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This blog post covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release 2021.16, which will be included in the Q4 2021 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


Be sure to upgrade to the latest SAP Analytics Cloud agent version 1.0.331 to take advantage of all the data acquisition types. 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

For more information, check out the following System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites. Also please note that SAP Analytics Cloud fully supports Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome for all activities and areas of viewing, authoring, and administration.


Release Highlights



Dashboard and Story Design


Data Visualization

Add Images into Table Cells for SAP Business Warehouse Models

Users can now display images in table visualizations based on special attributes of SAP Business Warehouse dimensions. The row height and horizontal alignment of these image attributes can be adjusted through the styling panel.


Link on Matching Parent-Child Hierarchies in SAP Business Warehouse Models

Users can now enable or disable the link on matching hierarchy functionality when blending or using filter across models for non-Optimized View Mode on SAP Business Warehouse data sources. When users change the hierarchy of the blended dimension, the secondary model’s hierarchy will also be updated if it has a matching hierarchy.

When blending multiple data sources and changing hierarchies, linking on matching hierarchy provides more efficient blend data by matching hierarchies. This feature offers more data accuracy as a result of the matching hierarchies that are updated automatically.


Leverage Story Viewer Context Menu for Filters in Optimized View Mode

Once a story is resaved, viewers can now choose to display ID and/or Description for Filter Input Controls from the Context Menu based on their preference. Using a combination of ID and Description also increases the flexibility of the Paste Filter Values feature as viewers can paste in either ID or Description to update the filter values.

For additional information on Optimized View Mode, please visit the following resources from the SAP Analytics Cloud Help Portal:




Apply New Reporting Layout Designs to Canvas Stories

Users can now add a header, footer, or margins to their canvas stories. The header and footer are independent widget containers that can be individually customized with different background colours and other styling options.

These reporting layout design features allow for a more professional visual with consistent logo images, margin sizes, and additional details that can be repeated throughout the canvas stories.



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.