Thursday, December 31, 2015

SAP BW 74: few new features

The SAP BW 74 is available for some time already and I already posted few blogs about it. In this post I introduce two more functions introduced in this release.

1) New with SAP BW 7.4 SP8: XXL - Attributes
It provides a possibility to load and store different files types (so called Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Types) or long string (data type STRING or XSTRING) as XXL attribute into BW. The MIME file format can be e.g. PDF, XML, office files, image, video or audio files. The XXL attributes are basically characteristics values lower or equal to 255 and long texts up to 1333 characters.
While specifying an InfoObject to store such a XXL attribute it must be set a new flag called “Supports XXL Attributes” which is available on Master Data/Texts tab of the IO maintenance screen. Afterwards on tab called “XXL Attributes” it is possible to specify which XXL attributes the IO should have.
See more information in online documentation.

2) History function – Within RSA1 t-code under Modeling section, there is a new view. It displays history of actions performed on BW objects. All actions with relation to workbench navigation on objects (e.g. display, change, manage etc.) are displayed there. Notice that all actions are grabbed as per same session of user. Actions which are captured there can be re-performed. It is useful function which helps within the navigation across the different objects in RSA1.

3) Source/target extraction possibilities on DTP – there are few new object types introduced from which a DTP can extract the data. These are Advanced DSO (aDSO), and InfoObject: XXL Attributes.

Similarly with regards of target object type of the DTP there are again these two new into which the DTP can store the data to.

4) New source system types – bellow are new types of source system introduced. These are mostly related to Operational Data Provisioning (ODP) source systems. See online documentation here.
ODP - SAP (Extractors)
ODP - SAP HANA Information Views
ODP - SLT Queue
ODP - SAP Business ByDesign
ODP - Other Contexts

More posts about SAP BW 74:

BW Modeling Tools (for SAP HANA BW)

Changes to query properties in BW 73 vs 74

BW 74: Monitoring of process chain for mobile devices

BW 74: Master data maintenance: web based environment

"Field-based" modeling in BW


Anonymous said...


Thanks for your wonderful blog posts. Please continue your good work. Wish you a happy new year!

Martin Maruskin said...

Thanks for your kind words, Have a wonderful new year too!