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Decode an Analysis Office Workbook

The Analysis Office Workbook saves a lot of information in it. The Microsoft Excel format xlsx is a container which can save a lot of other information besides the normal data. When you rename a xlsx file to a zip file you can extract it with for example 7-Zip. Now you see the following folder structure.

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Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide

Now the book Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide 4th edition is now available via digistore24.com. You can use credit card, paypal and other payment options.

 

>>> https://www.digistore24.com/product/284862

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP8 is available

The latest version of Analysis Office is now available. It was released on 27.09.2019 and after the go live of my project is now done, I may have time to look more into Analysis Office again. 

  •  AO Prompt Selection makes Excel.exe freeze (s-note 2836430)
  • Analysis Office: Red borders around valid new line cells (s-note 2831840)
  • Exception when opening or saving a workbook or data source after Log Off (s-note 2838591)
  • RRI passes wrong context for axis tuple element (s-note 2834404)
  • SAPSetFilterComponent and Time Characteristics (s-note 2829371)

As you can see in this version there is not many things fixed or maybe they found not more? But the What's new Guide lists some new file system settings (technical parameter)

 

  • ForceWriteOlapConnectionInformationDuringWorkbookSave 
  • UseDocumentDescriptionToConstructBIDocumentFileName
  • UseDocumentDescriptionToConstructBWDocumentFileName
  • SacHttpSessionPingInterval
  • SearchFetchMemberLimit
  • AllowOverwritingOfDimensionNames
  • AllowOverwritingOfStructureMemberNames
  • ReverseVariableProcessingOrderForHanaFromOldxml
  • UseKeyForHierarchySelection
  • UseQueryVariantsForViews

The admin guide now documented now all these parameters. A nice parameter is UseKeyForHierarchySelection, which allows you to define if you want to see the keys of a hierarchy in the first coloumn or second column of your prompt.

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Aleksandra

Hi,

 

I just got an email from you via the contact formula. But When I answer to your email or to your shop order, I get an error "The email account that you tried to reach does not exist." I tried it several times, maybe your account is full? So can you please provide me another mail address or contact information? Maybe via Linkedin or so?

 

Thanks, I don't know any other way to contact you :)

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Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide Discount Code

Until the end of the month you can get my book with 30% off. Just use the discount code Summer2019. You can buy it here.

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What's new in Analysis Office 2.7 SP7

It's a kind of summer break at the moment and I haven't done a lot for this blog in the last time. But SAP now release the 7th service pack of Analysis Office. 

 

You can now use the filtering data access mode with SAP Analytics Cloud data sources, analytic and planning models. There are also 3 new file system settings:

  • ShowCutCopyPasteInGridContextMenu
  • EnableImprovedAddInCompatibility
  • UseSeparateDisplaySettingsForFilterDialog

The setting ShowCutCopyPasteInGridContextMenu allows you to sepcify whether the cut, copy and paste entries should be available in the context menu for a crosstab cell. The setting EnableImprovedAddInCompatibility should improve the compatibility with other Microsoft Office add-ins. How this work we will see.

 

The setting UseSeparateDisplaySettingsForFilterDialog you can define if the display settings defined in the filter dialog should be saved with the workbook.

 

So as you can see nothing spectecularit fixes also a little bit:

  • ALL: Current View Edition mode when a member start with the same characters that another member (s-note 2811124)
  • ALL: during a customized drill through Excel remains frozen (s-note 2813223)
  • ALL: last selection not saved when set to Base Level (s-note 2811297)
  • AO 2.7 SP6: Office 2010 - Can't open AO workbooks via launcher (s-note 2814329)
  • Analysis Office Performance Issue when Refreshing Workbooks with Many Format (Design) Rules (s-note 2813968)
  • ALL:Report options are truncated (s-note 2814791)

 I am still looking for Analysis Office 2.8, but now I am first enyoing my vacation.

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SAP BW F4 BAdI to restrict hierarchy nodes

In our current project we had to deal with the requirement that the enduser only want to show a certain node of a hierarchy to filter. So we used the F4 restriction from the transaction spro. You find the entry under Business Warehouse >> Enhancements >> BAdI: Restricting the Value Help in the Variables Screen. We implemented it in the method GET_RESTRICTION_NODE.

 

At this time I had only experience with the method GET_RESTRICTION_FLAT and searched for implementation examples. I found a wiki entry on scn. In our case we had bookable nodes so we implemented it like this to get these node and all children of it.

 

l_s_node-nodename = 'NODE1'.

l_s_node-niobnjm      = 'ZZ_IO'.

Append l_s_node to c_t_node.

 

But it didn't work out. The debugging showed no error, but the restriction always showed the complete hierarchy. After a little digging we found our mistake, it have to look like the follwing:

 

l_s_node-nodename = 'LEAF1'.

Append l_s_node to c_t_node.

l_s_node-nodename = 'LEAF2'.

Append l_s_node to c_t_node.

 

And so on for all leafs. So we had to add all leafs and not the nodes. I didn't found any good explanation so here is the short article about it. Thanks to my collegue who had the problem.

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Analysis Office Size Limit of result set exceeded with small query

It has been a quite while since the last post. But with a go live and a reorganization of my current project I hadn't time to look into some topic. But here is a new kind of interessting bug. We had an open task from a user of the controlling department, that a query display the message:

"Size Limit of result set exceeded."

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP6 is available

Since 24.05.2019 the latest service pack of Analysis Office is available. At the moment I am working on a test tool to automate testing in BW so I can easy check if any change of mappings and so on has an impact on my ADSO or query result. But I found time to install it. A "bug" what I found was when I want to insert a data source from the recent list, nothing happend. The solution was to reinstall Analysis Office and now it works. Here is the list of bug fixes:

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SAP BW fix incorrect data in a DataStore-Object

Here just a short notice if somebody doesn't know it yet. If you have a false information in a data record you can fix this manually either in a PSA or (A)DSO. Just select the desired entry and click Display (F7).

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SAP HANA Table Functions

It has been very quite at the moment.Because nothing spectecular is happening in the Analysis Office world. SAP released Analysis Office 2.7 SP5. I still hope they get Analysis Office 2.8 back on track and without so much problems as they have today.  But back to topic.

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP5 is available

Since last week SAP published the latest version of Analysis Office 2.7 SP5. I don't know if any other version ever had a service pack so high like the actual version. At this time SAP doesn't offer the newst help file under help.sap.com/boaa. So stay tuned if there is something happening. Here is an overview about what they fixed:

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Customer exit variable to hide hierachy node

In my current project we have the hide a position in a hierarchy, because it is a departmental requirement. The hierarchy is used by many departments so we cannot change it and we also don't want to have the same hierarchy two times (except for the one position). So we first excluded the position in the query.

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP4 is available

Since last week the latest SP of Analysis Office is available. You can download it here, but you need a S-User.  I know I am a little bit late but here here is the overview of what is now fixed:

  • AO 2.7: SAC - Exception when editing cell values while characteristic Versions is in Background Filters (s-note 2743351)
  • AO 2.x: HANA - Member Selector - Searching for a date does not return any results for characteristics of data type "DATE" (s-note 2742728)
  • AO: SAC - Versions Tab not displayed when opening a saved workbook that contains a planning enabled model (s-note 2743355)
  • Analysis Office: Exception when closing Excel workbook (s-note 2741439)
  • Analysis Office: calling SAPSetFilterComponent via Visual Basic throws an exception (s-note 2740920)
  • Analysis Office: connection to BW system fails if message server is maintained on BIP using router syntax (s-note 2744794)
  • Dependent hierarchy node variables have wrong value (s-note 2745229)
  • Excel hangs during workbook refresh (s-note 2743853)
  • F4 Help on Input Ready Cells (s-note 2742723)
  • SAPGetData referencing a cell of type numeric (s-note 2741409)
  • ALL:Report recognition issue (s-note 2743045)
  • AO 2.x: Can't logon with language Basque / Euskara (EU) (s-note 2744455)
  • Added Support for PowerPoint Feature 'Design Ideas' (s-note 2743659)
  • Could not read grid properties (s-note 2744138)
  • Workbook is corrupted if contained charts are filtered (s-note 2741492)
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Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide 4th edition

It is done, the newest edtion of Analysis Office  - The Comprehensive Guide is available. It took me this time a little bit longer to update it. There are several reasons like my project workload or the the private stuff which make it sometimes difficult to write on a book and tests functions in peace without noise. You can now find it in the store and here is the table of content. It covers Analysis Office 2.7 SP3 and contains 299 Pages. It is only available as PDF but it is as always DRM free. Also is the 3rd edition now available on amazon.

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP3 is available

Since the 21.12.2018 the latest service pack of Analysis Office 2.7 is available. I looked in the morning into the Support Portal but it wasn't released and in the afternoon Patrick wrote on Twitter, that Analysis Office 2.7 SP3 is released. I thought it wouldn't released anymore in 2018 but here are the fixed problems:

  • New Options in Excel Single Workbook Publication (s-note 2729417)
  • Bad Performance when switching presentations in Member Selector (s-note 2731997)
  • Excel 2010 - "Not enough system resources" exception after disabling Analysis (s-note 2715429)
  • Rendering issues with hierarchies when opening or saving workbooks (s-note 2730596)
  • After launching document from platform some functionality of Analysis Office is not available (s-note 2725968)
  • Analysis Office Scheduling Fails for Workbooks with Waterfall Charts (s-note 2731173)
  • Analysis Office: Expanding or collapsing hierachical nodes not possible after entering planning data (s-note 2725060)
  • Analysis for Office: empty cell is displayed instead of header text when using grouped crosstabs (s-note 2714938)
  • Array Formulas are not dectected and updated (s-note 2729399)
  • BW comments: document filter (s-note 2709480)
  • CTRL + F4 or ALT + F4 open Value Help on Input Enabled Cell (s-note 2718143)
  • Crosstab Formatting by User is discarded when Data is Removed Before Saving (s-note 2715376)
  • Dynamic calculation initially not visible (s-note 2714787)
  • Error caused by circular dependency with restrictions (s-note 2732084)
  • Error when open workbook from BI Launchpad with local BW data source (s-note 2725798)
  • Exception 0x80020005 when working with several workbooks (s-note 2714665)
  • Exception when selecting measure or key figure of crosstab (s-note 2719635)
  • Known Issues in Application Builder Embedded Profiles in Analysis Office (s-note 2685815)
  • Missing authorization when loading comments from BI Platform (s-note 2717435)
  • Recent List of Open Workbook from SAP Business Objects BI Platform shows all workbook entries as enabled (s-note 2723455)
  • Ribbon controls get duplicated with Embedded profiles in Analysis Office workbooks (s-note 2717113)
  • ValueHelp is shown by pressing F4 even if context is wrong (s-note 2716038)
  • Workbooks are loaded from Netweaver backend although caching is active (s-note 2722138)
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SAP BW DTP Filter with Routine

In my current project I have to filter data with a lot of logic. So I build some ABAP routines in a DTP filter to receive the necessary data. First you have to open the DataTransferProcess (DTP) in change mode and select the Filter button on the Extraction tab.

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Analysis Office 2.7 - Data Source for Defining Formulas Part 2

I received an email from Jean-Pierre, who tried the new function Data Source for Defining Formulas of Analysis Office 2.7 - but it didn't work as he mentioned in his email. The option Select Data Soure for Defining Formulas was gray out for BEx Queries.  It worked when he insert the Multiprovider or the Composite Provider. So I was very confused and tried to find a solution.

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What's new in Analysis Office 2.7 SP2

It is a little late for Analysis Office 2.7 SP2 but SAP just delivered Patch 1 so I can write a short note about it. Finaly SAP give you the option to Create a Web Application in Lumira Designer. But if you installed SAP Design Studio an SAP Lumira Designer, it always opens Design Studio. Analysis Office doesn't care if you first install Lumira or Design Studio. Design Studio always wins. At the moment there is no setting like the DefaultBWQueryDesigner for the old BEx Query Designer or the new Eclipse Query Designer.

 

Patch 1 also fixes some little bugs.

  •  Analysis for Office: Instead of the document description the document name is displayed as title in Excel for documents form the BW platform (s-note 2640073)
  • Converting BEx workbook with BExGetCellData formulas shows error message (s-note 2709536)
  • Search in Filter Dialog takes long for compound dimension (s-note 2695275)
  • Selector Search Performance - Limitation of fetched members from backend (s-note 2711919)

I think it is nothing spectacular but it is maintenance.

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP2 is available

It's been a while since the last blog post and I am also late for the news that Analysis Office 2.7 SP2 is available. As Patrick told me on 05.10.2018 Analysis Office 2.7 SP2 is GA. But I was on vaction so I didn't find the time to write about it. So here we are:

 

This is fixed in Service Pack 2

  • 'Value cannot be null.' exception in Formula Optimized mode (s-note 2695717)
  • AO 2.7 Reference to another Sheet causes an Error in AO (s-note 2694323)
  • Analysis Office: SSO not working for Olap connections defined in BIP (s-note 2679569)
  • Analysis Office: no connections defined on the BIP are displayed in AO (s-note 2684736)
  • Data cell comments from BI Platform have wrong encoding (s-note 2691438)
  • Error when recalculating new plan values in SAC context (s-note 2696322)
  • Filter Components for non filtered dimensions are removed during scheduling (s-note 2687795)
  • Filter Dialog - Incorrect Selection behavior for SAC Dimensions (s-note 2690868)
  • Filter by Measure defaults to date filter values on non-date measures (s-note 2685511)
  • Installation on a machine without PowerPoint (s-note 2682628)
  • Long text of BW backend messages is not shown in error dialog (s-note 2685807)
  • Missing warning message when opening a workbook with BW comments in an older AO version (s-note 2692393)
  • Parallel HANA connections (s-note 2690486)
  • Precalculation - Exception while saving Workbook (s-note 2693145)
  • SAC/AO/error message when sharing versions (s-note 2688438)
  • Search in Filter Dialog takes long for compound dimension (s-note 2695275)
  • Tabular View lost after converting BEx Workbook (s-note 2686581)

When I have more time, I will look deeper into Analysis Office 2.7 SP2 and write a short overview.

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Analysis Office 2.7 SP1 is available

Since last week Analysis Office 2.7 SP1 is available. Here is a short overview what SAP fixed in this verison.

 

  • Advanced calculation initially not visible (s-note 2663436)
  • Analysis Office: No connections displayed after login to BIP server (s-note 2667319)
  • Analysis Office: RFC sessions not closed after workbook is closed (s-note 2669330)
  • Analysis Office: data sources contained in workbooks which are deleted on BW server are still visible (s-note 2664623)
  • Error at undo operation of show / hide totals (s-note 2662791)
  • Exception occuring when pasting members with a trailng '\' (s-note 2667373)
  • Exception when trying to save a workbook with BW comments (s-note 2673237)
  • F4 Key Support to open Value Help for Formula SAPSelectMember and Insheet Filter Items (s-note 2660900)
  • Formula-optimized workbook - SAPGetData formula doesn't work with referenced SAPSelectMember formula (s-note 2658258)
  • Grouped Crosstabs: Exception while opening a VBA Workbook (s-note 2670564)
  • OLAP Connection information gets lost in workbook when saving (s-note 2658848)
  • Value Help - Datepickers initial selection differs (s-note 2659885)
  • Wrong values in formula-optimized mode because of unassigned member (s-note 2660581)
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Analysis Office Launching Workbooks from BIP with variables

Since Analysis Office 2.6 you are able to launch workbooks from BIP with variables. The biggest problem is to have a BI Platform 4.2 SP5 and time to test this feature. In case of writing an updated version of Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide, I now have a BI Platform which fulfilled the conditions. According to SAP slides, the command looks like this:

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SAP BW Reset request/task status

In my current project we have a go live. So I needed a function to reset the transport status of some transports. So if you release your transport falsely the transport is locked by release and can no longer be removed from the transport status. Maybe you also want to delete the entire transport request. This option is also denied as soon as the tasks have been released. The standard procedures are very laborious and not only cost a lot of time, but also have a certain risk potential. SAP offers a report which solves your problem. The report is RDDIT076. As you see in the next picture, the transport is released.

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Analysis Office Data Source for Defining Formulas

A new function in Analysis Office 2.7 is "Select Data Source for Defining Formulas". But what does this mean? First the prerequisites:

So I just logged into my BW 7.50 test system and what I have to see, we only have a BW 7.5 SP11. So I have applied the notes and each note need further notes to implemented. I just want to test something and now I have to implement more than 30 notes.

 

After this was done I could start finally to test this function. Alexander Peter showed in the latest DSAG webcast an example so I had a slight idea what to do.

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SAP HANA Calculation View to build virtual keyfigure

In my project I have now the opportunity to build SAP HANA Calculation Views. We use Calculation Views to combine two different Advanced DataStore Objects. First you have to set the parameter External HANA View in the setting of your ADSO. When you activate this setting a SAP HANA Table is created which you can use in a Calculation View.

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What's new in Analysis Office 2.7

Today Analysis Office 2.7 was released. Thanks to Zisi1990, who pointed me seconds after it was released that it is available. You can download it with a S-User. Here is a short overview what's new in Analysis Office 2.7:

  • You now have to two ribbon tabs. One for the analysis and one for design
  • There is a new formula called SAPSelectMember. The formula returns a member of a dimension, this might be interressting for VBA.
  • You can now save comments to BW/4HANA. The history of these comments is available in the new tab Comments in the design panel and you can now select the preffered platform for your comments. Either BW/4HANA or BI platform.
  • There are also two new file system parameter:
    • PreferredDocumentStorage
    • EnablePreferredDocumentStorage
  • You now can use Planning Data with SAP Analytics Could models.
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What's new in Analysis Office 2.6 SP3

After a short vacation over Pentecost I have now time to write "What's new in Analysis Office 2.6 SP3". A short overview yo find in this post. The user guide shows some new things:

  • The formula SAPSetFilterComponent has two new parameters: MEMBERSELECTOR
  • You can now copy Table Design from one Crosstab to another. This is really cool.
  • Table Design formulas can now be restricted

 

The admin guide has 20 new pages to the Analysis Office 2.6 guide. The settings chapter is new organized and in my opinion a little bit better organized than before. Also new is the topic how to use the BI Platform with hyperlinks and variables like the old BI Portal. This is described in section 5.9.4 in the admin guide.

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Analysis Office 2.6 SP3 is available

Since yesterday Analysis Office 2.6 SP3 is available. You need as always a S-User to download the latest version. Here is a short overview what it might fix.

  • "Create Web Application" button is not enabled when SAP Lumira Designer is installed (s-note 2636541)
  • Correct sorting of members of type CalendarDay or DateTime in Filter Dialog (s-note 2625487)
  • Exception after saving workbook as PDF (s-note 2633496)
  • Filter Dialog does not update Hierarchy after switch of Access Mode (s-note 2637491)
  • Grouped Crosstabs: Expanding and Filtering in the Columns does not work (s-note 2637846)
  • Inserted chart does not reflect complete data (s-note 2635814)
  • Link Dimensions: Issues with drag and drop (s-note 2610471)
  • Performance Issue related to many Shared Strings in Workbook (s-note 2638243)
  • Restart option missing (s-note 2633506)
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SAP BW Assign navigation attribute to InfoObject

In my current project we run into an issue that we have to match navigation attributes from one ADSO to an infoobject of another ADSO. The old feature of a MultiProvider was to Identify (assign).

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Book about BW Backend tips & tricks

I hope you can help me, to find out if there is any interesting about a book that covers BW Backend topics. I think about a book which covers SAP HANA, AMDP/ABAP, BW Administration and so on. Thanks for your time.

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BW Modeling Tools: Create a CompositeProvider

If you want to create a Composite Provider in the BW Modeling Tools, you have to choose New >> Composite Provider in the context menu of your InfoArea or File >> New >> Composite Provider.

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SAP Analysis Office Book is available

Since last week the new version of my book SAP Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide is now available. You can find it only here in my shop. The book is based on Analysis Office 2.6 and covers now all about:

  • Customizing Analysis Office including file system settings
  • The basic stuff with Analytics Cloud
  • The advanced stuff like Table Design and Group Members
  • The API and formula functions
  • Troubleshooting and so on

The table of content can be found here. If you have any questions feel free to write them into the comments.

 

One question from me:

Is it ok, that there is only Paypal as payment method or do you need more? Just write it in the comments and I will see what I can do.

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What's new in Analysis Office 2.6 SP2

Analysis Office 2.6 SP2 is available since two weeks. There are only some slight changes to Analysis Office 2.6 SP1. You are now able to set the selection type for the formula SAPSetFilterComponent to MEMBERSELECTORBYRANGE. So you can use it to define the filter dialog with range option as standard.

 

Also a new selection type for the VBA API SAPCallMemberSelector is now available. It is called MULTIPLEBYRANGE, which allows you to select a range of members for filtering. So if you found new functions, feel free to write them down in the comments.

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Analysis Office 2.6 SP2 is available

Since two days the new version of Analysis Office 2.6 is available. You need as always a S-User to download the latest version. Here is a short overview what it might fix:

  • AO 2.x: Table Design Formulas causes crash on initialze of Design Rules Tab if no applicable Data was found (s-note 2609841)
  • Analysis Office: Existing workbook in favorites folders on BIP will not be overwritten (s-note 2614892)
  • Analysis Office: Grouping crosstabs from different worksheets throws an exception (s-note 2614536)
  • Analysis Office: System alias of a query defined on BIP server is overwritten (s-note 2616663)
  • Filter Component results in error with Manual Calculation Mode (s-note 2605076)
  • Filter on Characteristics used in Restriction is lost after additional characteristic is used (s-note 2614466)
  • No drop down to select the date for between condition (s-note 2615430)
  • Undo operation for restriction fails (s-note 2606838)

A overview what's new will be available next week. If you find something interesting, please feel free to post a comment.

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Analysis Office Restrictions

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What's new in Analysis Office 2.6 SP1

Analysis Office 2.6 SP1 is available since last week. When you look at the What's new guide from SAP, you see nothing spectacular new. You have now a new file system setting called AlwaysDoApplicationSteps. You can use this setting to write entries into the table RSDDSTAT_OLAP afer each action without the need to close Analysis Office.

 

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SAP BW Decode String during Import

In my current project I have a file to import, which only delivers me a string with a length of 1000. I also get a description what is in this file. Like the following points:

  • Customer from 1 to 10
  • City from 11 to 50

The file looks like: 0000123456London............................ So I have a file and a description how to decode this file. Now I need to find a way to separate this information into InfoObjects. I build a Z-Table which contains the decode information.

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Analysis Office 2.6 SP1 is available

Since today Analysis Office 2.6 SP1 is available. You need as always a S-User to download the latest version. Here is a short overview what it might fix.

  • AO 2.6 Table design rule: Error with Formula VLOOKUP to external excel (s-note 2590137)
  • AO: Exceptions occur when loading AO after opening an AO workbook (s-note 2595959)
  • Analyis Office: Text and Key are concatenated in new line attributre cells (s-note 2586756)
  • Analysis Office: Saving a workbook destroys the layout of the workbook (s-note 2594627)
  • Prompts dialog: Hierarchy variable shows wrong value (s-note 2587530)
  • Scheduling A.O. Workbook Generates Corrupted Workbooks (s-note 2589444)
  • Sheets option are lost when Excel document is opened from server repos (s-note 2593473)
  • Table Design formats are not applied (s-note 2594716)

 A overview what's new will be available next week. If you find something interesting, please feel free to post a comment.

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SAP BW Create own reversal entry

Lately, all my posts started with "In my current project", so now something else, even if it was developed in the current project. The problem we are facing with is that we get a data extraction which deliver us only the new data records, not the reverse data record.

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Analysis Office Filter by Member Attribute

Crosstab before Filter by Member Attribute
Crosstab before Filter by Member Attribute
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SAP BW: Keyfigure to Account Model

In my current project we have a lots of source systems which delivers our data in a key figure model. In a normal case is this not a problem. But we need the values of the key figures in a hierarchy. So there are two ways to realize it. First way would be we build a structure with restricted key figures and get our hierarchy. Here is the problem, the customer will need different queries to realize his needs. If there is a change, we need to adjust different queries (each has a light different hierarchy) and the maintainace is immense.

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Analysis Office 2.6 is available

As you might know, Analysis Office 2.6 is available now. To download it, you need a S-User with download credentials. First SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Microsoft Office is now called, SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office. Damn I have to rewrite my book, just kidding. Here is a short overview of What's new in Analysis Office 2.6:

  • You can now copy a Table Design formula by using Microsoft Excel Fill Handling
  • The formula SAPSetFilterComponent has a new selection type MEMBERSSELECTOR.
  • The API Command NumberOfNewLines can now set the number of new lines for a crosstab
  • According to Matthew Shaw you can now connect to/report on SAP Analytics Cloud.

So I just downloaded Analysis Office 2.6 and maybe I can write a little bit more in the next days.

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Analysis Office 2.5 SP2

In the last month I was very busy with my thesis and my project at work, so I had no time to write a lot of blog posts. So here is a short overview what Analysis Office 2.5 SP2 fix. But keep in mind, Analysis Office 2.6 is up coming.

  •  An execption is thrown when grouping crosstabs (s-note 2530837)
  • Formula SAPGetVariable does not return value for BASEINFOOBJT if variables are merged (s-note 2529886)
  • Group Crosstabs / Compact Display does not work properly (s-note 2527113)
  • Native date, date time and time span rendering (s-note 2482546)
  • Not able to change presentation of attribute (s-note 2525435)
  • Refresh in Open dialog does not work (s-note 2536320)
  • Launching a second workbook starts an empty Excel (s-note 2551513)
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What's new in Analysis Office 2.6

Today Alexander Peter showed in the ASUG Webcast Analysis Office 2.6. The expected GA is in three weeks. New in Analysis Office 2.6 are the following things:

  • Table Design Improvements (auto complete enhancements)
  • Improved handling of new lines in planning applications (SAP BW 7.5 SP11)
  • Open Analysis Office workooks using variables (BI Platform 4.2 SP5)
  • Editing schedule jobs (BI Platform 4.2 SP5)
  • Scheduling based on events (BI Platform 4.2 SP5)
  • Publications (BI Platform 4.2 SP5)
  • More features with SAP Analytics Cloud such as exception aggregation
  • Access repository of all (native) cloud models
  • Exception aggregation on the fly
  • Use Dynamic Calculations Rank and Rank Olympic (planned for SP1)
  • Launch Workbooks directly from the BI Platform with variables (BI Platform 4.2 SP5)
  • Rescheduling Jobs on the BI Platform 4.2 SP5
  • Scheduling workbooks with events (e.g. successful/failed data load to BW)
  • Use VLOOKUP with Table Design
  • Filter by Range is now possible
  • New Parameter such as EnableNativeFormatting or UseNewLinesLegacyMode
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SAP BW Use Pattern in Variable with Customer Exit

In my current project I created with a collegue a really cool function to analyze a string with 1333 characters. We are using a BW 7.4 SP 17 on HANA. First we have to build an Advanced DataStoreObject with a Field which has a length of 1333. For further understanding, we call the field Field_1333. As data type I used SSTRING.

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Analysis Office 2.5 - Technical Configuration

A really cool feature of Analysis Office 2.5 can you see in the "backend" under File >> Analysis. The function Customize Analysis offers now new options. Besides the Customize User Interface from Analysis Office 2.4 which allows you to change the ribbon menu of Analysis Office, you now can directly modify the technical settings of Analysis Office.

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Analysis Office 2.5 DataSource Information

This week is very short in case of the day of German unity and we have sprint change next week, I haven't time to write a lot so here is just one goodie. When you insert a DataSource in Analysis Office 2.5 you see the recent inserted DataSource. Now in Analysis Office 2.5 you also see the technical name of the query and the system. I think this is nice if you are testing a query on different systems.

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Analysis Office 2.5 Scaling Factor

In my current project I work a lot in the backend of a BW 7.4 on HANA but I finally found time to look into Analysis Office 2.5. Here is a short explanation about the feature that the scaling factor works now with conditional formatting. If you configure your conditional formatting like the following screenshot and apply after that your favourite scaling factor. It automatically adjusts.

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Analysis Office 2.5 is available

Analysis Office 2.5 is finally available since the end of August for everyone. After I submit my diploma thesis last week, I have now time to see whats new in Analysis Office 2.5. Here is the first short overview of the new feature:

  • You are now able to connect to SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
  • Customize User Interface has new options
  • New different troubleshooting modes
  • New options with Table Design
  • A new API method SAPCallMemberSelector
  • Changes on the grouping Crosstab function
  • New file system setting ShowUtcTimeStampsInDataCells
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Analysis Office 2.5 & AMDP

At the moment it is very quiet about new blog post. This is maybe the summer break everybody talks about. ;)

I am at the final phase of my diploma thesis and have no time to do cool stuff and also SAP doesn't release Analysis Office 2.5. It is still in ramp up and nothing new at the moment.

 

So I could only say, my current project is a BW on HANA and I am testing how HANA SQL Script (AMDP) works and how fast we could build some stuff. First tests show a transformation with routines for 800.000 records about 1:55 minutes. The same transformation with AMDP (ABAP Managed Database Procedures) only need between 15 - 23 seconds. This is really impressive. 

 

So stay tuned, if SAP will release Analysis Office 2.5 and some examples with AMDP.

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Design Studio Mobile Application

Mobile Application is the big thing in management. If you want to create a mobile application in SAP Design Studio, SAP have some recommendations:

  • Keep the application simple and don't use too many components
  • Don't use crosstab components for smartphone applications
  • Limit the total number of cells in your crosstab to 500 for tablet applications

I hope everybody stick to this recommendations or we will see people looking like that:

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BW/4HANA Export Transports

I know that I don't publish a lot of new posts the last few weeks. The reason is I am writing on my diploma thesis. The title is "S/4HANA versus BW/4HANA - Zukunft der Datenanalyse". My deadline is in the middle of September so I have to write a lot these days. At the moment, I have access to a BW/4HANA instance in the cloud and I want to share how you could export your development before you terminate the instance. First you have to log on with the SAP* user in the client 000. Go to the transaction stms and select the System Overview.

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Analysis Office 2.4 SP3 is released

Last week the Analysis Office 2.4 SP3 was released. Here is a short overview of notes, which may solves some problems.

  • 2460877 - Excel crashes when opening several workbooks with SAPListOfMessages
  • 2461196 - Advanced calculation editor throws error when inserting a member
  • 2468933 - Effective filter shows only # for compounded characteristic
  • 2463167 - Non-SAP (built-in) formula cells of workbook are not refreshed
  • 2467459 - Prompts dialog clears variable
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BW Modeling Tools create advanced DataStore-Object

If you use a BW/4HANA instance, you have to use the BW Modeling Tools (BWMT) to build your data model. You could only build Advanced DataStore-Objects (ADSO). If you create a new ADSO, you have to select a BW-Project and an InfoArea. After that you have to define a technical name and a description. You could also use a template to build your ADSO.

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Install your own SAP BW on a virtual machine

I described in a earlier post how to use BW/4HANA on Amazon AWS. But if you just need a developing system for some time and don't want to use BW/4HANA, you can use the BW 7.5 SP2 developer edition on a virtual machine.

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Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide 2nd edition

After I had time in my parental leave to read proof the second edition of my book, I can say it is now finished. The second edition is now available in the store. You can download the table of content here. This version is only available here and at the moment not on Amazon.

 

If you have any questions feel free to ask and send me either an email or a comment. I hope to publish regularly in the next weeks so stay tuned.

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Analysis Office Video Course

In this blogpost I want to know if there is an interesting about an Analysis Office Video Course. Thanks for your time and your answers. Open the survey.

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SAP BW Visio Shapes

I want to document a BW data model and searched for a Microsoft Visio shape, but I found nothing. So I build my own Visio shapes. At the moment there are the following types available:

  • DataSource
  • Transformation
  • DataStoreObject
  • InfoCube
  • SPO
  • MultiProvider
  • DTP
  • InfoSource
  • OpenHub
  • Query

I used them in my last blogpost about Copy Queries to a new MultiProvider.

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SAP BW Copy Queries to a new MultiProvider

In my current project, we want to separate the current MultiProvider with VirtualProvider underneath into one MultiProvider with VirtualProvider and one MultiProvider without VirtualProvider. This step is necessary, because we receive a lot of data and don't want to push all these data through the VirtualProvider. The VirtualProvider only add one field which we haven't got in our InfoCubes and it isn't necessary in all queries just a few.

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SAP BW Analysis Process Designer (APD)

At the moment I had to deal with a special problem. I have data in a SPO from two different sources and the goal was to find the corresponding two data lines and make one out of it. This line should marked with a special character. So I decided to build an Analysis Process (APD).

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SAP BW Check your data model

Sometimes it is necessary to check your data model if it still fit your needs. For this you can use the transaction rsrv. Select there under All Elementary Tests >> Database >> Database information about InfoProvider tables.

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Analysis Office 2.4 SP2 is released

On 10.03.2017 a new service pack for Analysis Office was released. The main reason why you should update from SP0 or SP1 is that they fixed a lot of bugs in it (and maybe they build some new). Here is a short overview of the fixed problems:

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SAP BW find meta chain

In my current project I had to clean up the existing process chains. A lot of process chains were created via SPOs and not really used in the system. First I had to check, if one is used in a another process chain or in which one they are used.

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SAP BW Change Object Directory Entries

In my current project we have to transport from a maintenance system to our development system. The problem is when you now transport the objects into quality system, you have to check the option "Overwrite Originals" so that your transport is working. But you have to put this flag on every transport you make in the future from your development system to quality.

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Analysis Office Get Calendar Week for SAPSetFilter

A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine, ask me how he can get the calendar week to use it in the Analysis Office API SAPSetFilter. I developed a short macro which defines the calendar week to use it in 0CALWEEK. Maybe someone has another solution for this.

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Analysis Office Hide Customize User Interface

In this thread on blogs.sap.com, Michael Hamm asked how to hide or deactivate the Customize User Interface button. At first, at the moment SAP doesn't offer any checkbox which you can check and uncheck in the settings.

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Analysis Office Insert Product Image

In the comments of this blogpost on blogs.sap.com, Stephen Hobbs showed his idea of insert a product Image besides the crosstab in combination with the new Customize User Interface function. So I make my own thoughts how I can realize a thing like this.

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Analysis Office 2.4 Table Design features

In Analysis Office 2.4 SAP improved the Table Design Editor. You can now create and edit formulas. In an earlier post, I described how to work with Excel formulas in a crosstab. You can add a new column with the table design functionality.

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Analysis Office 2.4 SP1 is available

Since 13.01.2017 the SP1 of Analysis Office 2.4 is available. You can download it here. You need a S-User to download it. There are three new file system settings:

  • UseDataSourceDeltaUpdate
  • EnforceDatePickerForCalendarDayVariable
  • SetEmptiedDoubleDataCellsToValue0

There are also some changes in the User Interface Customization.

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SAP BW Transport of Copies

In my current project, we have a copy of the productive system as a maintenance system, because we made huge changes in

the development system in case of the project. So if there is an error in the production, we can easily repair it.

 

Some changes have also be transported into the development system, so we have the same state and our future request can be transported into production. For this we use the functionality Transport of Copies. All objects of the originally request are still locked. If you want to create a transport of copies, open the transaction SE01. Check the option “Transport of Copies” and click on Display.

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SAP BW Create SPO via BAdI - Part 3

After we created in Part 1 the transparent tables and in Part 2 all BAdI implementation, we can now maintain and create our SPO. First we have to fill our table ZSPOPATTERN with a PATTERNID and a corresponding INFOOBJECT. Go to the se16 and create a new table entry. As PATTERNID enter a unique id for example CALYEAR and as INFOOBJECT 0CALYEAR. For TXTLG and TXTSM enter a useful text. Depending on how many InfoObject are used for a partition, create the other pattern.

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SAP BW Create SPO via BAdI - Part 2

After we created in part 1 all tables and objects, we can now create a new BAdI to generate the partitions. Go to the transaction se19 and create a new implementation with the Name RSLPO_BADI_PARTITIONING.

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SAP BW Create SPO via BAdI - Part 1

At my current project I needed a way to create Semantic Partitioning Object (SPO) via BAdI to reduce the end-of-year work. After a little search via Google (you cannot find anything on the new SAP Community Page), I found these threads.

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BW Modeling Tools add a new project

After I started my BW/4HANA instance on cal.sap.com and everything was working, I logged on and typed RSA1. But there was no modeling tab anymore. Then I rememberd, I need the BW Modeling Tools. So I installed the latest Version of Eclipse and the BW Modeling Tools. After that I need a Project. The project is the binder for all activities in our BW system. Make a right-click in the Eclipse Project Explorer and choose BW Project.

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Analysis Office 2.4 Workbook Protection and Styles

A new feature of Analysis Office 2.4 is workbook or sheet protection. It is similar to the Microsoft Excel Protect Sheet / Workbook function, but it is also different. When you need to protect your workbook or sheet and you use the Excel functionality, you can not refresh or drill down your Crosstab. But when you want to refresh your data or give the users the opportunity to drill down or filter, you have to use the workbook / sheet protection from Analysis Office.

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Analysis Office 2.4 File System Settings

Analysis Office 2.4 also provides new file system settings. Especially for the new Customize User Interface function. The file Cof_app.config provides all these parameters:

  • AppBuilderDefaultProfilePath
  • AppBuilderUserProfileDirectory
  • AppBuilderCompanyProfileDirectory
  • AppBuilderReadOnlyProfileDirectories

And also these parameters:

  • CurrentCodePage
  • SapWebGuiPath
  • NwbcTicketIssuerPath

Only then AppBuilderCompanyProfileDirectory is a PerMachine parameter, the others are UserRoaming. How the other parameters exactly work has to be tested. The Ao_app.config also provides new parameters:

  • DefaultBWQueryDesigner
  • DoSelectorHierarchyExplicitSelection
  • AutoCompleteFetchMemberLimit
  • HanaHttpConnectionTimeout

So it can be possible that the user can choose between the old BEx Query Designer and the new BW Modeling Tools. The default parameter is "0", so at the moment I cannot say what exactly has to be the value for other query designers. The parameter DoSelectorHierarchyExplicitSelection should select only the child nodes of a node and the parent node is not automatically checked. But I haven't got a chance to test this. So I can't confirm this. I don't know at the moment how the parameter AutoCompleteFetchMemberLimit works, I only know the default value is 30. But as soon as possible I add these information to this post.

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Setup BW/4HANA on Amazon AWS

So after I read a lot about BW/4HANA, I decided to create a own SAP BW/4HANA 1.0 [Developer Edition] instance on my Amazon AWS account. First I had to extend my normal AWS account with a IAM user. For this you choose under Security, Identity & Compliance >> IAM. Under Users you click on Add user.

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Open documents from BI platfrom with .Net

After we can log on to a BI platform with our .Net application, we want to open a document for example a Analysis Office workbook. First we have to define several variables.

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Analysis Office 2.4 Customize User Interface

A new feature of Analysis Office 2.4 is that you have a function called Customize User Interface. On the first view it looks similar to the Excel customize ribbon function. But it has more flexiblity to switch between different interfaces. First you have to open the Customize User Interface dialog via File >> Analysis. The following dialog appears.

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What's new in Analysis Office 2.4

Since yesterday Analysis Office 2.4 is available. You can download it with a S-User under Support Packages and Patches >> By Alphabetical Index (A-Z) >> A >> SBOP Analysis Office >> SBOP Analysis MS Office 2.4.

 

The SAP help page isn't updated yet. But I think it would be updated in the next days.

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Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide

After @xjhacking conviced me or say talk round, here is a one day offer for my book Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide. You can buy it for 9,99 € until tomorrow evening.

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Access BI platform with a .Net Application

After we configured the BI platform with Windows Active Directory Single sign-on (SSO) we now can access the BI platform easily with a .Net application. 
First you have to install the BIP .Net SDK. You can download it from the SAP marketplace. Go to Installations and Upgrades >> By Alphabetical Index (A-Z) >> B >> SBOP BI Platform (former SBOP Enterprise) >> SBOP BI Platform 4.2 >> Installation and Upgrade >> SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP03 ENTER .NET SDK Runtime Windows. You need a S-User with download credentials. For more information about the SDK commands you can look into the help file and the documentation.
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Install BI Platform and setup Windows AD authentication

This week I want to test the integration of a BI Platform to my .Net program. So I want to install a test version of the BIP, but my virtual machine hadn't enough space. The first step was to extend the space of the disk. It is very easy in VirtualBox to extend the disk.

  1. Open the Windows Console
  2. Go to the path where you installed Virtual Box. (Default: C:Program FilesOracleVirtualBox)
  3. Type VBoxManage.exe modifyhd "Path to the disk" --resize 100000 (=100 GB)
  4. Press Enter and your VirtualBox will be extended

After my VirtualBox was ready I could install the BIP. But the next issue was found very soon. I need a license key.

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How to build a RFC Server with NCo 3.0 Part 2

So it is done, Part 2 finally is written and an example is uploaded to github. It took me about 8 months to release Part 2 of these series. Part 1 was released in March 2016 and now I had time to write an example for Part 2 and upload it to github. Part 1 discover the basics about a RFC Server with the SAP NCo Connector, part 2 now explain how to build a RFC Server more flexible.

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Design Studio Import & Export Application

If a SAP Design Studio Application has been developed in local mode or on a develop machine, these can be exported and then imported into a new system. Here is a short guide.

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BW Modeling Tools

This week the new open SAP course BW/4HANA in a Nutshell started. It is a free course. One big thing is that BW/4HANA no longer supports the good old BEx Suite. You now have to use the BW Modeling Tools based on Eclipse. In this and further posts I will go deeper into the BW Modeling Tools and what is possible and what is not possible at the moment.

 

If you have any questions feel free to ask or correct me ;) So let's get started.

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SAP Design Studio Update Extension

Here is a short guide how to update an extension in SAP Design Studio.

 

1. Select Help >> About

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Design Studio setting up Eclipse

In this article I describe in a short manual how to set up Eclipse for Design Studio.

 

1. Open Eclispe and choose Window >> Preferences.

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Migrating Analysis Office workbooks from BW to BI Platform

This week I don't have much time to write an article about Analysis Office, but I found an interesting article from Xavier about Migrating Analysis for Office workbooks from BW to BI Platform last week.

 

The topic came up yesterday as a collegue asked me if I know why he can't save a workbook to the BI platform. The workbook was opened from a NetWeaver system and than the option save to BI Platform isn't available.

 

So read this article if you have the same problem.

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Analysis Office SAPInsertLine

The API command SAPInsertLine is available since version 2.2 SP3 of Analysis Office. With this function you can insert a new line into a crosstab. There are five input-parameters available:

  • RuleID
  • Data Source Alias
  • Position
  • PositionBy
  • PositionBy parameters

You can define the RuleID, if you do not define an ID, the system generates one automatically. As Data Source Alias, you have to enter the data source alias, e.g. DS_1. As Position you can choose between Before, After, BelowHeader or BesideHeader. For PositionBy you can enter one of the following elements:

  • Dimension
  • DimensionResult
  • DimensionGroup
  • DimensionMember
  • HierarchyNode
  • Tuple
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Analysis Office Cancel long-running Queries

Since Analysis Office 2.3 was released, you are able to cancel long-running queries. In the Ao_app.config you can define the parameter CancelPopupDelay. The default value is 5 seconds. You can change this setting to specify after how many seconds the cancel dialog should be displayed. The dialog could appear when you inserting a data source or navigating through the data and it took more than 5 seconds.

 

If the dialog is displayed, you could press "cancel" to cancel the server request. In the following message dialog, you can select restart to go back to the workbook and the data source is active. Or you select close to go back to the workbook and the data source is offline. If you don't cancel the request, the dialog will disappear automatically when the server request is completed.

 

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SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide

It is done. My Analysis Office book is finished. You can now download the table of content and the release of the book is next week. Have fun and if you have feedback send it to me. 

 

Have a nice weekend.

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Using SAPGetVariable with VBA

At the moment I am working very hard to get my book done, so this is only a short blog post how to use SAPGetVariable with VBA. The Analysis Office help provides no example so here it is:

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Design Studio SDK installation

The information what you need to use Design Studio including the SDK can be found on many places. My problem was there is no guide where you find everything and here is a list:

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Design Studio Settings

The Preferred Startup Mode of Design Studio decides where an application is developed and saved.

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Settings for the Analysis Office Plug-in

In Analysis Office 2.2 SP3 some new interesting parameter for Ao_app.config were delivered. The following parameter are interesting and in some case maybe very useful.

  • MaxNumberOfParallelThreads

Use this setting to define the maximum number of parallel threads that can be used to open the SAP HANA DataSources of a workbook. This only works with SAP HANA.

Use this setting to specify the mode of the prompting dialog when you open a workbook from the NetWeaver that contains exactly one DataSource.

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Analysis Office Infofields, formulas & Dashboard functions

Analysis Office provides own Microsoft Excel formulas to show information of your data source. I want to explain some of the functions and how to use them in a dashboard or a report.

  • SAPGetVariable
  • SAPGetMember
  • SAPGetInfoLabel
  • SAPGetSourceInfo
  • SAPGetWorkbookInfo
  • SAPGetDimensionInfo
  • SAPListOF
  • SAPListOfDimensions
  • SAPListOfEffectiveFilters
  • SAPListOfDynamicFilters
  • SAPSetFilterComponent

The function SAPGetVariable returns the value for a specific BW variable. For example:

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Design Studio crashes during start

Sometimes Design Studio crashes during start after installation of a new version. I found two threads in the SCN. The simple solution is to uninstall Design Studio, rename the following folder:

  • C:\Users\<user>\Analysis-config
  • C:\Users\<user>\Analysis-workspace

and reinstall Design Studio again. Maybe sometimes it is enough to rename only the folders. More Design Studio troubleshooting can be find in the Design Studio Wiki.

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