Introducing the Front-End Workspace Designer

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • October 25, 2013
SAP NetWeaver BW Workspaces provides an ad hoc modeling environment partly created by the BW back-end global team. It is completed by a company’s advanced analysts. Ned Falk explains what tasks power users need to carry out to incorporate the tool using the Workspace Designer.

SAP NetWeaver BW Workspaces, a new functionality in BW 7.3, is a Web-based tool targeting a very small group of the most sophisticated users, the so-called super users. These kinds of people or others who use the SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool (universes), the HANA Modeler, or InfoSets (either in ERP Central Component [ECC] or BW) are the ones SAP is targeting for this workspace design function.

If you can train this super-user group in proper BW Workspace design, you kill two birds with one stone. On one hand these users no longer consume gobs of resources with their huge downloads. On the other hand you are enabling your best analysts to reach new levels with huge business benefits. They need to understand the tasks involved to incorporate the tool properly in your landscape. I’ll go over details of the tasks and then tie up some loose ends on workspace technical system requirements and authorizations.

Note
This is the second part of my comprehensive discussion on BW Workspaces. In “An Introduction to BW Workspaces in 7.3: Increase User Flexibility with Central Oversight,” I discussed the back-end setup, the initialization of a BW Workspace, and why you would use it. I left off with an exercise for you to experiment with the way a power user/super analyst might experience the workspace.

BW Workspace Designer is the Web-based tool for all of the following tasks:

  • Reviewing the available global InfoProviders that have been exposed to the Workspace by the BW back-end team
  • Building Local Providers (technically, Analytical Indexes) sourced and loaded from files, queries, or data sources
  • Combining global InfoProviders with the local ones to create CompositeProviders. This can be done by way of a join or a union, providing flexibility
  • Creating simple queries that consume the fields of the CompositeProviders
  • Reviewing the status of the BW Workspace and the objects it contains

In the following sections I discuss the details of the BW Workspace Designer. I start off with how the tool can be accessed and how to choose a specific workspace. Next, I cover building and loading the Local Provider. The third section covers building CompositeProviders in the workspace. Finally, I discuss building queries on the CompositeProviders.

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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