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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2018.13. 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.
Upgrade your SAP Analytics Cloud agent to the latest agent version 1.0.111 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types!
If you haven’t upgraded yet, here are the data acquisition minimum requirements:

  • Version 1.0.85 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW). However, we highly recommend that you update to 1.0.109 for the best results.
  • 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

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.
Highlights of this release:

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Planning

Search for assignees and members of distribution dimensions

Colleague gone missing again? Look no further! Now when you create input tasks you can search for assignees and members of the distribution dimension, or filter by level to easily identify responsibility owners.

Learn more about working with assigned input tasks

Define columns to display and create comments

Make important comments easily visible. In certain cases of plan input and variance reporting it is typical to surface visible commentary in-line about a given cell. Now we allow you to utilize our existing cell commenting capabilities to help satisfy this requirement.  You can surface cell comments associated with a specific column in another column thus making these comments clearly visible to anyone opening the story. The most recent comment of the last thread will be the one shown in the grid.

Learn more about adding comments to a data cell

Hiding rows and columns

Controlling the information that you want your stakeholders to see just got easier.  We added an effortless way for you to filter out unwanted members and create asymmetrical views in a table.   On any given row or column, you can now hide members. These hidden members can include complex filters based on nested dimension elements.

Inversion on Grand Total

Financial planners and controllers rejoice!  We have extended our inversion formula concept to include GrandTotal and %GrandTotal formulas.  Inversion formulas against these functions now allow you to change the % weight of Grand Total for given cell, and have it update the underlying absolute value for that cell.  The surrounding cells will change based on a redistribution of their historical % of Grand Total.

Learn more about inverse formulas

Data Integration

Run quick actions and suggested transformations in card view

The Card View has been further enhanced to allow data analysts to easily perform smart transformations, as well as delete and hide columns. Multi-selection can be enabled with (Ctrl + Click), making it seamless for you to perform multiple quick actions all in one go!

Run multiple data import jobs in a sequence

It’s never been easier to bring your data into SAP Analytics Cloud. You can now bundle multiple data import jobs in the sequence of your choice. If your job fails for whatever reason, you can choose to halt the import temporarily or skip the failed import and keep going. It’s up to you!

Notification for failed data refresh

Want to make sure that all your data is up to date? You can now choose to receive an e-mail notification if an issue occurs with any of your data import jobs.

Per-user connection management for failed refresh

Typed in the wrong password? No worries. Now if your data import refresh job fails due to missing credentials, you can now easily enter your login information within the same data source tab and resolve the issue on the spot!

Smart Assist

Create R-visualizations on live HANA models

Think big! Now you can put your R skills to the test and create R-visualizations based live HANA data. Setting this up is as easy as having your SAP Analytics Cloud system administrator toggle on R for live data models in the R configuration page. As the HANA data for R is cached in SAP Analytics Cloud we support the lesser of 5 million rows or 3 million data cells or 110 MB of source HANA data.

Learn more about creating R-visualizations

Administration & Infrastructure

Comment on restricted measures in tables

Work is always more fun when you can work together! Now you can collaborate with your colleagues and comment on restricted measures in your tables. Your restricted measure comments will still show up in other tables across your stories when the data context is maintained.

Mobile

Stories support hyperlinks

Sharing is caring! Now you can hyperlink other story pages, web pages and even include links to other iOS apps within your mobile stories. Titles, chart tiles, text widgets, header widgets, shapes and images within your story are all fair game.  In Digital Boardroom presentations, you can link using boardroom hyperlinks.  This feature opens the possibility to continue workflows in another app, or act based on something interesting you’ve found in your SAC story.

Learn more about hyperlinking in stories

Automatic refresh option

Tired of seeing old data? Now you can choose to have story pages automatically refresh when you open your app! Enabling or disabling this feature can be done in the settings tab and this option will override any pre-existing server settings.

Learn more about configuring auto refresh for stories

Data Visualization

Configure input controls to apply to a sub-set of charts

Want to have more control over your charts? Analysts rejoice!  As a story designer, you can configure the page input control to apply changes to a subset of selected widgets instead of an entire page. Through edit and view mode, you can see exactly which widgets are impacted by which input control.

Sneak peek: we’re working on expanding this capability into a new Smart Discovery experience coming soon.

Improved linked analysis for tables

You no longer need your reading glasses to view more data. You can now expand hierarchies without triggering linked analysis. Selected cells will be highlighted which allows you to easily read your data without influencing other widgets.

Learn more about linked analysis

Wrap text for input controls

Gone are the days of freaky formatting. Now you can easily apply wrap text for dimension input controls. Wrapped text now becomes the default for all new input controls, simplifying the way you view all your input control captions.

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  1. Andy Skinner

    Do we know when the data preparation functionality will be expanded, things like not being able to go back to data integration to make changes is quite a massive problem.

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    1. Paul Ekeland

      Hi Andy,

      we are working on the ability to go back to the wrangling session for a given model created from data. This is planned for early Q418. In the meantime, please expect additional transformations, a formula editor and the ability to join two datasets in a model.

      Thanks!
      Paul

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