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How to Build a Story

August 16, 2019

Helena Nacinovic Helena Nacinovic
Helena is a Solution & Product Marketing Senior Specialist and Digital Learning Designer at SAP. An enthusiast about learning new things, she's passionate about digital media, technology, and digital learning in all its forms.


You have already connected and modeled your data on the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. Now it’s time to take this data and use it to tell a story.

To get started, please click on the Story Builder icon.


Then, select the Space in which you want to build the story. You can only create a story related to one specific Space.

After choosing the right Space, click on the Create Story button.

The next step is to select your data output that you modeled in the Data Builder, which you can do from the drop-down list on the pop-up you’ll see on the screen. You can either click on an item on the drop-down list or type a search term to find your data set.

After your data source is chosen, you need to choose how you want to visualize it. For this example, we want to share our findings by using a chart.

Click on Chart.

Once you choose your type of visualization, you will see a series of options on the right side of your screen, in the Builder pane. First, on which parts of your data you want to show and highlight.

After this step is complete, you will have a series of options to customize the visual design of your visualization. You can find these options in the same place as the Builder pane, which now is called Styling.

At this point you can choose to either add more elements, such as a table, a text box, and even a live RSS feed, bringing dynamic information into your visualization.

To add more elements, click on the Add button under Insert.

Alternatively, you can also take advantage of one of the suggested layout templates before you start, so that your final story is already designed and ready for being shared.

To use the layouts, click on the Layouts button under Format.

Once you are ready with your story, you should first save it. You can either click on the Save button under File or choose one of the options on the menu right next to it. Save As allows you to save the same report with a different name. Save As Template allows you to create a Story template based on this story.

You also have the option to export your story either as a PDF or as Google Slides, if that option is enabled by your system administrator.

That’s all you need to create a visually compelling story with the SAP Analytics Cloud directly within the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud.