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BI Data Modeling and Frontend Design

With Business Content, SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence delivers professionally designed and developed add-on solutions that, for specific industries and business scenarios, represent the entire data warehouse process from extraction, to data warehousing, to reporting. The SAP teams that develop Business Content adhere to guidelines and use templates and tools that deliver consistent, powerful, and accessable reporting solutions.

The items on this topic page represent the guidelines and best practices used by SAP's internal Business Content development teams to model data and to develop reporting interfaces to that data. As you implement your own data warehouse, you'll benefit by following their lead. This topic page provides a collection of documents that will help you design and implement user interfaces for collected BI data, and consistent BI metadata and data flow models across all conceptual layers of the data warehouse.

The guidelines on this page are segregated into two topic areas: BI Data Modeling and Frontend Design. For an architectural overview that spans both, see Architectural Guidelines for Analytics Applications. The guidelines in this document will help you choose the right frontend tool and data acquisition approach for your analytics applications.

BI Data Modeling

Business Content in SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence ships with hundreds of InfoCubes and other data structures. To satisfy the demands of very demanding business communities, many of these structures are quite complex. The guidelines documents in this section describe the practices and recommendations used by SAP's internal Business Content developers to build these structures. As you build your own, you'll benefit from following their lead.

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Multi-Dimensional Modeling with SAP NetWeaver BI   

Get essential information on the techniques used to design InfoCubes, the multidimensional sstructures within SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (BI). Also learn methods for evaluating which technique to use in different development scenarios.

Modeling the Data Warehouse Layer with BI   

This guide describes in detail how to model the Data Warehouse layer with SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence. You will start with some general do's and don'ts regarding the Data Warehouse layer, and then learn about the definition, properties, and benefits of the different conceptual layers of data warehousing. This theoretical background is now illustrated by explicit data modeling patterns and use cases in BI. The guide concludes with advice on performance considerations around the Data Warehouse Layer.

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BI Data Modeling: MultiProviders and InfoSets   

This guide describes how to effectively use MultiProviders and InfoSets when modeling data in SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence. You'll start with some general do's and don'ts regarding MultiProvider and InfoSet models, and then learn about explicit data modeling patterns and use-cases in BI. The guide concludes with advice on performance considerations around Multiproviders and InfoSets.

Modeling Data Transformations in SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence   

In Enterprise Data Warehousing, we extract, transform, and load data - and the transformations that take place between our data sources and our reporting targets are critical to the utility and validity of that data. This guide from SAP's internal Business Content development team describes their best practices for doing data transformations in SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence scenarios.

How to Routines within Transformations  

This How-to Guide from the SAP NetWeaver Regional Implementation Group addresses the following scenario: You have been tasked to manipulate and transform the data flowing through your data warehouse. In order to accomplish this, you decide to use of routines within the transformations of SAP NetWeaver 2004s Business Intelligence.

Frontend Design

SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence ships with over 250 web applications developed as part of Business Content Add-ons for the product. These web applications all use standard UI "patterns" and adhere to UI guidelines that are published and maintained by SAP's internal Business Content development teams. These are those guidelines.

Getting Started

Frontend Design Guidelines - SAP BI in SAP NetWeaver 2004s  

This updated and expanded guide explains how to design effective user interfaces using the BI Suite, the Visual Composer, and more for SAP BI NetWeaver 2004s. An SDN exclusive, these are SAP's internal guidelines for using the Report Designer, the BI Pattern Wizard (now built in to the Web App Designer), and the other tools in the BI Suite.

Frontend Design Guidelines - SAP BI in SAP NetWeaver 2004   

This document defines the general frontend development guidelines used by SAP Business Content development teams.

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How to Create and Maintain User Interface Patterns for BI Content   

This How-to describes how to install and use the BI Template Wizard to create template-based web applications that conform to Business Content guidelines.

Business Content - User Interface Patterns Guidelines  

This guidelines document details the design recommendations and rules used to develop web applications based on UI Pattern templates from the BI Template Wizard.

Download Package - the BI Template Wizard   

The usage of the BI Content UI Patterns ensures a unified layout of Web Reporting across all applications and an easy creation and maintenance of Web Applications by the BI Template Wizard, easy migration to higher NetWeaver releases. Finally they meet the required accessibility and usability standards.

How to Add BI Reports to a Portal Page  

You have developed Web Templates using the Web Application Designer. Now you want to offer these Web Templates to your end users via the Enterprise Portal. This How-to guide describes how to add these Web Templates to your Enterprise Portal Content.

How to Do Exception Broadcasting  

You want to search BI queries for exceptions that have occurred and distribute these exceptions to the end users by Email or via the central alert framework. This functionality is called Exception Broadcasting. If you use the central alert framework, the exceptions will be displayed in the Universal Work list in the Enterprise Portal.

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