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What's new in DeltaMaster


6.2.9

released on December 13th, 2019

Among other things, we have extended our support for relational databases. This allows you to build parent-child hierarchies directly in DeltaMaster for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, SAP HANA and even for self-service applications based on Microsoft Excel files. This type of modeling is particularly used when a hierarchy has different depths. Also referred to as unbalanced or ragged hierarchies, they are quite common in business intelligence, for example in the form of profit and loss statements.

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All features in detail
  • Dashboard: searching applications
  • Graphical Table: highlighting entire rows/columns of the last navigation step in all reports (Options, Presentation)
  • Tile Navigation: scaling Bissantz‘Numbers logarithmically
  • Mobile Report: preconfiguring export file to use it as template when exporting
  • Modeling (relational): modeling parent-child hierarchies
  • Publish: using export template for mobile reports

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: Maintenance Pack 6.2.9 (MP 6.2.9)

Notice: Starting with version 6.3.0, DeltaMaster 6 will use a different storage concept than DeltaMaster 5. From then on, DeltaMaster 6 will only support applications that have been saved by DeltaMaster 6. Maintenance Packs will only be provided up to version 6.2.9.


6.2.8.2

released on November 22th, 2019

The highlight of this version is a new report type: the URL view, which can be used to integrate web applications and websites. Links to other reports can be created from the geo-analysis. We have refined the zoom levels of sparklines, accelerated browsing, and improved the display of time series in graphical tables. The kiosk mode can be adjusted for multi-screen operation. Parallel to DeltaMaster, a new version of DeltaApp has been released that allows you to filter the KPIs in the app. New animations make the transitions between the data views easier for the eye.

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All features in detail
  • Browsing: Calculation accelerated, responsiveness improved
  • Dashboard: Displaying repositories and folders of application tiles remotely
  • DeltaApp: Excluding Outliers from Scaling
  • DeltaApp: Clarifying Interaction through Animation
  • DeltaApp: Filter KPI
  • DeltaApp: Customize Optics with Theme File
  • DeltaApp: Request password when opening DBC files
  • DeltaApp: Process unnamed elements
  • Diagnosis: Log Context of Queries
  • Diagnostics: Run MDX and SQL queries and measure execution time
  • ETL: available in version 6.2.8
  • Filter bar: Display of inactive report filter improved
  • Geo-analysis: remove the marking of locations by drag-and-drop onto the delete area (trash)
  • Geo-analysis: define links from areas to other reports
  • Graphical table: define axis as element selection (instead of plane selection) when dragging and dropping a multiple selection of elements from the filter bar
  • Graphical table: display deviations in separate steps when zooming sparklines
  • Graphical table: Drag and drop layer or element selection in Small Multiples to remove them
  • Graphical table: Compact visualization of time series on the column axis (magic button “Graphic/Auto”)
  • Kiosk mode: use all monitors (command line parameter “-useallscreens”)
  • Mobile Report: Setting the Password for Export File Encryption
  • Multiples: Export report, as a whole or as individual reports
  • Planning: Enhancement menu improved
  • Portfolio analysis: Remove analysis value for bubble area by drag-and-drop
  • Selfservice: use faster database as cache (SQLite instead of VistaDB)
  • SQL penetration: automatically convert field links (settings) to report links
  • URL view: available as a new report type for using web applications and displaying web pages

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: Maintenance Pack 6.2.8 (MP 6.2.8)


6.2.7.1

released on August 23rd, 2019

The new version offers more data mining, more automation, more performance, more ease of use – and a lot more besides. The PowerSearch analytical method is a kind of multidimensional ranking that identifies the drivers of a KPI, both positive and negative, and displays the results as a snazzy Graphical Table. The new component also opens up new analysis and presentation options for Ranking. Reports in the web browsers can now be updated automatically, making it easier to set up kiosk systems. A new quick view speeds up the output of Graphical Tables in web browsers. Configuring mobile devices in enterprise environments can be simplified, and the Repository makes it possible to set up policies on the use of current versions.

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All features in detail
  • App: configuring server settings via MobileIron
  • Geo Analysis: receiving measure for choropleth map from links
  • Graphical Table: highlighting entire rows/columns of the last navigation step
  • Modeling: always displaying the sign of a measure (measure properties, Format tab)
  • Multiples: entering data using transaction control
  • Planning: extension menu available in web client
  • Planning: quickly importing mass data (bulk import)
  • PowerSearch: available as new analysis method (data mining)
  • Ranking: new, more powerful module available
  • Repository: configuring applications to require minimum client version
  • SQL Drill Through: limiting line wrap (properties)
  • Web Client: updating report automatically, as in kiosk mode
  • Web Client: Quick View improved
  • Time Series Analysis: optionally omitting null values

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: Maintenance Pack 6.2.7 (MP 6.2.7)


6.2.6

released on May 31st, 2019

The new Multiples report type is the highlight of this version. It allows multiple DeltaMaster reports to be displayed next to each other in order to enable cross-report analyses. Mobile reports for DeltaApp are even more flexible than before and can also be defined without any variances or cumulations, for example. And there is another new feature for enterprise applications: DeltaMaster supports IdentityServer4 (IDS) as well as extended authentication options so that external users outside the Microsoft environment and the Active Directory, e.g. sales partners or customers, can also be given access to DeltaMaster applications. When publishing, a new report format makes it easier to send notifications by text message so that even large distribution lists can be clearly informed that fresh reports are available. And what’s more, the DeltaMaster app is now also available for Android.

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All features in detail
  • General: enabling authentication without Active Directory
  • App: Android version available
  • Geo Analysis: importing settings and reports from another application
  • Graphical Table: displaying accurate or original numbers in the status bar when compact or percentage presentation is active
  • Graphical Table: defining a row as the 100 percent base, displaying other rows as a share of this base row (“100%” Magic Button)
  • Help: watching training videos
  • Mobile Report: defining columns more flexibly
  • Modeling: defining number format of members using member properties
  • Multiples: available as new report type, to display multiple reports side by side
  • Parent-Child Editor: editing in DeltaMaster 6
  • Publish: sending notifications only, without a report (“message” report format)
  • Web Client: configuring an alert regarding not recommended browsers
  • Time Series Analysis: tool tips for points and lines in standardized time series improved

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: Maintenance Pack 6.2.6 (MP 6.2.6)


6.2.5.2

released on May 17th, 2019

Among other things, we present a new variant for defining mobile reports for DeltaApp using measures if auxiliary dimensions such as period view are not available. In applications with an account dimension, the necessary filter KPIs can now be generated automatically and easily applied to mobile reports. A new module for SQL Drill Through works with stored procedures to open up new options for integrating relational data.

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  • General: report list and menus fixed to the top border of the window
  • General: performance improved in further areas
  • App: setting up client certificate and two-factor authentication
  • App: compatibility with Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
  • App: synchronizing request timeout with Web client
  • Editing: referencing period names using variables in relational applications
  • Editing: Standard Report option removed
  • Geo Analysis: using measures (instead of member properties) as longitude and latitude
  • Mobile Report: taking cumulation and variances from measures (without utility dimensions)
  • Mobile Report: automatically reviewing structure and recommending improvements
  • Modeling: KPI and Main Dimensions section removed from Logic page
  • Modeling: defining KPI view based on account dimension
  • PDF Export: fragmenting tables and spreading them across multiple pages
  • Planning: selecting multiple members as a report filter in hybrid models
  • Planning: copying using drag-and-drop in hybrid models
  • SQL Drill Through: new, more powerful module available
  • SQL Drill Through: executing stored procedures
  • SQL Drill Through: defining links to DeltaMaster reports
  • SQL Drill Through: grouping rows with gaps
  • Web Client: stability and performance improved for large reports
  • Web Client: clipboard support improved in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
  • Time Series Analysis: using a dimension other than the standard time dimension for analysis

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: Maintenance Pack 6.2.5 (MP 6.2.5)


6.2.4.1

released on February 15th, 2019

Among other things, we present the Performance Doctor for analyzing and remedying performance issues. Tile navigation has achieved release status and is also available in the web client. Navigating is even clearer when hierarchy menus are displayed in a condensed form. And the Publisher Service allows jobs to be executed on different computers.

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  • General: using Performance Doctor to analyze and remedy performance issues
  • Report List: using Tile Navigation instead of tiles on folder title pages
  • Dashboard: labeling application tiles in different languages in web client
  • Export: support for Microsoft Office 2019
  • Geo Analysis: allowing or avoiding overlapping when showing values for places
  • Geo Analysis: using levels for areas, places, or both when dragging and dropping it
  • Tile Navigation: available in web client
  • Modeling: selecting Alias Set implicitly according to current language
  • Navigate: saving space in hierarchy menus (Options, General)
  • Planning: selecting multiple members as a report filter in hybrid planning applications
  • Publish: executing Publisher jobs on a remote machine (Publisher Service)
  • SAP HANA: integrating modifications of calculation views into application automatically (model synchronization using AutoModel)
  • SAP HANA: defining time spans as measures
  • Web Client: configuring password-free login as a predefined user

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: Maintenance Pack 6.2.4 (MP 6.2.4)


6.2.2.3 and 6.2.3

released on November 16th, 2018 and
released on January 17th, 2019

Among other things, we present new visualization options in Geo Analysis and tile navigation, the administration of the application status and database reference date in the dashboard, plus simplifications for modeling and editing. We also go into the less visible changes, including performance improvements and measures for ensuring graphical integrity in time series. And, of course, we present the current status of DeltaApp. Take a look – it’s worth it!

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All features in detail
  • General: importing application components from DAS file (Maintenance Dialog)
  • General: hiding report title in Presentation Mode (Report Properties)
  • General: caching SQL queries in relational applications (Options, System)
  • General: using “” and “” variables in MDX and SQL expressions
  • Dashboard: displaying application status
  • Dashboard: displaying reference date of the database
  • Geo Analysis: showing names and values directly on the map in web client
  • Graphical Table: defining external links for copying to clipboard
  • Graphical Table (Relational): saving and reusing axis definition
  • Tile Navigation: increasing and decreasing size of tiles, automatically or manually
  • Mobile Report: exporting quotient measures defined in the OLAP database
  • Modeling (relational): defining sets of members within calculated members
  • Modeling (relational): setting solve order for quotient measures and user-defined measures
  • Navigate: omitting remaining members when showing top/bottom members
  • Publish: updating job definition database in Microsoft SQL Server automatically, or creating tables in empty database
  • Publish: separate schemas for job definition databases of DeltaMaster 5 ReportServer and DeltaMaster 6 Publisher
  • Time Series Analysis: displaying recommendation to use logarithmic scaling

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: DeltaMaster 5 Maintenance Pack 6.2.3 (MP 6.2.3)

All features in detail

  • Filter Bar: displaying dimensions and selected members in columns
  • Geo Analysis: outlining areas
  • Geo Analysis: alerting to invalid coordinates
  • Tile Navigation: swapping values within the tile via drag-and-drop
  • Mobile Report: exporting quotient measures

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: DeltaMaster 5 Maintenance Pack 6.2.2 (MP 6.2.2)


6.2.1.2

released on September 7th, 2018

In particular, we show you how you can now configure mobile reports even more easily in order to supply data to DeltaApp, our new product line. Other focal points include Geo Analysis, tile navigation, and connecting to SAP HANA.

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All features in detail
  • Filter Bar: applying multiple found members as filter by clicking in the report
  • Geo Analysis: showing names and values for areas directly on the map
  • Geo Analysis: hiding places with 0-coordinates
  • Graphical Table: automatic navigation is enabled if no navigation is predefined
  • Graphical Table: keeping order of members from member selection in inverted hierarchy, e.g. for P&L structure
  • Tile Navigation: flipping tile in order to switch between simple and full view
  • Tile Navigation: performing navigation steps in alternation instead of concatenated
  • Tile Navigation: defining use of measures as evaluation or navigation KPI
  • Mobile Report: showing and hiding zero values
  • Mobile Report: compressing and encrypting database file
  • Mobile Report: partitioning large volumes of data for export
  • Mobile Report: inserting monthly cumulation (“month to date”) using “cumulated/MTD“ Magic Button
  • Mobile Report: predefining report-specific navigation steps using drag-and-drop
  • Mobile Report: separate license required for use of mobile reports
  • SAP HANA: modeling calculation views with star join using AutoModel
  • SAP HANA: modeling parent-child hierarchies
  • SAP HANA: checking whether connection pooling is enabled
  • Maintenance Dialog: renaming all tables together
  • Cell Comments: creating and updating database tables

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: DeltaMaster 5 Maintenance Pack 6.2.1 (MP 6.2.1)


6.2.0.1

released on July 13th, 2018

In particular, we discuss the improvements for modeling self-service applications and the new operation and presentation methods in Graphical Tables, Geo Analysis, and tile navigation. Mobile reports, the new report type that forms the basis for DeltaApp, is only discussed in brief because it was presented in detail in the “DeltaApp” webinar last week. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording via the link at the end of this mail.

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All features in detail
  • Report List: showing technical report IDs (Edit mode)
  • Geo Analysis: showing values for places directly in the map
  • Graphical Table: creating new report using Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut (instead of Ctrl+M)
  • Graphical Table: applying “cumulated” Magic Button also without “Deltas”
  • Tile Navigation: defining navigation measure, in addition to information measure and evaluation measure
  • Mobile Report: available as new report type, to feed DeltaApp
  • Modeling: labeling levels with hierarchy names in external values from Microsoft Excel, to distinguish them
  • Publisher: exporting mobile reports
  • SAP BW/Netweaver BI: using the Netweaver RFC API (instead of RFC API)
  • Selfservice: joining multiple dimensions from the same dimension table with the fact table
  • Selfservice: joining tables with composite keys
  • Web: selecting multiple members from the search results and applying them as filter (Ctrl+mouse click, Shift+mouse click)

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: DeltaMaster 5 Maintenance Pack 6.2.0 (MP 6.2.0)


6.1.9

released on March 29th, 2018

In particular, we show you how to attach data with the same structure using SQL Self-Service when modeling, and we discuss the improved operation and presentation methods in Graphical Tables, Geo Analysis, and tile navigation.

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All features in detail
  • ETL: available in version 6.1.9
  • Filter Bar: displaying names of dimensions, hierarchies, or levels
  • Geo Analysis: coloring clusters according to measure
  • Geo Analysis: labeling places directly in the map
  • Graphical Table: displaying Bissantz’Numbers temporarily with Ctrl+Shift+mouse-over
  • Graphical Table: explaining drag-and-drop actions with cursor icons
  • Graphical Table: Magic Buttons “Deltas” and “Share” labeled with activated option
  • Graphical Table: zoom factor for text in reports with zoomed Bissantz’Numbers
  • IBM Cognos TM1: changing alias for all levels
  • IBM Cognos TM1: determining the number of database connections, to run requests in parallel
  • Tile Navigation: explaining Weather Color and writing out numbers in the status bar
  • Tile Navigation: arranging static tiles manually in a grid
  • Kiosk Mode: enable reports for Kiosk Mode
  • Kiosk Mode: scrolling through activated reports
  • Kiosk Mode: starting in already opened application
  • SQL Self-Service: attaching structurally identical files, to import BWA data for several years from several files

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: DeltaMaster 5 Maintenance Pack 6.1.9 (MP 6.1.9)


6.1.8.3

released on March 23rd, 2018

In particular, we show you how to maintain KPI tiles in the dashboard in multiple languages, and we discuss the improved operation and presentation methods in Graphical Tables and tile navigation.

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All features in detail
  • General: Updating Report Using F10 Key Without Clearing Application Cache
  • General: New Symbol for Disabling and Enabling Automatic Calculation After View Change
  • Dashboard: Labeling Application Tiles in Different Languages
  • ETL: Available in Version 6.1.8
  • Excel Export: New Template DeltaMaster.xlt in DeltaMaster 6 Style
  • Geo Analysis: Looking for SHP Map File in Secondary Folders (Options/Folders/Map Files, Folder of DAS File)
  • Graphical Table: Removing Dimensions and Measures by Dragging and Dropping them onto Delete Area
  • Graphical Table: Converting Level Selection into Member Selection (and Optionally Extending It), and Vice-Versa
  • Graphical Table: Improved Highlighting of the Analysis Path and Corresponding Row and Column Labels
  • Tile Navigation: Coloring Tile in Business Colors or Weather Color
  • Tile Navigation: Creating New Tiles by Dragging and Dropping Measures
  • Tile Navigation: Displaying Values as Bissantz’Numbers

Compatible DeltaMaster 5 version: DeltaMaster 5 Maintenance Pack 6.1.8 (MP 6.1.8)


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