How do you use SAP BW business content?

SAP BW provides pre-configured ‘out of the box’ functionality that enables the fast implementation of data models and reports on SAP source data. The set of objects and standard semantic definitions that SAP provide from source data to report, are collectively labelled ‘SAP BW business…

Setting the External Access flag in a BEx Query

BEx External Query Flag Program

Lately, i’ve been involved in a number of projects where there is a requirement to analyse and report on SAP BW data, using external tools other than the Business Explorer (BEx) suite native to SAP BW. While some of these analytical reporting tools are non-SAP,…

Why migrate SAP BW data flows from 3.x to 7.x?

Recently I’ve been using the latest version of SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 and have been enjoying some of the new features, including the migration wizard. This post starts off with some of the discoveries and useful features I’ve made using this tool, and then expands…

Geo-caching!

OLAP Cache Optimisation

Following on from my previous post on Performance tips, i’d like to expand on one aspect of improving reporting performance in SAP BW – exploiting the OLAP cache. The OLAP cache is standard functionality that is setup during a technical install of SAP BW. However,…

Waiting - the circle of death

Reporting Performance Tips

I thought i’d start off the new year and my first blog post with a blast from the past.  Performance enhancing technologies such as in-memory analytics, including SAP’s Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) have been available for some years now. SAP’s High Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA)…

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