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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud* and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2017.14. Please note that the Analytics Cloud Help documentation is updated at the same time as the upgrade to this release, so the links here may not yet reflect what is described below until after the upgrade is complete.

SAP Analytics Cloud agent version required for data acquisition with this release:

  • Version 1.0.63 for the “export models to a file-server location” feature

  • Version 1.0.59 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)

  • Version 1.0.57 for SAP ERP / SQL databases

  • Version 1.0.51 for all other data source types

  • Note: Although it is not required, you can upgrade to the new agent version 1.0.67, no matter what data acquisition type you use. Do this to take advantage of updates made to SAP Analytics Cloud agent.

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Highlights of this release:

Learn with our latest video tutorials


Mobile support for the new Digital Boardroom (Beta)

The Digital Boardroom (Beta) that we introduced in Release 2017.13 is now also supported in the mobile app!



Mobile: Jump to navigation

Need to quickly navigate to a specific page? You can now tap items in a presentation to jump to another page or topic within the presentation.


Mobile: Default story or presentation

Save time by turning on the new Default Story/Presentation setting to automatically open a specific story or presentation when you launch the mobile app.



Data Integration

Enhanced data preparation: Drafts and background publishing

Creating a model and preparing your data is a critical step in ensuring that you are working with the right data for building stories and presentations. It takes careful planning. To help you in the process, we’ve made it possible for you to save preparatory drafts as you set up a model – so instead of having to create a model all in one go, you can now complete the model at your own convenience.


Another new feature is our new asynchronous publishing mode, which allows you to start the publishing process and immediately move on to other things while publishing takes place in the background. This is especially useful if you are working with large amounts of data.



Import master data from external sources into public dimensions

You can now import master data into public dimensions. For an efficiency boost, you’ll get the same mapping suggestions that are available when you import data into models. In addition, importing into public dimensions can be scheduled.




Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables

Consume level-based hierarchies modeled in HANA

You can now create charts from level-based hierarchies that are defined in HANA views.


Please note that level-based hierarchy dimensions can only be linked to other level-based hierarchy dimensions with the same number of levels. These links can only be used for filtering across models and not for blending.


Manually refresh data for all visualizations

Instead of having to refresh your browser window to retrieve the latest data for your stories, you can now manually refresh the data in your charts, tables, and geo maps. This capability is extended to any story widget that contains model-specific data, including input controls.



Auto-scaled data labels for tables and charts

Sometimes when you’re building a chart or table, your data can seem to disappear if the number formatting isn’t set properly. Here’s a good example of this, where the numbers are displayed in the millions:


You can now choose to have your data and axis labels auto-formatted to display values in a different scale when filters make the values too small to be significant.

Here’s what happens when you go into the Styling Panel and select Auto-formatted in the Display As dropdown list – in this example, the application automatically scales them to the thousands:



In-cell charts

You can now have numeric values AND embed bar charts within table cells for an account or cross calculation member.


  • You can configure in-cell charts by displaying or hiding data labels, and modifying the axis line color and/or the color palette.

  • The first swatch in the color palette will be used to color the chart.

  • Learn how to add in-cell charts to table columns


Separate measures for size and color in tree maps

You can now use separate measures in your tree maps for size and color, giving you an added layer of information within the same visualization.

When you hover over different areas of the tree map, the tooltip will show you the value corresponding to the measure that is associated with color. The legend title will also reflect the color measure.



Geo maps: Zoom to fit data

In this release, we’ve made it easier for you to see your data on a geo map – you can now set your default map location to either the last saved view, or optimize the view automatically to fit all your data points.

We’ve also added two new buttons in the geo map toolbar that correspond to the same two settings, to replace the previous Default View button:

  • Zoom to Data – zooms to an optimized level that shows all data points on the map (optimized to fit data points).

  • Return to Last Saved – returns to the view the map was in when the story was last saved.



Support for version filters in geo maps

We’ve improved the Builder Panel for geo maps to allow you to filter on a single version (naturally, only for models that have a version to begin with) for each layer on a geo map. You can also hover over the geo map to see the version ID in the tooltip.



Format lanes on responsive pages

Want to add more polish and a personal touch to your responsive pages? You can now style each lane with different background colors, outlines, and text alignment. You can also dress up your lane titles by adding borders, shapes, and images.



Use thresholds in radar charts

A radar chart, one of our distribution chart types, can be used to view multiple variables in a two-dimensional way. For example, you could use it to look at the sales for each department throughout a calendar year.

In this release, you can now add thresholds to your radar charts to highlight information like low sales on a chart.


Threshold colors are visible on the data points, and you can also hover over to see details of the threshold.



Improved styling for RSS tiles

You can now edit the fonts and colors inside RSS feeds, and select options for different parts including the RSS feed title, article title, and body. You can also choose between light and dark icon themes to suit the background.



Configure the visibility of dimensions and measures in the Digital Boardroom Explorer

For most model types, you can now restrict the number of measures and dimensions that are visible when users open stories or tables in the Explorer from the Digital Boardroom.

  • By default, dimensions and measures used within a visualization are selected and cannot be removed.

  • Likewise, if you have measures with required dimensions, those required dimensions will also be selected by default and cannot be removed.

  • Learn how to access the Explorer


Smart Discovery enhancements

In this release, we’ve made a couple of enhancements to support your workflow with a better experience:

  • Context sensitive help is now available when running Smart Discoveries.

  • After running a Smart Discovery, you can now see how any changes made under Simulation Selection will affect the currently displayed numeric targets.





Mass data entry

If you enjoy efficiency, you’ll love this new feature! You can now enter multiple values in a table grid without waiting for the system to update between entries.


Note: To prevent the possibility of conflicting data entries, each time you enter a cell value, the cells that aggregate up to it are locked until after you have left the editing session.


Start with an empty private version (version management)

In a table based on a planning model, you can choose to copy a version without its values (i.e. empty private version). This feature allows you to add your own values to the dimensions, for example, by copying and pasting cells from another version.


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Value driver trees: Support for accounts with exception aggregations

When you create a value driver tree, you can now create data source nodes based on accounts that use exception aggregation.





Automatic creation of authenticated SAML users

Are you an admin working in a large enterprise environment with a lot of users? We know how you feel. In this release, we’re introducing a new feature to help simplify and lighten your workload.

Now when you set up SAML SSO in SAP Analytics Cloud, you can enable dynamic user creation. When authenticated SAML users access your system for the first time, Analytics Cloud user accounts will be created automatically, and assigned whatever role(s) you have set as the default role(s) for your system.


Add multiple trusted SAML identity providers

Did you know you can use the Open Authorization (OAuth) protocol to allow third-party applications access to protected SAP Analytics Cloud resources? If you use the OAuth 2.0 SAML Bearer Assertion workflow, however, you will also need to configure a trusted identity provider.

Starting with this release, you can now add multiple trusted SAML identity providers to SAP Analytics Cloud, in the System > Administration > OAuth Clients area.

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Admins can now navigate through all content

If you are an admin for your system, you can now navigate through all folders, subfolders, and content that is created or uploaded into your tenant. This includes any content residing within private folders.



S/4HANA live connections now use the OAuth 2.0 SAML Bearer Assertion based workflow

An OAuth 2.0 SAML Bearer Assertion based workflow is now used for live data connections to S/4HANA. Any connections you previously created can still be edited.


Filter files to show only favorites

You can now filter the files area to show only your favorites.



Additional resources:

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*SAP Analytics Cloud was previously known as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

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