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Lite Viewer for Core BI Stories in shellMode=embed

Last Update: November 30, 2023

Status as of SAP Analytic Cloud Version: 2023.24 (or 2024 Q1 QRC)

With the release of the Optimized (Unified) Experience, SAP has provided designers a single platform to design and extend a dashboard with No Code, Low Code, or Pro Code features. It is also the strategic experience going forward for SAP to build the new Presentation Mode, and innovative Planning, Analytic, and Generative AI features.

We now shift our focus to the viewer. For a viewer, it is important to be able to make data driven decisions as quickly as possible. It entails data coming back as fast as possible but also having a client that is performant.

With this, we are introducing the initial version of Lite Viewer in the 2024 Q1 QRC. It will further accelerate the view time performance by decoupling the designer and viewer persona. It has roughly led to a reduction of the SAP Analytics Cloud client by 75%.

You can view an example of a dashboard opening in the Optimized (Unified) Experience (in the bigger window) vs Lite Viewer (in the smaller window) on a 2023 MacBook Pro M2 MX 32 GB device.

The Lite Viewer

The Lite Viewer is an extension of the Optimized (Unified) Experience. It is a viewer that SAP has created to load the lightest version of the application. It has been made possible by decoupling the designer and viewer persona.

SAP Analytics Cloud will automatically open a compatible dashboard within the Lite Viewer. It means that there is no action that is required by the Story Designer or Viewer. These are the conditions that need to be met to access the Lite Viewer.

Story is within the Optimized (Unified) Experience

The Lite Viewer is an extension of the Optimized (Unified) Experience. It means the underlying asset cannot be in the Classic Experience (Story or Analytic Application).

Limited to Core Business Intelligence (BI) Dashboards

With the initial release, the Lite Viewer is limited to dashboards that do not have Planning or Advanced BI features. As soon as we detect one of these features, we will automatically re-direct to the full Optimized Experience View Mode.

NOTE we will extend support for Advanced BI and Planning in later releases of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Story Opened via URL in Embed Mode

Dashboard must be opened via URL while using shellMode=embed. For example, with the following URL

we would have to be update it to include ?shellMode=embed

NOTE we will extend support for mode=view and mode=present in later releases of SAP Analytics Cloud.

Automatic Redirection to Full Optimized (Unified) View Mode

For dashboards that are not compatible with the initial release of the Lite Viewer, we have a seamless redirection to the full Optimized (Unified) Experience View Mode. It will happen once as long as the dashboard has not been modified or the local browser cache has not been cleared.

Furthermore, each time the story is opened in the full Optimized (Unified) Experience View Mode, we will do a check in the background (which has no performance impact) to revalidate whether the story is compatible with the Lite Viewer. Assuming it is, we will clear the cache entry so that the next time the story is opened, it is in the Lite Viewer.

You can see an example of the seamless automatic re-direction below.

We will still provide the Story Viewer an option to enter the full Optimized (Unified) Experience View Mode at any point in time. It is accessible via the toolbar.

ESRI ArcGIS Maps Upgraded to 4.X for Geographical Visualizations

With the Lite Viewer we have also upgraded our Geographical Visualizations to ArcGIS 4.X. There are several improvements that are automatically available with the upgrade.

Improved Rendering Performance

Map graphics are now rendered using WebGL resulting in the far more rapid display of both small and large datasets, including smooth transitions when the map is zoomed or panned.

Improved Datapoint Interaction

We have improved the interaction when hovering over datapoints by highlighting the datapoint being hovered. Furthermore, we’ve improved our detection of overlapping data points making it quicker for the viewer to understand the context of their data.

With the Lite Viewer, viewers can benefit from the several usability improvements and experience a more performant dashboard (in certain scenarios). We will continue to expand the support of the Lite Viewer with every release of SAP Analytics Cloud. It includes support for Advanced BI, View Mode, Present Mode, and more!

SAP Analytics Cloud Resources

TechEd 2023 Announcement of Lite Viewer on YouTube

For more information on how to enabled Optimized Story Experience, see Enabling Optimized Story Experience.