Skip to Content
Author's profile photo Riyezuddin S

SAP BO Webi report development on HANA views

SAP BO Webi report development on HANA views:

This document explains step by step creation of Hana views, Universe in IDT and development of Webi report on top of the Hana views universes. This document will give understanding of the complete development/creation of end to end scenario from Hana views to report.

In this scenario we are considering Purchase application flow and analysis of report for purchase users assuming that Purchase related data extracted thru SLT from ECC system.

Applications & Versions used for this scenario:

SAP Hana Studio 2.0.7

Information Design Tool 4.1

SAP BO Webi 4.1

This Document explains below major topics:

  1. Creation of Attribute View
  2. Creation of Analytical View
  3. Creation of calculation View
  4. Creating and Publishing universe using IDT (Information Design Tool)
  5. Creation of Webi Report

Extracted Purchase order header, Item and account assignment tables and also Material, Vendor, Company code and G/L account master data tables in to HANA from ECC using  SLT.

As a best practice need to follow the proper naming conventions for creating any views. (ex: Attribute view –starting with AT followed by table name)

Step 1. Creation of Attribute View:

Step 1.1. Select the respective package –>  Right click –->  New  à Select Attribute View



Step 1.2. Select the Mara table from the schema and drop it in Data Foundation in view and double click on the selected fields for output display.


Save and activate the view. Attribute view AT_MARA created on Material Master data table – Mara:

Similar way creates other attribute views and by selecting the respective master data tables from the schema, and enable the fields which we want to see in output in each view for below.

Vendor Master – LFA1 – Attribute View

Material Master – MARA – Attribute View

Company Code master – T001 – Attribute View

G/L Account master – SKB1 – Attribute view

Once all attribute views are created it displays as below:


Step 2. Creation of Analytical View:

Below Purchase order tables are from ECC thru SLT.

EKKO : Purchase Document Header

EKPO : Purchase order Item

EKKN : Purchase Data (Account Assignment)

Step 2.1. Right click on your package — Select New – Analytical View:


Enter the details


Step 2.2. Drag the EKKO table in to data foundation and AT_LFA1 and AT_T001 attribute views in to star join.


Join the appropriate fields of EKKO table with both attribute views based on the requirements.

EKKO.company_code = AT_T001.Company_Code

EKKO.vendor = AT_LFA1.Vendor


Step 2.3. In Semantics keep the Key fields, correct the Attributes and measures if required.


Save and activate the view.

Similarly create the other two Analytical views, all three analytical views will displays as below:


Step  3. Creation of Calculation View:

3.1.  Right click on your package — Select New – Calculation View:



Drag two Aggregation nodes and select AN_EKKO and AN_EKPO analytical views in each node respectively.


Select required output fields in each Analytical view


3.2.  Connect the two aggregation nodes to Join Node and connect the related common fields.


Drag the Projection node and select required fields.


3.3 Select the key fields and adjust the dimensions and measures.


Save and activate the view.


Right click on the view and select Data Preview, we can see the data output of calculation view CL_Purchase


Now Calculation view is ready need to create universe to expose this data thru webi report.

Step 4: Creating universe using IDT (Information Design Tool)

  1. 4.1.  Logon to IDT, In Repository Resources under the respective system expand right on Connections Node.

Select ‘Insert Relational Connection’


Enter the connection name:


Click on Next, and then select the database middle ware drivers under SAP node


Click on Next, and then enter the User name, password details of Hana system and click on Test connection button.


Then click on Finish, Now connection established to Hana system.

Expand the Connections node there we can find the new connection ‘Purchase_Flow’.


  1. 4.2. Create project ‘Purchase_Flow’ by clicking on File à Newà Project and enter the project name.



Click on Finish. New project ‘Purchase_Flow’ created in Local Projects node.

4.3. Now select Purchase_Flow connection, right click and click on ‘Create Relational Connection Shortcut’.


It will popup Select a Local Project window; select our ‘Purchase_Flow project.

Relational Connection connected to project as shown below:


Select Project à right click à select New Click on ‘Data Foundation’


Enter the name of Data Foundation


Select Multi Source Enabled as IDT will support.


Check for the user authentication details..


Click on Next and select the connection which was created earlier.


Click on Next, displays the connection parameters.


Click on Finish.

Open the Purchase_Flow_DF, expand the connection node, select _SYS_BIC  schema node where all Hana views columnar table will store. Select the CL_Purchase Calculation view table.


Save it.

4.4. Now create Business layer. Select Purchase_Flow project Right click à New à click on Business Layer.

It displays the below pop up screen

Select Relational Data Foundation and click on Next.

Enter the Name and click on Next

Select the respective data foundation and click on Finish. There is check box if system will create classes and objects, if you want to create on your own need to un check this.

Purchase_Flow_BL business layer created as below, review dimensions and measures change if required.

Select change the data type if necessary

Save the Business Layer. We can check the query output by clicking on Queries tab.

5. Click on Insert Query, it will add displays the classes and objects of Business layer

Drag and drop required fields to click on refresh to check the data in first instance.

Close the query.

4.6. To publish as universe Right click on Purchase_Flow_BL business layer à Publish à To a Repository

Click on Next

Click on Next

Click on Finish, Universe published successfully.

Step 5: Creation of Webi Report :

Open BI Launch pad by entering the login credentials

Expand Application and select Web Intelligence

Click on New and select ‘Universe’ as data source.

Select our Universe from the list

Purcahse_Flow_BL universe will open in Query Panel as below:

Drag and drop required dimensions and measures in Result objects and if you want to filter any filed also.

Query filtered based on Vendor, Click on Run Query, pop up display to select Vendor to see the data.

Once required Vendors are selected click on Ok, report will display.

Change the Report Name as Purchase Data Flow Report

You can format the report with Refresh Date, page no, logo and chart as per requirement.

Assigned Tags

      You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.
      Author's profile photo M Mohammed
      M Mohammed

      Great post Riyez! Thanks for sharing!

      Mahboob Mohammed

      Author's profile photo Riyezuddin S
      Riyezuddin S
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Mohammed.

      Author's profile photo Gnana Prasad Yayavaram
      Gnana Prasad Yayavaram

      Wav... Fentastic documentation Riyaz!!!!

      It is actually very detail and very much useful for beginner. Every step by step process including the pictorial presentation is superb..

      Keep rocking...

      All the best...



      Author's profile photo Prashanth Avula
      Prashanth Avula

      V.nice document Riyez.


      Author's profile photo S Shah
      S Shah

      Excellent Riyez!! This is  an Fantastic document explains complete development/creation of end to end scenario from Hana views to report. Very Useful to the Beginners . Explanation with screen shots will makes this document more effective for the viewers. Thanks for sharing such a nice document.

      Thanks ,

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Questions if you don't mind, I hope that can be answered quickly, is this best practice?30 reports created on HANA Views, each report has been built directly on a single HANA View per report

      There is a universe but this is not being used for reports (?)

      Complex calculations and measures are held at report level, each report has any number of these and they are manually replicated across reports

      Report variances have been created, new report for each version even though only location is different

      My understanding is that this is not best practice, it is anything but, however need input from someone who knows more.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member



      Which of these methods is most recommended or has more advantages?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello All,

      I find this post very interesting. I am just stuck on one thing-I am not able to create a new session in IDT. Can anyone help me on this?


      I am providing the systemname:port but still its saying specify correct host and port 🙁

      Any timely help will be highly appreciated.