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A new Design Experience for SAP Analytics Cloud

Introduction

This blogpost series is about the new design of the SAP Analytics Cloud. The user experience of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud has been unified to simplify how you interact with our data and analytics solutions, increase your productivity, and provide a solid platform that supports you on your data journey.

This blog is a sneak peak at the new design. It will be generally available for all SAP Analytics Cloud customers in August 2021.

The initial improvements to SAP Analytics Cloud are focused on three main parts: a new side navigation, a unified top shell bar, and enhancements to how you interact with the different data, analytics, and administration applications and tools for your productive work:

This blogpost is about the new side navigation. But don’t forget to visit all the posts in the series.

New Side Navigation

A new side navigation flattens the hierarchy of menu op­tions for easier access, replacing the separate Browse and Create paradigm for a simpler, single-click entry point for viewing and creating content.

The new side navigation is responsive, adapting its verti­cal layout as users are given access to additional fea­tures. It also offers flexible collapsed, expanded, and full-screen display options so it can be tailored to each user’s needs.

Simplified Access

The Browse and Create menus in our previous navigation duplicated menu names and caused some confusion by separating the experience of opening your previous files and creating new ones. We’ve flattened the side navigation into a single list. Less clicks means easier access and a faster way to switch between different areas of the product.

So for example whether you want to create a new story or continue working on an existing story, in either case click on Stories to get working.

Like before, what’s visible in the side navigation changes depending on the permissions and license each user has. To reduce clutter, the new side navigation has a responsive design. Once your browser hits the minimum height, menu options are automatically hidden under More… .

Flexible Display Options

As your users become familiar with the location and icons in the side navigation, they can collapse it to gain more screen space to work with. Click the Main Menu to expand or collapse the side navigation.

When presenting stories and Digital Boardroom dashboards and agendas, the side navigation is still hidden to maintain that full-screen experience.

Easy Movement Between Applications

Often users want to make quick changes in different areas of the products. We’re working on making movement between different areas as fast and easy as possible.

The flattened side navigation allows for quicker back-and-forth movement. But also in this initial release of updates, those who prefer can now open multiple browser tabs by right-clicking on the side navigation.

Options for keeping multiple applications and tools open at the same time is a key goal of the new design – this is the first step.

Conclusion

As mentioned in the introduction, this is the first of several blogs in my series on the new design of the SAP Analytics Cloud. All information from this blog and further improvements can be found in the IT Handbook. To get an overview of all SAP Analytics Cloud innovations, it is best to use the Roadmap Explorer. As an interactive tool, you can view all new features there.

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      Author's profile photo Christian Winheller
      Christian Winheller

      These enhancements are very welcome.

      Hoping for more optimizations like this!

      For example the meta area in the story design (and view) mode should take less space off the actual story area (header line, menu line, icon line (yes, can be collapsed), tab line (should be an optional drop down in design like in the view mode) ).
      I would welcome a slim icon bar (just like quick access bars in Office), having tabs in a drop down, all those bars merged into one, have them automatically hiding, etc.

      Also hoping for optimization on all those sidebars.