SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation: An Introduction to Data Manager

  • by Ryan Leask, Senior Director, Solution Strategy for SAP’s Business User and Line of Business Sales Organization
  • Prakash Darji, Vice President and General Manager, Data Warehousing Solutions and SAP HANA Platform, SAP
  • July 26, 2010
Find out about the Data Manager component in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, which is used for importing and exporting data as well as executing background tasks. See how using dynamic process chains in Data Manager helps you complete planning tasks more quickly.
Key Concept
All functionality in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation is designed with the business user in mind, and Data Manager is no exception. Traditionally, tasks such as extracting and loading data from a source system are solely IT’s responsibility — but not with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation. In fact, Data Manager has been woven into the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Excel client, so you do not need to learn any new tools or technology to begin using it.

Data Manager is an SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation module that helps you manage loading, transforming, and manipulating data. Within the version for SAP NetWeaver, Data Manager runs on top of the SAP NetWeaver BW process chain framework. That means when you execute an SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Data Manager package (described in detail later), it triggers a process chain to execute as well.

In the version for the Microsoft platform, Data Manager looks and behaves the same in the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation Excel client, but it actually runs on top of the Microsoft product SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). As with all components in SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, the complexity of the back end has been hidden from the user, which is why the user interface looks identical between the two different applications (SAP NetWeaver and Microsoft). The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the Data Manager terms and concepts, and relate that back to how it involves process chains in SAP NetWeaver BW.

Ryan Leask

Ryan Leask currently runs the SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation solution management team for SAP, based out of Palo Alto, CA. Prior to this position, he led the EPM solution architecture team with a main focus on the design of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.0, version for SAP NetWeaver. Ryan has also worked on SAP xApp Analytics, SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP SEM, ABAP, SAP CRM, analytics/data mining, and whatever else seemed interesting. He has also co-authored SAP xApp Analytics (SAP PRESS, 2006), written many articles, and presented at numerous conferences.

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Prakash Darji

Prakash Darji is an experienced professional with more than 10 years of end-to-end experience in enterprise software. He has a broad depth of experience including corporate strategy, sales, product management, architecture, and development. He has experience in product launch activities, including positioning, packaging, and pricing. He has delivered numerous product releases in a variety of capacities through his career. He thrives on building high-performing, scalable teams to achieve strategic deliverables, whether they close strategic sales deals, roll in product features, or roll out new releases. He is a recurring author for several publications and a speaker at SAP conferences around the world. Prakash is on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/prakashdarji.

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