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SAP BI Real Time Interview Questions (Part -9)

Q: What is the significance of ODS in BIW?
An ODS Object serves to store consolidated and debugged transaction data on a document level. It describes a consolidated dataset from one or more InfoSources. This dataset can be analyzed with a BEx Query or InfoSet Query.

The data of an ODS Object can be updated with a delta update into InfoCubes and/or other ODS Objects in the same system or across systems. In contrast to multi-dimensional data storage with InfoCubes, the data in ODS Objects is stored in transparent, flat database tables.

Q: What is Bex?
BEx (Business Explorer) is the reporting tool used to work with data in the BW database. BEx has a Web-based user interface and is made up of two components, the BEx browser and the BEx analyzer. The BEx browser provides an organized interface where a user can access and work with any type of document assigned to them in the Business Information Warehouse, such as workbooks, links, and BW Web reports. The BW database itself is segmented into discrete data areas called InfoCubes that are made up of data and associated metadata. The BEx analyzer allows the user to examine segmented data in a variety of useful combinations, for example when comparing financial data for different fiscal years.

Q: Name some drawbacks of SAP?
There are many benefits to implementing an integrated solution such as SAP.

Commercial benefits would include having a single source for your financial information. Capturing your business transactions in one location allows you to easily review inventory, customer and vendor activity. On the technical side, a solution on a single platform will enable easier maintenance and support, reducing costs. Having a consolidated system means fewer interfaces to support. By having a single system of record your human resources will become familiar with terminology associated With this data and the standard processes. This may improve communication and create a work force that is easier to transfer between roles.
Any drawbacks to such a solution would depend on the amount of restrictions you choose to place on your environment.
New business solutions may have to fit within the current system, technology must be compatible and human resources must adapt to handle data in certain standard processes.

Q: What is WF and its importance?
Business Work Flow: Tool for automatic control and execution of cross-application processes.
This involves coordinating the persons involved, the work steps required, and the data, which needs to be processed (business objects).
The main advantage is reduction in throughput times and the Costs involved in managing business processes. Transparency and quality are enhanced by its use.

Q: Explain the concept of Business Content in SAP Business Information Warehouse? Business content is a set of pre-configured set of roles and task relevant information models based on consistent metadata in the SAP business information warehouse. Business Content provides selected roles within a company with the information they need to carry out their tasks. The information models essentially contain roles, workbooks, queries, InfoSources, InfoCubes, key figures, characteristics, update rules and extractors for SAP R/3, mySAP.com Business Applications and other selected applications.

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