What's New – 2018 Releases

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

Version 2018.22.0

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

General

  • You can now automatically assign users to teams based on SAML attributes.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • When using SAP BW live data connection models, you can now use a time-series chart. A time-series chart illustrates data points at successive intervals of time; each point on the chart corresponds to both a time and a quantity that is being measured. The different time levels of a level-based hierarchy (coming from BW) can be changed by the user to evaluate the data points on different time granularities, based on the chosen hierarchy, for example: day, month, year.

  • HTTP/2 is now supported for BW data sources. This backwards compatible protocol optimizes network and server resource usage to increase performance.

  • The error message displayed when a live data connection fails now has information about the possible causes and a troubleshooting link to help resolve the issue.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 data sources are now supported.

Stories

  • You can now access story-wide variables via tokens in the story filter bar.

  • You can now add dynamic images stored in a remote data source to a canvas page.

  • You can now use the ToNumber(…) function to convert string values to a number in calculated measures or calculated dimensions. Also, a new Dimension to Measure story calculation type is available to convert a dimension to a measure, using a specified dimension context and aggregation operation.

  • You can now sort dimension members in a table based on a custom sort order.

  • You can now use the ToText(…) function to convert numeric values to a string in calculated measures or calculated dimensions. The Measure-Based Dimension calculated dimension form has also been enhanced to allow for measure to dimension conversions with a given scale and precision (in addition to the already available dimension and filter context).

  • When running a forecast on a table or chart, additional options have been added. You can now specify either triple exponential smoothing or linear regression algorithms.

  • For your waterfall chart, when you expand a hierarchy, you can now choose to show the hierarchy node before or after the child nodes.

  • More configuration options for tables are now available in Explorer mode; for example, column and row headers, title and subtitle, and repetitive member names.

  • You can delete comment threads on story pages or widgets using the Delete All option in the comment panel.

  • You can now use additional aggregation operations in story exception aggregation calculations such as First, Last, Count excluding Zero and NULLs, and Average excluding Zero and NULLs.

  • You can now set up predictive forecasts to return only positive values for measures, when running a predictive forecast on a table.

  • For a waterfall chart, you can now choose to hide the root node of a hierarchy. You can also choose whether to show breakdown values as actual values or comparison values.

Mobile

  • Jump-To navigation from tiles with filter context in Digital Boardroom presentations is now supported.

  • Users that regularly access multiple servers can now switch between the different servers easier as well as define a default server in the mobile app.

  • The latest SAP Analytics Cloud iOS SDK now requires Xcode 10.x to open and compile the application.

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design (Beta)

  • You can now enable planning for tables if the table is based on a planning model – the table becomes input enabled at runtime. At runtime, you can also now use the quick-action menu for input-enabled cells in the table. The data-action-trigger tile is now available in the Add section of the toolbar; you can use the data-action trigger only at runtime.

  • You can now use the toolbar not only in design mode but also in the view mode and present mode. This way you cannot use only the general toolbar buttons but also the specific buttons for planning scenarios like Publish Data, Version Management, History, Value Lock Management, and Allocations, if a planning-enabled table is available in the application.

  • During application runtime, you can now enter explorer mode of a chart or table to do data exploration.

  • In addition to designing a popup dialog from scratch, application designers can now quickly create a popup dialog with a consistent look and feel to other dialogs in SAP Analytics Cloud stories.

  • A new script API has been introduced to generate smart-data-discovery URLs with parameters. Enter the URL, and you can launch a smart discovery in a pop-up window with smart discovery results, or you can display the smart discovery configuration panel with pre-filled settings.

  • You can now run smart insights during application runtime.

System Administration Notes

  • With the 2018.22.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.209, 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.

Version 2018.21.0

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

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • When importing SAP BW data, fewer rows are now returned, because duplicates are removed.

Stories

  • For tables that use models with currency conversion, you can now add comments to cells that contain values in the local currency.

  • For Input Tasks, you can now reassign the task to someone else, even if it is already running.

  • To reduce loading time for tables, the initial drill state (initial table) has been set to the following parameters:

    • Accounts on rows, and filtered to the first account

    • Drill level 1, and only showing the first account

    • Version on columns, and filtered on the first version

Calendar

  • For Calendar tasks, you can now substitute yourself or someone else as Reviewer.

  • For Calendar tasks, you can now view the list of changes (and, if desired, revert them) before updating tasks or processes.

  • In the Calendar, you can now set filters for the following task types: Calendar tasks, Gantt processes, and Input Tasks.

Planning

  • In advanced formulas, you can define a virtual variable member to store intermediate calculated values that can be reused elsewhere when necessary.

  • Using data actions, you can now copy data from a source model to a different target model by adding a cross-model copy action.

Mobile

  • The mobile app now supports Dynamic Text within chart titles and subtitles.

SAP Analytics Cloud Smart Predict

  • The workflow for the Time Series Forecasting Predictive Model Application has been simplified.

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design (Beta)

  • The following improvements are now available for the script editor:

    • You can use keyboard shortcuts to simplify your work.

    • You can use different value help dialogs, depending on the context.

    When a user copies/pastes a widget, all event handler scripts are now copied with the widget.

System Administration Notes

  • With the 2018.21.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.209, 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.

Version 2018.20.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.20.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.209, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • When creating a team, you can now choose whether or not to add a folder for the team in the Files area.

  • For calendar tasks and processes, you can now chose to display the full name of a task in the task bar.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • You can now schedule export jobs to SAP S/4HANA.

  • SAC now supports SAP BW dynamic filters in charts.

  • Business users can now blend with SAC models based on live SAP BW data using Smart Data Integration:
    • Blending between SAP BW live data models from the same system.
    • Blending between SAP BW live data models and import data models.
    • Blending between SAP BW live data models from different systems.
      Note
      • Blending is supported for the following SAP BW variants: SAP BW on HANA, SAP BW/4HANA.

      • Blending requires an SAP HANA Full Use license. The SAP HANA REAB (Runtime Edition for Apps and SAP BW) license will be supported in the future.
  • New Models created from acquired data can now be modified.

Stories

  • In charts, tables, and tooltips you can now change how your units and currency are displayed as well as where the units and currency symbols should be placed in relation to the numeric values. NOTE: This feature is not yet available for remote SAP HANA connections.

  • In tables, you can now display the scaling factor in the column or row header instead of in every cell.

  • In waterfall charts, you can now have two dimensions on the category axis.

  • In waterfall charts, you can now choose which measure is a total when you have multiple measures.

  • You can now create a calculated column based on input from another column and the application of a formula expression.

Planning

  • Planning operations that affect multiple different currencies are now enabled. Messages will alert you during these operations, because they may have unexpected results.

  • Inverse formulas for accounts that use exception aggregation along one or more dimensions now support data entry when these dimensions are filtered to a single leaf member.

  • For Input tasks, story filters applied to a distribution dimension will affect how many (and which) members are shown on the Summary page.

Mobile

  • The mobile app now supports chart hyperlinks to story pages that act as dimension filters. Cascading effect to other filters on the destination page is also supported.

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design (Beta)

  • You can move a widget up and down within the outline view by dragging and dropping. Widgets listed higher take precedence over the ones below when displayed in the main canvas.

  • A unified hyperlink API is provided for the widget image and shape, allowing users to perform various activities such as navigating to an URL by clicking a widget and dynamically updating an URL according to input in a text box.

  • You can now add an R visualization widget to your analytic application to query data.

  • You can now view all the errors and warnings in the error panel. To make a fix, you can quickly navigate from the panel directly to the errors in your code.

Version 2018.19.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.19.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.209, 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.

  • Note

    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.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • You can now import and export Smart Data Integration (SDI) connections.

  • If your SAP Analytics Cloud tenant is running on a non-SAP data center, custom SAML IdPs can now be configured.

Stories

  • The Smart Discovery feature has been upgraded and now includes the following features:

    • New entry points. For more information, see Running a Smart Discovery.

    • The generation of up to four story pages containing insights for your target KPI:

      • Overview page

      • Key Influencer page

      • Unexpected Values page

      • Simulation page

    • All the generated charts can be viewed in the Digital Boardroom.

Version 2018.18.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.18.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.201, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • When saving a story to a file (such as PDF), you can now choose to export in the background. You can continue working, but you may experience a slower response time until the export is complete.

  • The Create Support User feature now works if your SAP Analytics Cloud system is using a custom identity provider. For more information, see Get More Help and SAP Support.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • When importing SQL data, you can now perform other actions while the data is being imported in the background.

  • You can now see data file uploads for your model on the Datasources tab.

  • SAP Analytics Cloud now supports live connections to BPC embedded configurations.

  • You can now enable a custom SAML Identity Provider if SAP Analytics Cloud is running on a non-SAP data center.

  • When using an SAP BW data source, you can now choose whether a variable value from a Customer Exit variable comes dynamically from the SAP BW back end, or from a saved value that is manually input by the user.

Stories

  • You can now set a different initial chart or table to be opened when you launch Explorer.

  • When using the Search to Insight feature, you can now search within HANA live-data models included in your story if an administrator has enabled "Search to Insight" for the HANA live model. For more information, see Model Preferences.

  • You can now create (or bookmark) multiple Explorer pages in your story.

Calendar

  • When in Gantt Year view, you can now drag & drop objects to different dates. For more information, see Process Workflow.

  • You can now create objects interactively, which lets you build larger structures before sending notifications out. For more information, see Creating Tasks.

  • You can now choose to allow assignees to see the other assignees for a task. For more information, see Creating Tasks.

  • You can now see the tasks that you own (assigned as Owner) in both Calendar and Gantt view. For more information, see Adding Filters.

Planning

  • You can now reassign an in-progress input task to someone else.

  • You can now forward an Input Task to someone at a different level in your organization's hierarchy.

  • For tables, you can now select a single measure header or multiple measure headers in the table and then apply a predefined calculation such as Average, Running Total, and so on.

  • When creating formatting rules, you can now set the read-only status for table cells. For more information, see Styling Options for Tables on a Canvas.

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design (Beta)

  • You can now set the value of global variables as URL parameters in the analytic application URL.

  • You can now embed an RSS reader in analytic applications to present relevant articles from an RSS feed and to dynamically update the list of RSS feeds according to your needs.

Mobile

  • SAP Analytics Cloud now offers an iOS SDK for the mobile app. The SDK is a fully functional version of the iOS mobile app, capable of connecting to an SAP Analytics Cloud system and providing the same set of features as the standalone app. For information on how to build and deploy your own version of the app using the SDK, see the SAP Analytics Cloud iOS SDK Developer Guide.

Version 2018.17.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.17.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.119, 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.

  • Note

    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.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • When using a live data connection to SAP BW, SAP Analytics Cloud now arranges parent and lower-level nodes according to BEx and SAP Analytics Cloud settings.

  • The user interface has been updated to better facilitate data import from available sources.

Stories

  • You can now export data to a CSV file from the Explorer.

  • For tables, when you export hierarchies as CSV data, you can now separate hierarchy levels into individual columns in the CSV file.

  • For tables, you can now export the data points and data point comments to a CSV file (when you add a data point comment column to your table).

  • In Charts, you can now specify a custom sort order for dimension values.

  • You can now use Bubble Color to display dimension values in a geo map.

  • For easier readability and usability, the Styling panel has been updated. Some options (Chart orientation, for example) have been moved to the Builder panel.

  • In Charts, Tables, and Tooltips, you can now set the scale for numbers as an abbreviation (k, m, bn) or as a word (Thousand, Million, Billion).

  • In view mode, you can now show 'unbooked' or 'Totals' cells; the 'Show' option is in the table's header-cell quick action menu. For more information, see Modifying a Table.

  • Note

    The following new features require a HANA 2.0 system with an EPMMDS plug-in revision 1.00.201815.00.1534765831 (Wave 201815) or higher. For more information on this requirement refer to SAP Note 2444261Information published on SAP site.

    • When using HANA live data connection models, you can now enrich string-based time dimensions (for example, Month - YYYYMM, Date - YYYYMMDD) with time hierarchy information. This can allow the use of time hierarchy related features like Difference From story calculations, trend series charts, and time range sliders for filtering.

    • You can now use the Timestamp dimension type for data that is recorded very frequently; for example, sensor data. You can filter on timestamp data the same way you filter on time data.

    • You can now use Calculated dimensions with remote SAP HANA systems.

    • You can now create tables and charts that contain data from both remote SAP HANA systems and local data sources in the same table.

    • You can now calculate the time interval between two dates (using a "Date Difference" calculation) on remote SAP HANA systems.

    • Measure-based filters are now available for live data connections to SAP HANA.

    • Histogram charts are now supported for remote SAP HANA systems.

Planning

  • You can now set your own limit for the number of data-point comments in a model. (Set the limit in the System Administration area.)

  • You can now use functions to filter values at the cell level in the advanced-formula data actions. The cell value filter, either in the form of multiple members or value comparison, can be used in a ResultLookup wrapped in an IF statement.

  • You can now use integer/float variables in advanced-formula data actions.

  • You can now use more mathematical functions in advanced-formula data actions, including ROUND, CEIL, FLOOR, and TRUNC.

  • In Calendar tasks and processes, Writer and Creator roles are now the Owner role. Also, as an assignee, you now see the status and percent completion of your tasks instead of the overall project. For more information, see Task Workflow.

Modeling

  • You can now group together refresh jobs to update the data in a model and public dimensions simultaneously. For more information, see Preparing Data.

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design (Beta)

  • You can now add and edit a global variable directly in the builder panel for global variables when the script editor is open.

  • You can now use a reference list to quickly check where and how an object (such as a widget, a global variable, or a pop-up function) is used.

  • You can now freely move tabs to change the display order in the Script Editor.

  • As an application designer, you can now add a Shape to a story.

  • As an application designer, you can now add a Symbol to a story.

  • As an application designer, you can now add a built-in Clock to display the system’s date and time.

  • You can now embed a web page in your analytic application and allow others to dynamically update the web page address when running the application.

  • Smart Grouping has been added to Application Design and provides an API to allow users to decide whether to enable tooltip measures in grouping and to change the number of groups and group labels during runtime.

  • Time-series Forecasting has been added to Application Design and provides an API to allow users to config forecast periods, to add additional inputs via one entry, and to enable triple exponential smoothing via one entry during runtime.

Version 2018.16.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.16.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.118, 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.

  • To get import data connections working quickly, an SAP Analytics Cloud Agent Simple Deployment Kit is now available.

  • Note

    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.

  • You can now edit the names of data refresh jobs for models. Naming scheduled jobs allows you to describe the entire job instead of having to rely on individual query names. For more information, see Introduction to Modeler.

  • Administrators can now create a special support user for an SAP Support Engineer to troubleshoot problems on your subscription. For more information, see Get More Help and SAP Support.

  • You can now edit the credentials of a shared Per-user connection at any time without having to start a data acquisition process. For more information, see Import Data Connection to SAP S/4HANA.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • You can now create a generic OData import data connection using OAuth 2.0 authentication.

Stories

  • When cell references are displayed on a grid page and you select one cell, the source cell in the table and the target cell or cells in the grid will be highlighted.

  • You can now add bookmarks to save a current story view including any filters that you have applied.

  • For tables in your story, you can now rename the dimension "Cross Calculation". This change will apply to all occurrences of this dimension in the story.

  • For bar and stacked bar charts, you can now display the axis labels in line with the bars. For more information, see Applying Styling to Tiles.

  • In tables, the empty value symbol ('-') will now have the same alignment as the numbers. If you choose right-alignment for numbers, the empty value symbol will also be right-aligned.

Planning

  • You can now delete values from planning models by deleting the values from tables in a story and publishing the change.

  • When creating copy rules for a data action, you can now copy data from accounts calculated by formulas, or accounts that use exception aggregation.

  • You can now change the assignee for a Calendar task.

Allocations

  • The Data Locking Editor grid is now pre-filtered based on the members of the ownership-enabled dimensions that are owned by the current user.

Modeling

  • The new Datediff function calculates the difference between two date fields. For example, you can calculate the number of days between Order Date and Ship Date. For more information, see All Formulas and Calculations.

Mobile

Version 2018.15.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.15.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.115, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • When you delete a user, all details for that user are removed including references in Calendar objects.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • For models that are created by acquiring data from external sources, an "import data" job is now generated instead of an "update model" job. For more information, see Updating and Scheduling Models.

  • When exporting data to S/4HANA, you can now define your own Replace Scope to override the S/4HANA default Replace Scope.

  • When exporting data to S/4HANA, if a target field you choose to export data to has no source dimension mapped, you can now specify a default value for the target field.

Stories

  • You can now use the new Extract transform to extract numbers, words, and targeted values from blocks of text. For more information, see Preparing Data.

  • You can now use the arrow keys to place objects exactly where you want them on a story page; you can also use keyboard shortcuts for copy, paste, and so on.

Planning

  • You can now assign a calendar task to someone who does not have an SAP Analytics Cloud account; the person will be invited to create an account.

  • In the Calendar and Gantt views, you can now filter processes and tasks based on roles and due dates.

  • You can now download a Calendar Task as an ICS (.ics) file.

Version 2018.14.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.14.0 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 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.113, 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.

  • Note

    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.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • You can now set dynamic filters based on time or numeric data fields from the query panel.

  • Live connections to SAP Universes now support calculated and restricted measures. For more information, see Limitations to SAP Universe Live Data Connections.

  • The Create Model dialog has been improved, to make it easier to create a model from a live data connection using the Query Builder.

  • When importing data from S/4HANA, you can now connect to services in the discovery service from an on-premise connection without having to create connections to all of the individual services.

Stories

  • You can now overlay and align objects on a canvas page and have the option to turn the grid on and off.

  • The latest Spatial Data Delivery Unit for SAP Analytics Cloud contains updated region boundaries for France, along with additional English translations for region names.

  • You can now create R-visualizations based on data from your live BW, S/4HANA, and Universe models. For more information, see Connecting to an R Environment.

Modeling

  • Conditional inverse formulas can now be defined using the INVERSEIF function. This function enables data entry on a calculated account when a condition is met.

Mobile

  • You can now mark stories and Digital Boardroom presentations as favorites in the mobile app. Favorites are indicated with a star in the story or presentation list view, and you can use the list filter to show only your favorites.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • You can now edit your home screen to display a tile listing the five most recent SAP Boardroom presentations you have viewed.

Version 2018.13.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.13.0 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 required is 1.0.99.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.111, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • Trial users will now be able to see the complete list of import data connections that are available in SAP Analytics Cloud. Connections that are not available in the trial cannot be selected.

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design (Beta)

  • Note

    Application Design is currently available only for selected Beta customers. The general availability is planned for Q4, 2018. If you are interested in the Beta program, please contact your SAP account manager.

    In this release, we are pleased to introduce SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design. With this additional capability, you can:

    • Create and consume analytic applications in SAP Analytics Cloud.

    • Experience the same look and feel as with stories, as stories and analytic applications share functionality and widgets.

    • Configure the behavior of the widgets with a set of specific script API events.

    This flexibility lets you create a variety of analytic applications, ranging from simple static dashboards to highly customized analytic applications with numerous options to browse and navigate data.

    For more information, see Analytic Applications (Beta).

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • You can now run quick actions and suggested transformations directly in the Card View. For more information, see Preparing Data.

  • You can now create groupings to run multiple data import jobs in a user-defined order (or sequence); for example, when one import job is dependent on the results of another import job. For more information, see Updating and Scheduling Models.

  • Calculations are now supported by live connections to SAP Universes.

  • When you schedule a data refresh job, you can now select to receive an email notification when the job fails. For more information, see Introduction to Modeler.

  • When a refresh job fails due to missing per-user credentials, you can now enter your credentials within data source tab, without navigating to other pages to fix the problem. For more information, see Import Data Connection.

Stories

  • You can now set a Chart Property, called Smooth Lines, to create a smoother line in these chart types: line, combination column & line, combination stack column & line, and time series.

  • You can now configure page filters to affect only some widgets on a page.

  • You can now create R-visualizations based on data from your live HANA models.

  • You can now format numbers in charts to show negative values with brackets or a minus (-) sign.

Planning

  • You can now add comments to data cells sourced from restricted measures in a table.

  • When creating an input task, you can search the list of assignees and members on the Summary page.

  • You can define a dedicated column in a table to display all submitted comments; you can also use the column to create new comments. For more information, see Adding Calculated Rows and Columns in a Table.

  • In a table, you can select a group of column or row headers from one or more dimensions and hide the corresponding columns or rows from the table.

  • For calculated accounts that use FIRST or LAST exception aggregation and have an inverse formula defined, you can now enter data to parent members of the exception aggregation dimension if the first or last leaf is already booked. For more information, see Inverse Formulas.

Modeling

  • You can now create inverse formulas for GrandTotal and %GrandTotal functions, allowing data entry for these types of calculated accounts.

Mobile

  • Stories within the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app now support hyperlinks to other story pages, web pages, and links to launch other iOS apps.

  • You can now choose to have story pages automatically refresh when opened in the mobile app. In the Settings tab of the mobile app, enable or disable the new Automatically Refresh option.

Version 2018.12.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.12.0 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 required is 1.0.99.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85. The recommended version to see performance improvement is 1.0.109.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.109, 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.

  • Note

    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.

Data Acquisition, Live Data Connections, and Integration

  • This release simplifies user license assignment, by making more explicit the connection between each role and a license, and by ensuring that each user's license consumption is determined solely by the roles they've been assigned (rather than being calculated dynamically). Administrators can now easily see which license each of the pre-defined roles will consume and, when designing custom roles, will base them on a particular license type.

  • When using live data connections to SAP BW data sources, SAP Analytics Cloud supports the hiding of repetitive hierarchy nodes that have only one lower-level node, if the "Nodes with Only One Lower-Level Node" option in BEx Query Designer is set to "Hide".

    Note

    This feature applies only to live data connections.

  • You can now import currency conversion rates from SAP BW.

Stories

  • For tables, you can now choose to apply the Top N ranking to each dimension instead of to a group of dimensions. For more information, see The Table Action Menu Options on a Grid.

  • You can now select an option to automatically resize table columns on a Canvas page. On a Responsive page, you will be able to align columns for tables within the same Responsive lane. For more information, see Applying Styling to Tiles.

Allocations

  • When creating rules for an allocation step, you can now copy and paste data for multiple rules from an Excel spreadsheet or from other allocation rules.

Planning

  • You can now create data actions to model sequences of copy-paste operations and scripted calculations, allowing you to carry out planning and simple consolidation functions such as cash flow planning, accounts receivable planning, and carry forward operations.

Modeling

  • You can now use a generic dimension to specify the currencies for a model, instead of using the organization dimension. This feature allows you to model transaction currencies instead of local currencies, for example. You can also specify currency dimensions for models that do not use currency conversion.

Mobile

  • As an administrator, you can now set the default tab that users first see on the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app when accessing this system. From the (Main Menu), select Start of the navigation path System Next navigation step  AdministrationEnd of the navigation path, and then select the System Configuration tab. The Set the default tab on mobile option can be set to Story or Boardroom.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • When presenting in Digital Boardroom, you can now create meeting minutes and add them to pages and topics for reference during the presentation.

  • To help navigate large Digital Boardroom dashboards, you can now specify topics as Featured Topics for all users when creating a dashboard. These topics will be available from the Navigation tree during the presentation. For more information, see Creating Digital Boardroom Agendas.

    Note

    Only public Featured Topics are supported at this time.

  • You can now edit your home screen to display a tile listing the five most recent SAP Boardroom presentations you have viewed.

Version 2018.11.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.11.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

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

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.107, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • You can now use the Calendar to create and manage processes and tasks. There is the standard Calendar view as well as a Gantt view of your information.

  • Dynamic user creation in SAP Analytics Cloud is now extended to Analytics Hub.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • You can now export transaction data directly from SAP Analytics Cloud models to S/4HANA Cloud (1805).

  • You can now acquire GUID data types with the Generic OData driver and use them for blending in Stories.

Stories

  • For the data labels in your charts, you can now change the number of decimal places. For more information, see Applying Styling to Tiles.

  • You can now add a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) line to your Bar/Column or Stacked Bar/Column charts.

  • When changing the style of a table, you can now select regions to apply the changes to and see what area the change will affect; for example, the header region or the data cells region.

  • You can now create thresholds for your charts from the chart action menu. For more information, see The Chart Action Menu Options.

  • You can now use substring functions to create new calculated dimensions and in an IF formula when creating a measure. For more information, see All Formulas and Calculations.

  • You can now calculate the length of a string within a calculation for calculated dimensions or measures. For more information, see All Formulas and Calculations.

  • You can now use the operator LIKE in calculations to determine whether a character string matches a specified pattern. For more information, see All Formulas and Calculations.

  • You can now calculate the current date or time and include a time zone. For more information, see All Formulas and Calculations.

  • You can now create thresholds based on calculated rows or columns.

  • When using the linked analysis filter on a table, the selected value will now be more easily identified.

Planning

  • When editing public versions, you can now use the main menu to save or revert your changes; you do not need to go into the Version Management panel.

  • For the approval status of your input tasks, you can now see a high-level view of the number of assignees for each status (for example, Open, In Progress, or Rejected) or you can see a hierarchical list of assignees and their current status.

  • As a Planner, you do not need to use the "unbooked" setting when adding new dimension members to the table.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • Advanced filtering for dimension members is now available when creating topic filters for a Digital Boardroom dashboard.

  • When configuring navigation links for a Digital Boardroom dashboard, you can now allow presenters to jump from a value in a chart or table to another topic page that will be filtered based on that value.

Version 2018.10.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.10.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

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

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.105, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • When configuring app integration, you can now create OAuth clients for API Access instead of Interactive Usage. This setting allows a third-party application to authenticate and operate against public SAP Analytics Cloud APIs using only the OAuth ClientID and secret.

SAP Analytics Cloud Smart Predict

  • In this release, we are pleased to introduce SAP Analytics Cloud Smart Predict. If you subscribe to this additional component, you can:

    • Create classification, regression, and time-series models directly in SAP Analytics Cloud.

    • Debrief your model: analyze, understand, and fine-tune your model.

    • Create and compare several versions of the same model to choose the one that answers best your business question.

    • Apply your model immediately on new data.

    • Consume your model in a BI story.

    Note

    Smart Predict features are not available in all regions. For more information, see View Available Predictive Scenarios.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • You can now create data acquisition connections that require the SAPCP Cloud Connector without having to submit an SAP Support ticket.

  • For live data connections to SAP BW sources, if there are any conditions defined in the BEx Query, they now appear in the chart or table header.

  • You can now import S4 Hana data into a dataset.

Stories

Planning

  • You now see only the hierarchy nodes that you are authorized to see; if a higher-level node is hidden, "orphaned" nodes are listed as root nodes.

Mobile

  • The SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app now supports using MobileIron Cloud for setting iOS Managed Configuration capabilities.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • The Stories panel now indicates what story pages are already used on the Digital Boardroom canvas and what topics they are used in.

Version 2018.9.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.9.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

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

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.103, 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.

  • Note

    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.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • In SAP S/4HANA, you can now share a connection without sharing the credentials you used to create it. When you share a connection without sharing credentials, users need to enter their own credentials to use the connection.

Stories

  • When including a dimension in an External Hyperlink, you can now choose to pass the ID instead of, or in addition to, the Description.

  • You can now define a story or page filter based on a range of measure values. All filters that affect a story are shown on the new Controls panel.

  • For tables, you can now use Input Controls for dimension and measure selection.

  • You can now collapse the Chart Title area so that only one line of text shows.

  • When changing the style of a table, you can now see and select regions to apply the changes to; for example, the header region or the data cells region.

  • You can now trigger Smart Insights on a variance.

  • You can use some common key combinations (for example, Ctrl-C or Ctrl-V for copy and paste) to move data around in tables.

  • When working with stories, the control for switching between Data view and Story view has been improved.

  • The formula bar will now be automatically shown for Grid pages and for Canvas pages when a table is in full screen mode.

  • In tables, you can now use fixed cell values for calculations.

  • You can now query Search to InsightSearch to Insight to get quick answers to questions in English and incorporate these insights into your story.

>Allocations

  • When you start an allocation process, you can now choose to run it in the background while you continue to work with your story. You can leave the story or log out of SAP Analytics Cloud entirely, and the process will still run.

Planning

  • As a Planner, you can now add dimension members directly to a table even if they are not yet available in the master data.

  • In the Modeler, data locks can now be applied to combinations of members from one or more dimensions. As a Modeler user, you can choose the driving dimensions and lock or unlock their members, and also delegate ownership of data locks on specific combinations of members. Combined with other features such as Data Access Control, data locking allows you to handle complex scenarios that involve restricting planning operations for different users, time periods, versions, regions, and so on.

  • For tables, you can now use the styling panel to enable Planning and editing options or to set the entire table to be read-only.

  • For an Input Task, you can now limit a large hierarchy's member list to only those members that have assignees.

Mobile

  • The mobile app now supports a story or page filter based on a range of measure values.

  • The mobile app now supports Dynamic Text within lane section headers.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • You can now override story styling when presenting in the Digital Boardroom, allowing you to create a harmonized visual look for your presentation. Use an existing story’s preferences for all other stories, or define a custom set of preferences to apply.

Version 2018.8.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.8.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

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

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.101, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • You can now find your tenant ID in the Start of the navigation pathSystem Next navigation step AboutEnd of the navigation path dialog.

  • Administrators can now customize the homepage logo and background color for all users within a tenant.

  • Deprecated Events options – such as exporting event categories or event processes – have been removed from Deployment.

Stories

  • For a pie or donut chart, you can now change the number of decimal places.

Planning

  • You can now enter data on leaf members of dimensions that use exception aggregation, such as Min, Max, First, Last, or Average.

Mobile

  • You can now hide individual story pages or Digital Boardroom presentation topics from appearing on the mobile app.

  • Improvements have been made to certain story actions in the mobile app. The icon for accessing filters and Input Controls has been updated. On iPhone, the Share and Refresh options are now located on a new bottom action bar.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • You can now view a Table of Contents when designing and creating a Digital Boardroom dashboard. The Table of Contents lists all topics, stories, and story pages used in the dashboard.

Version 2018.7.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.7.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

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

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.99, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • For live data connections to SAP BW sources, if the Universal Display Hierarchy is made active in the BEx Query Designer, the data is now displayed in SAP Analytics Cloud with all objects on an axis shown in a hierarchy.

  • For live data connections to SAP BW sources, you can now create restricted and calculated Key Figures based on a query of two structures.

  • You can now import a BPC standard model with fiscal periods different from calendar periods into SAP Analytics Cloud. Fiscal year settings will be automatically turned on, and the starting month will be correctly set.

  • The "Read only" option has been removed from the "Import Model From SAP BPC" dialog.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • From the Datasources tab of Public Dimensions, you can now upload and map data asynchronously.

Stories

  • You can now insert calculated columns and rows based on any dimension in a table. For example, this feature allows you to perform calculations across different versions without using restricted measures.

  • Linked charts and tables will now update when drilling in a geo map.

  • You can now expand hierarchies in your charts and see multiple levels of data at the same time.

  • On a grid page, when you select a cell to add to a formula, the cell will be highlighted/colored.

  • You can now create a calculation to determine the time interval between two dates. Calculations of this type work only with Date columns and Day-granularity Date hierarchies.

  • When typing a formula in the formula bar or in a cell, you can now create cell references by selecting a table or grid cell.

  • When you are editing a story, you can now be notified when others are editing a story at the same time.

  • You can now create and modify complex filters within a chart visualization.

  • You can now use dynamic variance in your charts. If you change the measures in your chart, the variance automatically updates.

  • You can now add a histogram to your story.

  • R visualization widgets can now accommodate complex multi-dimensional filters.

  • Zoom can now automatically fit data points when drilling or filtering in a geo map.

  • You can now drill using bubbles instead of shapes on the choropleth layer in a geo map.

  • You can now use ISNULL and NOT functions in your formulas. Such formulas are usable for both Calculated Measures and Calculated Dimensions in Stories, and are also available in the Modeler.

  • When you create a story, you can now select whether a prompt variable dialog is shown when opening the story.

  • You can now schedule all charts, tables, and geo maps to automatically refresh in a story.

  • You can now prevent your chart from automatically refreshing after every addition or deletion, optimizing the story building process. When you have finished adding Measures or Dimensions, manually refresh the chart to apply the changes.

  • You can now use a time hierarchy that has been created with a Star Join in a HANA Live Data Connection Model.
    Note

    Available only for HANA rev122.05+

Planning

  • For your input tasks, you can now easily reset all substitutes back to the default assignees.

  • You can now exclude pages from Input Tasks that get sent to assignees; the approver can see all the pages, but the assignee will not.

  • Planning operations, including data entry on unbooked cells, are now supported when filtering by dimension attributes.

  • As an assignee for an Input Task, you can now include a comment when you submit or decline the task.

  • In the Version Management panel, you can now create private versions by dragging public versions to the Private version section. You can also publish a private version (making it public) by dragging it to the Public version section.

Mobile

SAP Digital Boardroom

Version 2018.6.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.6.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version required is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the agent version 1.0.97, 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.

  • Note

    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.

Stories

  • The timestamp dimension can be inferred and supported after data is added to a new or existing model.

  • You can now differentiate outliers using bubble scale in geo maps.

  • You can now better visualize multiple data points associated with the same location.

  • Your input tasks are now based on a combination of model and private version, instead of on which tile was used to create the task.

  • The User Interface of the side panel on the Datasources tab has been improved to simplify the job-refresh-status timeline display.

Mobile

  • Dynamic Text elements from most sources are now supported in the mobile app. Note that Dynamic Text elements created from tile filters and variables will not appear on mobile.

  • Charts are supported in landscape on an iPhone when opened in full screen mode.

  • Navigation improvements have been made to Digital Boardroom presentations. A new Table of Contents organizes content in a tree view, and allows you to search for topics and story pages by title. Your most recently viewed pages are also displayed so you can jump to them easily.

Version 2018.5.0

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

General

  • We have updated SAP Analytics Cloud with the new SAP Fiori application styling. Things might look a little different, but don’t worry, all of our features have stayed the same. We hope you enjoy this new look as much as we do.

  • Note

    With the 2018.5.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version required is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.97, 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.

  • Note

    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.

  • The Files area has been redesigned to contain all stories, agendas, and boardrooms. The Start of the navigation pathBrowse Next navigation step StoriesEnd of the navigation path and Start of the navigation pathBrowse Next navigation step Digital BoardroomsEnd of the navigation path pages have been removed, and users will instead find their content under Start of the navigation pathBrowse Next navigation step FilesEnd of the navigation path.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • You can now import currency conversion rates from Google Drive, and map and cleanse your currency conversion rate data. You can also now schedule the update of currency conversion rates.

  • You can now set the number of parallel sessions used for processing SAP BW queries, for improved performance.

  • When importing data from S4HANA, you can now connect to services in the discovery service from a generic OData connection without having to create connections to all of the individual services.

  • You can now import SuccessFactors data into public dimensions.

Stories

  • You can now create a location dimension based on existing longitude and latitude dimensions, without requiring another dimension to serve as an identifier.

Planning

  • You can now easily access the History panel to undo or redo your private version's history.

  • When editing data in table cells, you can now append "Thousand", "Million", or "Billion" to your numbers. For example, instead of typing "13,000,000" you can type "13 Million" or "13M".

  • When doing Mass Data Entry in a table, you can now choose to process some of your changes and then continue making changes to the data.

  • When doing Mass Data Entry in a table, you can copy and paste data to multiple cells during your session, but there are some limitations:

    • Facts cannot be copied across versions; only values can be copied.

    • The source cell used for the copy is disabled to avoid conflicting entries.

    • Facts cannot be copied from a cell that was originally NULL.

    • During Mass Data Entry, you can change a NULL cell to a data cell by entering a number into it. Even though it may look like a booked cell, it originally wasn't one so you won't be able to copy facts from the cell.

  • You can now enter data in table cells that use dynamic time filters, including restricted measures and member functions (YTD, for example). Inverse functions can also be added to calculated accounts where the operators feeding into the account formula use dynamic time navigations.

Modeling

  • You can now include dimension attributes (properties) in the POV for Restrict, Lookup, and ResultLookup formulas.

  • The Dimension Settings list for live data models is replaced by the All Dimensions tab on the Modeler screen.

  • From the datasources tab on the modeler page, you can now multi-select items and apply actions to them.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • Dimension members and range filters are now supported as topic filters in the SAP Digital Boardroom.

Version 2018.4.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.4.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version required is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.95, 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.

  • Users will be prompted to set their SAP Analytics Cloud language to their browser language when there is a mismatch between the two.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • You can now restrict data export to a file for a model.

Stories

  • You can now link variables from multiple models. This change allows you to pick one value for a set of variables, and that value is applied to all models for which the variable applies.

  • The guidance for Mass Data entry actions has been improved.

  • When locking cells in tables, you can now change the priority order for processing the locks.

  • You can now add dynamic text to section headers.

  • When completing an Input Task, you will now see which tasks have been declined.

  • When you add a dimension to a table (planning model), or switch between hierarchies, existing data point comments will continue to display as long as the user’s data context is preserved.

  • You can now see the details for your Private version in the Version Management panel. Parameters indicating currency settings have been added.

  • You can now control how data points are formatted in geo maps:

    • New shape formats for data points are now available.

    • You can now display data point labels in geo maps.

  • You can now take a dimension that is used in your chart for Category or Color and add it to the Trellis feed.

  • You can now create thresholds using blended calculations.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • You can no longer view agendas from the Boardroom Agenda area. Use the Digital Boardroom area instead to create and view agenda or dashboard presentations.

Version 2018.3.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.3.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version required is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.93, 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.

Stories

  • When editing responsive pages in stories, you can change widget font sizes to better match the screen sizes of different viewing devices (for example, laptops or smartphones).

  • You can now add Smart Insight tokens displaying dynamic text to chart footers. Click the lightbulb in the dynamic text to load the Smart Insights panel for the chart.

  • The default layout for responsive pages in smaller resolution devices has been improved to better preserve the layout and lane proportions.

  • You can now use freehand OData query to create your own OData queries without using the Query Builder.

  • You can now display the highest and lowest data labels on Bubble and Scatterplot charts.

  • You can now display dimension value labels on Scatterplot charts.

  • In your charts, you can now see a more visually appealing display of time members selected from different hierarchy levels. For example, when comparing a total year to two quarters from the previous year, both Year and Quarter labels for the previous year will be displayed, instead of just the Quarter labels.

Planning

  • You can now create a dynamic forecast layout that can be easily updated from a central place, as the forecast interval changes. The dynamic forecast relies on formulas created from additional properties (columns) in the model's Version dimension.

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • There is now a Reset Topic option in the Context Menu that allows you to reset all changes made when interacting with a Digital Boardroom topic. After making changes, such as applying filters, you can refresh the topic and restore the page to its original state.

Mobile

  • The mobile app now supports Dimension Input Controls, allowing users to switch dimension values in a chart or table.

  • Administrators can now disable the application password prompt for all mobile app users with the Disable mobile app password option in the Start of the navigation pathSystem Next navigation step AdministrationEnd of the navigation path area. Once a user sets up the mobile app on their device (application password required for first-time setup), they will no longer be prompted to re-enter their application password each time the app is changed to the foreground and made active.

  • You can now use the Device Preview area of Stories to set different font sizes for the resolutions of different device types. This allows story designers to target how text is displayed for a single story when viewed across multiple mobile devices.

Version 2018.2.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.2.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version required is 1.0.91.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Universe (UNX), the minimum version required is 1.0.91.
    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.91, 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.

  • You can now show or hide columns in the Files area.

  • Further settings are now available when importing sample content or business content from the Content Library. You can choose whether existing objects and data in your system can be overwritten by the imported content, and whether to automatically import new content when a package is updated.

Stories

  • You can now create a calculated dimension based on the aggregated value of a measure.

  • You can now run a forecast in a Line chart.

  • You can now insert chart-specific dynamic text into chart titles and subtitles, including scale, measures in a chart, dimensions in a chart, and so on.

Planning

  • The value driver tree (VDT) can now consume ad hoc calculated currencies in addition to the default and local currencies.

  • When you receive an input task that includes a value driver tree, you can now make changes to the input task data using value driver tree simulations.

  • When you create a blank version, you can now copy and paste the value of an aggregated account from another version, even if its children include calculated accounts. This feature allows you to quickly populate a blank version’s account data.

  • As the assignee of an input task, you can now use the data history panel to undo or redo a set of changes to your data.

Modeling

  • Many improvements have been made to the usability of columns in the Modeler grid. These include: Sorting, Filtering, Moving, Fixing, Hiding, and Column Header Menu. For details, see Introduction to Modeler.

Version 2018.1.0

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

General

  • Note

    With the 2018.1.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent remains at version 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP ERP / SQL Database, the minimum version required is 1.0.82.

    • If you require data acquisition from SAP Business Warehouse (BW), the minimum version required is 1.0.85.

    • Note

      Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.89, 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.

  • You can now refresh the data in your models from the "Datasources" tab from the link in the "Schedule Status" tab in the Connection list page.

Data Acquisition and Integration

  • When importing data from a file, you can now perform other actions while the data is being imported in the background.

  • You can now specify a dimension (or combination of dimensions) as the primary factor determining which portion of the model transaction data to update when importing data into an existing model.

Stories

  • You can now use a calculated dimension to group dimension members.

  • You can now compare measures to other measures instead of just to a fixed range. For more information, see Creating Story-Defined Thresholds.

  • You can now use a calculated dimension to concatenate two dimensions and create a new dimension.

  • Some formulas and exception aggregation types that were previously unavailable for live data SAP HANA models, are now available. For more information, see Models Based on Live Data Connection HANA Views.

  • The story deletion dialog has been improved to notify you of Digital Boardroom dependencies when you delete a story or a story page.

  • An R server runtime environment provided by SAP is now available to SAP Analytics Cloud tenants operating within US data centers. For more information, see Using R with SAP Analytics Cloud.

  • You can now wrap text in table cells. For more information, see Applying Styling to Tiles.

  • When viewing a story, you can now reset any changes you made to filters and input controls to get the original view of the story when you opened it.

  • You can now see colors in your variance chart based on account type. For example, an increase in Income will be green, but an increase in Expenses will be red.

  • The following features are enabled for specific SAP HANA revisions. For more information, see the Data Connectivity - Live section of the System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.
    Note
    These features are not supported by connections to the SAP Cloud Platform (SAPCP).
    • You can now use Aggregation or "Difference From" calculations with your remote SAP HANA view.

    • You can now use variances with your remote SAP HANA view.

    • You can now use blending for SAP HANA views located on the same remote SAP HANA system.

    • These Geo Spatial enhancements are included in this release:

      • You can now use a map filter between two location dimensions.

      • You can now create a Point of Interest from a live SAP HANA model.

      • The following features are now enabled in geo maps when you are working with imported location data from a live SAP HANA system: distance slider, distance filter, and intersection filter.

Planning

  • When doing Mass Data Entry on a table, you can now use copy/paste and drag options to populate the table cells.

  • Inverse functions can now be applied to formulas that use Restrict or Lookup functions.

  • When assigning values to members of the Calculations dimension that show monthly values, for example, forecast calculations, the monthly auto-fill patterns are now available.

Modeling

SAP Digital Boardroom

  • Zoom controls are now available on the canvas when creating Digital Boardroom dashboards. You can zoom out, zoom in, or center the root topic on the canvas. You can also click and drag on the canvas to manually reposition the entire dashboard.

  • A new Builder panel on the canvas allows you to easily edit presentation properties and change the order of child topics in your structure.

Mobile

  • You can now share links to stories and Digital Boardroom presentations with others, using familiar iOS communication apps. When opening a shared link from other iOS apps, users will be redirected to open the content in their version of the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app.

  • For information on new features introduced in versions of SAP Analytics Cloud from 2017, see 2017 Releases.

  • For information on new features introduced in versions of SAP Analytics Cloud from earlier than 2017, see the SAP Notes here.