Maximize the Value of Your BEx Reports with Custom Exception Symbols

  • by Stuart Chambers, BI Consultant, Innogence
  • September 14, 2009
It can be difficult to interpret the standard traffic-light exception symbols when you quickly scan a report. Find out how you can replace these symbols with something more meaningful, such as a medal to indicate sales success.
Key Concept
Analysis Web Item parameter modification modules provide a straightforward customization platform. In particular, the exception symbol module allows you to replace the standard SAP exception symbols (generally traffic lights) with relevant symbols. By inserting a simple reference to standard SAP code in the XHTML tab of your template, you can quickly increase the relevance and use of your reports.

As companies try to get more out of their existing systems, they want to extract more value from BEx Web Application Designer (BEx Web AD). One way to do this is to increase the relevancy and use of reports by making some quick visual changes. I’ll help you accomplish this with your existing toolset.

Before reading this article, you may want to read my previous article, “Take the Challenge Out of BEx Report Formatting: It’s Easier than You Think.” This second article extends the content covered previously and uses the same scenario-based process to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to customize your exception symbols.

I will use the example of an existing sales executive performance report. This is a monthly report indicating the metrics used to assign monthly bonuses. The national sales managers have issued a directive for their report to be made more visual. They want the current exception symbol to be replaced with one that creates a more relevant visual reference.

I will show you how to solve this problem by following these three simple steps:

Step 1. Identify the exception that needs a new image

Step 2. Define the new exception symbol and load it into the MIME Repository

Step 3. Add the new exception symbol to the XHTML and adjust the parameters to suit the report requirements

Stuart Chambers

Stuart Chambers is currently a technical team lead for Innogence, Australia’s largest SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects consulting firm. During the previous three years, Stuart has worked with many of Australia’s top FMCG and business services organizations on both BI Greenfields and enhancement projects. His previous project was recently awarded “Best Business Intelligence Solution Implementation” by SAP. During this time, Stuart has developed a particular interest in front-end design and developing strategies for successful BW project delivery. Stuart is SAP NetWeaver BW certified, has completed a masters of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (SAP) degree from Victoria University (2007 – “Most Outstanding Student”), and a bachelor of commerce, economics and commercial law degree from Deakin University. Prior to working in the BW field, Stuart was a FI-CO power user in the music industry in the UK.

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