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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



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


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


Landscape mode is available.

Can hide options

Dynamic text for lane headers


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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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      Author's profile photo Mohd Fahad
      Mohd Fahad

      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)?




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi - thank you for reading and commenting; if it is available in the R server side in SAP Analytics Cloud, those charts are available