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SAP Analytics Cloud is a single solution for business intelligence (BI), augmented and predictive analytics, and enterprise planning with the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. It helps everyone in your organization make fast, confident decisions.

This blog post highlights the new features and enhancements of SAP Analytics Cloud Q1 2022 Quarterly Release (QRC).

Release Highlights



System Administration

Several improvements have been made when data changes are logged:

    • If data audit is enabled in the modeler, a log entry with activity “Create” is generated.

    • If data audit is disabled in the modeler, a log entry with activity “Delete” is generated (together with the information on how many rows were deleted).

    • If in the “Data Changes” dialog, some audit entries were deleted, a log entry with activity “Data Change” is generated, together with some deletion information.

    • When a private version is published, a log entry with activity “Data Change” is created, along with some publishing information.

    • When facts are deleted in the modeler, a log entry with activity “Data Change” is created, along with some deletion information.


Administration and Service Management

Custom Notification Banner Hyperlink

Customer system banner notifications can now include optional custom hyperlinks, allowing administrators to provide more information beyond the 140 character banner content limit. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Custom Logo in Shell Bar

Administrators can now customize the shell bar by configuring the default logo in the shell with another logo of the customer's choice. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Transport Content Stored in Workspaces

During content export, users can now transport content stored in the Workspace from one SAP Analytics Cloud tenant to another. Both the workspace and objects stored in the workspace can be transported as part of the package. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)


Data Integration


Live Connections to SAP Business Warehouse

BW Save Query Variants

Content creators and consumers can now maintain user variants selections within the variable prompt dialog box. This is a pure BW feature that can be used in design and view mode of a Story, Analytic Application, and Data Analyzer. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Different functions for Variants include:

  • Save (Creating) variants

  • Overwrite variants

  • Manage variants

  • Delete variants


Dashboard and Story Design

Export stories to PDF format from Optimized View Mode

Optimized View Mode now supports Manual PDF Export.

The following export options are available:

  • Insert Appendix

  • Export All Pages OR Range


For more information on Optimized View Mode, check out the following resources:


Data Modeling

New Model support for identifying missing currency conversion rates

Support has been added to the new model for identifying missing currency conversion rates:

  • There is improved error handling for new models with currency conversion

  • Users can trigger a missing rate analysis with required parameters directly from an error pop-up in stories

  • Conversion errors in tables based on new models are now logged in the rate table’s conversion error log


Enterprise Planning

Calendar Process Notifications

Calendar process notifications have been simplified. Upon activation of a calendar process, users who are involved in the process as well as its child events will now receive only one notification instead of notifications for each event. The email notification contains a list of all events that are relevant for the user and specifies their roles.

Enhanced Cross Model Calculation in Advanced Formulas

In advanced formulas, the flexibility and ability to define the scope of a linked model has been improved. The MODEL/ENDMODEL and MEMBERSET statement can be used to define scope of reference models. In combination with the definition of the linked model scope, dimensions existing only in the linked model but not in the default model (missing dimensions) can be omitted in the definition of the LINK function. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Once the linked model scope is defined:

  • Use dimensions and attributes from a linked model in the IF or FOREACH scope.

  • Use the LINK function to return a certain range of data from the linked model and redirect the calculation scope of the default model by using attributes of dimensions from the linked model in the DATA function.

Enhancement of Mass Data Entry mode

Mass Data Entry mode has been enhanced. All calculations that have been created via ‘add column’ and/or ‘add row’ and have been modeled using the formula bar are affected. When Mass Data Entry mode is active, formulas will recalculate automatically upon data entry and changes can be shown immediately. (SAP Road Map Explorer)

Multiple Account Hierarchy Support

Multiple parent/child account hierarchies are now supported, simplifying plan modeling and enabling more flexibility to support management reporting requirements. This is supported for the Account model and New model. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)


Mobile Analytics

Android 12 Support with SAP Analytics Cloud Mobile

SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app is now certified to work on Android 12.

XCode 13 support for SAP Analytics Cloud SDK for iOS

The SAP Analytics Cloud iOS SDK now supports Xcode 13. The introduction of XCode 13 support makes the app future-ready for upcoming iOS releases, fulfilling App store review guidelines and creating a base for leveraging new XCode/iOS features.

Android App Proxy Support via MDM

The SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app for Android now supports proxy settings via MDM allowing customers to securely split internet traffic inside the VPN tunnel.


Augmented Analytics


Smart Predict

Piecewise Trend & Data Source Influencers in the same Forecasting Model

Smart Predict is now able to combine piecewise trend and data sources influencers within the same forecasting model. This further improves the handling of disrupted time series, the overall forecast quality is improved, and the explanations become more intuitive.


Analytics Designer

Navigation Panel Running on Tablets and iPads

Analytic designers can now use the navigation panel for analytic applications that run on bigger mobile devices such as tablets and iPad. This allows users to perform ad-hoc analysis on the table, such as adding or removing dimensions and measures.

The navigation panel is supported in the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app, and in Safari browser. Smaller devices, like smart phones, are not fully supported for the time being. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Performance Best Practices at Application Design Time

Application designers can now build more performant and optimized analytic applications faster thanks to performance optimization tips displayed during design time. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Related best practices include:

  • Enabling optimized view mode

  • Collapsing input controls

  • Manually setting Top N

  • Keeping images small

Copy Private Bookmarks by Privileged Users

Application designers assigned with the corresponding privileges can now copy private bookmarks when saving or copying analytic applications. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Linked Widgets Diagram

The Linked Analysis Diagram has been renamed to Linked Widgets Diagram as it can now visualize more than linked analysis and filter line relationships.

Application designers can now manage cascading relationships between input controls through the Linked Widget Diagram. Users can have a graphic view of relationships among input controls, namely cascading effects, and edit related settings directly on the diagram. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Support for Linked Dimensions

Application designers now have the ability to link dimensions and blend data from multiple sources. A primary data source with secondary data sources that contain common dimensions can be joined. Additionally, charts and tables can be defined based on a blended data source, as well as filters that can simultaneously update all the charts and tables with a linked dimension. Lastly, Script APIs are available for blended charts or tables, while they work only on the primary data source. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Custom API types supported for Custom Widgets

Custom Widgets developers now have more flexibility to define their own API type for data structure to cover their scenario by creating custom data types.


Data Exploration

Select or Deselect all Measures

The ability to select or deselect all measure has been greatly improved. Users can now quickly select and deselect all measures with one click via the “Select All” checkbox in the builder panel. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Save Insight with Advanced Options

Advanced options are now available when saving an insight in Data Analyzer. Users can choose to keep the last saved values for dynamic variables and allow the variable prompt dialog to open when opening an insight. These additional settings provide end users with more flexibility in customizing variable settings. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)


Microsoft Office Integration

Open Dialog: Folder Structure

SAP Analytics Cloud folder structure is now supported in the Select Data Source dialog. The enhanced search feature highlights a respective models exact folder location for easy access.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can be used on desktop versions of Excel to make reporting, and planning data entry faster. The shortcuts are available for Windows and Mac. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Zero Suppression

Users can now switch on/off zero suppression to hide cells with zero value.

Define Specific Number Format

Users can use and define specific cell formatting in a Microsoft Excel grid as percentage, decimal, or currency displays. (SAP Road Map Explorer)

Single Table Refresh

Users can now choose to refresh selective, or an individual table as opposed to all tables in a workbook. This enables users to refresh certain tables while continuing to update another table. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Set or Retrieve Dedicated Filters on Data

Report creation can be accelerated with the ability to use cell-based formulas to set dedicated filters on a dimension's members from a Microsoft Excel grid. This simplifies tasks such as retrieving data directly in the Excel grid without the need to use the right-side panel as in the past. (SAP Road Map Explorer)

Hierarchy-based Selection of Leaf Members

Additional flexibility has been added to make it easier and quicker to select on specific members. In addition to the existing options (e.g., descendants only, self only, etc.), users can now select only the leaf member of a particular node, simplifying the steps for adding data at the lowest level of a hierarchy of a dimension. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

Support Prompt Pop-up Screen

Workbooks can be designed with a prompt screen that allows end users to restrict result sets or to change currency conversion applied as desired. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)


User Collaboration

Bursting Publications on Recipient-based Authorization

Schedule owners can send personalized publications through e-mail, based on the recipient’s data-authorization settings. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)

  • Respect Access restrictions with acquired data models

  • Respect access restrictions on live data models

  • Respect profile settings of recipients such as language preferences and formatting

  • For non-SAP Analytics Cloud Users – Schedule owners data authorizations would be respected

Visit the SAP Analytics Cloud Help Portal for more information on scheduling publications.

Notifications for Widget Comments

When a user is tagged in a page or widget comment with the “@User” notation, delivery of an e-mail notification is sent that they have received a comment, providing both the comment details and a link to open the story where the comment was added. As a result, users will receive notice of comments quicker by sending notification by e-mail alert to an external system, as opposed to sending notification only within the SAP Analytics Cloud notifications center. (SAP Road Map Explorer) (Video)


This blog post only provides a high-level overview of the latest features and enhancements of SAP Analytics Cloud. For more details on these features, please visit the SAP Analytics Cloud Help Portal. You can also visit the SAP Roadmap Explorer to see the upcoming features of SAP Analytics Cloud.