This blog covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release 2021.05.
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 1.0.311 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 the System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.
SAP Analytics Cloud fully supports Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome for all activities and areas of SAP Analytics Cloud including viewing, authoring and administration.
Highlights of this release
- Enterprise Reporting
- Collaborative Enterprise Planning
- Analytics Design
- Mobile Analytics
- Analytics Platform Services
- Add-in for Microsoft Office
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.
Welcome to Release 2021.05! With the first new feature of the week, you can include sections in your canvas story tabs. You can think of sections as containers for objects in your story. They’re useful for reporting – but also for dashboarding – thanks to the carousel, if you’re working with a canvas page.
What Are Sections For?
Sections allow you to split report information into smaller, more comprehensible and manageable parts. This is also a great way to create comparisons quickly by laying out multiple section instances in a paginated canvas.
You can use sections to improve the layout of your stories and break down your analysis per dimension member. Once you have chosen a dimension as a section filter, the members are displayed in the section, and the widgets in the section that are based on the same model are filtered on that member.
Customization and Styling
Essentially, at design time, you can insert a section in a canvas to group widgets and break them down by dimension values into a container widget.
By default, sections are set to Show all instances on pages in the Styling panel. Like with other widgets, however, section and section heading styling can be customized. That is to say, if you wanted to quickly browse through the members of a section in View mode, make sure to enable the Browse and search instances option in the Styling panel. When enabled, the application displays in View mode:
- Left and right arrows in the section header so you can switch between members of a section.
- A search to quickly reach a dimension member and browse through your data.
From here, you can choose the view time behavior. Your options include:
- Display all section instances on multiple pages
- Or display a carousel that also allows searching dimension values.
Please note the following limitations to this feature:
- Sections take the whole width of the canvas.
- You can’t currently create sections within sections.
- Some widgets can’t be place in a section (Value Driver Tree, Data Action Trigger & BPC Planning Sequence).
- You can’t use time hierarchy dimensions as section filter.
- You can’t use Planning features in a section.
- You can’t add comments to a section.
Collaborative Enterprise Planning
Since planning on large model versions can affect performance, models now have a recommended limit on the initial version size for planning. As such, modelers can configure the size limit, and if users exceed this limit while creating a private version or starting to edit a public version, a warning dialog like the one pictured below appears.
This just in! As a user of the data analyzer, you can now select SAP HANA view as a data source for your data analysis through the data source dialog or by URL – with no additional model creation required.
As a result, for ad-hoc analysis, you can use the Data Analyzer to connect to SAP HANA Live views to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
As a user of analytic application, you can now set the chart-level change range when setting high importance/subscribe/unsubscribe in Data Change Insights, such that you can decide whether the data point value is included or excluded during the Data Change Insights calculation.
Moreover, you can define the version of the Data Change Insights component for snapshot validation and customize subscription settings or open the subscription dialog using script APIs.
The provided script APIs include:
- Open subscription dialog via Script API
- Get/set subscription level/range
- Define a subscription range
With this enhancement, application consumers can receive more focused and personalized data change insights results based on the data range settings. Moreover, application consumer can more conveniently trigger the subscription dialog and view the data change insight result based on different snapshot comparison.
Besides starting the export to Excel and CSV from the table's context menu at runtime, as an application designer, you can now use the Script API exportReport() to launch the table export to Excel and CSV on an event such as Button.onClick. This provides corresponding APIs for different Export settings, enabling application consumers to more conveniently trigger the export to Excel or export to CSV with pre-defined settings.
This new feature enhancement is short, but sweet. As an application designer, you can now use the setUserInput() API on BPC live models to plan an unbooked cell. For more on unbooked cells, visit this article on our Help Portal, or jump to Add-ins for Microsoft Office, below.
Great news! You can now enrich the table consumption and interactions capabilities in mobile by enabling table actions when working with the SAP Analytics Cloud Android app and when working with the iOS app in Optimized iOS mode and iOS Safari embed story. As such, the following table cell actions are now supported:
- Swap Axis
- Display Options
Analytics Platform Services
On SAP Analytics Cloud'stab, the "Allow all origins" option has been removed from the "Trusted Origins" section. This option was removed to enhance security when embedding SAP Analytics Cloud in your client application.
Please note that you can still add any specific trusted origins that will host your client application, but intruders can no longer infiltrate via an allow all option.
Add-in for Microsoft Office
SAC add-in for Microsoft now supports ‘unbooked’ setting per dimension. With this, you can show not only values that can be found in the transactional data, but also master data for which you do not find equivalent values in the model. If you have new master data (e.g., new employees, new products, etc.) that you would like to plan on, the setting will show you new lines for this master data.
The feature also allows to delete existing data.
With the final feature update of 2021.05, you can report and sort according to IDs and texts. This is a basic reporting requirement that enables you to use display options to either show ID or description. Note that, if you need to show both ID and description, we recommend to use properties.