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Open the SAP Analytics Cloud Story

Learn how to navigate and explore the different visualizations of a story
You will learn
  • How to navigate files and folders within SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Where to find the “Sample – Revenue Analysis” story provided to all users
  • What the components of a story are
katmchengKatryn ChengMay 5, 2022
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March 15, 2022


  • You have completed the Get to know SAP Analytics Cloud Group of Tutorials (Link Later)
  • You have access to an SAP Analytics Cloud account
  • Please use the latest version of Chrome or Edge to access your Sap Analytics Cloud

Welcome back and congratulations on learning the different capabilities offered in SAP Analytics Cloud and setting up your trial account. For this set of tutorials, you should follow along step by step with your own SAP Analytics Cloud tenant.

Let’s get started and explore SAP Analytics Cloud stories.

  • Step 1

    Before you open your first story, let’s look at the navigation path through files and folders that lead you to the story. To start, expand the navigation panel on the left and click on Files.


    Here you’ll find My Files, which contain files and folders created by you or shared with you by others.

    Files/Folder Description
    Personal Files Your private files
    Samples Sample models and stories provided by the system
    Public Files publicly available to everyone in your organization
    Input forms Input tasks related to planning workflows

    Below My Files, you’ll find a subcategory of your SAP Analytics Cloud files.

    Folder Description
    Favorites Files and folders marked as your favorites
    Featured Files marked as featured, and also seen in the Featured Files tile on the Home screen for quick access
    System Administration view, which is available to users who have Manage rights on either the Private Files or Public Files application privilege
    Deleted Files and folders that have been deleted. Deleted content is permanently deleted after 30 days by default, but administrators can configure the number of days that deleted content is stored for. Users with Manage rights on the Deleted Files application privilege can also manage other users’ deleted files.

    Last feature to note here are the Search options available for finding content.

    Search Bar
    1. The search icon located on the Shell Bar is used for content across the whole SAP Analytics Cloud product. The Shell Bar is always visible at the top, making it easy for you to search while in a story.
    2. The search bar below the Shell Bar allows you to find content within any of the folders or subfolders of My Files. For example, use this and search for “Sample – Revenue Analysis” to find the sample story.
  • Step 2

    Now that you understand the files and folders system, open the “Sample - Revenue Analysis” Sample Story within the Samples folder or search for it using the Search bar.

    Let’s quickly revisit what stories are and why they’re important. Stories are much like an analytics dashboard or report that allow stakeholders to analyze, report, and plan with the historical data of a business. Furthermore, it provides instant access and augmented analysis for monitoring and measuring business performance and metrics.

    Analysis resized

    This Story shows the “data story” of a beverage business called “The Best Run Juice Company” and demonstrates the performance of the business with different visualizations and features:

    Number Visualization / Feature Description
    1 Numeric Point and Bullet Charts Visualizes the status of Key Performance Indicators (KPI). You can immediately see the current KPI value compared to your business’s performance thresholds.
    2 Time Series Chart Displays trends in any kind of numeric data over time. Is your business trending positively?
    3 Input Control Filters Allows you to focus in on data segments. Slide the Date Range filter to select your dates for analysis and the filter checkboxes helps you be precise in your analysis.
    4 Bar Charts Visualizes values across a Series of data. As an example, the first chart on the left shows Gross Margin % by the Product and Location dimensions. They’re easy to understand and interact with by drilling down, sorting, or analyzing with Smart Insights. We’ll use these together in the later tutorials.
  • Step 3

    In the question area below, pick one multiple choice answer and then click Submit Answer.

    Which folders would you find other samples models or stories provided by SAP?

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