Use the System Administration feature to set general parameters for the application and to set up connectivity to external systems that interface with SAP Analytics Cloud.

The Administration tabs are as follows:

  • System Configuration: Configure miscellaneous settings.
  • Datasource Configuration: Manage information needed to connect to remote systems.
  • Security: Configure the authentication method used by SAP Analytics Cloud.
  • R Configuration: Configure connection settings to an external R environment.
  • App Integration: Manage third-party application access by using OAuth clients and trusted identity providers.
  • Notifications: Choose users to deliver system event notifications to.
  • Appearance: Customize the default homepage logo and background color for all users.
System Configuration

Some features of the application have optional functionality that can be turned on or off here. Other settings available here are for backend administration purposes.



Content Namespace

Enable Job for Export and Import

Package size for export

Allow Discussion Deletion

Trace Level

Determines which messages from the system log are displayed in the monitoring Trace feature (Start of the navigation pathSystem Next navigation step MonitorEnd of the navigation path).

Error messages are categorized on the basis of severity using the following levels:
  1. Debug
  2. Info
  3. Warning
  4. Error
  5. Fatal

Ask for Permission when Uploading Personal Data

X509 Issuer Name

Password management URL for third party identity provider

The URL links to the password management page of your SAML IdP. For more information, see Enabling a Custom SAML Identity Provider.

Reverse Proxy Host

Enter the fully qualified name for a reverse proxy host for a live data connection. For more information, see Live Data Connection.

Allow model import from File Server

You can allow model imports from file servers. For more information, see Allowing Data Import and Model Export with a File Server and Importing Data from Files.

Allow model export to File Server

You can allow model exports to file servers. For more information, see Allowing Data Import and Model Export with a File Server and Exporting a Model to a File.

Limit of comment threads per Model.

You can set the number of data point comments that can be added to a model.

Live Data Models: Enable Smart Grouping and predictive forecasting in Time Series

Allows you to run forecasts on models from remote systems. For more information, see Running a Forecast in a Time Series or Line Chart.

For more information on smart grouping, see Applying Smart Grouping to Your Chart.

Enable Progressive Chart Rendering

Allows you to display a cached version of a chart when reloading. For more information, see Progressive Chart Rendering

Remote Session Timeout (in seconds)

Allows you to set the session timeout limit for live data connections. The limit must be set in seconds. The minimum value is 300, and the maximum value is 43200. If you enter 0, remote session timeout is disabled.

If you are using a SAML Identity Provider (IdP), there may be conflict between your IdP settings and the session timeout setting in SAP Analytics Cloud:

  • If your SAML assertion validity period is less than the session timeout setting, users must re-authenticate against the IdP when required.
  • If your SAML assertion validity period is greater than the session timeout setting, users will be logged out of SAP Analytics Cloud, but will not automatically be logged out of your IdP.
  • If your IdP supports re-authentication via session cookies or certificates, users whose sessions in SAP Analytics Cloud have expired should be able to log in without supplying credentials.

For additional information on connection timeout for SAP HANA systems, see Live Data Connections to SAP HANA.

Number of parallel sessions for BW data sources

Allows you to set the number of additional, parallel HTTP sessions used for executing SAP BW queries. By default, all SAP BW queries are executed in sequence, in a single session. Executing the queries in parallel sessions can improve performance.

Disable mobile app password

Allows you to disable the application password prompt for all users using the mobile app. 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.

Set the default tab on mobile

Allows you to set the default tab that users first see on the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app when accessing this system. Choose either Story or Boardroom.

Number of days before deleted files are permanently deleted

Allows you to change the amount of time before deleted files are permanently removed from the system. Administrators, and users assigned to roles that include the Manage permission on Deleted Files, can restore deleted files within this time frame. By default, this is set to 30 days.

Story Scale Format
Allows you to change the default scale format for numeric values in your story, particularly in charts and visualizations. Use one of the following options:
  • Default
  • k, m, bn
  • Thousand, Million, Billion
Show Currency As Allows you to choose how to identify your currency:
  • Symbol

  • ISO codes such as EUR, YEN, USD, and so on

  • Use the System Default setting

Story Currency Position

Allows you to choose the position for the currency identifier (symbol or ISO code) and the scale format.


This feature is not yet available for remote (live data) HANA connections.

For SAP BW, this features requires the following patch: 2700031 - InA: Complex Units / Unit Index

Apply Currency Position to Widget Subtitles Allows you to include your currency position preferences in the subtitle for the tile.
Datasource Configuration
The SAP Analytics Cloud agent must be configured for most import data connection types. To configure the agent, enter values for the following parameters:
  • Host
  • Port
  • User Name
  • Password
For more information, see Configuring SAP Analytics Cloud Agent.
You can change the authentication method used by SAP Analytics Cloud from SAP Cloud Identity to SAML Single Sign-On (SSO). For more information, see Enabling a Custom SAML Identity Provider.

By default, SAP Cloud Identity is used for authentication.

If you use SSO and your certificate is expiring, you can renew the certificate here. For more information, see Renewing the SAML Signing Certificate

R Configuration

You can specify connection settings to a server hosting your R environment. Once you have configured your connection, you can test the connection. For more details, see Connecting to an R Environment.

App Integration and OAuth Clients

You can use app integration to manage OAuth client and identity provider access to SAP Analytics Cloud resources. For more information, see Managing OAuth Clients.


In the event of a service interruption, emails will be sent to the System Owner, and any email addresses or users listed here.

To add users, select (Edit), Add User or Email, and then select (Save).


From the appearance tab, you can customize the background color and logo as well as the tiles that appear on the homescreen for all users using the system's default options.

Select a background color and logo from the dropdown lists or select Custom to upload a custom logo.
If you upload a custom logo, make sure that the image is a PNG or GIF file and has a transparent background. The optimal image size should have a width of 110 to 300 px and a height of 50 to 150 px.

The default tiles that you can turn on or off are the welcome message, recent stories, and the getting started shortcuts.

When you are done making changes to the appearance, you must refresh the page for your changes to take effect. After you save your changes, a message prompting you to refresh the page will appear.