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sap business information warehouse

SAP Business Information Warehouse

Business Explorer – Web Application (BEX_300)


This course is intended to familiarize users with the SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW): Business Explorer-Web Application (BEx-Web) environment. After attending this class, you should be able to run, modify and save your BEx Reports. You will be tested at the end of class on these functions.

business information warehouse overview
Business Information Warehouse(Overview)

This is the Business Information Warehouse, also known as BW, which is like our current Data Warehouse in Oracle. Most of data we will be using is coming from R/3 (the SAP solution to replace our current mainframe environment) and imported into BW and placed either in an ODS (Operational Data Store); which is equivalent to a flat file, or an InfoCube; which is summarized data. We are coming in through the Enterprise Portal to get to Business Explorer (BEx) to produce reports from BW. There are other third party tools; like WebFOCUS, SAS, Crystal, … that can also be used to produce reports from the BW data… for an extra cost.

The third-party tools, we know are being talked about, are WebFOCUS and SAS… at this time, we only have BEx going against the BW data.

what is required to access bex web
Web browsers that support DOM level 2 (with dynamic generation of DOM objects), ECMA-262 script, HTML 4.0, and CSS 1.0. The reference Web browsers are the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MS IE) and the Netscape Navigator (NS) in the current Windows implementations (MS IE 6.x and NS 6.x). Instances of these Web browsers on other systems, for example, Apple Macintosh or Linux, may behave differently.

An Active Directory Services Account (domain is ad or mc) from IT User Accounts that is used to log onto the Enterprise Portal to get to SAP. (This is the same account used with Outlook and Microsoft Exchange)

What is Required to Access BEx-Web?
what version of internet explorer is on your pc
What Version of Internet Explorer is on your PC?
  • Start an Internet Explorer session
  • At the top of the window on the toolbar, click Help.
    • Select “About Internet Explorer”
  • The version number is displayed. If it is not equal to or greater than 6.0, contact your technical support person.
activating your active directory services account
Activating Your Active Directory Services Account

The following must be done the first time an Active Directory Services account is used:

  • From the UK Home page, click the Exchange Link and then Change Password
  • Put in your “Account” (userid), “Old password”, “New password”, “Confirm new password” (retype “New password”)
  • Click the “OK” button

Your AD password expires 90 days after it has been changed

  • Log onto myUK, the Enterprise Portal(
  • Key in your Active Directory Services User Id and Password
  • Log on
getting through the portal
Getting Through the Portal

Your portal might look different, depending on your SAP access or Role.

The portal is a work in progress… it will be changing.

Click the Reporting Link under Sandbox

bex reporting
BEx Reporting

Query Selection

Here is where all your available queries/reports are located

  • Favorites – Nothing will be showing in Favorites from BEx-Web
  • Role Based Queries– Everyone that has your role/access will see the same queries in this area
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Filters: Required Variables

Required variables are those listed with an asterisk on the end of the name. The other variables help to limit your report to what you really need. The more variables you can put in the better the performance; in other words, your report comes back quicker.

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Filters: Multiple Selections

With Multiple Selections you have choices on how to select your criteria.

  • You can choose: the operator, equal, range, less than or equal to, greater than, greater than or equal to, less than, wildcard, and not equal to.
  • You can choose the variable from the Selection Button
  • You can choose to Include or Exclude the filter selection
  • You can choose to add selections for this variable by clicking on Insert Row
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Filters: Range Selection

A range selection has a “from” area and a “to” area, with a “Selection Button” for each.

You can use this as a single selection if you have the same value in both boxes.

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Filters: Single Selection

With a single selection, you will be able to choose one entry from the selection list for this variable.

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Filters: Selections

Here are part of the available entries for the variable Fiscal Year/Period.

Only “Part”, because of “The Next 25 Values” button.

You have the choice to “Select All” of the values on this list OR just specific ones OR change your mind and “Deselect All” OR fine tune your selection options by doing a “Find”.

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Filters: Selections
  • Click in the box next to “Find” and use the asterisk as a wildcard/place holder.
  • To find the valid entries for the fiscal year 2005 put in ‘*2005’ and click on “Find”.
  • You can now “Select All” or check the ones you want.
  • When you have what you want, click the “Transfer” button.
filters personalization
Filters: Personalization
  • Fill in the required filters
  • If you find yourself filling in the same criteria for a variable, across multiple queries – not just the current one, you can set a personalization on the variable so the variable will be set for every query that uses that variable.
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Filters: Personalization
  • For example, if you fill in the range for Funds Center and always select “1058717100” to “1058735600” , as the group of Funds Centers you run reports for, right-click the “Personalization” icon and select personalize. The screen flickers and Funds Center disappears.
  • To see Funds Center again, click on “All” to see all the variables. The icon has changed and you can now change the variable for “this run”; otherwise it will stay the way you set it. To re-hide, click the new button at the bottom “Free”.
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Filters: Check and Execute
  • The “Check” button is useful when you type in your filter and want to make sure your entries are valid before running your query.
  • To run the query, click the “Execute” button.
bex web report
BEx-Web Report
  • Data Analysis
  • Graphical Display
  • Information
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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis
  • Make note of the message “Validity of Data:”. This gives you a quick reference to know when the data was last updated.
  • If it is not up to date – as of late last night or earlier this morning, you can hit “refresh” to refresh the data generated by the query.
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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis

You have a list of what the Rows and Columns are and also Free Characteristics.

Free Characteristics are fields that are available to use in your report that are not in the initial report.

All of the fields in the list on the left can be used for drill-down, to drill-across and to apply a filter.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Drill-downs

Drill-downs create breakdown of data by rows

If you want to see the data by GL Account, click on the icon with the down arrow.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Drill-across

Drill-across creates breakdown of data by columns

If you want to see the data by “Value type in FM”, click on the icon with the arrow pointing to the right.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Filters

You can add additional filters to your report to get the data you are really looking for. If you want to see a particular “Funded Program” apply the filter and the report updates. Take a look at “Funded Program” in the Free Characteristics. It now reflects what you selected.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Context Menus

The Context Menu can be different depending on what you right-click on to bring up the menu. Rows, Columns, Free Characteristics, Characteristic Column headers, Characteristic value (Characteristics are not amounts), Key Figure headers and Key Figure values (Key Figures are amounts). So, Characteristics describe what the Key Figures are.

There are two different types of Context Menus, Basic and Enhanced.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Context Menus







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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Context Menus

Free Characteristics



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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Context Menus

Characteristic Header

Characteristic Value





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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Context Menus

Key Figure Header

Key Figure Value





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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Save View

When you have your report the way you would like to see it on a regular basis, you can save the settings (not the data) with the “Save View” Button.

Views are shared…. Everyone that has access to this same query can run your saved view, but they cannot change or overwrite your saved view. They will be able to modify their own version and save it with a new unique Technical Name.

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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Save View

“Description”, max. number of characters are 60, make it as descriptive to you as possible.

We are suggesting the following guideline for your description:

your userid: description

Example - BKMCC03: Budget & Actuals by FYR by G/L

We would further suggest the ‘BY’ and ‘FOR’ principle, to apply after your userid: BUD/ACT BY FUND, FCTR FOR F/AREA 1000 - where BY indicates the drilled-down field, and FOR the filter.

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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Save View

“Technical Name”, max. number of characters are 30, there is a naming convention for technical names for views, this is…

  • ‘Z’, your userid, then add an underscore, and finally the next available view number.
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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Save View
  • Put a “Z” in “Technical Name” box
  • Put in your Active Directory Services UserID (do not include ad\ or mc\)
  • At the end of your userid, put in an underscore
  • Put in the next available view number for this query, starting with 0001.

Examples ZBKMCC03_0001 and Zdclaunch_0005

  • Click “Save” button
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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Save View

The purpose of the naming standard is to assist in identifying the views you have saved, using the suggested naming standard will quickly identify the person who saved the view and make it easier to find your next view number.

Since technical names have to be unique in the SAP BW system, you will need to keep track of your next view number. There is a spreadsheet on the SAP BW link,, which you can download to your desktop to assist in keeping track of your saved views.

If you decide not to use the spreadsheet, you can still find your next view number by going to Open View.

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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Open View

To check existing views, click on “Open View”. By default on the “Choose a View” window, your Display: is “History”. Check each of the views by either moving your cursor over each one slowly (the technical name will appear) or click on each one (the technical name will display in the Selected Object: box.)

You can use the drop-down on Display: and choose Roles, where you can see all the views saved by everyone who has the same access you do per role. You will need to expand each role and check for your views and note the view numbers until you can determine what the next available number is. Using the suggested view Description standard (detailed previously) will make this process much easier.

Expand your role(s) by clicking on the small black arrows until you see the views that have been created.

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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Open View

In Roles, you will be able to see all the views created on each query.

-- So you can share

-- Maybe someone already created a view you

can also use

-- Find your views and run your mouse over

slowly or click each view to determine which

view number is available

Click “Cancel” when you know what the next available number is.

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BEx-Web ReportData Analysis: Save & Open View

Once you save a view, it cannot be changed or overwritten by anyone (including yourself) – the only exception is the BW Support Staff. If you want to make a change to an existing saved view, you must re-save the view and give it a new technical name.

If you no longer need a view, send email to the BW Support Staff, [email protected], and specify what view you would like to have deleted. Make sure to include the ‘Technical Name’ of the view in your request. Deleting views no longer needed will help to keep the unwanted views from cluttering up the system. After the view is deleted, you can reuse the technical name, so you may also want to note the deletion in your spreadsheet.

Click Open View again and take a look at the Roles. You will be able to see the new view you just saved in Roles and in History.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Variable Screen

The “Variable Screen” button takes you to the “Variables for Ad-hoc Report” screen so you can change the parameters for the initial view of the report.

Click “Execute” when you have finished making changes.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Exceptions

Exceptions allows you to put on and take off the coloring of cells that meet specified criteria. You can Activate and Deactivate by clicking the red & green icon.

There may be some Exceptions and Conditions supplied with the query… maybe not, but you can create your own.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Exceptions

To see what an existing Exception looks like, right-click the Exception and select display

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Exceptions

To create your own “Exceptions”, click the “Create” button

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Exceptions
  • Put in a “Description”
  • Select which field is to be watched or color coded
  • Select how the data is to be compared; Greater Than, Less Than, Between, …
  • Fill in the next two boxes with the number or numbers that fit the comparison; Greater Than 100, Between 50 100, …
  • Select the problem level. Levels which tell you by color, how bad or good the field is.
    • Good 1, 2 and 3
    • Critical 1, 2 and 3
    • Bad 1, 2 and 3
  • Click on Transfer
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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Conditions

Conditions allows you to change the report depending on specified criteria.

For instance, if you want the top 10 “Actuals".

  • Text (name/description): Top 10 Actuals
  • At the bottom, Display all values... Check box
  • From drop-down select “Actuals”
  • From the next drop-down, select “Top Number” (you can see what the other possibilities are)
  • In the first box, put in “10”
  • Click “Transfer”
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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Exceptions & Conditions

Your newly created Exceptions and Conditions can be saved as a view and kept; otherwise, they will go away.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Notes

“Notes” are global documentation and specific to the initial query… they can be seen and changed by everyone who has the role where the query is located.

This can come in handy to relay information about a particular query.

Remember, if you save a view and add “Notes” to your view, you have also added it to the query in the role.

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BEx-Web Report Data Analysis: Export to Excel & CSV

You can export your report to an Excel Spreadsheet or a CSV (comma-delimited) file. This is handy if you want to use the data in Access, Crystal, Brio … .

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BEx-Web Report Graphical Display

The “Graphical Display” tab shows you what the current report from the “Data Analysis” tab looks like as a graph.

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BEx-Web Report Graphical Display: Display as …

You can choose how you would like to see your graph

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BEx-Web Report Information
  • “Information on Query” shows you information about the original query.
  • “Static Filter” – the filters that you can not change because they were applied to the query when it was initially developed, and the filters you put in for the initial report view
  • “Dynamic Filter” – filters you can change after you receive the initial report view
  • “Variable Values” – the values of the variables for the parameters you got when you ran the initial query
  • Logging off
    • BEx Windows
      • Report & Query List
        • Close Window – red “X” in upper right corner of window
    • myUK (Enterprise Portal)
      • Click “Log off”
need another report
Need Another Report?
  • BW Report Requirements document
    • Where to find it? Reporting Home Page,, Business Warehouse link
    • How to fill it out? Documentation provided on the Reporting Home Page (being developed)
    • Where to send it? [email protected]

Note: There will be no additional fields applied to Financial ODSs and InfoCubes until Human Resources Go-Live, which is January 1, 2006.

having problems
Having Problems?

If you experience problems while using BEx-Web, or need additional information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions: go to the UK Reporting Home Page ( – Business Warehouse link. If you still need assistance, send email to [email protected]