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SAP Business Warehouse (abridge SAP BW) is SAP's Enterprise Data Warehouse product. It can transform and consolidate business information from virtually any source system. It ran on industry standard RDBMS until version 7.3 at which point it began to transition onto SAP's HANA in-memory DBMS, particularly with the release of version 7.4.
In 1998 SAP released the first version SAP BW providing a model-driven approach to EDW which made data warehousing easier and more efficient, particularly for SAP R/3 data. Since then SAP BW has evolved to become a key component for tens of thousands of companies. The following article provides the history of SAP BW from inception to the newer releases powered by SAP HANA.
The long-anticipated publication of this second edition reflects the growing success of SAP NetWeaver as well as the various Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities that are embedded with SAP BW version 7.0. Written by SAP insiders, this comprehensive guide takes into account the ever-changing features, functionality, and toolsets of SAP NetWeaver to bring you the most updated information on how to use SAP BW to design, build, deploy, populate, access, analyze, present, and administer data. You'll discover the options that are available in SAP NetWeaver and uncover a new means to improve business performance.
This book reflects the process an organization goes through during an implementation of the software. The authors begin with an introduction to BI and SAP NetWeaver and quickly progress to information modeling and enterprise data warehouse concepts. You'll learn how to access and deliver meaningful analytic information to the organization, as well as perform integrated planning functions. Finally, the authors share invaluable insight on warehouse administration, performance, and security.
With more than 50 percent new or revised material, this second edition of Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse shows you how to:
The companion Web site contains sample chapters in Wiki format and the authors' blog where readers may enter discussions about the book and SAP.
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The companion Web site contains the sample code presented in the text of the book, plus implementation templates.
This book provides you with a detailed, how-to guide for using SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) 7.x and the BEx tools to generate enterprise reports. It will teach you how to design and distribute effective, attractive reports that meet critical business objectives.
1. When, Why, and How to Use BEx Reporting Understand the common business scenarios and problems associated with reporting with SAP NetWeaver BW and learn how reporting can be used to avoid problems.
2. Retrieving Data from SAP NetWeaver BW 7.x Learn how to retrieve data, prepare the data, and present the data for reporting and enterprise-wide distribution.
3. Building Effective BW Queries Explore the basic process for creating a query from scratch using the BEx Query Designer, which is a critical component in the foundation of a quality business intelligence user experience.
4. Providing Queries to Your Users Discover different avenues for delivering BW queries to users, including SAP-delivered web templates, custom web templates, or the BEx analyzer Excel interface.
5. Running Queries in Excel Learn how users can run BW reports directly in Microsoft Excel using SAPâs BEx analyzer tool, and how Excel workbooks can be customized to improve productivity.
This book provides you with highly detailed information on all of the most important BI features of the new SAP NetWeaver 2004s release. You gain a profound understanding of SAP BI and quickly learn how to master the new release.
Familiar subjects like data modeling, ETL, web reporting, and planning are combined with expert insights on essential new BI functions and core concepts, making this reference an invaluable companion for your daily work. The authors provide exclusive details on advanced developments in BEx Analyzer and BEx Web Application Designer, as well as on the BEx Report Designer, BI-integrated planning, the BI Accelerator and Visual Composer, ensuring that your most important questions are addressed with practical guidance. Real-life examples, volumes of screen captures, and detailed graphics, as well as step-by-step instructions, enable you to quickly and easily familiarize yourself with all of the new BI functions.
This book is intended for SAP consultants, team members, and managers in the areas of IT, BI, and controlling.
This book is the one guide for anyone preparing for the SAP Certified Application Associate â Business Intelligence with SAP NetWeaver (7.0) exam. The content of the book is mapped to the specific exam objectives to help you prepare for the test. It provides topic summaries, practice questions, and answers for each topic.
1. Key Objective Coverage Learn the topics, terminology, and definitions as theyâll be presented on the exam.
2. Practice Questions and Answers Get familiar with the different types of exam questions and find tips and strategies for answering correctly.
3. Real-World Scenarios Further your career by understanding how SAP solutions are used in everyday business scenarios.
4. Take-Aways and Test Tips Learn how to improve your odds of doing well in each section of the exam.
They say that the best way to learn is by doing. With this practical guide to SAP NetWeaver BW, put that theory to the test. Start with conceptual explanations and then dive straight into real-world applicationâall with the help of a case study that teaches you how to meet common business intelligence requirements. Whether you want to create objects, extract and transform data, or master the BEx tools, this book is all the help you need.
1. From Beginner to Expert Start with the basics and move to the advancedâfrom InfoObjects to Open Hub, youâll be guided every step of the way.
2. Hands-on Experience Do more than learn what DSOs and InfoCubes areâuse step-by-step instructions and hundreds of screenshots to actually create them yourself.
3. Practical Business Scenario Get to know ABCD Corp., the fictional company that serves as the basis for your training. As you use SAP NetWeaver BW to meet its business requirements, youâll learn essential skills for working in the system.
4. Changes in Release 7.3 Update your skills for the latest release. With information on graphical modeling, new types of InfoProviders, BW Workspaces, and SAP HANA, even experienced SAP NetWeaver BW users will find something new.
5. Data Files for Download Download the bonus data files for ABCD Corp., which will give you everything you need to create the necessary objects and practice the tasks described in the book.
This must-have guide presents the 20 individual products in SAP for Retail, illustrating what each do for retailers, and how they fit together. This is the first complete and comprehensive review of SAP for Retail that explains how business processes and general business concepts fit into its solution. The book is written in an easy-to-follow style, with applied real-world examples and graphics throughout. Topics covered include planning, merchandising and buying, supply chain and fulfilment, and store and multi-channel retailing.
If you are a functional analyst, consultant, business manager, or a developer this book helps you work on projects to build planning applications in support of business processes. Readers learn how best to configure, develop, and manage planning applications in a simple and easy-to-follow manner. All the key features and most important aspects are covered in detail, providing you with everything youâll need in order to build a comprehensive planning application. The included examples provide you with a deep understanding of the various features and allow you to reproduce them in your own environment--showing you exactly how the BI Integrated Planning tool works.
* Get the basics on working with SAP BW
* Use step-by-step instructions to master data modeling, ETL, reporting, and more
* Learn about new developments in the 7.4 release
Detailed Steps for Working with SAP BW
Get click-by-click instructions with guiding screenshots that will answer your questions and get you working in your own SAP BW system.
Supplements and Bonus Material
Find helpful lists of transaction codes, SAP Notes, data for the case study, and sample code downloads.
Information New to This Edition
Comprehensive updates include information on planning with DSOs, query execution in BW on HANA, SAP Lumira, and so much more.
* Master data
* DataStore objects
* Data extraction
* BEx Query Designer
* BEx Web Application Designer
* Reporting and analytics
* Planning applications
* SAP HANA
Get peak performance from your SAP ERP infrastructure using the detailed implementation, maintenance, and support information in this comprehensive resource. SAP Basis Administration Handbook, NetWeaver Edition delivers integrated management strategies covering both ABAP and Java stacks. Discover how to deploy components, accurately size throughout, configure Oracle databases, back up your system, and repair performance problems. Career trends, certification requirements, and marketable SAP Basis skills are also discussed in this practical guide.
Essential Skills for SAP Professionals:
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