Updated for 2013
21 Uses for ABAP on SAP NetWeaver BW Projects

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • March 6, 2013
/IT/Project Management
In this 2013 update to one of our most popular BI articles, Ned Falk from SAP walks you through 21 examples of how an ABAP programmer would be useful in the SAP NetWeaver BW world.
Key Concept

SAP NetWeaver BW reduces the need for ABAP for most reporting tasks, but most SAP NetWeaver BW projects could benefit from having an experienced ABAPer available. This is particularly true for data preparation and preprocessing functions.

It seems as if it was only yesterday when an ex-Fortran guy (me) wrote the original “20 Uses for ABAP on SAP NetWeaver BW Projects” article for a then-fledgling publication called BW Expert. Fast forward 10 years and we are all still around, older and wiser than before.

So here is the article again, this time with my 2013 updates clearly noted in the text. For nostalgia’s sake, I left whatever sections that remain valid untouched.

If you ask a CIO why his or her company implemented SAP NetWeaver BW, the answer might include a desire to do away with custom ABAP reports. It’s true that SAP NetWeaver BW can eliminate the need to create ABAP reports. In addition, the transformation library, which writes ABAP code automatically, further reduces dependency on ABAP, as do alternatives such as XML/SOAP, Java, and external extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) tools. However, does SAP NetWeaver BW totally eliminate the need for ABAP coding?

The short answer is no. So, don’t send those ABAP programmers home so quickly.

ABAP programmers who are familiar with SAP NetWeaver BW are assets to most projects. However, their focus, with a few exceptions, moves from report creation to data preparation and preprocessing functions.

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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