This chapter examined Business Content, demonstrating how to activate and use it to load R/3 data. Business Content includes extensive objects, and its functionality continues to expand in every new BW release.
|Logical system||A logical system is the name of a client in an SAP system.|
|Client||A client is a subset of data in an SAP system. Data shared by all clients are called client-independent data, as compared with client-dependent data. When logging on to an SAP system, a user needs to specify which client to use. Once in the system, the user has access to both client-dependent data and client-independent data.|
|DataSource||A DataSource is a structure in the source system that specifies the method for transferring data out of the source system. If the source system is R/3, replicating DataSources from a source system will create identical DataSource structures in the BW system.|
|IDoc||IDoc (Intermediate Document) is used in SAP to transfer data between two different systems. IDoc itself is a specific instance of a data structure called the IDoc Type. The IDoc Interface defines the IDoc Type processing logic.|
|Business Content||Business Content is a complete set of BW objects developed by SAP to support OLAP tasks. It contains roles, workbooks, queries, InfoCubes, key figures, characteristics, update rules, InfoSources, extractors for SAP R/3, and other mySAP solutions.|
For Further Information
• Book: ALE, EDI & IDoc Technologies for SAP, by Arvind Nagpal, Robert Lyfareff(ed.), and Gareth M. de Bruyn (ed.). Prima Publishing, 1999. ISBN: 0761519033.
Besides the standard R/3 DataSources, Business Content provides a function called Generic Data Extraction. When necessary, we can use this function to create a new DataSource, as described in Chapter 11.
Part I. Guided Tours
Business Scenario and SAP BW
Creating an InfoCube
Loading Data into the InfoCube
Checking Data Quality
Creating Queries and Workbooks
Managing User Authorization
Part II. Advanced Topics
Aggregates and Multi-Cubes
Operational Data Store (ODS)
Generic R/3 Data Extraction
Appendix A. BW Implementation Methodology
Appendix B. SAP Basis Overview
Appendix C. Glossary
Appendix D. Bibliography