SAP HANA Studio-Based Modeling of BW Objects Without Transaction Code RSA1

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • June 16, 2014
Learn the steps needed to set up an SAP HANA studio user interface to access some of the BW modeling tasks normally done in BW transaction code RSA1. As SAP HANA and BW modelers merge and overlap tasks, the ability to model windows into each type of modelers’ worlds becomes more and more important.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Start modeling BW-related objects in Eclipse-based HANA Studio
  • Understand the current limitations for BW modeling in Eclipse
Key Concept

A new Eclipse-based user interface (UI) is available for modeling BW objects when running BW on SAP HANA. This interface is integrated in the SAP HANA studio UI, and allows for the easy integration and visibility of both native SAP HANA and BW objects in one UI.

Transaction code RSA1, as most BW users know, is the Administrator’s Workbench for BW. This is where a BW user lives—where they model InfoProviders and the ETL process as well as monitoring and remodeling and almost everything else a BW user does. With BW on SAP HANA, many things are improved. For example, it provides super-fast access and flattens cubes, and there are many more options for modeling objects that are accessible to BI front-end reporting tools. In BW 7.3 on SAP HANA and even before that, with BW 7.3 running with a Business Warehouse Accelerator, SAP introduced some of the new possibilities.

One major improvement is the new Eclipse-based (SAP HANA studio) user interface (UI), which is an option for modeling for BW as of this newest release (SPS 7 on SAP HANA with BW 7.4). However, it is designed for limited functionality compared to the robust, full-featured modeling of transaction code RSA1. This improvement would be more accurately called an optional UI,  as the ability to do limited modeling of BW objects in SAP HANA just makes it more convenient if you are primarily an SAP HANA modeler.

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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