A Shameless Plug for Carly Thomas’ WebI Calculation Engine Wiki!
Greetings WebI Fans Out There!
Hope you are well in BI4 and XI3 land! In today’s installment we wanted to make sure we put proper focus on some of the excellent work on SCN from SAP Active Global Support and focus on Carly’s awesome Wiki on Calculation Engine Changes for BI4 & XI3.
If you or your client’s are Power Users of WebIntelligence in BI4 or XI3 then this is the Wiki you need to be aware of anytime you are doing a brand new implementation or applying a maintenance package. As Carly notes the Calculation Engine or Information Engine as it is known is the guts of WebI that turns your raw data into the Ad Hoc reporting and Dashboarding dream that you know and Love!
So why is this so important to know? Shouldn’t the calculations take care of themselves? They do but you still need to be aware and here is why! 🙂
– The Calculation Engine for WebI is one of area of BI4 and XI3 Suite that evolves with every release. Based on new innovations, corrections, and on occasion our ugly friend regressions the Engine will evolve and adapt. This may be something as simple as to how a ‘parenthesis’ is evaluated but simply put all these factors can lead to a change in computation or results that affect our end product – the reports that you and your team use. In life change can be good but when it comes to the end product of data in your report we all know this change is bad and will cause Production Downs, confused users, and angry C-Suite.
Carly’s Wiki will help YOU to manage these impacts and be proactive in terms of how you plan, test, and evaluate your WebI report results as you go through the maintenance process. How you choose to do that is up to you but if it were up to us we would recommend at minimum the following:
- Maintain a core subset of your most critical and complex WebI reports as a baseline that you test from release to release. Any formatting changes? Any results changes? Any new innovations?
- Be proactive and review the Fixed Issues list for each release and Carly’s Wiki to best forecast any potential changes and impacts.
- Raise a Message to SAP Support if you have any specific questions that you feel we need to address
Hopefully this has been helpful to you and in particular THANK YOU to Carly for her efforts – been needed for awhile and great use of time to put this together for the SAP Community.