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Release Notes - February 2018

New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.
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Experience Cloud Recipes

Experience Cloud Recipes help you implement and deploy cross-solution workflows and integrations.
Use Case Date Published Description
First-time Setup
October 18, 2017
The first-time setup recipe walks you through the steps to get started using Experience Cloud solutions.
Email Optimization
August 15, 2017
The email marketing use case shows you how to implement an integrated email strategy with analytics, optimization, and campaign management.
Mobile App Engagement
June 1, 2017
The mobile app engagement use case shows you how to integrate your mobile apps with the Adobe Experience Cloud to measure user engagement and deliver personalized experiences to your audiences.
Digital Foundation
May 2017
The Digital Foundation use case helps you implement a digital marketing platform with Analytics, optimization, and campaign management.
Customer Intelligence
April 2017
The Customer Intelligence use case shows you how to create a unified customer profile using multiple data sources, and how to use this profile to build actionable audiences.

Experience Cloud and Core Services

Release notes for the core services interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, People core service, Mobile Services, Launch, and Dynamic Tag Management. Also includes release information for Experience Cloud ID Service (Visitor API).

Experience Cloud Core Services

New features and fixes in the Experience Cloud interface.
Release date: February 2018
Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with Audience Manager trait that caused segments created via audience library interface not to populate data in Audience Manager. (CORE-9891)
  • Fixed an issue to enable the asset picker to be used on hybrid touch devices. (CORE-9932)
  • Added Auditor card in the Activation UI for the provisioned users. (CORE-3667) See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.

Mobile Services

New features, updates, and fixes to Mobile Services.
Issue Description
Decommissioning Target workflows in Mobile Services
Beginning in March 2018, as part of disabling the Adobe Target workflows in Adobe Mobile Services, the ability to create new Target/Activities, Target/Audiences, and Target/Content has been disabled in this release.
You can continue to view, modify, and delete the existing Activities, Audiences, and Content until March 2018.
Fixes
  • Fixed minor issues with incorrect data in the reports for some push messages and marketing links.
See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.

Analytics

Release date: February 8, 2018

Important Notices for Analytics Administrators

Review the following table for important Analytics notices that may affect data collection, processing, APIs, product end-of-life, and so on.
Notice Date Added or Updated Description
Code Manager - Legacy H Code
February 8, 2018
Downloading legacy JavaScript (H code) from the Code Manager is no longer supported.
Back-end changes that affect reporting
February 8, 2018
A change to the (back-end) lookup mechanism is going to impact reporting in several ways. Please be aware that these changes will go into effect around the end of February, 2018 :
  • Page renaming will no longer be allowed. Going forward, you will need to use classifications to rename pages.
  • The URL "replacement" methodology is different. Previously, Adobe Analytics would store (mostly) the first URL associated with each pagename each month. Going forward, we will store the most recent URL for each pagename.
  • Category reports for rollups and current data in [!UICONTROL Reports & Analytics] will no longer be provided.
  • There will be no support for page/prop data from before approximately January 2007 (in some cases, 2006). This only impacts pages, props and page events (i.e. custom links, exit links, download links).
    Note: This change does not impact reporting in Analysis Workspace or Data Warehouse.
    If you have data preceding these dates, expect the following:
    • Data will not combine correctly across the pre/post January 2007 boundary
    • Searches will not work against data before approximately Jan. 2007
Data retention: Check and set your data retention policy for Adobe Analytics
February 1, 2018
Background
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies as from May 25, 2018, provides that Adobe, in its role as your data processor, must take appropriate measures to assist its customers in fulfilling access, deletion, and other requests from individuals. Applying appropriate, secure, and timely deletion policies is an important part of complying with this obligation. As a result, Adobe would like to work with you to implement a data retention policy before GDPR takes effect on May 25, 2018.
What to expect. Unless you already have an Adobe Analytics data retention policy in place, here's what to expect.
Going forward, Adobe will begin applying data retention as currently specified in customer contracts for Adobe Analytics, unless other arrangements are made. Most Adobe Analytics contracts state that Adobe may delete data after 25 months. Once a data retention policy is in place for your organization, it is enforced on a rolling monthly basis. Data retention for longer periods than 25 months is available for an additional fee. Data retention periods for shorter periods can also be configured by contacting Customer Care.
You will soon receive an email with additional details for your organization.
Data retention impacts all methods for accessing historical Adobe Analytics data, including but not limited to Reports & Analytics , Analysis Workspace , Report Builder , the Web Services Reporting APIs, data warehouse, and data feeds.
Next steps
Identify stakeholders within your organization responsible for making decisions about data retention. Your organization is best placed to know the appropriate period for which Adobe Analytics data should be retained.
Please contact your Adobe Customer Success Manager if you have any questions regarding data retention for Adobe Analytics.
User account linking
October 26, 2017
Analytics users no longer need to manually link their accounts between the Experience Cloud and Analytics. Users can contact their Admin Console administrator to request Analytics access.
User ID Migration to the Admin Console
September 21, 2017
The Analytics user ID migration enables administrators to easily migrate user accounts from Analytics User Management to the Adobe Admin Console. After your users are migrated, they will have access to the solutions and core services available in the Experience Cloud. The migration is being rolled out to customers in phases beginning later this month.
Notice for API Methods affected by the migration to the Admin Console.
September 21, 2017
Adobe will phase out the Permissions and Company.GetLoginKey API methods as part of our effort to migrate user access and management to the Admin Console.
All Analytics companies that currently use these methods will receive a pre-migration notification beginning March 31, 2018 . After receiving this notification, administrators will have 30 days before their migration starts, and these methods will cease to work for your company.
To prepare for this event, view the list of affected APIs, and learn what Adobe recommends, see Analytics Administration API 1.4 .
Ad Hoc Analysis
September 21, 2017
As of May 2018, Ad Hoc Analysis will support only Java 8 or higher. If you choose to run Ad Hoc Analysis on Java 7 after the May 2018 Maintenance Release, Adobe will no longer support your Ad Hoc Analysis implementation.
Our .jar files are signed with a secure 256-bit encryption that is not supported by Java versions less than 1.7.0_76. This 256-bit certificate allows us to serve you with enhanced security.
Bot Rules
Sept. 21, 2017
We recommend defining no more than 500 bot rules per report suite.
The user interface allows for 500 rules to be manually defined. After this limit is reached, rules need to be managed in bulk through the Import File and Export Bot Rules options.
Calendar Events: Displaying top 20 most recent events
September 21, 2017
To ensure optimal reporting performance, the 20 most recent calendar events will be displayed on trended and overtime graphs.
geo_zip
August 23, 2017
As of August 22, Adobe Analytics started determining geo_zip on all hits received during data collection. This update increases data accuracy, particularly for mobile devices. Previously, the geo_zip was set once per visit. Now, geo_zip can correctly change during the course of a visitor's visit. The geo_zip field is not used in reporting, but surfaces in Data Feeds.
Geo Segmentation
August 21, 2017
On August 22, Adobe Analytics enabled Geo Segmentation reports for all customers. This change is in anticipation of the upcoming removal of the geo segmentation settings in the Admin Console.

New Features in Adobe Analytics

Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
Product Feature Name Description
Analysis Workspace
Custom Workspace Templates
You can now build your own Workspace templates and save them so that other users in your organization can start with data that is relevant to them. More...
New Project launch modal
Clicking “new project” launches a new screen that gives you the choice to start from
  • a blank project, or
  • a built-in Workspace template, or
  • a custom Workspace template (see above)
Right-click support for copy
We added a right-click "Copy to clipboard" option to allow you to consistently copy cells/tables. More...
Improvement to Column %
The “percentage of total” shown in columns was capped at 100%, even when certain scenarios lead to rows being more than 100% of the total (such as with averages).
We now show percentages greater than 100%, to be more accurate. We are also moving the upper bound cap to 1,000% to ensure columns can grow in width too large. More...
Conditional Formatting enabled on Breakdowns
Applying conditional formatting (colors, etc) within Freeform tables is now automatically enabled on breakdowns, unless “Custom” limits are selected. More...
Changes to default calendar view
By default, the Workspace calendar will now show current month and last month, instead of current month and next month. More...
Improved hover/selection colors in Workspace tables
The difference in colors when hovering over a Freeform table cell versus clicking on a cell has been made more distinct.
Permission Settings for Contribution Analysis and Anomaly Detection
Separate permission settings
Previously, permission settings for Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis were applied using a single setting in Report Suite Tools. These settings have been separated.
To configure permission settings:
Admin Tools Users
Edit the All Report Access group in Analytics Admin Tools: Analytics > Admin > User Management > Groups > Edit All Report Access > Report Suite Tools > Customize .
Admin Console Users
Edit Report Suite Tools in the Admin Console : Click Products > [product profile] > Permissions > Report Suite Tools .
Video Analytics
One-second ad tracking
Increases ad tracking accuracy by a factor of 10 when a user abandons an ad before its completion.
Before this update, you could lose up to 10 seconds of ad playback tracking when a user closed the player before completion of the ad. With one-second ad tracking granularity you lose only up to one second of ad playback tracking.
Improved player state management and error recovery
Additional logic to better support maintaining player states and ensuring accurate measurement, including identification of closed state.
A player can now indicate immediately that a session has ended when a user closes the session without completing the content. Prior to this update, early abandonment of a session was determined by a 10-minute timeout period during which no heartbeats were received.

Analytics - Fixes and Updates

Fixes and minor updates applied to Adobe Analytics interface tools and components (Analysis Workspace, Reports & Analytics, Report Builder, and so on).
Product Fix or Update
Analysis Workspace
  • Fixed issues with changed freeform table column width settings getting reset to default after saving them. (AN-156105, AN-155806, AN-156093)
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to download or email PDF files in some situations. (AN-155892)
  • Fixed an issue where some dimension values displayed as “unknown” when pulling the data with a different date range, in Workspace tables. (AN-153597)
  • Fixed an issue where clicking a Shared Project link took the user to the [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace] Overview page instead of to the shared project. (AN-152917)
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused incorrect formatting on some bar graphs. (AN-151452)
  • Fixed an issue that caused new visualizations (created by right-clicking) to display below the table, instead of above. (AN-156533)
General Analytics
  • Time-stamped hits : (Updated 2/12/2018 ) Fixed an issue causing non-times-tamped hits to appear hours later rather than in real-time (AN-150688, AN-156202).
  • Alerts : Fixed an issue that occurred when selecting a None line item in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace] and right-clicking to “Create alert from selection.” The Alert Builder contained only “Unspecified” as an option, but not “None”. Going forward, “Unspecified” will appear in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace]. (AN-146879)
  • Admin (Permissions) : Fixed a permissions issue that prevented users from logging in to Ad Hoc Analysis via the Marketing Cloud. (AN-156033)
  • Virtual Report Suites : Fixed an issue that caused problems when editing Virtual Report Suites. (AN-156476)
Video Analytics
  • Stability fixes: Small improvements to SDK performance.

Analytics - Administration, Data Collection, Implementation

Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).
Product / Feature Update
User management in the Admin Console
User ID Migration Tool
The Analytics user ID migration enables administrators to easily migrate user accounts from Analytics User Management to the Adobe Admin Console. After your users are migrated, they will have access to the solutions and core services available in the Experience Cloud. The migration is being rolled out to customers in phases beginning later this month.

Audience Manager

Feature Description
Device ID support for AdCloud Destinations in Addressable Audiences
Audience Manager customers are now able to activate device-ID-based audiences in the same Adobe AdCloud destinations set up for cookie audiences. This enhancement facilitates an improved end-user experience by eliminating the need to manually map mobile audiences separately to an additional set of AdCloud destinations.
Keep in mind that Addressable Audiences only display the overlap between cookie IDs and destinations, which could lead to low apparent match rates. Find out more in Causes of Low Match Rates for Addressable Audiences .
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • We improved the loading time in the UI when browsing traits for companies with thousands of traits. (AAM-34254)
  • DCS API: We added a new error code: 198 - Requests from this country are blocked by partner. Read more in the DCS API Reference .
  • Fixed a bug on Internet Explorer 11, where customers couldn't create new Segment Test Groups in Audience Lab because the Next button was missing. (AAM-34503)
  • Fixed a bug where recency and frequency settings were ignored when no recency was defined. (AAM-34115)
  • Fixed a bug where a wrong error message would be displayed if a customer tried to map a segment with no integration code to a multi-key auto-fill destination. The second mapping value would be disabled and prevent the user from mapping the segment. (AAM-33765)
  • Fixed an issue with error sampling for data sources. Although users would click the error sampling checkbox, error sampling wouldn't work because of and incorrect API request the UI was sending. (AAM-34516)

Target

Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
  • Target Standard and Premium
  • Target Classic
  • Recommendations Classic

Primetime

Adobe Primetime is a multiscreen TV platform that helps media companies create and monetize engaging, personalized viewing experiences.

Campaign

Adobe Campaign provides an intuitive, automated way to deliver one-to-one messages across online and offline marketing channels. You can now anticipate what your clients want using experiences determined by their habits and preferences.
Feature Description
Subscription - subscribe or unsubscribe a list of profiles to multiple services
The Subscription Services workflow activity now allows you to subscribe or unsubscribe a list of profiles to multiple services.
In your workflow, import a file containing the profiles, and for each profile, the operation type and the service. The Subscription Services activity will be able to use this information and handle dynamically all your profiles subscriptions and unsubscriptions at once.
Enrichment activity - enrich data based on previous transitions
The new Enrichment workflow activity allows you to leverage the inbound transitions and complete the output transition with additional data. If you target profiles, the enrichment activity allows you to enrich the profiles information with additional data that is not stored in the database (coming from an imported file, for example).
For product documentation, see:

Experience Manager

AEM release notes

Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
Title Description
Product maintenance
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2-Cumulative Fix Pack 14
AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP14 (6.1.2.14), released February 1, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.1 SP2, August 2016.
AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1-Cumulative Fix Pack 12
AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP12 (6.2.1.12), released February 13, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.2 SP1, December 2016.
Self-Help
Query Builder Reference
The AEM Query Builder Reference documentation is now available. The documentation covers all the built-in product predicates.
Core Components Release 2.0
Release 2.0.0 of the Core Components User Guide is now available, introducing version 2 of the existing components along with new components including Navigation, Language Navigation, and Quick Search components.
Community
Adobe IMMERSE'18
Adobe IMMERSE'18 occurs June 12-14, 2018 in IST, BST, and PDT with 8 sessions each day.
The Call for Presentations deadline has been extended to Monday, February 5, 2018, end-of-day.
AEM GEM Session
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 8:00-9:00 a.m. PST
Join Matt Ryan, Senior Software Engineer at Adobe, who will share results of Experiments in AEM Author Scalability .
Register for the session here .
On-demand sessions
You can now find all webinars for enterprise developers on the AEM HelpX Forum. Please bookmark the following links:

Advertising Cloud

More details are available in the product by clicking the help icon: ? > Help Contents .