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Improving your SAP Analytics Cloud Stories Performance and Usability

This was an SAP webcast last week with christina.obry and tunirkapil

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The slides are available here

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Difficulty telling when objects are loading

Difficulty navigating large hierarchies; dropdown menu is small, or when scroll members are truncated


Performance is important

Creating large volume can cause story to slow down

When expand page or story filter with a hierarchy can be slow


Common characteristics - multiple data models with a lot of model info - 40 or more measures/dimensions, large hierarchies

Now offer optimized view mode

Optimized view mode addresses usability issues, improves performance in scenarios

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Filter improvements and visualization improvements cover usability improvements

Now support view time undo and redo

Tool tip will follow your mouse

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New rendering experience


Filtering can be slow today


Active viewport rendering - all other objects will be paused until bring to active viewport

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Optimized view mode will not solve all performance challenges, but will solve some client side performance challenges

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Dashboard had client side performance side challenges

Performance improvements depend on complexity of dashboard

Need edit rights for optimized view mode

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Available in 2021.14

Models: planning enabled models not supported

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Provide incremental updates

Custom sort, multiple browser support, zero suppression support

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4 categories of unsupported features

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Hover tool tip why not working shown in above right

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Hierarchies will load incrementally (all data sources)

Some performance improvements differ based on data source

For live BW, improvements in caching, reduce amount of round trips between client and server

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Where improvements help you - persist information, each of the widgets

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Will no longer retrieve model information as open story, to improve story opening time

Only download information when you need it

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Recommended to be on latest BW patches - stay as up to date as you can, SAP recommends

Linked analysis with complex filters - requires BW 7.5 SP16

Install SAP notes above

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Optimized view mode (wave 14) improves usability and performance in certain cases - loading indicator, visual experience


Addresses client side performance challenges



Question and Answer

Q: Does it make sense for me to switch all my stories to optimized view mode, even if I don't expect performance improvements?

A:  Start with the most used/critical stories, to see if compliant, will get usability improvements

See how compliant how story is


Q: Active view port rendering - only load content visible to viewer, all content paused, when beneficial to use active view port rendering?

A: Loads in browser window, and everything fits on screen, may not see difference

Most stories have information further down and have to scroll down

Then beneficial for active viewport rendering - only updates widgets you see


Still value in classic rendering - presentation style, and no filter changes, scroll down  - classic rendering will have loaded everything


Designer can choose default rendering experience; viewer can override on a per session basis


Q: Active viewport work with canvas and responsive?

A: Works on both page types


Q: Optimized table - go back and update?

A: Not automatically move over

Optimized table - scrolling behavior

Today you have to go on each table and enable it


The legal disclaimer applies to this session, everything in the future is subject to change

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Have you tried it optimized view mode?  I did and also saw this:

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