How to Create a Generic Retractor in Integrated Planning

  • by Andrew Simmonite, Senior Technical Strategy Consultant, Capgemini (Technology Services)
  • October 1, 2008
Create your own customized retractor for transferring data to SAP ERP Central Component using SAP NetWeaver BI Integrated Planning. Sample documents are included.
Key Concept

A retractor is an SAP NetWeaver BI process to extract data and load it into SAP ERP (and R/3). Standard retractors are available for Profitability Analysis (CO-PA), Budget Control System (BCS), Cost Center Accounting (CCA), and Project Planning and Investment Management (PS/IM).

In the development of planning solutions, you often need to send planned or calculated data to SAP ERP. The target for this data may be SAP standard tables or custom tables. SAP provides some standard retractors, but does not provide a framework to retract data outside of these areas to your SAP ERP or R/3 system.

I’ll describe how to use a custom planning type to extract, package, transfer, and load data to your SAP ERP system. I’ll use the example of retracting Profit Center Accounting (PCA) plan totals from SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 to SAP ERP.

Andrew Simmonite

Andrew Simmonite is a senior technical strategy consultant for SAP NetWeaver BW with Capgemini. He has more than nine years of experience with SAP NetWeaver BW and more than 19 years in IT. He has experience in both reporting and planning implementations for multi-national companies in the gas and oil, public-, and retail sectors. He holds a bachelor degree with honors in computer science.

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