Note: this is the second part of my article on sports, data and the link in between. Missed the first part? Read it here.Read more >
I’m curious, I like to write, I like basketball and I’m an IT-consultant specializing in SAP technology. Nothing more is needed for the following piece.
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Many customers have asked for it, and finally, it is available in SAP Analytics Cloud: scheduling stories and dashboards and deliver it to a wide variety of destinations.
The scheduling capabilities are available since release 2020.03 only for SAP Analytics Cloud Tenants based on the AWS data center.
Here we give a brief overview of the SAP Analytics Cloud scheduling features, as was planned in Q1 2020.
In the below-presented SAP roadmap (January 2020), the planned scheduling capabilities and roadmap are highlighted.Read more >
The title accompanying this blog post is quite the mouth full. This blog post will explain why you should be using Spark. If a use case would make sense, then we will introduce you to the DataBricks product, which is available on Azure. Being recognised as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant, emphasizes the operational use and vision of DataBricks.
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At the end of the year, it is always nice to look back at how we progressed and evolved within the projects of the last year. This year personally, I learned a lot concerning project and team management, which I’m happy to share with you. In the following article, I will focus on 2 different aspects and how we handled them at my current client:
Within the BI team, we have opted for a SCRUM-based approach. We are not adhering to the strict rules of SCRUM, but have taken the aspect we could implement within our current team and organizational structure. The organizational structure itself is not very agile, so we needed to improvise on certain aspects and compromise also a bit on the strict adherence to the methodology.Read more >
At Cubis, we see an increasing number of customers starting to upgrade their R/3 or other ERP environment to S/4HANA, in order to become a truly intelligent enterprise.
Since Cubis‘ focus is on analytics and not on enterprise resource planning, we should not be too bothered by this, except for the impact such an upgrade might have on the BI platform.Read more >
With ABAP Core Data Services, SAP S/4HANA provides us a very powerful way to model and consume the data which resides in our HANA database. Because they are being developed in the ABAP application layer, CDS can offer a rich variety of capabilities like conceptual modeling and relationship definitions. Their execution however, takes place in the HANA database, resulting in great performance as well. For more information on Core Data Services, please refer to this user guide, since they will not be discussed in-depth in this read.Read more >
Last year, our colleague Nico wrote a blog post on how to use the Open Hub technology in SAP BW to export BEx Query results. This was a handy solution as there was no need to store any additional data in the system and the Open Hub system is easy to deploy and use.
The blog ended with a list of limitations that would prevent you to use certain queries as an Info Provider and thus are unable to be used as a source for data transfer via Open Hub.
At one of my previous projects we ran into one of these limitations: they wanted to export the data from a set of queries that contained two structures. Alas, we could not enable these BEx Queries as Info Providers and had to scratch Open Hub from our design card. Due to this set back, we went back to a much older SAP BW component: the APD or Analysis Process & Designer. This a workbench that can be used to analyse, create and execute analysis processes.
However old this technology might be, you are able to use almost all (older) BW components as data source: Characteristic attributes, DSO’s, tables, flat files…
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That is the deadline when you are running a BW version 7.4 or older. SAP will end the mainstream maintenance for older BW products and encourage companies to move to newer versions, preferably BW/4HANA. If you read this and find yourself in this situation, don’t panic. Politicians would say that it’s way past 5 before 12. Luckily, we are consultants and see a solution instead of a problem.Read more >
Before starting my career in IT, I almost never went to online forums. However quickly after starting my career as an IT’er I came across multiple forums/communities in which I became (and still am) active.Read more >