3Reporting Comparison R/3 BW Relational & Multidimensional Analysis Line Item AnalysisDelivered ReportsBasic Reporting or Predefined (requiresABAP programmers)Consumes Resources fromTransaction ProcessingReal-time AnalysisFunction SpecificRelational & Multidimensional AnalysisDelivered Reports (aka Business Content)Ad hoc or Predefined (can be designedby users)Significantly Faster ProcessingCurrent (according to update schedule)& Historical AnalysisCross Functional
4BW OverviewThe Business Information Warehouse (BW) is SAP’s architectural solution for data warehousing.Seamless integration with R/3Built-in functionality that substantially reduces DW design, development and maintenanceBW is a separate system from the R/3 transaction processing systemBW 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).
6Business Explorer Tools Basic BW ArchitectureBExSAP R/3InfoCubeODSNon-SAPData Sources(Flat file, XMLor DBConnect)Data DetailBusiness ContentWebBasedBExSAP-BWData SourcesBusiness Explorer Tools
7BW Reporting Tools Business Explorer (BEx) Query Designer MS-Excel-Based Analyzer (Web or GUI)Formatted ReportingWeb Application Designer
8Business Explorer (BEx) Analyzer Queries and solution workbooks embedded in MS ExcelExcel functionality can be utilized (calculations, charts, VBA programming, etc.)Queries are refreshed at each run; workbooks provide pre-calculated queriesIncorporates BW Security and, therefore, eliminates the need for an additional layer of security at the reporting levelSeamless integration with BEx Analyzer for the Web
11What is “Business Content?” Advantages of using Business ContentPre-Configured SAP-delivered objects allow rapid development (DataSources, Transfer Structures, ODSs, InfoCubes, Queries, etc.)Based on Best PracticesA solution to build uponProvides a good baseline for enhancements of functionality and data models.