Improve and Simplify Your Transformations by Using ABAP Objects

  • by George Campbell-Kelly, Senior BI Consultant, Bluefin Solutions
  • June 2, 2011
Learn how to use ABAP Objects to improve your business code within transformations. This leads to reduced costs, accelerated delivery, and increased quality.
Key Concept
ABAP Objects is an object-oriented programming extension of the ABAP language. It can be used to simplify applications and make them easier to develop. Most, if not all, new functionality delivered by SAP uses ABAP Objects and the programming language is becoming much more widely used.

ABAP Objects has many purposes within SAP NetWeaver BW, but most frequently it is used to create code when a transformation maps a DataStore object (DSO) into an InfoCube. A transformation can be a simple, direct mapping of a field into a field, or it can be something far more complicated.

The standard method of approaching this, by writing code directly into the transformation, can be troublesome. However, by placing the code into a custom ABAP Object, rather than directly into the transformation, you can avoid many of the associated problems. Also, it is possible to improve many aspects of the system, which ultimately affects ongoing development and maintenance efforts.

George Campbell-Kelly

George Campbell-Kelly is a certified senior BI consultant at Bluefin, the United Kingdom’s largest dedicated SAP consultancy. Since first working with SAP BW in 2000, he has led the delivery of BW systems that operate with SAP R/3, SAP CRM, and Oracle JDE.

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