Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse: Leveraging the Business Intelligence Capabilities of SAP NetWeaver, 2nd Edition

Book description

"This book is the definitive guide for SAP NetWeaver BI professionals. Based on their extraordinary expertise with the product, the authors provide deep insights about key innovations in the areas of user experience, query performance, integrated planning, and enterprise-wide data warehousing."

—Stefan Sigg, Vice President, SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence

The long-anticipated publication of this second edition reflects the growing success of SAP NetWeaver as well as the various Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities that are embedded with SAP BW version 7.0. Written by SAP insiders, this comprehensive guide takes into account the ever-changing features, functionality, and toolsets of SAP NetWeaver to bring you the most updated information on how to use SAP BW to design, build, deploy, populate, access, analyze, present, and administer data. You'll discover the options that are available in SAP NetWeaver and uncover a new means to improve business performance.

This book reflects the process an organization goes through during an implementation of the software. The authors begin with an introduction to BI and SAP NetWeaver and quickly progress to information modeling and enterprise data warehouse concepts. You'll learn how to access and deliver meaningful analytic information to the organization, as well as perform integrated planning functions. Finally, the authors share invaluable insight on warehouse administration, performance, and security.

With more than 50 percent new or revised material, this second edition of Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse shows you how to:

  • Extract data from online transaction processing systems

  • Store transformed data in a way that best supports reporting and analysis

  • Use the various Business Explorer tools such as BEx Report Designer, BEx Analyzer, BEx Broadcaster, and BEx Web Application Designer

  • Schedule, monitor, troubleshoot, and archive data loads

  • The companion Web site contains sample chapters in Wiki format and the authors' blog where readers may enter discussions about the book and SAP.

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    The companion Web site contains the sample code presented in the text of the book, plus implementation templates.

    Table of contents

    1. Cover
    2. Contents
    3. Title Page
    4. Copyright
    5. Dedication
    6. About the Authors
    7. Credits
    8. Foreword
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. Introduction
    11. Chapter 1: The Origins of Business Intelligence
      1. Evolution of Information Processing
      2. The Data Warehouse Is Conceived
      3. What Is Data Warehousing?
      4. Architected Solutions
      5. Evolution of SAP
      6. Summary
    12. Chapter 2: The SAP NetWeaver Integration Platform
      1. The Architectural Roots of SAP NetWeaver
      2. NetWeaver Overview
      3. Application Platform (Technology)
      4. Process Integration
      5. Information Integration
      6. People Integration
      7. Composite Application Framework
      8. Summary
    13. Chapter 3: SAP Business Information Warehouse Architecture
      1. SAP BW Architectural Components
      2. Metadata and Document Management
      3. Design, Monitoring, and Administration
      4. Data Acquisition and Transformation
      5. Data Access and Analysis
      6. Information Distribution
      7. Presentation
      8. Planning
      9. Summary
    14. Chapter 4: Information Modeling
      1. Information Modeling Prerequisites
      2. Understanding the SAP BW Metadata Model
      3. Developing an Information Model
      4. Summary
    15. Chapter 5: Enterprise Data Warehousing
      1. Business Intelligence Strategy
      2. Architecture
      3. Data Integration
      4. Modeling the Layers of an EDW
      5. Modeling Support for Data Integration
      6. Modeling Support for Data Historization
      7. Governance
      8. Summary
    16. Chapter 6: Data Acquisition and Transformation
      1. Data Acquisition
      2. Transformation
      3. Loading
      4. Summary
    17. Chapter 7: Data Access, Analysis, and Information Distribution
      1. Data Access
      2. Information Analysis
      3. Information Distribution
      4. Summary
    18. Chapter 8: Information Presentation
      1. BEx Presentation Components
      2. Generic Presentation Options
      3. Other Presentation Options
      4. Summary
    19. Chapter 9: Integrated Planning
      1. Integrated Planning Positioning
      2. Integrated Planning Technology
      3. Integrated Planning Data
      4. Planning Functions
      5. Integrated Planning User Interface
      6. Integrated Planning Process Control
      7. BW-BPS Coexistence
      8. Best and Worst Practices
      9. Summary
    20. Chapter 10: Business Analytics
      1. Analytic Application Architecture
      2. What Is Business Content?
      3. Business Content Progression
      4. Using Business Content
      5. Customer Relationship Analytics
      6. Supply Chain Analytics
      7. Financial Analytics
      8. Summary
      9. Notes
    21. Chapter 11: Administration
      1. Application-Oriented Administration
      2. System-Oriented Administration
      3. Summary
    22. Chapter 12: Performance Planning and Management
      1. Performance Planning
      2. Performance Management
      3. Summary
    23. Appendix A Acronyms
    24. Index
    25. Wiley End User License Agreement

    Product information

    • Title: Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse: Leveraging the Business Intelligence Capabilities of SAP NetWeaver, 2nd Edition
    • Author(s): Kevin McDonald, Andreas Wilmsmeier, David C. Dixon, W. H. Inmon
    • Release date: August 2006
    • Publisher(s): Wiley
    • ISBN: 9780764596377