SAP LeanIX Product Team
Application Portfolio Management

Transition to Next-Generation Diagrams started

AUTHOR: SAP LeanIX Product Team

Next-Generation Diagrams have reached the defined feature parity with the former editor, giving the go-ahead for the final transition.

Today, a two-week transition period started to view and edit all existing diagrams in the Next-Generation editors. All users can choose to open existing diagrams in the Next-Generation Free Draw or Data Flow. When opened in the new editors, a new diagram version is automatically created that can either be discarded or saved as a copy after review.

The transition period will end on Oct. 9, 2023. If you need more time to review the new functionality, you can extend the transition period until December 15, 2023. Otherwise, there is no action required. After the transition, all diagrams will be opened with the new editors, keeping their current content, names, IDs, URLs, etc.

As one of the added benefits, drill-down and roll-up containers in the Next-Generation Diagram Editor will eventually be fully synced with the inventory to provide automated updates. Since a Next-Generation Diagram can include both newly created containers with potential sync in the future and containers without a sync carried over from existing diagrams, there are two differences in their functionality you should be aware of:

  1. Drill-down and roll-up containers look different when shown in the new editor. Instead of rounded edges and a white background, they will have squared edges and a gray background to distinguish them visually from new containers. The italic Fact Sheet name is another indicator also visible when a container is collapsed.

  2. You can't apply manual changes to container content anymore because it would create an out-of-sync status. This also means the containers can't include different Fact Sheet types.

The content of containers will remain unchanged. The only difference is that creating un-synced containers with drill-downs or roll-ups on Next-Generation Diagrams is no longer possible.

If you want to sync containers moved over from existing diagrams, follow these steps:

  1. For containers with one drill-down: Re-apply the drill-downs manually with a few clicks. Leverage the 'Drill-down/Roll-up by Filter' option if certain Fact Sheets were removed.

  2. For containers with multiple drill-downs: Replace containers with a drill-down to multiple Fact Sheet types by adding the exact Fact Sheet numerous times and applying the drill-down to the other Fact Sheet types side-by-side. The 'Show dependencies' option without containers can be leveraged as an alternative.

A notification will inform all users about the new container behavior when opening an existing diagram in the Next-Generation editors for the first time.

While keeping the visual representation of content in Next-Generation Data Flow diagrams precisely aligned with the previous diagrams, the technology update doesn't allow us to maintain them in their selected layout mode. This means that Data Flow diagrams previously set to 'Vertical Flow' or 'Horizontal Flow' will automatically be switched to 'Manual Layout' in Next-Generation Data Flow. You can reactivate the layout mode if you prefer one of the alignment layouts over the exact positioning of shapes on the diagram.

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