This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release 2021.03.
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 1.0.307 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
- Analytics Platform Services
- Dashboard & Story Design
- Enterprise Reporting
- Augmented Analytics
- Mobile Analytics
- Analytics Design
- Collaborative Enterprise Planning
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.
Analytics Platform Services
In SAP Analytics Cloud, there is a limit to the amount of publications that can run in a given timeframe.
In the first feature enhancement of the 2021.03 release, we are happy to announce that when scheduling your publication, you can now check the availability of time slots in each timeframe – enabling you to select the appropriate slots and plan ahead with confidence.
At SAP, we understand that comments made on deliverables such as stories and analytic applications can contain confidential information.
As a result, while sharing a story, you now have the option to define commenting privileges for end users – such as the ability to view, add, or delete comments.
Dashboard & Story Design
For SAP BW Live data sources, you can now create restricted measures that are based on SAP Analytics Cloud story calculations or on SAP BW formulas.
Please note that SAP BW Live requires versions 1.0.75 and above. See SAP Note 2984958 for reference.
Great news! You can now replace any public or private dataset in your story with a new public dataset that can contain additional measures and dimensions, alongside the measures and dimensions of the original dataset.
Thanks to this feature enhancement, you can preserves the configuration of all widgets in your story, and story editors can easily update datasets directly from their stories.
We know when managing tables that span across several pages that it's not always clear what a dimension contains. As a result, for Beta tables that span across multiple pages, SAP Analytics Cloud will now repeat the table header on each page for easy consumption.
Furthermore, you can now freeze a table's header for vertical scrolling to make for a more intuitive, Excel-like experience.
Make Predictions with Greater Accuracy When Using Classification and Regression Predictive Scenarios
Classification and regression predictive scenarios now leverage a gradient-boosting technique to deliver more accurate and trusted predictions.
Accuracy improvements are approximately in the range of 2-20%, depending on the underlying data.
System administrators can now provision default configurations for the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile Android app, using VMware AirWatch, MobileIron Cloud, and MS Intunes. This allows MDM solutions to push a default tenant URL such that users do not have to enter said URL manually. Furthermore, MDM solutions can push a default story – removing the need to set a story as a default manually.
With this latest calendar task integration, directly within analytic applications, users can:
- Submit() and Decline() APIs to submit/decline a calendar event for the assignee user role, or
- Approve() and Reject() APIs to approve/reject a calendar event for the reviewer user role.
Additionally, as an application designer, you can now use the new technical component Calendar Integration together with the following new APIs for the calendar event:
All of this can be done via Analytics Designer script APIs (top) or through the Calendar Task Toolbar (bottom).
Application consumers can also more conveniently create a story from tables and charts within analytic applications. This provides more flexibility for integrations scenarios in relation to stories and applications.
This just in! You can now add and trigger data action widgets within the SAP Analytics Cloud Mobile iOS App. In addition, we've introduced a CSS class to allow users to change the opacity of a widget, so that you can further modify the appearance of the data action widget.
Collaborative Enterprise Planning
Heads up SAP Analytics Cloud users – when you publish a private version to an unrelated public version, the default publishing option has changed.
Previously, the default action was to overwrite all existing data. Now, by default, you'll publish only the changed data, not the entire version. This is the more defensive alternative as it reduces the likelihood of accidental data overwrites.
Paired with the upcoming “Private Version Size Limits” feature which promotes creating smaller private versions, delta publish is the best default option for you.
Previously, data locking was disabled in story tables when Advanced Filters (also known as complex filters) were present. Now, data locks are supported with certain types of Advanced Filters: the filter definition must be Cartesian and it must be inclusive.
This applies to Advanced Filters that are generated when clicking "Filter" in the context menu of the story table for Cartesian selections, for instance. However, other ways to define Advanced Filters can be used as well.
The data locks will display correctly while performing planning operations in appropriately filtered tables. Note also that Linked Analysis is a special workflow that will especially benefit from this feature.
With this next feature update, you can now preview validation rules in a table view that displays all relevant dimensions.
This is an effective method for Administrators to quickly understand the impact of validation rules, simplifying admin work and saving configuration time.
Speaking of data actions… When you add a data action trigger in asynchronous mode, you can now set it to automatically run the data action in the background with the new ‘Always run in background’ option.
When you log on to your SAP Analytics Cloud tenant, you will notice that when you click data action task in a story, this option is visible:
When you click data action task in the calendar, however, the option is invisible and is checked by default.
For the final feature update of 2021.03, when you modify data in the cell of a table, all changed cells – including any new cells i.e. records – will now be highlighted. This will make for simpler and easier to understand rules for cell highlighting.
In the following example, you will see that, when we change the quantities show in row "France" and column "2020" to 48.00, all other cells affected by this change are highlighted: