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.

Key Terms

Term Description
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

InfoCube Design

Aggregates and Multi-Cubes

Operational Data Store (ODS)

Business Content

Generic R/3 Data Extraction

Data Maintenance

Performance Tuning

Object Transport

Appendix A. BW Implementation Methodology

Object Transport

Appendix B. SAP Basis Overview

Object Transport

Appendix C. Glossary

Appendix D. Bibliography

SAP Bw. A Step-By-Step Guide
Sap Bw: a Step By Step Guide for Bw 2.0
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