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Latest Features in the New SAP Analytics Cloud Release 2021.01

Companies operating with SAP are can now enjoy more benefits for using the SAP Analytics Cloud with new upgrades. The upgrade is complete with the SAP Analytics Cloud Help documentation that you should check before migrating to the agent version 1.0.303. The more recent version offers advantages for all data acquisition types.

You can find the data acquisition minimum requirements for the upgrades version from the following link:


Highlights Features for the Release

The new upgrade features various parts of the SAP Analytical Cloud that companies will relish using to effectively boost their business and enhance their processes. It works on the multiple cloud platforms required to make a business get more data analytics seamlessly. These parts are discussed in detail below.

Data Visualization

The new upgrade will cover the following parts of the cloud in data visualization:

  1. BI Calculations-Standard Deviation

The SAP Analytics Cloud Story calculations let users create new measures that focus on the business data and enjoy finding more advanced insights to boost their processes. As SAP services focus more on predictive analysis through various insights, users will have a better platform where they can use to ensure they have appropriate analytics for their services.

Also, story designers are getting more features to customize their work and enhancements from the release. They can create standard deviation calculations in the Exceptions aggregation list more accessible than ever before. The standard deviation is significant for business processes since it is a value used for statics across various parts of the company like finance, supply chain, operations, and marketing in multiple forms.

The standard deviation is also used to understand the customer distribution that focuses on the company’s average spending. It lest you know the nearer the data is spread between pieces of data and showing relationships each data is close to the average data point.

After the calculations, the standard deviation can be high or low. The two offer different results that the business can use to ensure their following approaches are geared to ensure they succeed in the future. A low standard deviation shows that data is closely related to the average and the most reliable business. They can comfortably continue using the same processes since it is showing promising results. On the other hand, positive standard deviation means a significant variance between the data and statistical average of the business data. It is unreliable for the business to continue operating with its normal activities.

The standard deviation is effective for models that are based on live HANA connection only. There are various versions for the HANA connections to check and use for your business. They also range with the updates provide by the SAP developers.

  1. Story Exploration

It is one of the most notable features of the upgrade. Users’ can now explore their entire story on the platform seamlessly and navigate between pages and widgets. It also allows you to open a story in Explorer by default.

It does not stop there since you can still bookmark, save, and enter full screen whenever you please Explorer. Once you are in the browser, users can enable it for all charts and tables in their story automatically.

  1. Use of Beta Tables

Tables offer the most appropriate ad tidy view for analysis of data within any story. Users can change existing features ad add more to the tables they have for their stories. However, it was difficult before, and there was a risk of creating issues with the data. The beta tables are new functionalities used to replace known behavior and mitigate any risk that may arise when you want to alter your table to accommodate more information.

Also, the latest beta tale has new enhancements that allow users to enjoy a vertical resizing of the tables. Story designers can configure the tables to expand to accommodate more data when needed for displays vertically.

  1. Replace Analytic Account Models

It is a new feature for the SAP Analytics Cloud that has been newly introduced for this upgrade. It allows you to replace analytics account models with planning models. Story editors have their tools to re-point the analytic account model to the planning model and vice versa. However, they have to ensure the target model gas the various measures and dimensions of the source model.

Furthermore, story editors efficiently use the Business Intelligence stories to plan various activities like stories for their BI purposes. To replace the model, the configuration of the widgets in the story is preserved.

  1. Pagination Export to PDF/PPT

The product updates allow users to export all pagination pages in the story view mode to other formats like PDF and PowerPoint. After the export, they can still make changes in the Edit mode to ensure they have the same old behavior as in the story mode.

Furthermore, the nee upgrade allows regular exports, batch exports, sync exports, and async exports depending on the user’s situation. There is also an option where uses can disable the pagination exports at all once if they have no use for it.

Smart Assist

The following features on the SAP Analytics Cloud focus on the smart assist. It has the following new enhancements to offer users:

  1. Smart Predict For Time Series Analysis

Formerly, several hypotheses were only fitted on ¾ of available data. The best one was selected for the remaining ¼. Currently, the smart predict is refitted for the whole available data without bias.

The time series model is the closer connection to responding to all recent changes the business experience in their data. They also expect better forecasts on their future activities with quality predictive analysis.

  1. Enhanced Default Visualizations

Business visualization on default has never been better than this new feature. Search to Insight and Explorer has improved the default chart types to help users gain more valuable insights quickly on the story they upload n the Explorer. The charts are readable with the best visualization practices a user can access for. Some of the notable improvements for the default visualization are:

  • Autoscaling
  • Auto sorting
  • Formatted data labels
  1. Recommended Alternative Charts

You may need to use more than one chart to relay or preset your data on several occasions effectively. The new feature here is for recommendations for all the suitable alternative visualizations within the search to Insight. Therefore, users can choose a more customized way to gather valuable insights for their stories.


In planning, there are various features you will enjoy with the new update.

  1. Support ELSE Statement in Advanced Formulas

SAP users in the past had to perform all calculations for all their previous conditions manually. The process took a lot of time and resulted in errors. Now, you can use the ELSE statement instead, which means you can define the ELSE in an IF statement in the remaining scope of previous conditions for the advanced formulas step of data action.

  1. Suggestions in Advanced Formulas

The advanced formulas, users can filter a list of valid members by knowing their part of the member ID only. You don’t need to see any complete details for the operation to be effective.

  1. Simplified Meta Model

The new task types in the SAP Analytics Cloud Calendar are effective for cre3taing composite tasks, general tasks, and review tasks. You can have all the existing events automatically migrated as you need.

There are more set up added to offer workflow flexibility, such as:

  • All owners for the composite task can adjust the time required for distribution for the assignees and reviewers’ work.
  • Not every assignee needs to submit tasks after completion since the task is accomplished after the new assignment is submitted.
  • Owners can convert a composite task to any process that works on a general task for assigned and one review task for any review round.
  • Assigned can convert composite tasks assigned to them and delegate them to others.


The mobile feature in SAP allows users to get predictive analytics on the go, and they can access these services at all times. Some of the new features on the upgrade include:

  1. Live Data Connection to SAP BW/HANA

Users can use a tunnel connection and SSO using their Android app with SAML. It is more effective, and users can leverage this type of connection that is no longer needed for or make the businesses dependent on VPN and connect to the backend seamlessly.

  1. Use of SAP Cloud Connector

The Android app also supports the cloud connector based on SSO for the live data connection to SAP BW/HANA. Users also leverage the cloud connector based on SSO with the iOS app and use a similar connection with the Android. Here, you will also need a VPN to access the backed connectivity.

  1. Saving Default Bookmarks with Optimized View

The iOS and Android apps offer new capabilities to save users’ stories in the default personal bookmark. It is effortless to use and provides further enhancements to toggle optimized view users need to embrace.


These new top features for SAP Cloud Analytics are needed for all types of businesses operating currently in SAP. Take the initiative and check here the hardware requirements for the migration.

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