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This blog post covers some of the latest features and enhancements in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom Release 2021.17, 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

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


Release Highlights



Dashboard and Story Design


Data Visualization

Utilize Dynamic Text Team Signature

Users can now add a team signature in a dynamic text element to identify whether a story was modified by a team member or by someone else with shared access. This feature offers the ability for users to mark a story as an artifact verified by an authorized group in order to distinguish it from content that is created by any self-serve user. Identification marks are visible in any viewing mode.


Adjust Default Setting for Tab Navigation in Story View Time

Users can now change their story details settings to override the default page navigation settings. A story designer has the ability to set story level Toolbar Navigation Default under Story Details to determine whether a story is opened with Tab Bar or Dropdown for page navigations.

The default setting applies to view, present, and embed mode. A story viewer still has the ability to manually change this view as well. This feature provides users with the ability to set their preferred way to navigate tabs in stories for SAP Analytics Cloud.


Explore New Features of Optimized View Mode

Once a story is resaved, Optimized View Mode now supports the following features:

  • Story Fixed/Dynamic Time Range Filters

  • Independent Rank and Sort

  • Switch Custom Sort (Requires BW Version ≥ BW/4 2.00 FP04)

  • Custom Groups (BW Data Sources)

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



Enterprise Planning

Decline Calendar Events as Assignee or Reviewer

Assignees and reviewers of calendar events now have the option to decline for their role only or on behalf of everyone. Owners of the calendar events are then notified and can either resend the event or remove the person and assign someone else. In addition, owners can now assign several assignees and reviewers. These enhancements help standardize the communication between the owners, assignees, and reviewers for calendar processes.



Augmented Analytics


Smart Assist

Leverage Improved Smart Insights Coverage for Live HANA Models

Smart Insights now works in scenarios where minimal model metadata is available to generate candidates for top contributors. The limitation where Smart Insights does not support live HANA models with mandatory variables or input parameters without default values has been removed as well.


Smart Predict

Create Predictive Forecasts based on Hierarchy Node Selections

Users can now apply Entity Filters to select the relevant values in the dimensions and hierarchies that have been defined as part of the entity. This feature enables users to further refine and focus their predictive forecasting scope.



Analytics Design

Display Images in Table Cells for SAP Business Warehouse Models

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



Analytics Platform Services

Enable Warning Notification when Network is Offline

Administrators can now turn on a connection alert notification when the network is having problems. The new configuration will display a warning message to the user when no network connection is detected for both tenant wide and embedded mode scenarios. This feature enhances the ability for administrators to manage the visibility of offline mode messages across applications and provides additional feedback for users to troubleshoot errors.



Add-In for Microsoft Office

Apply Repetition of Member Values in Microsoft Excel Tables

Users can now choose to display repetitive member values in every line of a table. This feature provides greater flexibility for users when using Microsoft Excel capabilities to analyze data, particularly with pivot tables.



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.