This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release 2021.02.
Please note that the SAP Analytics Cloud Help documentation is updated at the same time as the upgrade to this release, so the links here may not yet reflect what is described below until after the upgrade is complete.
Upgrade your SAP Analytics Cloud agent to the latest agent version 1.0.305 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types!
If you haven't upgraded yet, here are the data acquisition minimum requirements:
- Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP / SQL databases
- Version 1.0.235 for SAP HANA view
- Version 1.0.91 for SAP Universe (UNX)
- Version 1.0.233 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)
- Version 1.0.248 for File Server
- Version 1.0.75 for all other data source types
For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.
Highlights of this release
- Data Visualization: Independent Rank and Sort
- Add-in for Microsoft Office: Mass Data Entry Mode – Enhancement
- Add-in for Microsoft Office: Member Sorting
- Mobile: App Link Support – Android App
- Analytics Designer: Sample Content – Generic Analysis Application
- Administration & Infrastructure: SAP Analytics Cloud Performance Analysis Tool
Note that, on top of the above features and enhancements, you can now also schedule stories based on S/4HANA live data connections.
This blog provides a high-level overview of the latest features in SAP Analytics Cloud. If you're looking to get more information about these features, please visit the help documentation here.
Previously, our rank and sort features were dependent on one another and were performed simultaneously. That is, upon ranking data, our rank feature performed both a rank and a sort action when producing chart results. With update 2021.02, when ranking is applied, sorting is disabled and vice versa.
As a result, ranking and sorting features are specified independently and are de-coupled such that you have full control of how your ranking is ordered. Furthermore, users are offered a greater degree of flexibility when ranking or sorting their data.
For example, you can choose to show the Top N employees by sales ordered by the Employee Name (A-Z):
Add-in for Microsoft Office
With SAP Analytics Cloud’s latest Add-in for Microsoft Office enhancement, you can now copy and paste several values into data entry cells – making for a more intuitive, Excel-like experience. Furthermore, with the latest enhanced error handling feature, incorrect cells are highlighted to improve the overall data entry process.
But wait, that’s not all! You can now also sort member values such as flat lists and hierarchies by default, ascending, or descending order.
With App Link support in SAP Analytics Cloud Android App, you can now directly jump to the app using copied links shared with you via email or through SAP Analytics Cloud’s Share functionality. Supported domains include .sapbusinessobjects.cloud and .sapanalytics.cloud.
Please note that universal links are not yet supported in the iOS App, and additional domains are forecasted to be added in the near future.
The ability to open stories directly in the Android App allows you to jump seamlessly from your email – or any other method of sharing links – to the app with ease.
Generic Analysis Application is delivered as sample content to cover flexible ad-hoc analysis scenarios for your SAP Analytics Cloud data models. With the Generic Analysis Application, you perform analysis on all your SAP Analytics Cloud models. Sample content can be used directly or as inspiration to further configure, change, or enhance your existing models.
Functionalities of the Generic Analysis Application include:
- All SAP Analytics Cloud models are supported as data sources
- Use the data browser to select SAP Analytics Cloud models as the main data source
- Dynamically set SAP Analytics Cloud model IDs via the URL parameter
- Leverage tables for data visualization purposes
- Add or remove dimensions or key figures via Navigation Panel
- Configure a quick menu or a context menu for tables
- Variable prompt dialog
- Export tables as Excel or CSV files
- Export the application as a PDF
- Create global and personal bookmarks
- Find filter information and variable information in the information panel
- Explore the table setting panel (scaling, unit etc.)
With this ready-to-run application, you can directly perform ad-hoc analysis based on all SAP Analytics Cloud models. Furthermore, you can leverage Analytics Designer capabilities to customize and modify this pre-defined application to create your own generic ad-hoc analysis.
Administration & Infrastructure
Through the SAP Analytics Cloud Analysis Tool, performance statistics of stories and Analytic Applications are collected and stored in the tenant database, independent of live or import connectivity. This tool can be exposed through SAP Analytics Cloud live models and consumed in a preconfigured Analytic Application.
As a result, you can not only analyze the performance of specific story and Analytic Application executions, but also compare historic runtimes of single users against your whole user community.
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