Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

SAP BW Overview

Agenda
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Reporting Comparison BW Overview BW Landscape & Architecture BW Reporting Tools Business Content BW Website Online Resources Discussions/ Q&A

Reporting Comparison

‡ Line Item Analysis ‡ Delivered Reports ‡ Basic Reporting or Predefined (requires ABAP programmers) ‡ Consumes Resources from Transaction Processing ‡ Real-time Analysis

‡ Relational & Multidimensional Analysis
‡ Delivered Reports (aka Business Content) ‡ Ad hoc or Predefined (can be designed by users) ‡ Significantly Faster Processing

‡ Current (according to update schedule) & Historical Analysis ‡ Cross Functional

‡ Function Specific

BW Overview
‡ The Business Information Warehouse (BW) is SAP¶s architectural solution for data warehousing.
± Seamless integration with R/3 ± Built-in functionality that substantially reduces DW design, development and maintenance

‡ BW is a separate system from the R/3 transaction processing system
± BW data structures are optimized for reporting data efficiently and quickly (analytical processing). ± R/3 data structures are optimized for recording data efficiently and quickly (transaction processing).

State System BW Landscape
BW Dev DB1 BW QA QB1 BW PRD PB1 BW TRN TB1 BW SB SB1

Data

Data

Data

Data

Data

SAP R/3 DV1 DR1 DC1

SAP R/3 QA2 QR1 QC1

SAP R/3 PRD PR1 PC1

SAP R/3 TRN TR1 TC1

SAP R/3 SF1 SR1

Basic BW Architecture
BEx

SAP R/3

ODS
Non-SAP Data Sources (Flat file, XML or DBConnect)

InfoCube

Data Detail Business Content

SAP-BW

Web Based BEx

Data Sources

Business Explorer Tools

BW Reporting Tools
Business Explorer (BEx) Query Designer
1. MS-ExcelBased Analyzer (Web or GUI) 2. Formatted Reporting 3. Web Application Designer

Business Explorer (BEx) Analyzer
‡ Queries and solution workbooks embedded in MS Excel ‡ Excel functionality can be utilized (calculations, charts, VBA programming, etc.) ‡ Queries are refreshed at each run; workbooks provide pre-calculated queries ‡ Incorporates BW Security and, therefore, eliminates the need for an additional layer of security at the reporting level ‡ Seamless integration with BEx Analyzer for the Web

GUI Based or««

SAP Menu Bar Add-in

Web-Based

What is ³Business Content?´
‡ Advantages of using Business Content
± Pre-Configured SAP-delivered objects allow rapid development (DataSources, Transfer Structures, ODSs, InfoCubes, Queries, etc.) ± Based on Best Practices

‡ A solution to build upon
± Provides a good baseline for enhancements of functionality and data models.

http://www.sytecpa.org/BW/index.asp

Online Resources
‡ SAP Online Documentation - help.sap.com ‡ Service Marketplace - service.sap.com
± OSS Notes ± Installation and upgrade info

‡ SAP Developers Network - sdn.sap.com
± Online Forums ± How Tos

‡ SAP Fans ± www.sapfans.com

QUESTIONS

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