What's New – 2022 Releases

Find out what's new in the latest version of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Version 2022.2

SAP is pleased to announce a new version of SAP Analytics Cloud.

General

  • It's now possible to add additional hierarchies to the account dimension of your models. You can either model your hierarchies manually in SAP Analytics Cloud data modeling or directly import from your source system. This brings you not only more capabilities in data modeling but allows also for more flexibility in designing your planning and analytical assets, in Stories as well as in Analytics Designer.

    Multiple account hierarchies are useful if you want to aggregate the values of your accounts differently according to your planning and analytical needs. You could, for instance, create dedicated hierarchies for specific accounting standards (for example, IFRS versus non-IFRS). Or you could define hierarchies that are only for specific reports (for example, OPEX versus Profit & Loss report) while others are used in planning processes to collect data.

    Planning-specific features, such as Validation Rules or Data Actions, are capable of consuming multiple account hierarchies and will benefit from this feature as well.

Stories

  • You can now use SAP Analytics Cloud to save BW Query variants.

  • You can now manually export stories to PDF format from Optimized View Mode. You have these export options:

    • Insert Appendix

    • Export All Pages OR Range

Mobile

  • The Android App now supports proxy settings pushed through MDM tools.

SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office

  • The SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office has been updated. For a list of new features, see the What's New.

System Administration Notes

  • With the 2022.2 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent's minimum version remains at 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version is 1.0.99.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version is 1.0.233.

    • If you require data acquisition from an SAP HANA view, the minimum version is 1.0.235.

    • If you require data acquisition from File Server, you need to upgrade to version 1.0.248.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.345, no matter what data acquisition type you use. Do this to take advantage of updates made to SAP Analytics Cloud agent.

    For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

  • Regarding supported features and required updates for the integration of SAP BW with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2541557Information published on SAP site for further details.

  • Regarding supported features and required updates for live universe access through SAP BusinessObjects Live Data Connect with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2771921Information published on SAP site for further details.

General

  • When sharing content with other users, the Email new recipients check box is now unchecked by default. Also, an administrator can now disable sharing to All Users.

  • You can now use the bursting functionality in scheduling to share unique and personalized content with individual recipients.

  • You can now configure the logo that appears in the application shell bar.

  • It's now possible to add additional hierarchies to the account dimension of your models. You can either model your hierarchies manually in SAP Analytics Cloud data modeling or directly import from your source system. This brings you not only more capabilities in data modeling but allows also for more flexibility in designing your planning and analytical assets, in Stories as well as in Analytics Designer.

    Multiple account hierarchies are useful if you want to aggregate the values of your accounts differently according to your planning and analytical needs. You could, for instance, create dedicated hierarchies for specific accounting standards (for example, IFRS versus non-IFRS). Or you could define hierarchies that are only for specific reports (for example, OPEX versus Profit & Loss report) while others are used in planning processes to collect data.

    Planning-specific features, such as Validation Rules or Data Actions, are capable of consuming multiple account hierarchies and will benefit from this feature as well.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • Performance of data acquisition from S/4HANA has been greatly improved in this release.

Stories

  • You can now use SAP Analytics Cloud to save BW Query variants.

  • You can now manually export stories to PDF format from Optimized View Mode. You have these export options:

    • Insert Appendix

    • Export All Pages OR Range

Modeling

  • For story users, support has been added to the new model for identifying missing currency conversion rates:
    • There is improved conversion error handling for new models with currency conversion.

    • Users can trigger a missing rate analysis with required parameters directly from an error pop-up in stories.

    • Conversion errors in tables based on new models are now logged in the rate table's conversion error log.

Planning

  • You can now type values in value driver trees using the number keys on your keyboard. You can also use the arrow keys to quickly increase or decrease values or use the +/-/* keys to input a mathematical function.

  • When pasting cells from a table or an external spreadsheet, you can now paste unbooked cells to booked cells to delete values.

  • When you create or edit calendar events with many people involved, now only the first 5 people are displayed in the respective People sections, and a link is added that lets you access a dialog with the complete list of owners, assignees, reviewers, or viewers. In this dialog, you can search for people, add or remove people, or move reviewers to a different review round.

  • Upon activation of a calendar process, people who are involved in the process as well as its child events will now receive only one notification instead of notifications for each event. The email notification contains a list of all events that are relevant for the user and specifies their roles.

  • In advanced formulas, you can now define the scope of a linked model, just like what you normally do for the default model, by using MODEL…ENDMODEL statement. In combination with the definition of the linked model scope, dimensions existing only in the linked model but not in the default model (missing dimensions) can be omitted in the definition of the LINK function.

    After the linked model scope is defined:
    • You can use the LINK function to return a certain range of data from the linked model and redirect the calculation scope of the default model by using attributes of dimensions from the linked model in the DATA function.

    • You can use dimensions from a linked model in the IF or FOREACH scope.

  • We have extended the data entry experience of Mass Data Entry mode. All calculations that have been created via 'add column' and/or 'add row' and have been modeled using the formula bar are affected. While performing data entries in Mass Data Entry mode, all previously mentioned calculations will update accordingly within Mass Data Entry mode. This allows planners to see data changes even before data has been processed/submitted by Mass Data Entry Mode.

Smart Predict

  • In the explanation of time series forecasting models, the impact of the influencers is now clearly separated from the impact of trend and cycles.

  • When influencers are used, multiple linear trends can now be detected. This further improves the handling of disrupted time series.

  • You can now add predictive steps to your multi actions to create time series forecasts. A predictive step can retrain a predictive model based on the freshest state of your data and can then write a time series forecast to a version.

Mobile

  • The iOS mobile app now supports iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

  • iOS mobile app users can now filter, view details, and designate items as favorites in the Catalog tab.

  • The Android mobile app now supports Android 12.

  • The SAP Analytics Cloud iOS SDK now supports Xcode 13.

  • The Android App now supports proxy settings pushed through MDM tools.

Content Management

  • You can now publish insights to the Catalog.

  • When exporting content from your tenant using the Start of the navigation pathTransport Next navigation step Export Next navigation step Content Network StorageEnd of the navigation path option, you can now select the workspace's root folder and its content. Check out our videoInformation published on non-SAP site for a deeper dive on how to export and move workspace content between your tenants.

Analytics Designer

  • As an application designer, you can now use the API getWidgetApi() to request a list of all widgets of a specific type listed by the new type ENUM "WidgetType".

  • As an application designer, you can now enable specific widgets to be hidden in runtime when the screen width is smaller than a certain threshold, by responsive rules configuration in flow layout panels.

  • It is now possible to use the navigation panel for analytic applications that run on bigger mobile devices like tablets and iPads. Smaller mobile devices, like smart phones, are not fully supported for the time being.

  • At design time, you'll receive performance optimization tips when your analytic application design may potentially affect runtime performance. The related best practices include:
    • Collapsing input controls

    • Manually setting Top N

    • Keeping images small

  • The linked analysis diagram has been renamed to linked widgets diagram as it can now visualize more than linked analysis and filter line relationships. You can have a graphic view of relationships among input controls, namely cascading effects, and do related settings directly on the diagram.

  • Blending is now available in analytics designer. As an application designer, you can join a primary data source with secondary data sources that contain common dimensions. You can, therefore, create charts and tables with a blended data source, as well as filters that can simultaneously update all the charts and tables with a linked dimension. You can also leverage APIs for blended charts or tables, while they work only on the primary data source.

  • As an application user, you can now view, filter, and search for all the subscribed data change insights across analytic applications on your SAP Analytics Cloud home screen.

  • As a developer of custom widgets, you can now create custom data types.

Data Analyzer

  • As a story user, you can now open data analyzer from a table via the actions menu item Open Data Analyzer.

    To be able to use this action menu item, first it has to be enabled by one of the following options:

    • Enable data analyzer on a table via the builder panel (by checking the property Enable Data Analyzer).
    • Enable data analyzer for all tables via the Story Details dialog (by selecting the property Enable Data Analyzer for all Tables).
  • It is now possible for data analyzer users to select or deselect all measures in the builder panel.

  • As a data analyzer user, you can now keep the last saved values for dynamic variables in your insight and make the variable prompt dialog come up necessarily when opening your insight.

SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office

  • The SAP Analytics Cloud, add-in for Microsoft Office has been updated. For a list of new features, see the What's New.

System Administration Notes

  • Several improvements have been made when data changes are logged:
    • If data audit is enabled in the modeler, a log entry with activity “Create” is generated.
    • If data audit is disabled in the modeler, a log entry with activity “Delete” is generated (together with the information on how many rows were deleted).
    • If in the Data Changes dialog, some audit entries were deleted, a log entry with activity “Data Change” is generated, together with some deletion information.
    • When a private version is published, a log entry with activity “Data Change” is created, along with some publishing information.
    • When facts are deleted in the modeler, a log entry with activity “Data Change” is created, along with some deletion information.
Version 2022.1

SAP is pleased to announce a new version of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Modeling

  • For story users, support has been added to the new model for identifying missing currency conversion rates:
    • There is improved conversion error handling for new models with currency conversion.

    • Users can trigger a missing rate analysis with required parameters directly from an error pop-up in stories.

    • Conversion errors in tables based on new models are now logged in the rate table's conversion error log.

Planning

  • In advanced formulas, you can now define the scope of a linked model, just like what you normally do for the default model, by using MODEL…ENDMODEL statement. In combination with the definition of the linked model scope, dimensions existing only in the linked model but not in the default model (missing dimensions) can be omitted in the definition of the LINK function.

    After the linked model scope is defined:
    • You can use the LINK function to return a certain range of data from the linked model and redirect the calculation scope of the default model by using attributes of dimensions from the linked model in the DATA function.

    • You can use dimensions from a linked model in the IF or FOREACH scope.

  • We have extended the data entry experience of Mass Data Entry mode. All calculations that have been created via 'add column' and/or 'add row' and have been modeled using the formula bar are affected. While performing data entries in Mass Data Entry mode, all previously mentioned calculations will update accordingly within Mass Data Entry mode. This allows planners to see data changes even before data has been processed/submitted by Mass Data Entry Mode.

Mobile

  • The SAP Analytics Cloud iOS SDK now supports Xcode 13.

Smart Predict

  • When influencers are used, multiple linear trends can now be detected. This further improves the handling of disrupted time series.

  • You can now add predictive steps to your multi actions to create time series forecasts. A predictive step can retrain a predictive model based on the freshest state of your data and can then write a time series forecast to a version.

Content Management

  • When exporting content from your tenant using the Start of the navigation pathTransport Next navigation step Export Next navigation step Content Network StorageEnd of the navigation path option, you can now select the workspace's root folder and its content. Check out our videoInformation published on non-SAP site for a deeper dive on how to export and move workspace content between your tenants.

Analytics Designer

  • Blending is now available in analytics designer. As an application designer, you can join a primary data source with secondary data sources that contain common dimensions. You can, therefore, create charts and tables with a blended data source, as well as filters that can simultaneously update all the charts and tables with a linked dimension. You can also leverage APIs for blended charts or tables, while they work only on the primary data source.

  • As an application user, you can now view, filter, and search for all the subscribed data change insights across analytic applications on your SAP Analytics Cloud home screen.

  • As a developer of custom widgets, you can now create custom data types.

Data Analyzer

  • As a data analyzer user, you can now keep the last saved values for dynamic variables in your insight and make the variable prompt dialog come up necessarily when opening your insight.

System Administration Notes

  • With the 2022.1 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent's minimum version remains at 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version is 1.0.99.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version is 1.0.233.

    • If you require data acquisition from an SAP HANA view, the minimum version is 1.0.235.

    • If you require data acquisition from File Server, you need to upgrade to version 1.0.248.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.343, no matter what data acquisition type you use. Do this to take advantage of updates made to SAP Analytics Cloud agent.

    For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

  • Regarding supported features and required updates for the integration of SAP BW with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2541557Information published on SAP site for further details.

  • Regarding supported features and required updates for live universe access through SAP BusinessObjects Live Data Connect with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2771921Information published on SAP site for further details.

  • For information on new features introduced in versions of SAP Analytics Cloud from 2021, see 2021 Releases.