Master Data Maintenance for Reporting

Using BW-BPS, BW-IP or text files to maintain ‘reporting only’ data directly in BW is very flexible technique for data maintenance. It also raises a question that is more philosophical than practical: Should we centralise all master data maintenance into a single system? When the IT Department provides an enterprise landscape where data maintenance is…   [read more…]

Process Chain

Process Chains in Process Slots

As the features of BW and your ability to implement them grow, so too does the need to automate those features. Process chains are used to automate most of the activity within BW and they help by: Removing manual intervention (lower the risk); Executing configured activities, repeatably; Co-ordinating sequence of activities (dependency, timing, etc); Communicate…   [read more…]

SAP BW Upgrade

BW Feature Testing Benefits the Business

It is time for the next upgrade project. The team members are being selected and gather; were you the one assigned with the responsibility of regression testing? You must be holding the short straw. :-) This usually involves the creation of new documentation and test scenarios because the prior upgrade project did not leave a…   [read more…]


Life Expectancy of SAP BW Solutions

What does it actually mean to be an SAP BW Solution Architect? By doing the time and learning the pieces of the puzzle and how they interact, you end up with an understanding that allows you to put together solutions that are not Off-The-Shelf (OTS).    [read more…]


Four Pillars of a SAP BW Discussion

There are four pillars that can be used as a framework to become familiar with SAP BW. The four pillars are: Is a; Has a; Kind of; Relates to. Continually going over these four pillars will help you learn, bit by bit. You will gradually understand BW from both a noun (Person/Place/Thing) and a verb…   [read more…]