Recently the new key topic BI Data Modeling and Frontend Design was introduced at the SDN’s Business Intelligence page. This page collects guides, best practices, and tools used by the teams that develop SAP Business Content to ensure consistent BI data models and reporting interfaces, easier maintenance, and compliance with applicable standards.
The BI Data Modeling part of this topic page illustrates the BI data staging aspects as consistent metadata and data flow models across all conceptual layers of the data warehouse. In the Frontend Design section you find a collection of documents that will help you design and implement user interfaces for the collected BI data using standard UI pattern and guidelines.
BI Data Modeling
The guides of this section describe how to model BI metadata (for example Multi-Dimensional structures like InfoCubes) and data flows (for example the layer architecture of a Data Warehouse). These guides are structured nearly the same way: You will start with some general do’s and dont’s and learn about the theoretical background for the particular topics. The theory is then illustrated by explicit use cases, BI data modeling patterns, or staging scenarios. The guides conclude with advice on performance considerations for the respective topic.
The guides of this section describe how to design BI Queries and how to define BI Web Reports (especially pattern-based Web reports using the BI Template Wizard) on top of BI data. The guides provide information and recommendations for BI Content developers on how to use the available features in the area of Frontend design. At the moment mainly the pattern-based Web Templates are described that can be easily created using the BI Template Wizard. They ensure a consistent reporting layout across all applications and low maintenance. Also the BI Patterns are compliant with the accessibility standards.