Planning and Consolidation, Version for NetWeaver: Automate Execution of Data Manager Packages

  • by Pravin Datar, Director, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidations Solution Management
  • September 23, 2011
Take away pointers to automate the execution of Data Manager packages by following an example of the detailed process to automate the loading of data using a flat file. Learn the benefits of running SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver process chains from the enterprise data warehousing layer using SAP NetWeaver BW as part of the Data Manager package automation.
Key Concept
The execution of Data Manager packages can be automated by creating a custom process chain. You then can integrate the custom chain with other SAP NetWeaver BW process chains by leveraging the SAP NetWeaver infrastructure

As I discussed in the first part of my series, “How to Load Data from an InfoProvider Using Data Manager,” SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver extensively uses process chains. These process chains are automatically invoked by SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation when a user executes processes from the front end.

Should these process chains be exclusively executed only within SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation? Not necessarily. You should be able to execute them using native SAP NetWeaver BW. You may want to integrate the execution of a Data Manager package with some other custom process chain in native SAP NetWeaver BW as a step. If so, is there any way to do that? I show you a method to accomplish that goal, and as an example use loading of transactional data with a flat file so you can see the detailed procedure to automate execution of the Data Manager package.

Note
SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is available in two versions: Microsoft version and SAP NetWeaver version. This article discusses the SAP NetWeaver version only.

Let’s begin by understanding the business reason to run the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation process chain outside the planning and consolidation application. To do that you first need to understand how the optimization process works in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.

Pravin Datar

Pravin Datar works as director in the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Solution Management team at the SAP BusinessObjects Division. He has more than 20 years of business experience that includes management consultancy, ERP project management, and SAP SEM, BPC RIG, and EPM solution management. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from University of California.

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