Information is the lifeblood for today's business.
Information is what lets us understand the past and try to plan for the future. There is no business without information.
There is no life without blood, either. Blood connects our organs and transports the oxygen so vital for our existence. But it is the mixture of our blood, the speed of the bloodstream, and the well-functioning of all organs that make our body fit for all the challenges in life.
Is your business ready for challenges?
Information is just the starting point; it is an enabler. Today's business does not lack information; it is the information overload that represents a challenge.
But how do you use the information captured in all these databases, in all these files on your computer, in your drawers and in your Personal Digital Assistant? Does it prepare you to make informed decisions? Does it enable your company to stay competitive? How well do you process (and not just access) information? Are you able to derive knowledge to unlock your information power?
SAP introduced a solution with exactly these business issues in mind. SAP's Business Information Warehouse is the technological platform for data warehousing and e-business intelligence on top of your ERP product. It uses the veins put into place by ERP to pump through all the information to the consumer. It allows anybody to access critical information anywhere anytime.
Naeem Hashmi is one of the pioneers for this new technology. His extensive background in science and technology and his knowledge of today's most challenging business issues put him in a premier position to guide you through the first steps with SAP BW.
I am confident you'll enjoy Naeem's style of presenting even very complex subjects in a very easy-to-read format with his own sense of humor.
Director, SAP America
CRM Workplace Product Management
Fast and complete access to corporate operational, tactical, and strategic information is key to success in today's business world. Whether it is customer relationships, shorter time to market a product, or services profitability analysis, robust business intelligence technology is the foundation on which such integrated business intelligence systems are built.
Today's business intelligence environment consists of a myriad of technologies that are offered by a similar number of hardware, software, and consulting vendors. Determining which combination of hardware and software is best suited for a particular data warehousing need is complicated; acquiring the knowledge to adequately design and support the configuration is equally difficult.
One of the core components of the SAP business framework is a business intelligence solution called SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW). SAP BW is a complete data warehouse and information delivery framework and is very tightly coupled with the SAP R/3 OLTP environment. This makes it easier to implement an autonomous data warehouse environment without the challenge of dealing with SAP R/3 data extraction and data management complexities.
This book is intended for non-technical and intermediate-level technical professionals who want to understand emerging trends in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) data warehousing. This book will provide readers with sufficient information on SAP BW architecture, how to build reporting and analytical applications using SAP BW, and how SAP BW addresses issues facing large global companies in implementing information delivery environments. Data warehouse and SAP R/3 developers and consultants and data warehouse industry analysts will find this book very useful.
Readers are expected to have some basic understanding of data warehousing as well as some knowledge of SAP R/3 applications and technologies. However, a list of books, Web sites, and other material on the basics of data warehousing and SAP R/3 are provided. This book covers SAP BW versions 1.2B and 2.0A.