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2733395 - Calculated measures can not have same name after deletion in SAP Analytics Cloud SAC


A Calculated measure and a Restricted measure cannot have the same name even if one of the measures have been already deleted.

  • "This name already exists. Choose a different name." error pops up, even if the measure with same name was removed from the story.

In case one calculation type of measure has been created and then deleted, only the same type of calculation can have the same name. For more explanation please read Reproducing the Issue section.


  • SAP Analytics Cloud 2021.7.12

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Create a Story - optionally a Canvas Page with a table.
  2. Create a Restricted measure and name it "Example".
  3. Delete this Restricted measure.
  4. Create a new Calculated measure, using the same name "Example".
  5. Observe that same name cannot be used, even though there is no measure with the same name anymore.
  6. "Example" name can only be used if you create the original type of calculation - in this case - a Restricted measure.


This issue is bydesign. The original calculation is not fully deleted to allow for an easy way to restore a calculation that other calculations depend on.


Enhancement request is in the product backlog that would allow for calculations to have a description as well as a name..

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