Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 2, 2002 - Computers - 544 pages
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"This book is insightful and thought-provoking for even the most seasoned SAP BW individual."
—Richard M. Dunning, Chair, American SAP Users Group

Written by the leading experts in the field, this comprehensive guide shows you how to implement the SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW) and create useful applications for business analysis of company-wide data. You'll quickly learn how to design, build, analyze, and administer the data and information in the SAP BW component. The authors present the material in a way that reflects the process an organization goes through during a software implementation.

They begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of data warehousing and business intelligence, helping you determine if SAP BW is right for your organization. The book then focuses on the business content and options available when trying to deliver value from the data stored in the SAP BW. And it includes a methodology for implementing the BW, such as data modeling and techniques for capturing and transforming data.

With this book, you'll discover the options available in SAP BW 3.0 and explore a new way to drive business performance. It will show you how to:

  • Tackle such challenges as eliminating poor data quality
  • Develop an information model in order to properly deploy SAP BW
  • Utilize ETL, data storage, information access, analysis, and presentation services
  • Schedule, monitor, archive, and troubleshoot data loads
  • Effectively plan and manage the performance of a data warehouse

The companion Web site provides useful guides and templates for configuring your system, industry case studies, and additional updates.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Origins of Business Intelligence
1
Chapter 2 The SAP Business Intelligence Solution
19
Chapter 3 SAP Business Information Warehouse Architecture
35
Chapter 4 Information Modeling
89
Chapter 5 Understanding Business Content
153
Chapter 6 ETL Services
201
Chapter 7 Information Access Analysis and Presentation
279
Chapter 8 Analytic Applications
333
Chapter 9 Administration in the SAP Business Information Warehouse
395
Chapter 10 Performance Planning and Management
439
Bibliography
491
Index
493
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About the author (2002)

KEVIN McDONALD is CEO of COMPENDIT, a consulting organization specializing in data warehousing and SAP. Prior to working at COMPENDIT, he was a corporate spokesperson for SAP throughout the launch of the SAP BW in North America.

ANDREAS WILMSMEIER is a managing director at COMPENDIT and was part of the SAP BW development team.

DAVID C. DIXON is a director of Business Intelligence at COMPENDIT and was a SAP "platinum"consultant.

W. H. INMON is the acknowledged "father of data warehousing" and partner in www.billinmon.com, a Web site for information on data warehousing and related technologies.

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