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This blog post covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release  2020.21 from the Q1 2022 Quarterly Release Cycle (QRC).

Please note that the SAP Analytics Cloud Help Portal 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.


Technical Requirements


SAP Analytics Cloud fully supports Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome for all activities and areas of viewing, authoring, and administration.

Be sure to upgrade to the latest SAP Analytics Cloud agent version 1.0.337 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types.

For more information, check out the following System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites. Here are the minimum data acquisition requirements:

  • Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP/SQL Database

  • Version 1.0.91 for SAP Universe (UNX)

  • Version 1.0.233 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)

  • Version 1.0.235 for SAP HANA View

  • Version 1.0.248 for File Server

  • Version 1.0.75 for all other data source types


Release Highlights


Dashboard and Story Design


Data Visualization

Optimized View Mode Incremental Update

Optimized View Mode provides several usability improvements when viewing, exploring, and interacting with stories. It also provides performance improvements depending on the dashboard characteristics and executed workflows.

Once a story is resaved, Optimized View Mode now supports BW Input Control Text Representation Defaulting and Section Widget (on Canvas Pages) to enhance user experience and usability. For more information on Optimized View Mode, consult the following resources:  

Enterprise Planning

Value Driver Tree - Keyboarding to Increase Accessibility

Value driver trees are easier to work with than before as users can now use keyboard actions to create and modify them. This provides greater accessibility to users who prefer keyboard input to a mouse or touch screen.

Supported keyboard actions include:

  • Number keys to type values in value driver trees

  • Arrow keys to quickly increase or decrease values

  • + / - / * keys to input mathematical functions

Add-In for Microsoft Office

DWC Integration and Enhanced Open Dialog

SAP Analytics Cloud add-in now connects to Data Warehouse Cloud (DWC) live connections, the first live connection for the add-in. Users can now use any analytical data sets in DWC, as well as connect to other live data sources connected to DWC. Furthermore, Open Dialog has been redesigned to better encompass connection and spaces concepts.

With the Excel add-in, DWC users can now accomplish next-level flexibility by leveraging the capabilities of DWC in a Microsoft environment.

Please note that users must have an SAC tenant to use the add-in to connect to DWC. 

This blog post provides a high-level overview of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom. For further details, please visit the SAP Analytics Cloud Help Portal.

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