Create an Interactive BW Report Catalog

  • by Yu (James) Hong, Information Management Lead, Major Manufacturing Company
  • February 1, 2006
Discover how to make a report catalog using a BW virtual InfoCube and ABAP table interface technology.
Key Concept

Managers can more easily make informed decisions if they refer to a report catalog that provides a quick overview of all available BW reports in various business areas such as Controlling (CO), Sales and Distribution (SD), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The report catalog makes BW reports more visible in a global company. It also provides users with easy access to help documents associated with each report and a link to quickly run reports.

In a global enterprise system, BW reports on almost every area of the business. Hundreds if not thousands of BW reporting roles serve different business needs and store reports in different business areas. Because you typically add and implement new reports on a phase-by-phase basis, it is challenging to update the user community about newly available reports.

For these reasons, new and existing BW users may benefit from a catalog of all the available BW reports and their help documents in different business areas. The report catalog also lists the owners of each reporting role so that users can request access permission from them. I’ll describe what a BW report catalog is, explain its components, and then demonstrate how to set one up using a BW virtual InfoCube and ABAP table interface.

Yu (James) Hong

Yu (James) Hong is an information management lead at a major manufacturing company. He currently is in a BI architect role in the critical corporate finance system. Prior to his current position, he worked as a senior consultant for BearingPoint and a program analyst for Colgate Palmolive, Inc. His expertise covers all aspects of the SAP NetWeaver BI implementation.

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