SAP Analytics Cloud Fast Track Release Notes (2021.21 – 2022.1)

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As SAP decided to stop publicly sharing the SAP Analytics Cloud Fast Track release notes with Quarterly Release Cycle customers, I’ll just share them on my blog for those of you who are interested on what’s coming up.

You can check your SAC version via System > About in the SAC menu bar. The current QRC version is 2021.20. So to be clear, as apparently there is still a lot of confusion about this, if you are on this QRC version the features mentioned below are not available on your SAC tenant until the next QRC release.

You can find the release calendar for all SAP Cloud products in SAP KBA 2888562. For 2022 there will be a QRC release in February (weekend 18-20), May (weekend 20-22), August (weekend 19-21) and November (11-13).

SAP Analytics Cloud Version 2022.1 Release Notes

Modeling

  • For story users, support has been added to the new model for identifying missing currency conversion rates:
    • There is improved conversion error handling for new models with currency conversion.
    • Users can trigger a missing rate analysis with required parameters directly from an error pop-up in stories.
    • Conversion errors in tables based on new models are now logged in the rate table’s conversion error log.

Planning

  • In advanced formulas, you can now define the scope of a linked model, just like what you normally do for the default model, by using MODEL…ENDMODEL statement. In combination with the definition of the linked model scope, dimensions existing only in the linked model but not in the default model (missing dimensions) can be omitted in the definition of the LINK function.After the linked model scope is defined:
    • You can use the LINK function to return a certain range of data from the linked model and redirect the calculation scope of the default model by using attributes of dimensions from the linked model in the DATA function.
    • You can use dimensions from a linked model in the IF or FOREACH scope.
  • We have extended the data entry experience of Mass Data Entry mode. All calculations that have been created via ‘add column’ and/or ‘add row’ and have been modeled using the formula bar are affected. While performing data entries in Mass Data Entry mode, all previously mentioned calculations will update accordingly within Mass Data Entry mode. This allows planners to see data changes even before data has been processed/submitted by Mass Data Entry Mode.

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Video: SAP Analytics Cloud Story Translation [2021.23]

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Did you know you could completely translate your SAC stories? You can adjust the language of the following:

  1. The SAP Analytics Cloud user interface itself.
  2. Data coming through a live connection, for example the dimension member values and the descriptions/names of measures and dimension.
  3. All “local” texts that you added or adjusted in the SAC story and its widgets.

Let’s have a look how this works!

De Nederlandse BI Podcast: SAP TechEd 2021

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“TechEd 2021 is a wrap!” Wederom een virtueel event, met als belangrijkste aankondiging de BW Bridge. We behandelen onder andere de volgende onderwerpen:

  • Wat gaat er met BW/4HANA gebeuren?
  • Wat ga je doen als klant als je nu nog op BW 7.3, 7.4 of 7.5 zit?
  • Wat is de pricing?
  • Is er een impact op de front end? 

Veel plezier bij het luisteren!

Video: SAP Analytics Cloud Currency Conversion Measures in New Model [2021.22]

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Earlier this year the “new” model was introduced in SAP Analytics Cloud. Basically the main difference is that we now can work in a measure-based setup while the “classic” model was account-based.

Let’s have a look how we can work with multiple currencies in such a “new” model.

Video: SAP Analytics Cloud Data Analyzer Update [2021.22]

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The SAC Data Analyzer is an ad-hoc analysis tool built-in the SAP Analytics Cloud platform, which works in a similar way as the classic BEx Web or the Analysis for Office plugin for Excel. For some unknown reason you could only access the Data Analyzer via a specific URL; not via the SAC menu (adding a content link in the SAC Catalog would be the most straightforward workaround). I always found this really a shame, as probably just a small part of the SAC community has ever seen and used it, while it is an easy tool to access your (live) data without having to go through all the steps to build a SAC model and a story.

Luckily this changes in QRC2021.4 and Data Analyzer will be much more featured within SAC. A good reason to have another look at it. Check out the video!