SAP BW: A Step-by-Step Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide

SAP BW: A Step-by-Step Guide: A Step-by-Step GuideBook Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201703661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201703665
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches

Book Description

Many large companies have now had SAP R/3 installed for several years, and have an urgent need to analyze the vast amounts of transaction data R/3 is providing them. Getting hold of vital facts and figures and turning them into useful information is a complex and time-consuming task. BW is designed to accurately and effectively support critical business decision-making. It facilitates high-performance and error-free extraction, transfer, transformation, and loading of data from a variety of data sources. This book uses step-by-step instructions with many examples to illustrate key SAP BW functions. Using a real-world business scenario as a running example, the book presents a comprehensive view of BW, from underlying concepts and basic techniques through the technology’s most sophisticated capabilities. Tips, lessons, and best practices are discussed. It also covers other relevant technologies. With the clear explanations and practical techniques, SAP professionals will gain both the general understanding and specific skills they need to create effective data extraction tools needed to support decision-making processes.

About the Author

Biao Fu is a partner with Fuguji LLC, an IT consulting firm specialized in ERP, data warehousing, business intelligence, and supply chain management. Prior to Fuguji LLC, he was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). At PwC Global Training Center, he was a solutions architect, as well as the lead instructor of SAP BW Technical Infrastructure (BWTI) class, where he was granted the Award of Excellence for his contributions to BWTI and other BW classes. He is an SAP Certified Technical Consultant and SAP Certified BW Consultant.

Henry Fu is a partner with Fuguji LLC, an IT consulting firm specialized in ERP, data warehousing, business intelligence, and supply chain management. He is an Oracle Certified Database Administrator and Oracle Certified Application Developer. He has been involved in the development and implementation of several large-scale data warehousing projects. He is a licensed professional engineer (Ontario, Canada), and has two M.S. degrees majoring in management science and engineering.

What Readers Say

I am a SAP Consultant for FICO for the last few years and I have experience in Data Warehousing projects. Now I have entered into the world of SAP BI, with my past experience in DW. I am involved currently in a SAP BI project.

SAP- BIW has a Back End called ‘Administrator Work Bench’, which is all about Data Modelling, Data Targets which leads Info cubes, Info source and Data source. The back end process is all about gathering data from the data sources and put them in BIW thru R/3. The Front End is called ‘Business Explorer’ and this helps in viewing the data gathered for decision processing.

Critical points about the Book: The Book deals only in Back End processes and it does not teach about Front End, except querying (chapter 5). To know about Front End extensivley, one has to read “SAP BW Reporting Made Easy, 2.0B/2.1C” by SAP Labs Inc. Simplification Group.

Further even in Back End, it is not giving any info abt data modelling or data designing. It merely teaches how to transfer the data from Data source to BIW thru R/3. Regret that, it is not covering complicated transfers. This book is in-complete in many aspects. In other words, the book teaches the core functions required from BIW Consultant for handling the Back end processes.

Positive points: Authors deserve appreciation for having written a book needed in the crucial time, since SAP BI is getting implemented in many places. The book is concise and clear in whatever topics they deal with.

I should also say that this book can be useful from beginners to intermediate level. Beginners mean, those who have prior experience in SAP or in Data Warehousing but new to SAP BI.

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