9 Tips to Maximize Your BI Business Content

  • by Glenn Ball, BW Senior Consultant, SAP America
  • October 1, 2006
Using business content in your SAP BI system saves time and customization. With these tips, you can take advantage of more standard-delivered content than ever before.
Key Concept

SAP developed business content based on best practices from nearly 10,000 BI installations. SAP BI business content is an evolving set of information models. They come standard with BI. Since the first release of BW in 1998, SAP has enhanced these information models to include thousands of objects. SAP business content delivers virtually all types of BI objects including queries; InfoObjects (both key figures and characteristics); data targets (InfoCubes and DataStore objects — formerly operational data store [ODS] objects); data mining models; open hub destinations; update and transfer rules; roles; and extractors for SAP products.

Business content for SAP BI accelerates your implementation and significantly reduces the project cost. By following these nine tips, you can make the best use of business content and avoid serious pitfalls.

1. Know the Lingo

Make sure you translate the business requirements into the language of SAP. Before you can determine which parts of the business content you can use, you must know what SAP calls a certain object. For example, your company refers to a customer’s location as state, but SAP doesn’t refer to it as state — it’s called region. When you research the business content, you want to search for region, not state.

Glenn Ball

Glenn Ball, a BW senior consultant at SAP America, is a former SAP BW developer and charter member of the technical core competency (TCC) team. He has more than 11 years of experience with SAP America, working with all major areas of SAP R/3 and BW, including design, development, implementation, training, and post-production support. He also has been a key player in numerous successful implementations. Glenn has delivered several BW sessions at ASUG, TechEd, and biweekly BW Knowledge Network seminars. He has conducted solution reviews and training sessions, and frequently is called upon to resolve the most difficult performance issues in his areas of expertise.

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