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SAP BW/4HANA Business Content Webcast Recap

This was from a great webcast earlier this month with Andreas Tenholte and Simon Kranig

Special thanks to ASUG / SAP point of contact Ingo Hilgefort for setting this up.


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Agenda is above
New content is available
What is planned for upcoming year

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Data warehouses bring content from various sources
SAP data sources; use it as a template content or use directly
Main focus in BW/4HANA content was to focus on HANA capabilities that came with BW/4HANA

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Application components covered by BW/4HANA content are shown above
Predefined data models, based on SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA and now SuccessFactors
11K prebuilt objects includes – info objects, queries, info providers

Finance, controlling, supply chain management
General ledger has a financial statement
Supply chain management covers inventory management
Sales & Distribution – data models based on SAP ABAP data sources (ECC/S/4HANA) and also the CDS view based extractors

Utilities industry is covered

Figure 5: Source: SAP
See different disciplines on left side – Finance, Supply chain, Utilities, HCM
For most of data models provides, can be extracted and loaded via SAP ABAP data sources, and S/4HANA data source

Grey spot – Plant Maintenance – cannot use old ABAP data sources for S/4HANA on premise, use CDS extractors

CDS view is new extraction, some areas – SD has
Other areas are under construction; working on data model for Finance

Last column is for SuccessFactors, using OData API

Look at 2 notes at the bottom
Data sources listed here

“* Full list of ABAP DataSources whitelisted for SAP S/4HANA in SAP Note 2500202
** List of CDS Views for extraction available in SAP S/4HANA CE can be listed via the View Browser (View Blog Post)” Source: SAP

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Look at lists for metrics, and queries provided by content
Screen shots, sorted by component
Columns show when content was delivered
See SAP Note 2785514

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Differences –
SuccessFactors content is only available for BW/4HANA 2.0 sp01 CUSTOMERS

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2 Add-ons – you decide which to deploy
BW4CONTB – covers info objects, then you build your own models

BW4CONT – get SAP infosources, transformations, infoobjects for models delivered
quarterly delivery cycle

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3 scenarios, expected usage

Scenario A – just use data sources; rest you build yourself; enable data sources for ODP’s by implementing note

Scenario B – basis add-on, use as-is or as a template, then build model yourself

Scenario C – full package

Figure 10: Source: SAP

Key design principles are shown above

Objectives, virtualize data mart layer; don’t persist key figures any longer, skip unnecessary persistencies

BW/4HANA can provide one data store object with detail level; don’t need aggregation any longer

Take care of navigation characteristics of time characteristics – only store 0CALDAY, rest get virtualized (0CALYEAR)

Transitive attributes in SuccessFactors

Better data load performance – push down to transformations; not using routines

Better report performance – filtering selections to reduce result set

More flexibility in reporting with virtualization

Added field based staging – same structure as data source

Provide good documentation, including data flows

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Use of variables, make it easier for you to identify variable, use naming concept, what type it is
See Note for full list

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Navigation attributes of 0DATE info object

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Data flows are delivered, which shows how the content exists, and the transformations between and use this to activate the content

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New in SP04, can use these data flows to generate process chains (wow)

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Will main way of extracting out of S/4HANA Cloud (1905)
Will end up in on premise release (1909)

Two deltas (timestamp, same as before) and change data capture (new)

Broad structure, denormalized header/line for SD billing, can use in BW right away

“CDS Extraction blog available: Overview in Part I, Delta Handling in Part II
and Miscellaneous Topics in Part III” Source: SAP

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Broad data source, based on change data capture mechanism, don’t need to fill set up tables, can start extracting right away

“For additional information about SAP BW/4HANA Content for SD Sales and SD- Billing (SAP S/4HANA Cloud extraction) see SAP Note 2832702 and 2796370” source: SAP

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Left see new data sources, feeding DSO, see dates delivered and which SP

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For Plant Maintenance, CDS views have same structure as other extractors

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For SuccessFactors, Workforce Management, 50-60 info objects for key master data – employment history; info objects are time dependent

Reporting -some composite providers for headcount reporting

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Uses oData API
Uses Field based DSO’s

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OData API’s for SuccessFactors
See SAP Note, provides steps

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Road map (subject to change)

Planned innovations – content for FI, starting with master data, eventually general ledger, accounts payable/receivable(based on core data service, S/4HANA)

Extensions for plant maintenance

Funds Management retraction for budgets

Future content packages – SAP Cloud for Customer, production planning content, SD – CDS extraction

Procurement – purchase orders

Future direction – content for cloud solutions


Full list of ABAP DataSources whitelisted for SAP S/4HANA in SAP Note 2500202

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A: Not supported

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      Author's profile photo Frederic Cincet
      Frederic Cincet

      Hello Tammy,

      This was an interesting webcast and, by the way, the new ASUG site layout is great !



      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for this!

      Do you have a link to download the presentation?


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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi Mel - I will check...thank you for replying