Exploring Calculated Measures in SAP Analytics Cloud: Enhancing Data Analysis and Visualization

By Cindy San
08/08/2023

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In SAP Analytics Cloud, calculated measures play a crucial role in enriching data analysis and visualization capabilities. These measures allow users to perform complex mathematical and Boolean operations on the existing data in their models, leading to deeper insights and better decision-making. This blog post will walk you through the process of creating calculated measures for tables in models and stories. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a clear understanding of how to leverage these powerful derived measures to enhance your data exploration in SAP Analytics Cloud.

What are Calculated Measures, and Why Use Them?

Calculated measures, also known as accounts in a planning model, are new measures created based on mathematical functions, conditions, and operators applied to the data within your model. These measures offer a wide range of possibilities, from simple mathematical calculations to more advanced scenarios like simulating the impact of changes on specific metrics.

Available Functions, Conditions, and Operators

In SAP Analytics Cloud, you have access to many functions, conditions, and operators that can be used in creating calculated measures. Some of the functions include IF(), POWER(), ABS(), LOG(), INT(), FLOAT(), DOUBLE(), and many more. These powerful tools allow you to perform various transformations on your data, tailoring it to your specific analytical needs.

Creating Calculated Measures in Tables and Models

To create a calculated measure in SAP Analytics Cloud, follow these steps:

Best Practices and Tips:

  • Pay attention to the number format chosen in Profile Settings to avoid issues with function parameter separators.
  • Take advantage of the formula editor’s auto-complete and shortcuts to streamline the process of creating calculated measures.
  • Be cautious when using input controls in formulas, ensuring they are single value numeric input controls.
  • Remember that the Cross Calculations dimension cannot be used in Account dimension calculations, and vice versa.

Calculated measures in SAP Analytics Cloud open up a world of possibilities for data analysis and visualization. By creating these derived measures, users can perform complex calculations, simulate scenarios, and gain deeper insights into their data. Whether you are working with tables or building compelling stories, calculated measures offer the tools you need to unlock the full potential of your data and make more informed decisions. Experiment with the available functions, conditions, and operators to harness the power of calculated measures in your SAP Analytics Cloud journey.

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