one of the big hurdles that customers face before converting from BEx Workbooks to Analysis Workbooks is the effort needed to migrate many workbooks as the standard options only allow us to go one workbook at a time. All the repetitive tasks for each one of the converted Workbook also increases the hurdle to go for Analysis for Office. SAP Consulting has now come up with automatic tools to reduce the manual effort in migration projects.
One of the tools allows to to migrate all BEx Workbooks in specific roles to Analysis Workbooks:
You can also configure the tool to do repetitive tasks, like saving all workbooks with a specific Prefix/Suffix, saving the Workbook to the original role or to another one, or also convert the BEx Navigation Pane to Analysis formulas:
I believe with all this settings the migration is less error prone and of course it reduces the amount of manual effort involved in a migration project. Why do I say “reduce” and not “eliminate”? Well because there can be very complex workbooks with VBA Code for example that require manual intervention.
Other areas of mass migration include the BEx Query Migration, which contains an application log and makes backups of your 3.5 queries, which is very handy in order to recognize problematic queries:
And the BEx Workbook (from 3.5 to 7.X) migration, which also has a nice a detailed log of what was done:
This tools are very interesting for customers that are still on BEx 3.5 because starting with SAP NetWeaver BW 7.4, the BEx 3.5 tools will not be supported any more.
Thanks for reading.