Use Data Federator for Relational Universes on Top of SAP NetWeaver BW

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • May 14, 2010
Find out how to install and configure SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW). Then discover how to create relational universes based on your SAP NetWeaver BW InfoProviders, such as an InfoCube.
Key Concept
With SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator XI 3.1, you can create a relational universe based on your SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) system. Not only can this type of connectivity be an alternative in some situations compared to the existing online analytical processing (OLAP) universes, but this option also allows you to combine SAP and non-SAP data sources together.

With SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1, you can use online analytical processing (OLAP) universes with the standard Universe Designer approach or you can use relational universes with SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator on top of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW).

Using SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator allows you not only to create a relational universe based on your SAP NetWeaver BW system, but it also provides the capability to combine data from your SAP NetWeaver BW system with data from another system, such as, for example, another relational data warehouse. You can use SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator to combine those data sources and provide a single view to your business users.

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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