SAP QuickViewer allows inexperienced users to create QuickViews, which are simple basic lists. However, you should be aware that some companies do not use it as a core reporting functionality because of security concerns. The author shows how QuickViewer works with three data sources: an HR logical database, a table, and an existing InfoSet.
SAP QuickViewer is a reporting tool that made its first appearance in SAP Release 4.6. It is actually a variant of the SAP Query tool. It was designed for new users who need a report to look up information once. Unlike SAP Query, which is a robust end-user reporting method that can be used to create basic lists, statistics, and ranked lists, QuickViewer allows your inexperienced users to create QuickViews, which are simple basic lists. Some of the other major differences between QuickViews created with the QuickViewer reporting tool and queries created by the SAP Query reporting tool are:
- SAP Query allows a user up to 14 different screens with varying functionality to create robust reports. QuickViewer has a single-screen approach to creating QuickViews.
- Configuration of user groups and InfoSets (known as functional areas in releases earlier than 4.5) is required in order to use SAP Query. User groups and InfoSets are not required for QuickViewer.
- SAP Query uses InfoSets as the source of the report’s data. With QuickViewer, the data source (table, database view, table join, logical database, or functional area) is selected dynamically when you create a new QuickView.
- Unlike SAP queries, QuickViews cannot be exchanged among users. However, they can be converted to SAP queries. (See the sidebar, “Converting QuickViews to SAP Queries.”)