Information Classes for Business Information Warehouse

Definition

Method of classifying SAP documentation by content, in order to make specific types of documentation easier to find. The Business Information Warehouse (BW) information classes describe the different types of Business Content objects.

Structure

  InfoSource

Keyblock

Answers the questions

Title

What is the InfoSource called?

Technical Name

What is the technical name of the InfoSource?

Use

What data should be loaded with the InfoSource?
How is the InfoSource structured?
What is the business context of the InfoSource?
What special features should I note with the InfoSource?

Characteristics

What characteristics does the InfoSource contain?

Time Characteristics

What time characteristics does the InfoSource contain?

Units

What units does the InfoSource contain?

Key Figures

What key figures does the InfoSource contain?

  InfoCube

Keyblock

Answers the questions

Title

What is the InfoCube called?

Technical Name

What is the technical name of the InfoCube?

Use

What is the function of the InfoCube as a data basis (for example, which evaluations do I use it for)?
What is the business context of the InfoCube?
What special features should I note with the InfoCube?

InfoSources

From which InfoSources is data loaded into the InfoCube?

Characteristics

What characteristics does the InfoCube contain?

Time Characteristics

What time characteristics does the InfoCube contain?

Key Figures

What key figures does the InfoCube contain?

Restricted Key Figures

What restricted key figures does the InfoCube contain?

Calculated Key Figures

What calculated key figures does the InfoCube contain?

Units

What units does the InfoCube contain?

 Query

Keyblock

Answers the questions

Title

What is the query called?

Technical Name

What is the technical name of the query?

Use

What does the query do (in general and as regards business)?
Why do I need the query?
What navigation options do I have?
What special features should I note with the query?

Filter

What key figures or characteristics are evaluated in the query filter?

Free Characteristics

What free characteristics can I use to navigate in the query?

Rows

What characteristics or key figures are evaluated in the query rows?

Columns

What characteristics or key figures are evaluated in the query columns?

 Workbook

Keyblock

Answers the questions

Title

What is the name of the workbook?

Use

What decision-making situation does the workbook content support?
How are the queries in this workbook used?

Structure

What queries does the workbook contain?
How is the query data prepared for the evaluation and decision-making support (for example, drill-down characteristics)?
What graphics or navigation aids does the workbook contain?

 Characteristic

Keyblock

Answers the questions

Title

What is the name of the characteristic?

Technical Name

What is the technical name of the characteristic?

Use

What purpose does the characteristic serve?
What special features should I note with this characteristic?
What is an example of using this characteristic?

Technical Data

From which OLTP Release* is the characteristic available?
Which characteristic is the reference characteristic?
Can an external hierarchy be used? If so, which one?

Navigation Attributes

What navigation attributes can be used?

 Key Figure

Keyblock

Answers the questions

Title

What is the name of the key figure?

Technical Name

What is the technical name of the key figure?

Use

What is the purpose of the key figure (in general and as regards business)?
What do I need the key figure for?
What special features should I note with the key figure?

Technical Data

From which OLTP* Release is the key figure available?
Which unit does the key figure have?
Which unit InfoObject is referenced to?
What aggregation does the key figure have?
What exception aggregation does the key figure have?
What characteristic does the exception aggregation refer to?
How is the key figure calculated? Which formula is used?
What restriction (characteristic value selection) is there for the key figure?