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meganhoy
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SAP Analytics Cloud brings together analytics and planning with unique integration to SAP applications and seamless access to heterogenous data sources. It helps everyone in your organization make decisions without doubt with trusted insights and integrated plans.

This blog post introduces the features of the SAP Analytics Cloud 2023.04 release available for SAP Analytics Cloud FastTrack customers. For SAP Analytics Cloud Quarterly Release Cycle (QRC) customers, this release and its features will be available as part of the QRC Q2 2023 release. View the QRC release schedule here.

 

System Administration and Technical Requirements


 

Although not required, you may upgrade to the latest SAP Analytics Cloud agent version 1.0.372 to take advantage of all data acquisition types.

The agent’s minimum version remains at 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

  • Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP/SQL Database

  • Version 1.0.365 for SAP universe (UNX). The SAP Analytics Cloud agent requires additional setup steps, for more details see SAP Note 3262098

  • Version 1.0.353 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)

  • Version 1.0.235 for SAP HANA View

  • Version 1.0.248 for File Server


For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Regarding supported features and required updates for the integration of SAP BW with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2541557 for further details.

Regarding supported features and required updates for live universe access through SAP BusinessObjects Live Data Connect with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2771921 for further details.

Please download the latest version of the Simple Deployment Kit from Service Marketplace.

  • Note: To avoid downloading older versions and potentially exposing users to a vulnerable bundling of the Cloud Connector with SAPJVM, or Apache Tomcat, only the three latest versions of the kits are available to download.


For Cloud agent version change management details, refer to SAP Note 3264839.

 

Release Highlights



 

Dashboard and Story Design


 
Turn on Advanced Mode to Enhance Story with Advanced Features

In wave 2023.03, we delivered the unification of stories and analytical application in the Optimized Story Experience. Learn more in this blog post.

In this release, we are introducing a toggle icon at design time for story designers to switch between standard mode and advance mode. This will enable users to start building the story in standard mode, and then switch to the advanced mode to leverage more advanced features such as scripting and eventing, CSS, advanced widgets, etc. A tooltip will be shown when advanced mode it turned on or off.

This is available for users assigned the Application privilege.


 
Display Integration Variance Label with Base Label

Integrated Variance Labels can now be displayed together with Base Labels to provide a more predictable location of the Base Labels and Integrated Variance Labels in a Bar Chart:

  • When adding a variance to a Bar Chart, there is a new configuration option to display Integrated Variances Labels with Base Labels

  • Integrated Variance Labels are shown outside of each bar and follows the positioning of the Base Label

  • When the configuration option is enabled, Integrated Variance Labels can now be shown in percentage or both number and percentage


This is available exclusively in the Optimized Story Experience.



 
Show/Hide Totals and Display New Totals in Stacked Visualizations

Story Designers can now show/hide Totals and display Net Totals, which provides additional insights about aggregations for stacked visualizations:

  • There is an ability to show/hide the Total for Stacked Bar/Column Charts, Combination Stacked Bar/Column Charts, and Marimekko Charts

  • Net Totals (sum of positive and negative values) can be enabled in the Styling Panel for Stacked Bar/Column Charts and Combination Stacked Bar/Column Charts

  • There are separate styling and contextual formatting options for Totals and Net Totals via the Styling Panel


This is limited to Stacked Visualizations and excludes Stacked Bar/Column Charts with Show as 100% enabled. This is available exclusively in the Optimized Story Experience.



 

Data Integration


 
Comment Widget Support for BW/BPC live data

In wave 2023.03 we introduced support for data point commenting for BW/BPC live data. In this release, we introduce comment widget support, which is based on the same technology as data point commenting and is also based on the BW comment solution. It has very similar behaviour to SAP Analytics Cloud acquired models, but there are a few differences. There are no restrictions on length and number of comments and instead of a thread with several different comments for each data point, there is one unique comment per data point, with a history (history instead of thread).

For more information, check out this blog post by gerd.schoeffl.


 

 

Enterprise Planning


 
Multi Actions: Enhancement to Support Arbitrary Public API (Field Mapping)

In the multi actions API step, users can now configure the fields mapping when requesting a response status. This allows user to overwrite the default fields in the response body.

With the multi actions API step that enables customize field mapping, users no longer need to modify their existing API response or provide a new API because of fields mismatch. Now, they can map the fields in the API step directly, making API steps more robust and flexible to use.


 

Mobile Analytics


 
SAP Analytics Cloud Android App – Catalog Feature Support

The Catalog is now supported on the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile Android app, closing feature parity with iOS. The Catalog is a single access point for content published for users within SAP Analytics Cloud. A Catalog tab will be added to the home page and see a list of catalog items. Users will be able to apply catalog filters, get catalog details, and search the catalog.


 
SAP Analytics Cloud iOS App – App Configuration for Delegating

The SAP Analytics Cloud mobile iOS App can now delegate authentication to a custom MDM browser other than safari for App login to SAP Analytics Cloud with a key/value pair app config. This is in-line with other app config parameters that the app supports. This is supported for Microsoft Intune’s and VM Workspace ONE only.

Configuration keys are as follows:

  • For AirWatch browser

    • Configuration Key: authenticationURLScheme

    • Configuration Value: awbs



  • For Microsoft Intune Edge browser

    • Configuration Key: authenticationURLScheme

    • Configuration Value: microsoft-edge-https




Click here for more details.


 

Microsoft Office Integration


 
Handle Overlapping Content and Allow Several Models per Sheet

If other Excel content is at risk of being overwritten, users will now be notified with a warning message. This provides more flexibility in letting users continue with the overwrite or can crop the table until the other content (Excel or add-in content). Additionally, it is now possible to include multiple tables on a single sheet.

This feature is available to customers as of February 8th, 2023.


 
Frontend Calculations and Formatting

Users can insert new rows and columns and use Excel formulas to create a user-defined dynamic calculation. These formulas can only be defined for a complete column or row, not per cell. Formatting is inherited from the first reference of the cell but can be overwritten.

This feature is available to customers as of February 8th, 2023.


 
GET DATA Formula Improvements

The SAP.GETDATA formula allows users to build completely customized layouts. Previously, it required the model to be inserted as a table in a sheet. Now, the SAP.GETDATA formula can be used independent of a table. Users can simply add a data source to the formula.

This feature is available to customers as of February 8th, 2023.

 



 

This blog post only provides a high-level overview of the latest features and enhancements of SAP Analytics Cloud. You can find more details on these features in your In-App Help Guide for FastTrack customers and see this SAP Knowledge Base Article if you’d like to learn more about FastTrack and Quarterly Release Cycle releases. 


 


If you have any questions regarding the content in this blog post, you can comment below. If you have product specific or technical questions, post a question to our SAP Analytics Cloud Questions & Answers forum. Visit our SAP Analytics Cloud Community pages to find more product information, best practices, and more. And check out our SAP Road Map Explorer to see more upcoming features of SAP Analytics Cloud.


 
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