In BW/4HANA SAP offers you the possiblity to link restricted or calculated keyfigures accross different Composite Providers. The advantage of the link components concept is that they can automatically synchronized whenever you make changes in the source or master component. If you are not familiar with this concept.
"A linked component can be automatically synchronized whenever changes are made to the corresponding source component.
Example scenario: You have two highly similar InfoProviders, IP_A and IP_B. You have created the query Q_A for IP_A. You now want to create the query Q_B for InfoProvider IP_B. You want this query to be very similar to query Q_A and to be automatically adjusted whenever changes are made to query Q_A.
To do this, you use the link component concept: You create the linked target query Q_B for source query Q_A. This is more than just a copy, as the system also retains the mapping information. This mapping information makes it possible to synchronize the queries."
So the concept is really nice because you can ensure that your keyfigures with the same name has also the same configuration, e.g. your turnover is configured correctly on any Composite Provider in your system. Now lets create a new link component. First we select a restricted keyfigure on our Composite Provider and goto "Linked Component" view in Eclipse.
Last week a collegue and I look into the XXL InfoObjects in SAP BW/4HANA. We searched the online help and there is a short video about the topic. But after that we had no clue how we can use it. Can we use it in Analysis for Office? Or just in the query or Composite Provider? What is the purpose of these InfoObjects? Can we store a documentation and open it directly from the query?
So I build an example XXL InfoObject and added it as a XXL Attribute to an InfoObject. This InfoObject was in my Composite Provider so I looked into the Composite Provider with Analysis for Office and don't see the XXL InfoObject. So we are back to start. What can I do with it? Now I asked around on twitter. And I was suprised about the answers.
Since last friday the latest version of SAP Analysis for Office is now available. You can download it in the SAP Launchpad. As the last version we have some bugs which are now hopefully fixed:
The online help of SAP Analysis for Office is not updated yet. A lot of s-notes for a Service Pack 6. I had some issues when I refresh my data source with the last version, I hope this will be fixed now. Do you have any problems with Analysis Office?
At the end of last month I ask on Twitter why I should create a join between an Advanced DataStoreObject and an InfoObject to read the attributes from this InfoObject when I even can activate the attributes on the output tab of the Composite Provider in SAP BW/4HANA. The answers on twitter was not satisfactory and I ask a collegue if he knew a reason. So i build a Composite Provider with a join between an InfoObject and an ADSO in our BW/4HANA system.
Since a couple of days the latest version of Analysis for Office 2.8 is available. Michael was a little bit faster and notice it on twitter before me. So let's look into it. SAP fixes a bunch of bugs with this service pack. Here is an overview:
A lot of s-notes for a Service Pack 5. I hope Analysis for Office will get a stable version again. Do you have any problems with Analysis Office?
Open ODS are a long time available in SAP NetWeaver BW. You can access directly database tables, database views or BW/4HANA DataSources (for direct access). In this blog post I want to look into the fast and agile modeling with Open ODS Views. So we start with a flat file we for example received from our customer to build a new data flow for reporting. The file has the following strucutre:
I created a test file with 10.000.000 entries to get some data we can play with. Now we create based on this file a data source to import the data.
I lately looked deeper into the modeling of Composite Provider in BW/4HANA 2.0 and found some difference between a BW/4HANA 1.0, BWonHANA 7.50 and the latest version BW/4HANA 2.0. So let's compare them and see what's new and we can go deeper in further posts. We start with the context menu of the scenario for the provider.
Last week I ask on twitter if anybody knows a good strategy to get all sources of a SAP HANA Calculation View (CV). I got different answers I want to share with you. One approache is really faszinating.
You have different ways to store the logic of your customer exit variables in SAP BW/4HANA. After my last post about Customer Exit Variables with an own enhancement spot I want to share another solution with you. In this blog post I want to show you how you can implement a BAdI implementation with a Z-Table (Customer Table). In this table you find the assignment between the BEx variable and the corresponding class for the customer exit. This is how the table will look like:
For a long time we used for checking and manipulation of customer exit variables the enhancement RSR00001. Since SAP BW 7.3 SAP offers the BAdI RSROA_VARIABLES_EXIT_BADI. Since BW/4 you only could use this BAdI and not anymore the enhancement RSR00001.
The BAdI RSROA_VARIABLES_EXIT_BADI is a filter based BAdI. As filter object is used the InfoObject which the variable is based on. Every implementation calls the interface IF_RSROA_VARIABLES_EXIT_BADI~PROCESS. So now let's create an example customer exit variable. The variable is based on Sales Channel (ZQV_ZSALCH_CEO_001) and can handle multiple single values.
I recently got a BW/4HANA 2.0 project. So I want to share some ideas and thoughts I discover in the whole process. First things first. Everything and I mean everything is only available in the BW/4 cockpit now. ADSO, InfoObject, Hierarchy management and even the Process Chain management is only available in the web. Some things are very confusing when you see it first. But let's dive in.
The modeling objects which are left should know everybody. You have only these items to build your data model:
This is it. And I think that is what @m_cubillos_o mean with "is really easier and faster to model?" Yes of course you have different options for an ADSO to model:
My video course about Analysis for Office is done. It will be released on 06.07.2020 @ 8:00 am MESZ. You find it under video.analysisoffice.net and you get more than 4 hours of 4k content for only 199€. The content will be extended if it is necessary. Here is a overview of the curriulum.
Every chapter has a lot of videos to explain certain functions in detail. You can also view some letures as a preview for the course so have a look into it. Here are some examples with to show you what you can expect.
I know its been a while since the last blog post. But I am currently working on the Analysis Office Video course to get it done. When you follow me on Twitter or Linkedin you get an update all the time. But back to topic. Analysis Office 2.8 SP3 is available almost over one week so let's look into it.
These bugs are fixed now:
So its not much but after SAP released the standalone addin for SAP Analytics Cloud, they still working on Analysis for Office.
Currently I am working on my Analysis Office Video Course. It will be a full discover of Analysis for Office. So if you are interested in it, you can join the list to get a special price when it will be launched.
Thank you for all your support.
After the latest service pack of Analysis Office 2.8 was released this week, the online help is now available. Analysis Office now offers a button for creating and deleting of comments in the ribbon menu. In former versions, SAP used the text of Microsoft Excel for comments. As Microsoft renamed the comments to notes, it was inconsistent in the ribbon and the context menu. Now it is consistently again.
Also new is the file system setting UseLegacyModeForFormulaContext which allows you to specify the mode for creating formulas with Table Design. And in the planning area there is a new setting called PlanningFunctionUploadFolder, which allows you to upload the values for executing planning objects from a file.
So it is nothing big, but Analysis Office is still developing and not dead, even if there is a new SAC Addin. I hope there will be some feature I submitted.
The SAP Transport Dependency Check (TDC) is a little tool that helps you to find corresponding transport requests in your SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse which are not imported yet in your target system (e.g. production system). First you have to enter a transport request you want to check and also a target system and the last considered date (e.g. last go live).
The online help is not updated, but will be in a few days I think. Also the special addin for SAP Analytics Cloud 2.8 SP2 is released. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
If you want the latest edition of Analysis Office - The Comprehensive Guide, you can get it now with a 20% discount until easter 2020. Use the code Easter2020 in the online shop.
If you have any questions or need any help, don't hesitate to contact me.