Consuming BW function modules in IDT

Starting 4.0 SAP introduced new Jco connecters to connect BW datamodels directly, this is more like connection to RDBMS but the data foundation is pre authored. However, through the standard BW Jco connection, IDT can connect to Cubes, DSo’s , Infoobjects, Multi providers , Infosets and Infoobjects.

In reality, there may be a requirement where we will need to extract data from the tables directly. the bookish way would be create a self system datasource and create a datamodel. This post explains how to access function modules easily by leveraging ERP connectors.

How to Access BW Function Modules in BOBJ

Part 1 – Creating Connection

Create ERP connection to BW box

Step 1- Function module

 

Give a name to connection

Step 2- Function module

 

Select SAP ERP drivers from the list ( NOT SAP NETWEAVER BW)

Step 3- Function module

 

Enter the parameters ( SSO supported) . Click Finish

Step 4- Function module

 

Creating a Data foundation layer

Create the connection shortcut to local project

Create a Data foundation layer ( Both Multi/single source supported)

P2 Step 2- Function module

 

Give the name and click Next

Select the Foundation type

P2 Step 4- Function module

 

Select the connection click finish

P2 Step 5- Function module

 

Step 6) In the data foundation panel under connection , all the Info sets and function modules are now accessible ( Function Module should be RFC enabled)

P2 Step 6- Function module

 

Create a Business Layer over the Data foundation and consume it in all supported reporting tools

-Karthik Addula

Converting netweaver Analysis workbook to use BOBJ platform

Requirement – Converting Analysis for office workbook based of netweaver platform to use BOBJ platform.

By default, converting Bex workbook into analysis office uses netweaver connection, which means the workbook needs to be saved to ABAP server, limited broadcasting functionality and also it will be specific to one BW server ( For instance, if you want to have workbook with combined data from BW and hana in multiple tabs it is not possible)

This post explains the step by step procedure on how to change the bex workbook to use BOBJ BICS connection

First, converting the Bex workbook

Launch Analysis office. (TCODE RSAAOE) , Click File>Analysis>Convert Bex workbook

 

Select the workbook to be converted.

Step 2- AAO conversion

 

Click Ok, it automatically converts the workbook into AAO workbook

Step 3- AAO conversion

 

Save the work book ( save to BOBJ platform)

Step 4- AAO conversion

 

Second,  Accessing the workbook

Open the workbook from BOBJ Platform

try to refresh the work book

The workbook will prompt for BW credentials, even though single sign on is activated in BOBJ.  ( please sign in manually)

 

Third, Converting the workbook

Open the work book

Refresh by manually entering the BW password

Click on components in design panel and click edit data source name

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The olap connection box will pop-up ( as you already authenticated to BOBJ platform in Part 2 , step 1)

Select the Desired OLAP BICS connection

Select the the same bex query the workbook is using.

Now the workbook is successfully changed, you can now refresh the workbook via BOCS connection and also schedule the workbook through BOBJ Scheduler ( 4.1 sp4 and higher, need AAO add-on to be installed on server)

– Karthik Addula