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Berechtigungen in SAP NetWeaver BW

“Shouldn’t we put all this information into a book?”…

…that’s how we started more than one year ago and now the book is finished and available for sale. 

Berechtigungen in SAP NetWeaver BW


We have attempted to bundle all the information covering authorizations within SAP NetWeaver BW systems into this one book. Subsequently the book has turned into an extensive reference source for information relevant to authorizations in BW. 

Our main focus was initially the analysis authorisations. However we also covered the standard authorisations which are relevant for data extraction, data warehousing and the area of report creation/execution.
The concept of authorizations within SAP BW is not difficult to understand, however the “nature” of OLAP like authorisations is a little more complex, since they are not transaction based (which is the usual method in SAP systems) and thus the users selection during query navigation can change with each single navigation step.
Throughout the years working with SAP BW authorizations systems we have noticed that large BW installations become either sooner or later harder to administer. This is the result of evolving BW systems and the fact that InfoObjects are subsequently defined which cross the system in different data models. Thus the changes to hierarchies or characteristic values, requires more effort on authorisations than expected and therefore the administration of such systems becomes more costly.We have tried to point out which are the major factors to keep analysis authorisation relatively easy to implement, expand and maintain.
The book begins with an easy introduction with examples for authorisations and later provides more detailed technical and conceptual information for setting up a sustainably running authorization system. 

This is a short abstract of the content (A full table of content can be found on SAP Press Site  ):

– Explanation and analysis of the complete authorization infrastructure and logic
– Relevant standard authorisation from extraction to reporting/planning
– Concepts for the implementation of authorisations in BW- Performance issues
– Migration
– Further features for releases > BW 7.0 and BO Explorer 

Currently this book is available in German only.

A chapter for sample chapter (with table of content) can be found here.  

The authors are experts in this area. Peter John was the responsible development architect for the new concept of analysis authorizations and is also security expert in the BW area. Former SAP employee Peter Kiener is Managing Director at Red Rooster IT with great expertise in BW and BW authorizations.

Comments are welcome also in German.

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      It would be great if this book is released in English too.


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      Hi Partha,

      I agree that it would definitely make sense.
      However, for the moment the editor is not planning to publish an english version.

      Best regards


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      Hello I'm searching a solution to grant access a external Developer in SAP BW. The Data's in the Cubes and Infoproviders, has to be restricted to the defined analysis authorizations. But the external developer should do working as a internal.

      Thanks for your information.

      Kind regards