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Release Cycle FAQ


How often does SAP Analytics Cloud receive updates?

SAP Analytics Cloud receives updates on a Quarterly Release Cycle. This means that your SAP cloud applications will update on a quarterly cadence, which aligns with SAP’s global strategy for cloud application releases.


Why is SAP Analytics Cloud on a Quarterly Release Cycle?

With a Quarterly Release Cycle you can expect a new version once every quarter, which is consistent with SAP's global strategy for cloud application releases. This means your subscription will stay on a consistent version of SAP Analytics Cloud for longer, allowing you to use the extra time to develop use-cases, train end-users, and deploy content within a consistent version of the solution.


When will the next Quarterly Release Cycle update take place?

Quarterly updates are usually planned for February, May, August, and November of each year.

For more information, read this article for detailed release dates.


Once I've been updated to the Quarterly Release Cycle is it possible to switch back to bi-weekly releases?

No. Over time all subscriptions will be transitioned to the Quarterly Release Cycle.


Is it possible to preview the features coming in the next Quarterly Release?

Visit the Product Updates and Plan page to see What's New information on upcoming features that will be included in your Quarterly Release.

You can also purchase a Test Edition tenant to preview new features before your quarterly update. Preview releases are updated on your Test Edition tenant weeks in advance of general availability.

Contact your salesperson to learn more.


If I have a Test Edition subscription will it be on the Quarterly Release Cycle?

Yes. Once you've moved to the Quarterly Release Cycle all of your subscriptions (with the exception of your Test subscription) will also be on the Quarterly Release Cycle


How do I know when SAP Analytics Cloud has been updated?

When you log in to SAP Analytics Cloud after an update, you’ll see a prominent notification banner with a link to our What’s New help content.


What is the version numbering convention for the Quarterly Release Cycle?

Each version number of SAP Analytics Cloud starts with the year, followed by the number of that release. For example, the version number of the first release of 2020 is 2020.01.

You may notice the Quarterly Release Cycle versions appear to skip certain numbers. This is because Fast-Track customers receive updates every 2 weeks, and these releases are considered in the version numbering process.

Don’t worry! The Quarterly Release Cycle receives all of the features that the Fast-Track Cycle receives.


How do I know what version number of SAP Analytics Cloud I’m on?

To check which version of SAP Analytics Cloud you’re on, navigate to System > About from the main menu.


Where can I find the release notes and help documentation for the version I'm on?

Visit the Product Updates and Plan page to find out about upcoming features that will be included in your Quarterly Release.

When accessing documentation from within SAP Analytics Cloud, simply click the Help icon. All documentation is versioned to your particular release schedule.


Does the Quarterly Release Cycle impact the SAP Analytics Cloud product plan?

No, the Quarterly Release Cycle does not affect timelines in the SAP Analytics Cloud product plan.

SAP's strategy and possible future developments are subject to change and may be changed by SAP at any time for any reason without notice. This document is provided without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Read more