• Crystal Vázquez Zambrana

Lifecycle Management – Part 5: How to Import Objects from the Content Network

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) provides its users with a content library that contains predefined Models, Stories, and Dashboards, which enables users to easily connect to the content and quickly start their own data analysis.

This feature of SAC has two common benefits. First, users can leverage the Content Network to transfer objects such as dimensions, data actions, and allocations, between environments (a.k.a. tenants). Second, the Content Network offers a number of content packages that are adapted to various industries and lines of business. For example, the financial planning package offers different types of stories such as revenue planning and cost and activity planning. In fact, here are some content package options that can be found within the Content Network:

  • Business Content - The business content provides a variety of business scenarios for multiple industries. Here, users can obtain models, stories, SAP Digital Boardroom presentations, analytical applications, data actions, and smart predict scenarios.

  • Samples - This package offers a collection of templates for stories and SAP Digital Boardroom presentations. Templates can also be used to create a personalized layout.

  • Third-Party Content – As the name states, this package hosts business scenarios that were created by SAP partners.

As you could see, the Content Network offers a plethora or valuable assets to help you perform deeper planning and analysis, quicker. Let’s take a look at how you can leverage them by walking through the process of importing objects from the Content Network.


In order to export or import content via the Content Network, you must have read and maintain permissions in the lifecycle role:

Note: The owner of the package is the user who imports the file.

Steps to import objects from the Content Network

First, navigate to the main menu and select Content Network. You will see different options of packages that are available in the Content Network: Samples, Business Content and Third-Party Content. In this example, I will choose Business Content but you can select any type of content package.

In the next step you will see a catalog of content. For this example, I will choose the Integrated Financial Planning for SAP S/4 HANA content.

A pop-up window will display an overview of the content. Select the Import Options tab to start the process:

Scroll down and choose the option that you prefer in the Overwriting Preferences. In this step you must select carefully how you want to update the objects and data. Remember to be careful with the last two options because the data could be replaced if the package contains an object ID that already exists in the tenant.

Choose the objects that you want to import:

Next, scroll down and select the Import button:

A pop-up message will be displayed to notify that the import job has started:

Go to Notifications section to see the progress of the import job:

A message will be displayed when the process is completed:

Once the import process is completed, you can go to the library to find the folder that was imported. In this case, the folder is available in the Public folder under the SAC Content folder:

Wasn’t that simple? Now you can start leveraging Samples, Business Content, and Third-Party Content to easily perform your own data analysis. To learn more, stay tuned for the next part of our seven-part blog series on SAP Analytics Cloud lifecycle management best practices focusing on how to export objects from the Content Network. Be sure to visit our blog to read all previous parts of the series start mastering SAC today. To get hands-on training from SAP product experts for every type of user on your team, view all of our extensive learning options that get you certified and utilizing your solution, fast!