SAC Optimized Stories

Introduction

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is a comprehensive planning and analytics platform from SAP.  Originally, SAC used what is now referred to as Classic Stories, created using the Classic Design Experience.  Optimized Stories, created using the Optimized Design Experience, were introduced to improve functionality and performance with SAC Stories.

In this blog, we will discuss one of the options available in Optimized Stories that uses the tab strip widget from Analytics Designer. 

The tabs within the tab strip can be used in lieu of creating multiple pages to present the contents within a story.  We have found, in some cases, utilizing the tab strip widget reduces replication and results in a better user experience.

Introducing the SAP Analytics Cloud Tab Strip Widget

A tab strip widget is a container made up of multiple tabs that enables you to group widgets by tab.  By default, the tab strip widget contains two tabs.  You can add more tabs to a tab strip and insert any widgets into different tabs according to your needs.

A use case for using tabs instead of pages is when a story requires different filtering for content.  For example, you may use a story filter for certain dimensions that will be the same for all content, but other dimensions will use different filtering.  Page filters work well for this, but what if you need to present your content in such a way that the same page filters would be replicated across multiple pages?  The tab strip widget may be a better solution, where you can group the content with the same page filter requirements, but must still separate it visually for presentation.

Another use case is simplifying the interface for the user to interact with the software, by minimizing the number of pages and having more functionality and control on a single page.

Using Tab Strips

The following steps illustrate how tab strip widgets might be used to meet the business requirements of the use case presented above.

1. Create a new story and choose the Optimized Design Experience option:

2. I added a page header, but this is optional.

3. Insert a Tab Strip container:

Result, as previously mentioned, there are two tabs created by default as shown below.

4. There are configuration and styling options available for the Tab Strip.  Select the Tab Strip and click the ellipses and choose Edit Styling… option:

Configuration options:

  1. You can change the name of the tabs, the text that will be displayed on each tab and set which tab will be the default tab.
  2. You can add new tabs by clicking the plus icon, or delete existing tabs by clicking the trash can icon.
  3. You can change the order of the tabs by selecting a row and clicking the up or down arrows.

There are also many styling options, which apply to the Tab Strip.  These are standard styling that apply to many widgets.

5. The tabs can contain other content such as tables or charts.  They will share the page filters that apply to the Tab Strip.  To illustrate an example, I created a couple page filters and placed content on two tabs.

Try using the Tab Strip widget!

This feature is quite useful, easy to use and ready to try out today in Analytics Cloud!

If you’d like more information, you can easily reach us to schedule a discussion. We’d be happy to help.

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