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Author's profile photo Hanna Mazurkevich

When SAP Analytics Cloud tenants on Quarterly Release Cycle (QRC) will be updated in 2021

As well as in 2020, cloud products from the top four intelligent enterprise suite end-to-end processes will align on common release dates.

You can find the new features and enhancements in the SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom on the Product Update page, as well as a Road Map for 2021.

SAP Analytics Cloud has moved to a Quarterly Release Cycle to align with SAP’s global strategy for cloud application releases.

The following SAP Cloud products follow the 2021 calendar:
• SAP Analytics Cloud
• SAP Ariba
• SAP CX
• SAP Cloud Platform
• SAP Concur
• SAP Enterprise Asset Management
• SAP Fieldglass
• SAP Integrated Business Planning
• SAP Manufacturing
• SAP Product Lifecycle Management
• SAP S/4HANA Cloud
• SAP SuccessFactors

Customer-impacting releases may only take place in February, May, August and November each year.

After each update, when you log in to SAP Analytics Cloud after an update, you’ll see a prominent notification banner with a link to our What’s New help content.

To find out specific dates for 2021,lets turn to the note 2888562:

  • Q1 will be released on the weekend 19-21 of February,
  • Q2 will become available after the weekend of May 21-23,
  • Q3 on the weekend of August 20-22,
  • And latest update of the year, Q4, on November 12-14th.

The planned customer down times will be in accordance with the published service-level agreement document found in the SAP Trust Center site.

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SAP Analytics Cloud QRC release calendar 2021

So far there are no approved exceptions as of release date of this note, though it’s subject to change.

SAP Analytics Cloud, as all cloud products, may have an optional, no-impact release on harmonized monthly feature delivery weekends.
As with the quarterly releases, each product has the option to release during any or all of these windows. Customers should not need to prepare for or take action for the monthly feature deliveries.

Feature deliveries are scheduled for January 17-19, March 14-16, April 17-19, June19-21, July 17-19, September 18-20, October 16-18, December 11-13.

Note: Content can only be moved between systems on different release cycles at the time of a quarterly release cycle update.

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      Author's profile photo Aleksey Salinin
      Aleksey Salinin

      @Hanna, thanks for the post!

      As part of the fast track SAC tenants, will there be weekly updates in 2021, as it was before?

      Author's profile photo Hanna Mazurkevich
      Hanna Mazurkevich
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Aleksey Salinin,
      sure there will be for the tenants remaining in the fast track groups. See note  2768095 for more details.

      Partner test and demo systems (T&D) will stay on the fast track release cycle and will not be migrated to a QRC.

      Dates for these releases are not for the public access, you can subscribe to receive updates on this page (requires a valid S-user ID).

      Author's profile photo Christian Winheller
      Christian Winheller

      Thanks for the overview. Please note the link to note 2888562 seems to be a SAP internal one.

      SAC About dialog shows a 3 number Version. First is year, second seems to be the fast track release which seems to also apply to the Quarter release (2021.2 equals Q1 2021) but what does "2021.2.8" refer to?

      Author's profile photo Hanna Mazurkevich
      Hanna Mazurkevich
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you, Christian, thank you for the note, I have corrected the link, it should be available now.

      Indeed, 2021 is the year, then the quarter release, and then the subversion of the the release, which was used for the bi-weekly updates on the test tenants.

       

       

      Author's profile photo Václav Schreyer
      Václav Schreyer

      Hi Hanna,

      may I kindly ask in terms of the planned "features delivery" as I understood, this is valid for the QRC test (DEV) tenants of our clients.

      Is this weekend an update coming for test tenants of SAC or are the July dates valid?

      Thank you in advance.

      Kind regards,
      Václav

      Author's profile photo Hanna Mazurkevich
      Hanna Mazurkevich
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Václav,

      Thanks for the important comment. Yes, you are right. For development and/or quality tenants, depending on the contract, the new features are available for testing approximately one month before the release.

      Q:Is this weekend an update coming for test tenants of SAC or are the July dates valid?
      A: It depends on the update group you are in. If you are in standard QRC one, then the version 2021.14 (QRC) will be available on your Customer Test (QRC preview) tenant in the end of July (QRC but updated 3-4 weeks ahead of)

      Best regards,

      Hanna

      Author's profile photo Václav Schreyer
      Václav Schreyer

      Good morning Hanna,

      Many thanks for the provided update. We are with our customers on regular contract, as such for now still waiting for the QRC3 update, nevertheless, the July date is valid for us.

      Best regards,

      Václav