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SAP Analytics Cloud brings together analytics and planning with unique integration to SAP applications and seamless access to heterogenous data sources. It helps everyone in your organization make decisions without doubt with trusted insights and integrated plans.

This blog post introduces the features of the SAP Analytics Cloud 2023.25 release available for SAP Analytics Cloud FastTrack customers. For SAP Analytics Cloud Quarterly Release Cycle (QRC) customers, this release and its features will be available as part of the QRC Q1 2024 release.


System Administration and Technical Requirements


Although not required, you may upgrade to the latest SAP Analytics Cloud agent version 1.0.393 to take advantage of all data acquisition types.

The agent’s minimum version remains at 1.0.75, with the following exceptions:

  • Version 1.0.99 for SAP ERP/SQL Database

  • Version 1.0.365 for SAP universe (UNX). The SAP Analytics Cloud agent requires additional setup steps, for more details see SAP Note 3262098

  • Version 1.0.353 for SAP Business Warehouse (BW)

  • Version 1.0.235 for SAP HANA View

  • Version 1.0.248 for File Server

For more information, see System Requirements and Technical Prerequisites.

Regarding supported features and required updates for the integration of SAP BW with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2541557 for further details.

Regarding supported features and required updates for live universe access through SAP BusinessObjects Live Data Connect with SAP Analytics Cloud, refer to SAP Note 2771921 for further details.

Please download the latest version of the Simple Deployment Kit from Service Marketplace.

Note: To avoid downloading older versions and potentially exposing users to a vulnerable bundling of the Cloud Connector with SAPJVM, or Apache Tomcat, only the three latest versions of the kits are available to download.

For Cloud agent version change management details, refer to SAP Note 3264839.


Release Highlights


Augmented Analytics


Predictive Planning

Automation of What-If Simulation

In the predictive step of multi actions, two new predictive actions are offered: “Train Only” and “Apply Only”, in additional to the pre-existing action “train and forecast”.

  • Train Only – retrains the predictive model

  • Apply Only – applies the predictive model to an input version and deliver a predictive forecast to different output versions

These two new actions are especially handy in what-if simulations, where you can apply the predictive model to different versions with distinct future values for the influencers and produce forecasts, without having to retrain the predictive model multiple times. Additionally, a tooltip has been added to define the three predictive actions. (SAP Road Map Explorer)


Data Integration

Standard unit Data Export API

The Data Export Service API has been extended to allow for the export of unit conversion rates. For example, users can convert between units of the same type, such as centimeters to meters. Units are available in 39 different languages.


Enterprise Planning

Planning Process Management –APIs for use in Business Process Automation for SAP BTP

Users can trigger calendar events from external applications through a public calendar API. This can be used to enable calendar events in SAP Build Process Automation as well as other external processes or scheduling tools.. (SAP Road Map Explorer)

Available APIs:

  • Fetch event information

  • Copy (and activate) an event

  • Update the status of an event

Planning Process Management - Synchronizing calendar events with Office 365

Users can now enable automatic synchronization of calendar events with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Outlook calendar. This is configurable by the event owner, and subsequent event changes are automatically pushed to Microsoft Office. Any changes made within the Microsoft calendar is not reflected within SAP Analytics Cloud. (SAP Road Map Explorer)

Display Option in Data Action Designer

The data action designer now allows users to switch between displaying the ID or description of dimension members from the Display section of the toolbar. This provides users a possibility to differentiate between members which have the same description.


Story Design

Save Story Without Current Variable Selection

In the optimized story experience, story designers now have an option to configure the Variable Settings on a per story basis.

Save Current Variable Selections (Default)

  • Save all Variables except Exit / Dynamic Variables (unless option is selected in the Variable Prompt)

  • Force Variable Prompt is Optional

Clear Variables and Use Server-Defined Default Values

  • Variables will show Default Values (if available)

  • Exits / Dynamic Variables will be Executed

  • Options in Variable Prompt (Keep Last Saved Values for Exit / Dynamic Variables and Force Variable Prompt) will be Ignored

Please note the following limitations:

  • Served-Defined Values all Variable Prompts within a story will appear one-by-one

  • Local variables will be preserved and NOT respect story level configurations

Sort Version Dimension Members in Tables

For tables in the optimized story experience, users can now sort on version dimension members. Alphabetical sort and custom sort order are supported.

Geo Map Filters Supported for Dynamic Text

In the optimized story experience, users can now add geo map filters as dynamic text.


Story Extensibility

Exporting Optimized Story to PowerPoint

Exporting Story to PowerPoint is now supported in optimized story via the toolbar menu: File Name -> Page Range -> Appendix -> Background Export.

In addition, story developer can use the Export to PowerPoint technical object with script APIs to customize the export experience via customized buttons/shapes/text, etc.

Include report pages and batch exporting are not supported in this release.

Customizing View Time Toolbar for Mobile

Story designers in optimized story experience can now customize view time toolbar for SAP Analytics Cloud mobile app or web browser on phones or tablets, so that specific actions are displayed to your story viewers.


User Collaboration

Removal of the “no end date” option when scheduling a publication story

The No End Date option is no longer available. For all existing recurring scheduled publications that are created with the No End Date option, it is recommended to update the series with a definite number of recurrences or an end date to continue uninterrupted scheduled publication under the End Recurrence By option. (SAP Road Map Explorer)

Dimension Property Support for Comments

In stories, users can now add data point comments in tables with dimension properties in the table axes or filters and comments in the comment widgets when dimension properties are used in filters.


This blog post only provides a high-level overview of the latest features and enhancements of SAP Analytics Cloud. You can find more details on these features in your In-App Help Guide for FastTrack customers and see this SAP Knowledge Base Article if you’d like to learn more about FastTrack and Quarterly Release Cycle releases.  Learn about the new Release Navigator in this blog to stay up to date with the latest updates for SAP BTP solutions.


If you have any questions regarding the content in this blog post, you can comment below. If you have product specific or technical questions, post a question to our SAP Analytics Cloud Questions & Answers forum. Visit our SAP Analytics Cloud Community pages to find more product information, best practices, and more. And check out our SAP Road Map Explorer to see more upcoming features of SAP Analytics Cloud.