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During SAP TechEd session AP160, SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort said some customers had built an Information Space in Explorer against ECC.  I thought I would try it, simply to see if it worked. 

First, the ECC universe must be created and published to the BusinessObjects repository.  Then launch Explorer (from the Launchpad if you use BI4 SP04)

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The complete the properties portion

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Then add facets and measures

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Then I will select Index Now

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Then I can start “exploring” the Universe

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What are the benefits?  This is real-time data against your SAP ECC/ERP system, so you want to be sure to limit it to 1-2 million records, for performance reasons.  I didn’t need to load it to another system, but simply create the ECC universe in the Information Design Tool.

I hope others will share what they learned at SAP TechEd.

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