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This blog covers some of the latest new features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud* and SAP Digital Boardroom release 2017.18. 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:

  • Note: With the 2017.18.0 release of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud agent must be updated to version 1.0.75 for all data-acquisition types.

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Highlights of this release:

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Formatting rules for member cells

You now have more control over the look and feel of your table. When creating a formatting rule for a table, you can now base the rule on one or more members that you choose, and you can specify whether the formatting style applies to the table’s header cells as well as the data values.




Support for week and day modifications in filters

Filter ranges with week and day can now be modified in the SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app.



Support for iOS 11

The SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app now supports iOS 11.


Data Integration

Automatically create Google Drive connections

Google Drive is a handy place to store your data. Beginning with this release, you no longer need to contact our team at SAP when you want to create a connection to your Google Drive accounts. To simplify things for you, you can now directly connect to Google Drive from SAP Analytics Cloud.




Asynchronous data acquisition for Google Drive

We want to make data import as simple as possible for you. Now when you import data from Google Drive (or SuccessFactors, Google BigQuery) into a new or existing model, the data acquisition will happen in the background while you work on something else.

When the data import is complete, you will be notified that the data was imported successfully. You can build your model then, or leave it for later. Please note that the imported data expires seven days after the import.



Data Analysis, Stories, and Tables

Use dimension attributes to create visualizations

Previously when you are in the modeler, you could add dimension attributes that would be displayed in tables. Now in this release, we’ve extended this capability so that you can now use a dimension property within a story to create visualizations, including filters, calculations, input controls and linked analyses etc.

  • Please note that dimension properties are hidden in Explorer.

  • Unbooked data planning is disabled.



Dimension filter support for geo visualizations

When creating a geo map, you can now filter the data in each layer by any dimension via the builder panel. For example, you can create filters to perform geospatial analysis in specific time periods, or for products.

  • Please note that parent-child hierarchy dimensions for remote HANA will disable bubble clustering.



Table tooltip for thresholds in data cells and in-cell charts

Table tooltips are now available for thresholds in data cell and in-cell charts so you can quickly identify positions within the thresholds boundaries.



Number formatting: Option to show +/– signs

To help you meet IBCS standards, we’ve added the "Show Sign As" option for calculations in a table. You can now choose to show the numbers as positive or negative in the following ways:

  • Default

    • Positive does not have a sign; Negative –

  • +/-

    • Positive +; Negative –

  • ()

    • Positive does not have a sign; Negative ()



Additional resources:


Previous feature summary blogs:



*SAP Analytics Cloud was previously known as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

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