Release Notes - July 2018
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Experience Cloud and Core Services
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud and core services. Includes Mobile Services, Launch, by Adobe, Dynamic Tag Management, GDPR API, and Experience Cloud ID Service.
Experience Cloud Interface
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, and the People core service.
- Deployed a back-end capability to control asset sharing between Marketing Cloud-to-AEM and Marketing Cloud-to-Creative Cloud. (CORE-14386)
- Fixed an issue that blocked provisioning of new tenants on some environments. (CORE-15509)
- Fixed an issue that redirected users to marketing.adobe.com while accessing experiencecloud.adobe.com via http instead of https (secured). (CORE-15587)
- Fixed an issue that blocked notifications for some new tenants. (CORE-15240)
See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.
Experience Cloud ID Service
Updated July 26, 2018
Improvements and fixes for the Experience Cloud ID service.
- Fixed an issue whereby the AMCV cookie was not being set in iFrames. (CORE-14119)
- Fixed an issue with validating setCustomerIDs when data contains an integration code or id that is neither a number nor a non-empty string. (CORE-13377)
- ECID JS is now available in Public Git repo for all Experience Cloud customers. https://github.com/Adobe-Marketing-Cloud/id-service/releases
For cumulative release notes, see Experience Cloud ID Service Release Notes .
See Experience Cloud ID Services product documentation.
Launch, by Adobe
Launch release notes are updated regularly at https://docs.adobelaunch.com/getting-started/release-notes .
New Features in Adobe Analytics
Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
Attribution IQ lets you perform more sophisticated and intelligent analysis on marketing performance. New attribution models can be used on metrics in Analysis Workspace (on any table or on any breakdown) and in calculated metrics. A new Attribution Panel allows for better visualization and comparison.
Attribution IQ is available for all customers on the Ultimate, Prime, Select, and Foundation SKUs.
Server Call Usage features a dashboard for visibility into your server call consumption and commitment data, including mobile consumption, vis-a-vis your contractual server call usage limit.
As of August 10, 2018, you will be able to set up alerts to be notified of the risk or occurrence of an overage and prepared for the possibility of incurring overages.
Improvements to the Left Rail
Made improvements to the left rail to make it more intuitive and easy to use:
Totals for Calculated Metrics
When possible, we now display totals for calculated metrics, including for percentages.
New date range preset
Added 'Last 13 full weeks' to the date range presets in Analysis Workspace .
Other Adobe Analytics Tools and Components
We added a new permission for enabling/disabling Experience Cloud segment sharing. You can now take away access to Experience Cloud segment sharing from the Analytics Segment Builder . The permission is called Segment Publishing. It is enabled by default.
We added new granularity options to the visit timeout selection. Previously, you could choose 1-1440 (24 hour) minutes. You now also have the option to choose among hourly, daily, and weekly granularity.
You can now substitute the selected report suite (corresponding to one of the tags on the page) by another report suite. This new report suite does not need to be linked to a tag on the page.
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).
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Other Analytics Tools and Components
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|
End of Support for TLS 1.0
July 18, 2018
Update Adobe Report Builder due to end of support for TLS 1.0
July 17, 2018
Due to the end of support for TLS 1.0, we recommended that Adobe Report Builder (ARB) users download ARB v5.6.21 prior to September 13, 2018. After that date, prior versions of ARB will no longer function .
New help for the Analytics user migration
May 10, 2018
We updated the Analytics user ID migration help with information about migrating Enterprise and Federated IDs to the Admin Console.
Upcoming removal of Account Activity Report
May 10, 2018
The Account Activity Report will be replaced by the Server Call Usage feature in the Adobe Analytics Summer Release. The Account Activity Report will be permanently removed on August 9, 2018. To view summary data about report suite traffic after August 9, 2018, use the Server Call Usage feature.
Changes to linear allocation models in Calculated Metrics
May 10, 2018
Effective July 19, 2018
On July 19th, Adobe Analytics will revise the way allocation models in calculated metrics are evaluated. As part of this change, calculated metrics that use a non-default allocation model will be migrated to new and improved attribution models.
Marketing Channel Last Touch and Marketing Channel First Touch allocation models will be migrated to new Last Touch and First Touch attribution models respectively. (Marketing Channels are not being deprecated, only the two allocation models that appear in calculated metrics).
Additionally, we will correct the way linear allocation is calculated. If you use calculated metrics with linear allocation models, the reports may change slightly to reflect the new, corrected attribution model.
This change to calculated metrics will be reflected in Analysis Workspace , Reports & Analytics , the Reporting API, Report Builder , and Ad Hoc Analysis.
See the Calculated Metrics documentation for more information about this change.
Ad Hoc Analysis
April 12, 2018
As of July 2018, Ad Hoc Analysis will support only Java 8 or higher. Due to security fixes not supported in older versions of Java, we will reject connections from Java 7 and will no longer provide access to versions that run on Java 7.
Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis functionality removed from Reports & Analytics
April 10, 2018
Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis have been removed from the Reports & Analytics feature set and are now available only via Analysis Workspace .
Adobe Analytics Select and Foundation customers have access only to “daily-granularity” Anomaly Detection in Workspace.
Ad Hoc Analysis: Changes to JNLP file
May 8, 2018
Changes were made to the Ad Hoc Analysis JNLP file that require you to download a new version of this file with the May Maintenance Release. Failure to do so will result in a Java error when starting Ad Hoc Analysis, and will prevent you from launching the application.
Adobe no longer issuing 3rd-party s_vi cookies for Safari
April 05, 2018
On March 20, 2018, Adobe stopped issuing third-party s_vi cookies for the Safari browser. This change does not impact customers using first-party data collection cookies. This change also removes the visit and visitor inflation experienced by some customers, resulting from Safari ITP.
Update Report Builder before you migrate user IDs to the Admin Console
March 17, 2018
>[!IMPORTANT] >Update your installation of Report Builder to the latest version. This update is a pre-requisite for running the Analytics user ID migration to the Admin Console, beginning in April 2018.
See Analytics User Migration to the Admin Console for migration information.
Back-end changes that affect reporting
April 11, 2018
A change to the (back-end) lookup mechanism is going to impact reporting in several ways. Please be aware that these changes went into effect around the end of February, 2018 :
Upcoming support changes for Date-Enabled and Numeric Classifications
May 7, 2018
In the May 10, 2018 Maintenance release, we will begin limiting the functionality of date-enabled and numeric classifications. These classification types will be removed from the Admin and Classification Importer interfaces.
From that date on, no new date-enabled and numeric classifications can be added. Existing classifications can still be managed (uploaded to, deleted) through the standard classification workflow, and will continue to be available in reporting.
Upcoming support changes for Marketing Channel Cost and Budget
February 28, 2018
In the April maintenance release, we will remove Marketing Channel Cost and Budget from the Admin > Marketing Channel menu. No new cost and budget data can be added. Existing cost and budget data will continue to be available in reporting, but cannot be updated.
Code Manager - Legacy H Code
February 8, 2018
Data retention: Check and set your data retention policy for Adobe Analytics
February 1, 2018
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, 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.
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.
Contact your Adobe Customer Success Manager if you have 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.
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 purchased solutions and core services available in the Experience Cloud.
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 .
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.
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 a visitor's visit. The geo_zip field is not used in reporting, but surfaces in Data Feeds.
Audience Optimization for Publishers can help you identify potential performance opportunities for Audience Manager segments on your owned and operated content. These reports combine log-level campaign performance data with Audience Manager metrics to identify audience optimizations and monetization opportunities.
These reports are not available by default. Contact your Audience Manager Consultant or Customer Care to get started.
Before Audience Manager can enable Audience Optimization for Publishers, you must ensure that all prerequisites outlined in this article are met. Contact Customer Care after checking off all prerequisites.
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
- Fixed a bug in the Create Trait workflow, where customers were unable to return from Code View to the Expression Builder. (AAM-34121)
Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
- Target Standard and Premium
- Recommendations Classic
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.
For product documentation, see:
AEM release notes
Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM 6.4 Service Pack 1
AEM 6.4 SP1 (18.104.22.168), released June 29, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability AEM 6.4, April 2018.
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 2-Cumulative Fix Pack 2
AEM 6.3 SP2-CFP2 (22.214.171.124), released June 26, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability AEM 6.3, April 2017.
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2-Cumulative Fix Pack 16
AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP16 (126.96.36.199), released July 10, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.1, August 2016.
AEM Communities enablement
Discover our new AEM Communities enablement material at the following: https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/tutorials.html
Adobe Customer Care Office Hours
Watch best practices for tuning and troubleshooting AEM at the following: https://helpx.adobe.com/customer-care-office-hours.html#AdobeExperienceManager
Touch UI feature parity
Check the AEM 6.4 feature parity between Touch UI and Classic UI at the following: https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/6-4/release-notes/touch-ui-features-status.html
AEM performance tuning tips
See the latest recommendations for tuning AEM performance at the following: https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/kb/performance-tuning-tips.html
Integrating with Adobe Analytics
Various updates were made to the "Integrating with Adobe Analytics" Help topics:
Updated: July 30, 2018, for July 21 release
Search Advanced Campaign Management
The Advanced view now includes a Propagations tab. Each time you propagate data through a template, a summary is added to the Propagations tab, indicating an estimate of each entity type that was or would be created, paused, or deleted based on the propagation options. The estimate doesn't take into account changes made from within the search engine's own ad editor.
You can now sync, optimize, and report on your existing Google responsive search ads (RSAs), which use a beta ad format that consist of three headlines and two 90-character descriptions that Google pulls dynamically from a larger subset of ad elements. The ad elements for each resulting expanded text ad are synced with the Creative Type ”RSA.” Support for setting up responsive ads is available only in AdWords Ads Manager.
For oAuth-enabled accounts on Bing Ads, Google, Pinterest, and Yahoo Gemini, an optional "Password" field was added to the account settings. Enter a password when you want to encrypt and save the password so that the account manager can refresh tokens as needed.
oAuth tokens for Bing Ads accounts are now refreshed every month.
The Placements view now has two sub-views: Placements and Negatives. The Negatives sub-view allows you to create and delete campaign-level and ad group-level negative placements for the Google AdWords display network. The ability to edit negative placements will be available in a future release. You also can still manage negative placements in the campaign and ad group settings.
You can now lock and unlock any column. Locking a column "locks" that column and all other columns to the left of it into one static pane, and all columns to the right into another pane through which you can scroll horizontally.
Legacy labels will become read-only on 1 September (originally planned for 1 August). Performance data for labels will continue to be available in reports for longer.
Advertising Cloud help is available in the product under the Help ? menu.