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Overview of Latest BI Features in SAP Analytics Cloud Webcast Recap

SAP’s Jacob Stark gave this webcast yesterday.  Below are my brief notes.

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Product updates every 2 weeks

* Does not include Smart Predict Features

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Ability to link prompts – supported for HANA to HANA, BW to BW and only prompted once

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Expand hierarchies and charts; keep context of what top level node is while looking at dimensions below; see it all at once

 

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Ability to show time by the second; time series charts in past could see month/week/day and now down to the second – helpful for IoT data

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Calculation between dates (order date, ship date), based on aggregation types – limited to just SAC models now

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Calculate new dimensions  – a popular request – create own logical grouping, such as a region of states

Return length of a string, matches a pattern

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As interacting tables/grids, make it easier.  Ability to add a column, and in-cell charts, transform

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Linked analysis improvements

1 chart is driving actions for different charts on a page

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More control, more granularity over input controls to tables

 

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Popular requested feature – Page input controls for certain charts are available

Select which charts are impacted by that input control

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Logic AND/OR has been added – see on the right side

Responsive and mobile

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Pay attention to responsive layouts, better reflow

Responsive templates improvements – copy and paste lanes, drag and drop, additional layouts, additional breakpoint logic

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Support for hyperlinks, more parity between desktop and mobile on the mobile app

Mark favorites

Choose out pages refresh in mobile app

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Landscape mode is available.

Can hide options

Dynamic text for lane headers

Geospatial

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Fine leveled geospatial

Change bubble shapes and sizes

See a + sign next to locations, show those locations sharing lat/long

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Change Chloropleth layer

Drill down, zoom in on map focused on

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Create own custom region Chloropleth layers with Live HANA

 

Other Features

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Variance is now dynamic; variance adapts and is contextual

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Histogram charts – this is now a native chart type – underneath distribution

Intentionally keep slim chart types

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R widget provides access to more chart types

R scripting used to work only for acquired data

R scripting – now works for live data models – need to activate from the Sys admin console

 

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Pass ID / Description or both, for charts and tables, makes it easier

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Set axis breaks in charts in Bubble and Scatterplot charts; you can do multiple breaks

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Keyboard Shortcuts – some are familiar such as CTRL-S

Can see hints throughout the application

Will make things faster, potentially more in the future

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Snap objects to grid or nearby object; pink highlighted lines; turn on in styling panel

 

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Lazy Loading; prioritize and load (love the term, lazy loading); makes it feel faster

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Build auto-refresh into the application – set to 30 seconds, by minute or hour

Only refreshes charts, not the entire application

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Improved story edit notifications; notify if someone is editing the story same time as you

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Customize homescreen – pushed to Sys Admin, do once for all users

 

So many features to check out.  Join us in person October 1 for Going to SAP TechEd 2018 Las Vegas, and looking for SAP Analytics Cloud & App Design Enablement?

 

Link to webcast slides is here

Link to recording (includes demo) is here

 

What is your take on the new features?

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  • Hi Tammy,

    Thanks for the Recap, SAP Cloud Analytics is definitely a way to go.

    I am impressed that SAP bundled R-Visualization feature with amazing 3M cell threshold.

    Do we get to see more advanced charts, just to name a few (BoxPlot, SankeyDiagram, RadialChart)?

     

    Regards,

    Fahad