6 Ways to Optimize SAP BW in Business Objects

  • by Sergei Peleshuk, SAP BI and HANA Architect
  • March 1, 2006
Learn about the advantages of and tips for using Business Objects on top of SAP BW. Specifically, see what issues developers should be aware of when building structures in Business Objects.
Key Concept
Business Objects is a front-end tool that operates directly with SAP tables at the database level. It is a popular third-party software certified by SAP.

Many organizations that use Business Objects as their front end encounter implementation issues and stumbling points when combining Business Objects with BW. The issues may include misinterpreted results in Business Objects because of different data storage formats, synchronizing object transport to quality and production environments, and maintaining security in Business Objects.

Advantages of combining Business Objects and BW include the unique object relationships that you can define at the universe level (InfoObject to InfoObject, InfoObject to InfoProvider, InfoProvider to InfoProvider). See Figure 1 for a depiction of how Business Objects connects BW objects. In addition, Business Objects and BW offer sophisticated security by using combinations of table synonyms and user profile content stored in special security tables. Business Objects also provides data analysis and reporting capabilities such as slicing and dicing, reporting sections, prompts, list of values, sorting, and ranking.

Sergei Peleshuk

Sergei Peleshuk has more than 15 years of experience implementing BI technologies for global clients in retail, distribution, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), oil, and gas industries. He has helped clients to design robust BI reporting and planning capabilities, leading them through all project phases: from analysis of requirements to building BI roadmaps, technical architecture, and efficient BI teams. Sergei is an expert in modern BI tools and technologies available on the market, including SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW), SAP HANA, BusinessObjects, and SAP Lumira. Sergei maintains a business intelligence portal at www.biportal.org.

Sergei will be presenting at the upcoming SAPinsider HANA 2017 conference, June 14-16, 2017, in Amsterdam. For information on the event, click here.

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