3 Hidden Gems that Boost Your Use of SAP NetWeaver BW

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • August 31, 2010
Find out about three programs that help you analyze all the components of a query, simulate SAP NetWeaver BW data for testing or prototyping, and keep track of transformations applied to source data in your BW system.
Key Concept
A utility program provides abilities that supplement the application on the back end, such as the automation of certain activities, conversions, and performance tuning. SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 provides numerous utility programs — you just have to know where to find them.

Every SAP component or application comes with utility programs that provide capabilities beyond what is visible in the SAP menu or IMG. These are largely unknown primarily because they are either undocumented or insufficiently documented. The small percentage of users that does know of them stumbled upon them, because documentation generally does not exist for such utility programs. The net outcome of this situation is that the inherent capabilities of SAP are not fully used, and worse, your company may be investing time and money reinventing the wheel.

SAP NetWeaver BW has a comprehensive set of such utility programs. With each successive release, more become available. However, I have noticed that they are used very infrequently and in some cases, never. Note that many of these utility programs are extremely specialized in their purpose with very basic selection screens and user interfaces. The value proposition of these utility programs is not so much in their user interface but in their ability to carry out specialized tasks with minimal fanfare. Here are three such programs that I find very useful.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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