Three filter options in SAC Story and one alternative

Nico

Written By: Nico - 13 December, 2019

In SAP Analytics Cloud Story, there are essentially three different filter options:

  • Filtering in the widget (charts, tables)
  • Page filter
  • Story filter

In this article I will deal with these filters and show you how you can implement them. Furthermore, I will show you an alternative, the so-called Linked Analysis. 

Widget filter

The easiest way to filter by characteristic values is the widget filter. Filtering is possible via the Builder Panel or directly via the widget (e.g. a bar chart). Especially in diagrams, values can be excluded ("X" next to the filter icon) in addition to filtering to individual values.

Filters in the Builder Panel cannot be influenced by the user, while changes can be adjusted intuitively directly in the widget.

Widget filter

Page filter

To guide the user more intuitively through the dashboard, there is also a page filter that filters individual values with the help of an optical input control. In this case it is possible to filter by characteristic values as well as by individual key figures. An advanced filter is also available for the characteristic values.

Note: A maximum of one key figure can be exchanged in the diagram for the key figures.

Dimensions

To add a page filter, an input control is added from the menu (section "Insert"). You can then filter by dimensions from the menu that opens. In the dialog window that opens, the values of the input control are edited. In addition to selecting the dimension values (members), it is also possible to display unbooked members or to define the filter settings for the user.

Pagefilter dialog

Tip: To make the selection boxes visible, the grey rectangle of the input filter at the lower right corner can be enlarged.

Pagefilter Input Control Check Boxes

New in Q4 2019

This release enables dynamic time filters. This means that you can filter dynamically according to the last or next period (year, quarter,...).

Dynamic Time fIlter

Advanced filters

Advanced filters are also possible for attributes. If a new input control is added, you can select "Advanced Filtering..." from the menu that opens (last entry) can be selected. This makes it possible to create more complex filter conditions. However, these conditions can only be viewed and adjusted by the creator and not by the user. This filter is comparable to the filter from the Builder Panel. 

Page filter advanced filtering

Measures

If the input control is added directly from the menu, measures can also be selected in the menu that opens. However, this filter refers to the definition of ranges and not to the selection of a single measure.


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To add an input filter for a single key figure, select the penultimate entry "+ Create Measure Input Control" in the selection box for key figures in the Builder Panel. This filter can only be used to exchange one measure in the diagram at a time (multiple selection is not possible). In the dialog window, you can select the measures that are available to the user in the input control. 

Note: Do not select the same measures in the dialog box for the selection as in the Builder Panel, otherwise an error message will appear in the diagram.

Page filter measure input control

Story filter

As the name suggests, a filter can be set for the entire dashboard with the Story filter. This filter also applies to all subpages of a story. Note that a story filter can only affect one model. In addition to characteristic values, key figure ranges can also be selected. In the menu, this filter is located in the "Tools" section and is represented by a funnel.

Story filter

It is also possible to convert a page filter to a story filter (story filter to page filter as well). To do this, select the second icon from above in the context menu of the page filter. The story filter can be used, for example, if you want to filter according to a specific range or period of time.

Page filter convert to Story filter

Alternative - Linked Analysis

Linked Analysis is not primarily a standalone filter. It is used to connect different widgets with a common model. 

Used with Page Filter

For example, it can be applied to the page filter to select the widgets to include.

Linked analysis

Used with charts

The linked analysis can also be used for charts. A click on "Carbonated Drinks" in the ring chart, for example, filters the linked bar chart.

Story filter

For charts there is a wider choice of settings:

  • Multiple / single widgets
  • Entire page
  • Entire Dashboard

For charts, however, user-friendliness should be taken into account. It is not immediately obvious to the user that the charts can be used for "filtering". This is especially true if a chart filters the entire dashboard. The user should be made aware of this at this point.

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Topics: SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Dashboarding

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