Set Up the BEx Map for Flawless Function in Five Easy Steps

  • by Lori Vanourek, BI Specialist, BI Product Management, SAP Labs
  • January 15, 2003
Analyze geographic data with the BW Business Explorer Map functionality.


SAP BW has a great feature that allows you to analyze geographic data. For example, you can evaluate customer data starting at a regional view and then drill down to a state, county, or city view if you wish. The engine in BW that allows you to do this is the BEx Map within Business Explorer. It is part of the BEx Analyzer, and it aids users in the decision-making process by showing patterns and trends from a geographic perspective. Considering that 80 percent of all corporate and business data contains geographic components, this functionality can add significant value to the decision-making process.

The BEx Map requires geographic data to know what to plot. If this geographic data is not properly loaded, you will experience error messages when attaching maps to queries. To help you to avoid encountering error messages, I offer you the following steps that can be used as a checklist to ensure that your BEx Map is fully set up. I've also included a few tips that I've learned from working with the BEx Map that can save you from some common mistakes.

Lori Vanourek

Lori Vanourek started with SAP in 1996, after receiving her master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina, as a financial applications consultant focusing on the reporting and information analysis requirements of SAP’s customer base. She moved into the BW practice with its first release and has since specialized in the BW product, currently as a member of the BW product management team. Prior to joining SAP, Lori spent five years in the private sector as a financial analyst.

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