The BEx Web Analyzer Template: Your Access to BEx Web Reporting

  • by Dr. Yasan Gooding, Information Systems Specialist, Valero Energy Corporation
  • November 1, 2008
Find out a shortcut to access the BEx Web Analyzer Web template without opening BEx Analyzer to execute it.
Key Concept
BEx Web Analyzer, a new BEx Analyzer menu option in SAP NetWeaver BI, serves as an entry point to all InfoAreas containing various InfoCubes and queries that fall under specific cataloged business content. This pathway makes it easier from a Web environment to access InfoCubes and queries based on an individual's role authorization in SAP NetWeaver BI.

In an age of convenience, business users are apt to use easily accessible tools for analysis. BEx Web Analyzer in SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 can be that tool for business users. It can serve as an entry point to all your reports in BEx Analyzer through a URL, providing the user flexibility to access reporting within and outside various technical environments. This shortcut exposes the user to the familiar categorized InfoAreas in which InfoCubes and queries pre- exist and where ad-hoc reporting on various InfoCubes can take place on the spot. Users of BEx Analyzer will discover that it is very similar to the steps of opening a query in BEx Analyzer.

To do this, you must first employ Web Application Designer (Web AD) in SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0. Web AD is important because the BEx Web Analyzer Web template exists in Web AD under the technical name 0ANALYSIS_PATTERN.

Before you obtain the URL through Web AD, you must alter the template so that it mimics the way the variable screen is displayed in BEx Analyzer. By default in BEx Web Analyzer, BEx Web queries are executed instantly, bypassing the variable screen for user input. This scenario often leads to the re-execution of the report for values desired of the business user. You need to change some of the configuration within the template itself so that the variable screen appears when a user selects a BEx Web Analyzer query with variable inputs.

Dr. Yasan Gooding

Yasan Gooding, Ph.D., is an information systems specialist with Valero Energy Corporation, Inc. He has worked with SAP NetWeaver BW for five years and works on the BW reporting systems front-end team developing, supporting, and gathering new reporting requirements for implementation to Valero's business units. He is a graduate of Saint Augustine's College and Iowa State University with majors in computer science and education.

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