Allow Users to Manage SAP NetWeaver BI Master Data with Visual Composer

  • by Hubert Alistair Wallace, Developer, Morris Communications
  • May 1, 2008
This five-step process using Visual Composer allows users to update their master data without having to load master data using standard InfoPackages or a data transfer process. Giving users access to master data attributes reduces the number of requests to upload data manually. At the same time, it gives users the power to make changes as needed.
Key Concept

Visual Composer enables users to create custom applications (portal iViews) in SAP NetWeaver Portal through a drag-and-drop process. It ensures an easy and quick development/deployment time, giving users direct access to data that normally they would have no other way to manage. It’s Web based and does not require manual coding, making it a useful tool for business experts. For example, you can use Visual Composer to develop a query screen in which end users can enter master data.

My organization’s customer service department wanted a way to identify customers who do not wish to receive phone calls as “do not call” customers. This ensures that we do not contact these customers during our daily marketing campaigns.

In the past we used a spreadsheet to maintain the list of customers. Often one user would be in the file, thereby locking it, when another user needed to edit it. Occasionally, an agent would lock the file during loads, causing the nightly process chains to fail. We also had several incidences in which we would add a customer to the spreadsheet in the morning, but then that customer would receive a call that evening from another agent, simply because the master data in SAP NetWeaver BI was not yet updated.

Our solution was to create a pop-up screen using Visual Composer that enabled agents to select whether or not the call should be on the “do not call” list. The screen also has a field for the phone number. Very little documentation exists that describes the methods and classes used to update attributes. I’ll show you how to update master data via Visual Composer using the function modules ZBWEX_SAMPLE_GET and ZBWEX_ SAMPLE_UPDATE.

Hubert Alistair Wallace

Hubert Alistair Wallace has worked for Morris Communications, a media/newspaper company in Augusta, GA, as a business intelligence developer for more than six years. He has extensive experience in SAP BW 3.1and SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 as a developer. He has also developed front-end applications using Web Dynpro (for ABAP), Web Application Designer, and Visual Composer.

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