Overview of Latest BI Features in SAP Analytics Cloud Webcast Recap
SAP’s Jacob Stark gave this webcast yesterday. Below are my brief notes.
Product updates every 2 weeks
* Does not include Smart Predict Features
Ability to link prompts – supported for HANA to HANA, BW to BW and only prompted once
Expand hierarchies and charts; keep context of what top level node is while looking at dimensions below; see it all at once
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
Calculation between dates (order date, ship date), based on aggregation types – limited to just SAC models now
Calculate new dimensions – a popular request – create own logical grouping, such as a region of states
Return length of a string, matches a pattern
As interacting tables/grids, make it easier. Ability to add a column, and in-cell charts, transform
Linked analysis improvements
1 chart is driving actions for different charts on a page
More control, more granularity over input controls to tables
Popular requested feature – Page input controls for certain charts are available
Select which charts are impacted by that input control
Logic AND/OR has been added – see on the right side
Responsive and mobile
Pay attention to responsive layouts, better reflow
Responsive templates improvements – copy and paste lanes, drag and drop, additional layouts, additional breakpoint logic
Support for hyperlinks, more parity between desktop and mobile on the mobile app
Choose out pages refresh in mobile app
Landscape mode is available.
Can hide options
Dynamic text for lane headers
Fine leveled geospatial
Change bubble shapes and sizes
See a + sign next to locations, show those locations sharing lat/long
Change Chloropleth layer
Drill down, zoom in on map focused on
Create own custom region Chloropleth layers with Live HANA
Variance is now dynamic; variance adapts and is contextual
Histogram charts – this is now a native chart type – underneath distribution
Intentionally keep slim chart types
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
Pass ID / Description or both, for charts and tables, makes it easier
Set axis breaks in charts in Bubble and Scatterplot charts; you can do multiple breaks
Keyboard Shortcuts – some are familiar such as CTRL-S
Can see hints throughout the application
Will make things faster, potentially more in the future
Snap objects to grid or nearby object; pink highlighted lines; turn on in styling panel
Lazy Loading; prioritize and load (love the term, lazy loading); makes it feel faster
Build auto-refresh into the application – set to 30 seconds, by minute or hour
Only refreshes charts, not the entire application
Improved story edit notifications; notify if someone is editing the story same time as you
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?
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)?
Hi - thank you for reading and commenting; if it is available in the R server side in SAP Analytics Cloud, those charts are available