Building Simple Stories

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Create a simple story

Story Design Concepts

What Is a story?

Stories are at the center of the SAP Analytics Cloud experience. They are presentation-style documents that use charts, visualizations, text, images, and shapes to describe data. A story is where you explore data interactively to find insights, visualize information with charts and tables, and share, present, and comment on your findings with colleagues.

Classic design vs optimized design

When you create a story, you are prompted to choose Classic Design Experience or Optimized Design Experience mode:

SAP encourages you to use Optimized Design Experience mode whenever possible. The Optimized Design Experience includes many usability and performance improvements and is the prerequisite for future story enhancements like the integration of application design capabilities and digital boardroom features into the story. There are a set of features that may not be available at this time as SAP continues to enhance the Optimized Design Experience mode; however, these and other new features are being added with each quarterly release and will be made available only in the Optimized Story Experience. Furthermore, it will be the new default experience in future releases.

The Classic Design Experience will still be available and provide access to features developed prior to Q2 2022. However, it will not receive any performance, functionality, or usability enhancements. There are also Classic Design Experience elements that will not be available at all in the Optimized Design Experience because there are more suitable substitutes. These elements include:

  • Explorer - Replaced by Data Analyzer as the new exploration tool
  • Grid Pages - Replaced by the Optimized Presentation table option within Responsive and Canvas Pages
  • Old HANA and BW Versions - Always use the latest BW and HANA version to ensure that you have the latest performance and feature functionality in SAP Analytics Cloud.
For the most current information on what features are available with each design experience mode, always refer to the SAC help in your current SAC tenant.

In Classic Design Mode, stories have two main views.

How to start a story

Watch this video to learn how to start a story.

Guidelines for data visualization

There is no right or wrong way to tell a story; that is entirely up to you.

The figure Visualizations lists some options for data visualizations.

There are, however, general design principles that can help you create meaningful, attractive stories that provide useful information.

Follow some simple guidelines to create your own visualizations.

Story pages

When creating SAP Analytics Cloud stories, you have different page types to choose from:

  • Responsive - required for viewing on mobile devices; dynamically changes layout depending on the viewer's monitor/screen size.
  • Canvas - a fixed page size that does not change, no matter the size of the viewer's monitor size.
  • Grid - a table-only page that is available only in the Classic Design Experience and will not be available in the Optimized Design Experience.

Choose a Model as a Data Source for a Story

Once you have a blank page in your story, you will want to add widgets to visualize the data in your story. The simplest option is to choose either a chart or a table to add to your page. Depending on your screen resolution, you may be able to select either option from the story menu bar: Chart or Table . Or, you may need to select the . . . More option in the menu bar and select from there.

With either choice, you will be prompted to choose a data source, either a dataset or model to browse to and select, or SAP Datasphere. You will probably choose a model most often.

Build your chart or table

Next, you will build your chart or table. You may need to click the Designer button in the upper right corner to access the Builder pane. Once you are in the Builder pane, you simply add the appropriate data to the various elements of the widget.

The Builder pane, however, is only half of the entire Designer panel. The other half is the Styling pane, which provides many formatting options for every component of the story, including the page itself.

Create Visualizations for a Story

Task 1: Create visualizations for a story

Business example

You need to access real time data from your SAP HANA on premise system for simple data analysis.

Task flow

In this practice exercise, you will perform the following tasks:

  • Create an optimized story with a responsive page
  • Customize your story

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