Enhancing DataSources in Standard Business Content to Suit Your Needs

  • by Nathan Genez, Consultant, Serio Consulting
  • March 1, 2003
Sometimes the SAP-delivered Business Content does not map exactly to your requirements and you must modify it. This article explains how to add a field to an existing DataSource.


One of BW's biggest strengths is the amount of standard Business Content that is delivered with it. Business Content includes DataSources, InfoObjects, data targets, and InfoSources that support the entire flow of data within BW. It provides a rapid starting point when modeling key business information requirements, and it is also intended to cover most of the traditional reporting requirements that companies face.

However, Business Content will not solve all your data information needs. For example, if you face a scenario where you need to pull additional data from an SAP source that is not included in Business Content, you have two primary ways to proceed: append new fields to an existing DataSource and populate these fields via SAP enhancement RSAP0001, or use the generic extractor to create a new DataSource.

I will show you how to do the first option, enhancing standard Business Content by adding fields to a DataSource. In a later article, I will also demonstrate how you create a new DataSource using the generic extractor. If you are new to BW, you might want to review the sidebar, “How to Evaluate Business Content,” which explains how to determine if the standard Business Content will meet your requirements.

Nathan Genez

Nathan Genez is an SAP FI/CO- and SAP BW-certified consultant who has worked with SAP ERP since 1996, with an emphasis on the capital accounting modules: PS, IM, and FI-AA. A former platinum consultant with SAP America, Inc., he has worked with SAP BW since release 1.2B. He is currently a managing partner at Serio Consulting in Houston, Texas.

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