This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release 2021.04.
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
- Augmented Analytics
- Analytics Data Modeling
- 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely cause more and more disruptions in time series charts. Thanks to this first new feature of 2021.04, you can experience better quality time series forecasts with our data smoothing technique, especially in the event of a disrupted time series.
Please note that no additional setting is required, and that the data smoothing technique automatically competes with the other forecasting techniques. Furthermore, we have enriched reports for time series predictive scenarios to describe the forecasting technique used.
As for other forecasting techniques, the data smoothing technique clearly highlights the trend & cyclic components detected in the time series.
Analytics Data Modeling
This just in! On thescreen, you can now filter auditing data by Audit Time, Audit User, Audit Action, and all dimensions from the planning model.
Prior to this feature, in audit reports, you could only filter audit data by Audit Time. Now, you can filter by Audit Time, Audit User, Audit Action, dimensions, and more to easily narrow down search results for large reports.
Collaborative Enterprise Planning
In the BW system, Compounded Characteristics enable variables and dimensions to be dependent on one another. This is less formally known as Parent and Child Characteristics. When we have dependent Parent and Child variables, a Child value has no logical meaning in the system without a fitting Parent value.
If you had two variables, a Parent variable and a Child variable, you could enter values for each. The previous problem here was that, if you used the value help for the Child variable, you saw all the values that existed in the system, independent of the Parent variable.
Now, if you select a Child variable, the inputs for the Parent variable are considered. In other words, only the children of the parent, so to speak, are shown in the value help, making selecting relevant variables fast and easy.
To make it easier to access functions directly where you need them in your workflow, we have now moved some functions – such as Value Lock Management, Cell References and Show or Hide for Formulas – from the view-time toolbar for Stories and Analytic Applications to the Table context menu.