20 Uses for ABAP on SAP NetWeaver BW Projects

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • May 1, 2003
SAP NetWeaver BW reduces the need for ABAP for most reporting tasks, but most SAP NetWeaver BW projects could benefit from having an experienced ABAPer available. This is particularly true for data preparation and preprocessing functions. The author shows how an ABAP programmer would be useful in 20 different areas.


If you ask a CIO why his or her company implemented SAP NetWeaver BW, the answer might include a desire to do away with custom ABAP reports. It's true that SAP NetWeaver BW can eliminate the need to create ABAP reports. In addition, the transformation library, which writes ABAP code for you, further reduces dependency on ABAP, as do alternatives such as XML/SOAP, Java, and external extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) tools. However, does SAP NetWeaver BW totally eliminate the need for ABAP coding?

No. So, don't send the ABAP programmers home so quickly!

ABAP programmers who are familiar with SAP NetWeaver BW will be assets to most projects. However, their focus, with a few exceptions, will move from report creation to data preparation and preprocessing functions.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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