5 tips to kickstart SAC Application Design

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018

SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design is expected to be available somewhere at the beginning of 2019, so let’s already have a look at some tips to get you started with this first release.

In case you haven’t heard about Application Design, this is a brand new solution within the SAP Analytics Cloud, which allows you to build your own applications. It makes use of the components that we already know from the BI, Planning and Predictive areas in SAP Analytics Cloud, but lets you use scripts to extend these capabilities. It is basically SAP Lumira Designer in the cloud.

1 . Fast scripting

For those familiar with SAP Lumira Designer this one won’t come as a surprise. Also in SAC Application Design you can (and should) use the content assistent (CTRL + SPACE) to help you write scripts. It is fast and prevents mistakes. Just hit CTRL + SPACE and you’ll get a list of possible options.   

You can find the SAP Analytics Cloud Application Design API Reference with all options here. Note that – just as in SAP Lumira Designer – you can also use “this“, instead of the name of the object that you are adding a script to. This is fast and flexible, as you can easily reuse the same code without having to adjust the name of the widgets. “me” doesn’t work by the way.

2. Debug with console.log();

With console.log(); you can pass values to the console of the web browser. You can use this to debug your application and see what is happening with your code.

3. Info Panel

The built-in Info Panel contains two tabs: Errors and Reference List. The Errors will show you incorrect scripts and scripts with warnings. You can click the error and immediately go to the script and the line.

The Reference List shows you all the scripts where the selected object is used in. 

4. R Visualization widget

Just as in SAC stories you can use the R Visualization widget in Application Design. Very interesting is the fact that you cannot only use this to visualize a custom R chart, but you can also use the variables that you define in the R script editor in your Application Design scripts. You could for example use R to do some advanced calculations, and display the result through another widget.

5. Get the largest monitor you can

Make sure you got a large monitor when you want to properly work with this tool. I was using my 13″ MacBook Pro, but with these massive panels on all sides there isn’t much space left for the actual application canvas and you don’t want to be scrolling and opening/closing panels all the time.

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SAP Analytics Cloud Usage Tracking Content

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018

A huge update in SAP Analytics Cloud wave 2018.17 for platform administrators! It is now finally possible to get more insights in the actual usage of your SAP Analytics Cloud environment. Who is using which story at what time. Furthermore, we can now easily see relations between SAC objects. For example, what roles and teams are assigned to a certain user.

This data is made available via a couple of built-in models and you can create your own stories for reporting on it. This is a huge step forward, as before we had to make manual exports of the Activity data into CSV files, clean the data and use MS Excel (or import the data again into SAP Analytics Cloud) to do an analysis. Also we could use the SAC API to get information about objects. Anyway, it was not very convenient to do this on a daily base.

In the video I show you how to activate this functionality and how to use it to create your own monitoring story.

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SAP Analytics Cloud Explorer views and Bookmarks

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018

Just weeks after the introduction of the long-awaited bookmarks in SAP Analytics Cloud, the first improvement/extension of this features is already introduced: Bookmarks for Explorer views. In this video I take a look at how this works in SAP Analytics Cloud stories (available from wave 2018.18).

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Bookmarks in SAP Analytics Cloud

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018

SAP Analytics Cloud wave 2018.16 finally introduces story bookmarks! We already knew the bookmarking concept from other SAP BI tools like SAP Lumira Designer and Discovery, and even the good old BEx Web Analyzer had the option to store the navigation state of a report. So it’s good to see this now in SAP Analytics Cloud as well.

For those who are not familiar with bookmarks: it basically allows you to store filters settings on a story, without having to create numerous (personal) copies of a story. In the video I take a look at how this now works in SAP Analytics Cloud.

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De Nederlandse BI Podcast episode 28 – SAP Analytics Roadmap

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018

It has been a while, but we finally recorded a new episode of the Dutch BI Podcast. This time, we talk about the recent strategy change that SAP made regarding its BI portfolio and what this means for SAP Lumira, Discovery edition and SAP Analytics Cloud.

I uploaded the podcast to YouTube as well, so with a bit of luck the speech-to-text functionality does its work and you can read the transcript in English or any other language of your choosing.

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