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1 SAP BW Overview Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

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

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

4 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).

5 State System BW Landscape BW Dev DB1 BW QA QB1 BW PRD PB1 SAP R/3 DV1 DR1 DC1 SAP R/3 QA2 QR1 QC1 SAP R/3 PRD PR1 PC1 Data BW TRN TB1 BW SB SB1 SAP R/3 TRN TR1 TC1 SAP R/3 SF1 SR1 Data

6 Basic BW Architecture ODS InfoCube Non-SAP Data Sources (Flat file, XML or DBConnect) BEx Web Based BEx Data Detail Business Content SAP R/3 SAP-BW Data Sources Business Explorer Tools

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

8 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

9 GUI Based or…… SAP Menu Bar Add-in

10 Web-Based

11 What is “Business 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.

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13 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 –

14 QUESTIONS

15 Thank You


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