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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements coming soon in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2016.21. Please refer to the release notes for more details.

Highlights of this release include:

Core Improvements

Home screen updates

We’ve redesigned our home screen to help you get started quickly in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

  • Try exploring our sample story to see some of our key features in action.

  • Pinning to the home screen is the quickest way to get to your most frequently accessed content. We’ve included a couple of pins from the sample story to show you what that could look like.

  • Quickly access your most recent content in the “Recent Stories” tile.

  • Learn how to customize your home screen

Discover the application with guided tips

Our new and improved guided tips are a great way to discover and learn about key areas of SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

  • Tips are now sequenced based on the workflow, to help you focus on one task at a time.

  • Tips are on by default, but won’t show up again once you’ve seen them the first time. They can be reset if you would like to see them again.

Internet Explorer 11 support for viewing of analytic content

You can now use Internet Explorer 11 to view stories, events, files, and for collaborating with other users.

Gantt view for events

With this release, you have the ability to assign start and due dates for all of your events. This is particularly useful in our new Gantt view, which is a bar chart view that helps you see how your events and tasks relate to each other.

Core: Data Integration

Oracle and Netezza JDBC driver support

We now support the JDBC drivers for IBM Puredata (Netezza) Service 7 and Oracle 11.

Core: Modeling

Define dimensions as public or private

When you’re creating dimensions, you can now define some as public if you want them to be reusable in other models.

  • Public dimensions are not saved with the model. Instead, they can be referenced by multiple models, and for this reason they require a global unique name. Public dimensions are displayed with a globe icon (see below).

  • Private dimensions exist only in the current model, so they are also deleted when you delete the model.

  • Learn more about public and private dimensions

Copying models

Save time creating a new model by copying an existing one.

  • Private dimensions are copied along with the model, while public dimensions are referenced from the copied model.

  • Please note only models created in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud version 2016.21 and later, and without pool dimensions, can be copied.

  • Learn how to copy models

Core: Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables

A redesigned designer panel

We’ve simplified the story designer panel to make it less cluttered and easier for you to get to the options you need. The designer panel now only has two parts: Builder and Styling.

You can quickly get to various tools and customization options, like linked analysis and conditional formatting, through the + within the designer panel or through the quick action menu.

Start your story from a template

Creating a story is now easier than ever. Now you have the option to select from our library of built-in templates, which creates placeholder widgets on a story. Just add or drag a chart into one of the placeholders for it to snap into place.

Collapse your story toolbar

Working on a smaller resolution browser? You can maximize your workspace by collapsing your toolbar. This is a user-specific setting that the application will remember the next time you log in.

Enhancements in Explorer

In this release, we have several new enhancements for Explorer:

  • Create a table in Explorer
    You can add measures, dimensions, and filters to your table. You can also copy the table to a canvas or grid page. In addition, you can modify the display options for your table.

  • Show calculated measures in Explorer
    Use the Show Measure menu in Explorer to display calculated measures in Explorer.

  • Warning messages for unsaved charts and tables created in Explorer
    We’ve added popup messages that will prompt you to save your chart or table before you switch your data in Explorer, to prevent you from losing your work.

Add error bars to your bar and column charts

Add a dynamic or fixed error range to a bar chart, and customize it the way you want with regard to color, width, labels, and tooltips.

Other improvements

  • Display dimension value labels in bubble charts

  • Resize table widgets with a single click


Lock table cells when working with restricted measures

Cell locking is a feature that allows you to fix the value of individual cells in a table so that they are not updated with aggregation. In this release, we’ve extended this capability so that you can lock table cells when you’re working with restricted measures.

 Working with currencies in tables

There are a few enhancements for working with currencies in tables:

  • All conversion calculations are shown in the member selector, but depending on the context, only some of the conversion calculations can be selected.

  • When you add a currency to a calculation, you’ll see a hint that includes the currency country/value (for example, EUR or BRL).

  • You can now get to the Select Conversion option from the Calculation dimension as well as from the table quick-action menu.

  • In currency-enabled models, “Periodic” is replaced with “Default currency.”

  • Learn more about displaying currencies in tables


New Build Your Discovery panel

Our new Build Your Discovery panel allows you to quickly configure a machine discovery to see how underlying variables are influencing a given dimension or measure. You can use this panel to select a target analysis column and classification groups (e.g. baseline, comparison).

Digital Boardroom

Better support for single-screen devices

Can’t get to a triple touchscreen display? We’ve optimized the SAP Digital Boardroom so that you can view it more easily on a single-screen device like a laptop.

Initially when you launch the Digital Boardroom, you will start with the Agenda. When you click to view an agenda item on a single-screen device, you will see that the selected item is displayed prominently but the other two “screens” are accessible via small thumbnails on the side. You can even temporarily maximize the selected item so that it fills the screen.

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