Enterprise Data Warehousing

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by Anurag Barua, Principal, TruQua Enterprises December 21, 2017
BI – 

SAP provides various ways for users to realize analytics and business intelligence that straddle the gamut of data warehouse types. They range from a small non-enterprise data warehouse footprint that focuses purely on highly aggregated key performance indicator (KPI)-based visualization to traditional data warehouse-based analytics using SAP BW 7.4 or 7.5 or SAP BW/4HANA. Embedded SAP BW lies within this spectrum. Anurag Barua explores the use cases for embedded SAP BW.


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by Robert Heidasch, Chief Innovation and Technology Lead, Accenture December 21, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 
Robert Heidasch provides some examples of integration solutions based on SAP-provided replication tools that you can use to integrate SAP and non-SAP applications. The tools support a wide variety of data types (structured and unstructured) and formats (including data streams). 

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by Robert Heidasch, Chief Innovation and Technology Lead, Accenture December 18, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 

Data and solution integration is becoming one of the most important aspects in enterprise architecture. Robert Heidasch describes the functionalities provided by SAP data replication and transformation solutions and their proper use.


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by George Chen, SAP Consultant, Lynk, Inc. December 18, 2017
SAP Professional Journal/BI – 

Before sending data across systems you need to ensure both systems are on the same page regarding the data type. George Chen explains that if it is a unique composite data type from the called system, then you first need to send the definition of this data type to the calling system and have it re-created. If it is a unique complex data type from the called system, you need to disassemble this complex data structure.


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by Pravin Datar, Director, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidations Solution Management December 11, 2017
BI/Financials – 

Pravin Datar shows how you can create flexible planning workbooks with measures, local calculations, and local hierarchies using the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 11.0 embedded model and Analysis for Office.


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by Pravin Datar, Director, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidations Solution Management December 6, 2017
BI/Financials – 

Pravin Datar explains how you can create hybrid planning applications using models created in SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) and use them automatically in SAP Analytics Cloud. This functionality allows you not only to use SAP Analytics Cloud as a web front end of SAP BPC but also to provide functionality to extend corporate planning from SAP BPC, which can be on premise or private cloud to public cloud on SAP Analytics Cloud.


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by George Chen, SAP Consultant, Lynk, Inc. December 1, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 

Before sending data across systems, George Chen advises that you need to ensure both systems are on the same page regarding the data type. If it is a unique composite data type from the called system, then you first need to send the definition of this data type to the calling system and have it recreated. Then when you send the data over, there is no surprise or dump.


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by Abhijit Ingale, SAP Analytics Technical Architect, Tata Consultancy Services | Vinayak Gole, Senior Business Intelligence Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services November 2, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 

With the exponential growth of data from multiple sources, using conventional methods for extracting it is time-consuming, costly, and resource intensive. SAP has simplified Multi-Source Universes in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 as an answer to this issue. Created with the Information Design Tool (IDT), a Multi-Source Universe can combine data from SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) with other relational databases, such as Oracle and SQL Server. Abhijit Ingale and Vinayak Gole show how to create a Multi-Source Universe in this step-by-step guide.


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by Anurag Barua, Principal, TruQua Enterprises October 23, 2017
BI – 

Anurag Barua explains how SAP Lumira 2.0’s new capabilities, such as data acquisition and visualization, enable users to use a single application for data design, discovery, and visualization processes.  


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by George Chen, SAP Consultant, Lynk, Inc. October 10, 2017
SAP Professional Journal/BI – 

The integration of data and processes among different SAP systems has always been challenging and expensive in development. George Chen explains how you can dramatically reduce the development effort in system integration by exploring the generic presentation of functions/methods and the generic presentation of parameters  in a generic Remote Function Call (RFC).


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by Joerg Boeke, Independent BW Senior Consultant and Solution Architect October 2, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 

Joerg Boeke shows the difference between using DataStore object (DSO) active data tables and generating external SAP HANA views to avoid extra mapping and confusion when using SAP HANA studio or Eclipse Studio.  He shows how to automate the generation of external SAP HANA views by using a customer program to speed up project and implementation time. Another side effect of the use of external SAP HANA views is a better performance to any underlying SAP BW data provider.


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by Matt Vasey, SAP BI Lead Consultant, Enterprise Wide September 20, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 

Matt Vasey shows how to use native SAP HANA modelling techniques and enhancements to provide end users with a user-friendly, real-time variable selection process across massive amounts of data.


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by Deepak Sawant , Leader of SAP BW Center of Excellence, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. | Shreekant W. Shiralkar, Global Head, SAP Analytics CoE, Tata Consultancy August 11, 2017
BI – 
Deepak Sawant and Shreekant Shiralkar explain the basics of embedded SAP BW and its technical details. See the different architectural scenarios that leverage embedded SAP BW specifically from an SAP S/4HANA context, including those recommended by SAP. A handy list of pros and cons of embedded SAP BW is provided to help you choose the appropriate deployment option. 

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by Vinayak Gole, Senior Business Intelligence Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services July 11, 2017
BI – 
Vinayak Gole explains the options for connecting SAP Lumira and SAP HANA. Learn about direct connectivity to SAP HANA models (which enables efficient data exploration) and connectivity through a semantic layer (which enables users to easily navigate through complex data to build storyboards and present data effectively).

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BI/SAP Professional Journal – 

Ned Falk shows modelers how to use SAP HANA’s query results caching option to improve the performance of their information views. Learn when to use—or not use—this option as part of your modeled SAP HANA database.


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by Michael Vavlitis, Program and Project Associate Manager, Accenture MCaaS (Mortgage and Compliance as-a-Service) June 12, 2017
BI – 
In this last article of his three-part series, Michael Vavlitis explores how to use SAP Data Services to extract, transform, and load (ETL) structured and unstructured data from SAP and non-SAP sources into an SAP HANA application.

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by Rajesh Phanibatla, Senior Manager, Hitachi Consulting June 5, 2017
Financials/BI – 

Rajesh Phanibatla explains how SAP has simplified Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) planning (account-based) using integrated SAP Business Intelligence (BI) content. SAP delivers predefined BI content bundles that contain BI objects related to various work streams such as finance, logistics, and cash management. You can activate the relevant BI content bundles using transaction code BSANLY_BI_ACTIVATION or by navigating to SPRO > IMG > Controlling > General Controlling > Planning > Setup for Planning > Activate BI Bundle Content for Planning in the configuration menu. This functionality is now part of SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) Optimized for SAP S/4HANA.


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BI/SAP Professional Journal – 
Anurag Barua provides an overview of SAP Data Services and its capabilities for adding comprehensive geographical dimensions to data and to ensuring that this enhanced data is of the highest quality.

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by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP May 9, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 
Ned Falk shows how to implement value help and mapping of variables and input parameters in native SAP HANA modeling with just a bit of effort. Learn how these foundational concepts previously used in SAP BW can be used in SAP HANA to create calculation views.

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by Sergei Peleshuk, SAP BI and HANA Architect April 18, 2017
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 
Sergei Peleshuk provides an overview of SAP BW/4HANA and key considerations to think about when making the decision to migrate. Understand how the effort of implementing SAP HANA-based enterprise data warehousing empowers businesses, leads to greater returns, and reduces total cost of ownership.

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