the application will look like

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SDK is planned as shown above

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Above is a comparison

Also note that the Composite will be in future versions; it is not in the first version

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Recent innovation – deliver at end of July

Release cycle – every 2 weeks release new features

Q3 – global functions are planned  – modularize code

Dynamic layout/grid layout –

Integration with planning in app design

Integrate with predictive features such as the smart features

End of this year – container widgets

Next year – 2019+future – shared data sources, composites


Subset of Q&A:

Q: Hi when it comes to features and enhancements will Lumira Designer road map play second fiddle to cloud development as has been the case with lumira discovery?

A: no, important to understand, discovery is special case

Q: Does SAC also use BIAL scripting like SAP Lumira Designer?

A: Yes


We had several open questions and as soon as they are answered I will update here.

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  1. Kjell Einhoff

    Hi Tammy, first of all thanks for the webinar. There are interesting times coming up. Can you give a hint, when the other questions from Q&A will be answered.

    Thanks in advance and greetings


    1. Tammy Powlas Post author

      Hello Kjell,

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      I spoke with Jie last week and she said she would work on answering them; there were about 18 open questions, which is a lot, so it may take some time.

      Thank you for your patience.


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