Create Offline Reporting 'Cockpits' with Reporting Agent

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • October 1, 2003
Sometimes the people who need reports from BW aren't connected to a BW system. BW 3.x's Reporting Agent provides a means to get reports to your offline users. Here's how to use this advanced feature with screenprints and step-by-step instructions.


Offline access to BW data is the best way to meet an information access requirement in certain situations. Perhaps you want to provide your customers with information about their sales, but you do not want the security and performance headaches sometimes associated with direct access to the data warehouse. Or maybe your sales reps need access to customer information throughout the week but are only connected to the system on Monday morning.

In circumstances like these, BW 3.x and its Reporting Agent are the way to go.1 You can create “cockpits” of information in BW 3.x and deliver them via the Web. Offline Web cockpits, like their online counterparts, collect related information (underlying queries) about a specific business process or subject and make it accessible via simple Web navigation (buttons, tabs, drop-down boxes). The difference is that the offline version needs minimal system resources, but as a trade-off, it provides limited (but very effective) navigation.

I'll show you how to use BW to present a complex, integrated Web cockpit to 
someone who is not connected to the BW server. You will also learn the benefits of advanced offline access

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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