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Release Highlights for SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytics Designer with Q2 2020 QRC Release!

SAP Analytics Cloud, analytics designer extends standard SAP Analytics Cloud’s capability and integrates with other applications including both SAP applications and third-party applications. With the Q2 2020 QRC release, we are happy to announce the following exciting new features:

Mobile Support:

Analytics applications can be run directly in safari browser on an iPad in embeded use cases. To ensure that your application is responsive on mobile devices, we recommend that you use a dynamic layout when create your applications. Alternatively, you can design the size of applications specifically for the iPad. The gestures for switching to different tabs and for interacting with charts are supported. As the pre-requisite for the mobile consumption of analytic application, you need to set the application properties to mobile enabled.

Video: Sales Analysis Dashboard on iPad

Scheduling Analytic Application and Sending Notification:

You can schedule analytic applications and distribute PDFs to SAP Analytics Cloud users or non-SAC users at application runtime or from file repository. There you have the capability to leverage Bookmarks and SAP BW/HANA Prompt values in the scheduling dialog. In addition to these standard scheduling capabilities, analytics designer provides the following features to enable you to cover more advanced scheduling capabilities:

  • You can leverage script variables in scheduling analytic applications.
  • PDF can be generated automatically during the application initialization or based on other events. E.g. you would like to first set all the widgets visible and then export all the widgets to PDF.
  • You can define the PDF settings like page size, including appendix and comments in scheduling dialog
  • Based on the scheduling event, you can use notification API to send notifications. Here scripting capabilities can be leveraged for configuring the notification (once the revenue is lower than 500K, then a notification should be sent). The application consumer can receive the notification via email or notification panel of SAP Analytics Cloud.

 

 

 

Please keep in mind, in order to schedule an analytic application, you need to add a technical widget Export To PDF to your application.

All other pre-requisites applying to analytic applications are the same as stories. For details, please check here

 

Integration with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud: You can now build analytic applications by leveraging analytics designer within SAP Data Warehouse Cloud spaces.   With analytic designer capabilities, you have much more flexibility and advanced features to build interactive enterprise dashboards or analytic applications.

 

 

Copying Widgets from story to application across browser pages: With this capability we would like to provide a smooth interoperability between the story and application design times. You are able to copy the widgets from a story to an analytic application, story to story and application to application at design time within the same browser page or across different browser pages. All widgets that are supported by analytics designer can be copied over. Thus, you can enhance stories with analytic application capabilities by copying widgets over and add scripting, events or other capabilities to cover your business scenario.

Except the above highlights, in Q2/2020 QRC release we also provide the following important scripting APIS:

  • Scripting API to move widgets/containers to different containers to cover your flexible layout requirements
  • API for loading bookmark
  • New Scripting APIs for BW and HANA live connections
  • New scripting APIs for BW models in the table widget

 

For more detailed information about these exciting features, please also refer to Developer Handbook and API Reference Documentation.

Get your hands on analytics designer! I am sure that you will not be disappointed! I will further publish blogs for some capabilities in detail (like scheduling and performance). Stay tuned!

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      Author's profile photo Aleksey Salinin
      Aleksey Salinin

      Jie Deng thanks for the announcement!

      Will shedule publication be available only for CF or we can also wait for Neo too?

      About mobile: does this mean that AD application does not appear in "Analytics" (iOs,Android) in the future ?

      Are you planning to add an adaptive layout component and composites? (as in Lumira)

      Author's profile photo Jie Deng
      Jie Deng
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Aleksey,

      Scheduling publication functionality is only available for CF tenant, not for NEO tenant.

      Regarding the mobile, we are planning to integrate analytic applications into SAC Mobile iOS app in Q3 /2020 QRC release. Android App support will follow after we have released the support for iOS app.

      thank you

      Jie

      Author's profile photo Aleksey Salinin
      Aleksey Salinin

      Ok, thanks!

      And what about adaptive component, composite, data binding? Any plans for Q3 or Q4 2020?

      Author's profile photo Sreenivasulu Dasari
      Sreenivasulu Dasari

      Hi Jie,

      Can you please provide update/timelines on -  SAP Analytics Cloud commenting services – “Extra  commenting widget” (Text Area - exclusive commenting  - add users over numerous lines, Edit and save option).

      Thanks,

      Sreeni

      Author's profile photo Shabnam Jamal
      Shabnam Jamal

      Dear Deng,

      Do we have any guidelines on when is the best time to apply QRC notes in the system. This ofcourse needs testing. Do we have any best practice guidelines with QRC.

      Waht if customer is doing a bw upgrade at that time. Can they then apply apply the notes directly in upgraded dev environment.

      Also, do the notes have interdependencies to each other - and should be applied in a chronological order. What if some notes are missed out to be applied or grouped like first apply performance notes, then next set of notes.

      Best Regards,Shabnam

      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks

      Hi Shabnam Jamal Might be worth you asking this question internally in SACPedia JAM group.

      Generally speaking, the XML file that feeds the BW Notes Analyzer is updated around the same time, if not a bit before, the QRC update to SAP Analytics Cloud.

      Typically, our large enterprise customer will have a SAC "Preview" test edition, which gives the QRC update approximately 1 month before the production service. This is the best way to manage the upgrade.

      Coming back to the BW Notes - a lot of these will already be rolled-up into the later Support Package of the BW. However, i always recommend that as part of the BW SPS upgrade that the customer runes the latest Notes Analyzer and consider implementing the "leading edge" corrections/enhancements for the INA component - that's what SAC consumes with a Live connection.

      There are almost always a few to be considered, and it's best that this list doesn't get too big.. i have customers freak out when they see hundreds available to implement. They need to stay on top of this maintenance - I encourage that notes are implemented quarterly into BW. (to remain in-sync with SAC and ensure best interoperability)

      Yes these BW notes have dependencies, 1 note may require that a further 2 or 3 be implemented as well. this is quite normal and has always been the case. the SNOTE transaction helps handle this in a step-wise process. should be quite comfortable for a BASIS admin. Absolutely, they should not skip or miss any out, or the source code will not be corrected.

      Regards, H