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. Before you get started, it is helpful to know a few basic things.
A Data view where you can explore data in real-time, with dynamic, changing visualizations.
A Story view where you can design interactive dashboards for yourself or others.
Stories have two main views.
What are Dimensions and Measures?
Whichever view of a story you are using, the key to the underlying data lies in the measures and dimensions defined in the model of your data. Measures represent quantities that provide meaning to your data, for example, sales revenue, salary, or number of employees. Dimensions represent categories that provide perspective on your data. For example, product category, date, or location. Dimensions can contain attributes that describe the properties of a dimension. For example, you may have a dimension for customer which has attributes such as phone number and address to further describe the customer dimension.
Together, they are the framework for viewing data in interesting ways, whether it be a trend line of revenue over time, or a comparison of gross margin across different regions.
How to Start a Story
Watch this video to learn how to start a story.
There are also specific object functions, such as pinning a chart on the Home screen. To access specific object functions, choose the More Actionsicon on the widget (table, chart, and so on).
You can find all story formatting options in the Styling panel in Edit mode. The formatting options available depend on the components of the 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.
When creating SAC stories, keep in mind the following:
- SAC stories have one or more pages.
- Each page has one or more charts/tables.
- Each chart / table has one or more datasources.
- A datasource can be an SAC Model or Dataset.
- A datasource is based on either data in SAC or data in a source system accessed via a connection.
- When creating a story based on a file, a story specific data source is created.
- A chart/table will normally use just one data source. In some cases however, blending two or more data source into one chart/table may be needed.