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BW Web Intelligence Best Practices Webcast Notes

This was an SAP webcast last week.

Full disclaimer – I am not using this functionality


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows the type of connectivity between BW and Web Intelligence.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Size the system correctly; this cannot be emphasized enough the SAP speaker said.

SAP speaker said to size yourself or hire SAP Consulting services

Go to then go to Sizing > Sizing Guidelines > Analytics

It is updated; latest update was in February of this year and is relevant to SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence


Figure 3: Source: SAP

The number processing servers and  how many concurrent connections are important considerations per Figure 3

Single processing server per machine; ensure disk cache is available – no limit in memory


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Out of box, you need to better size APS, the SAP speaker said


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Request time out – mimics the amount of time it waits to hear back from a service/server when it gets the data back

Regarding the safety belt see SAP BusinessObjects Increasing Stability by Setting Limits on Max. Retrievable Cells From SAP BW into Web Intelligence Using BICS


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Upgrade, the speaker said to see more performance improvements


Figure 7: Source: SAP

SAP speaker said “Don’t use ConnectionServer32” listed in Figure 7


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Implementation of lean was not fully achieved until BI4.1 SP02 patch 1


Figure 9: Source: SAP

For me, bullet number 3 was new (“determine the actual error being thrown by WebI rather than the error reported to the end user”)


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Run query using RSRT back in BW

Run query through Analysis OLAP/BEx Analyzer – issue is with BW/BICS and not WebI


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Not all features of a BEx Query are supported by Web Intelligence

Look up SAP Note 1869560 – see


Figure 12: Source: SAP

Error is thrown when WebI processing server encounters an error when communicating another service, as shown in Figure 12


Figure 13: Source: SAP

See note below:

Reproduce error while have End to End trace


Figure 14: Source: SAP

Do a more refined search; capture root cause error and search for that

Speed up processing of incident – include trace files

Provide raw file to SAP Support – “Do not filter it”, the SAP speaker said


Figure 15: Source: SAP

Figure 15 is a summary.

Full disclosure – I am not using BW with Web Intelligence but these are things you can do with most of the tools when working against BW.

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      Thank for sharing your notes, Tammy.

      Is the presentation itself available online?

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