Creating Dynamic References in Universes

This is a guide to create easy dynamic references in a universe for easy dynamic date filtering in BusinessObjects. The following steps are for universes based off HANA Analytic and Calculation Views. 

A common ask from a client is automation, and we are definitely fans. It’s preferable to write a report once, then not have to touch it again, a la the old Ron Popeil adage: “Set it and forget it.” There are many Web Intelligence documents that are time-based analyses. Perhaps a year-to-date (YTD) report that compares the current year over the previous three years. Without some kind of dynamic data in there for filtering, we are stuck constantly updating the date. If this report is also on a scheduled burst to users, updating the date range becomes a monthly (even weekly) activity. Who wants to keep doing that?

We recently implemented a solution with one of our clients that offers a plethora of dynamic date options to use as filters in Web Intelligence. Given that we can filter a data dimension by another object in the query, we can use these dynamic dates to always return the appropriate dates regardless of when they are run/bursted. Let’s walk you through the steps to create them in a universe via the Information Design Tool (IDT).

    1. When is now? 
      The first step is to create the current date. Organizationally, we are going to create additional folders and sub-folders to make it easier for our users. Let’s create a few folder and sub-folders:


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About the Authors 

Jason Kehl

Jason is a Manager in Protiviti’s Data Management & Advanced Analytics practice. A multi-year veteran of SAP products, he has helped customers move from BEx Queries into HANA powered BusinessObjects, upgrade environments, security and administration, and build various reports and dashboards. Jason is proficient on SAP BW, Business Explorer queries, Web Intelligence, Information Design Tool, Universe Design Tool, Lumira, HANA modeling, BusinessObjects administration, security and upgrades. He has also spoke at numerous ASUG and SAPinsider events.


Russ Cohen

Russ is a senior consultant in Protiviti’s Data Management & Advanced Analytics practice with a strong business and technological background in SAP HANA modeling, Design Studio, Lumira, Web Intelligence, and Information Design Tool. Russ is familiar with and has worked on multiple databases including HANA, ECC, BW, as well as OLAP and relational databases. he is skilled in all stages of the development cycle: requirement analysis, design, development, testing, deployment and end-user training abilities.

Categories: HANA, IDT

Bring the Power of SAP Analytics to

When standard Salesforce reporting just isn’t enough, leverage the power of your SAP Analytics Suite. Protiviti’s Salesforce ® Connect for SAP® Analytics solution is an automated integration that brings the full potential of the SAP BusinessObjects platform to users.

Sales reps, marketing professionals and customer service personnel can leverage the robust scalability and security of their SAP BusinessObjects content from within, anywhere and at any time, increasing productivity, reducing training, and providing the team with a true 360 degree view of their customers.

Protiviti Salesforce Connect expert Patrick Nesmith will review how Salesforce Connect lets you mash-up, merge and view data from SAP Lumira®, SAP Crystal Reports®, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, SAP® BusinessObjects™ Web Intelligence® and more.

Join us for this 45 minute session to learn how to:

  • Access, view, update and refresh SAP BusinessObjects developed content within including Salesforce and non-Salesforce data – eliminating the need to move data
  • Integrate specific report / visualization content into existing Salesforce tabs or pages
  • Deliver visibility via KPIs that drive your Sales and Marketing activities

About Patrick Nesmith 

Patrick Nesmith is a director in Protiviti’s Data Management and Advanced Analytics practice. He is a recognized expert in the field of Business Intelligence, with significant experience advising clients on their BI strategy and managing large scale BI projects. Patrick joined Protiviti in November 2015, when Decision First Technologies (DFT) was acquired by the global consulting firm. He had been with DFT for more than a decade, as director of presales and director of client development. Prior to joining DFT, Patrick was co-owner of Capricorn Consulting. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology.

Categories: BusinessObjects

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need an SAP HANA Security Strategy

As more organizations make the move to SAP HANA-based solutions, many of those same companies are failing to recognize that building a solid security strategy is just as important as the platform itself. With most of the SAP ecosphere running something based on SAP HANA, solutions like Suite on SAP HANA (SoH) and S/4HANA are bringing the dream of running ERP and Analytics on the same platform to life, prompting more organizations to grant access directly to the SAP HANA database.

But is that the best strategy to keep your valuable data secure? Have you considered the gaps that exist in your SAP HANA security model? Do you HAVE an SAP HANA security strategy in place? Here are the top five reasons all organizations need to address their SAP HANA security model before it’s too late:

  1. Fraud can cause an organization to lose both money and its valuable reputation. When an SAP HANA system operates an SAP ERP application serve, someone only needs to INSERT, UPDATE or DELETE access to the SAP ERP tables to commit mass fraud.
  2. When your SAP ERP system is offline, it is hard to conduct business. So yes, securing your SAP HANA system is also about system availability. An untrained administrator with a high level of privileges can be just as dangerous as a hacker trying to bring down your system. You’ll need a sound SAP HANA security model, SoD and training to prevent these types of mistakes.
  3. Hackers try to gain access to your systems and data for a variety of reasons. Typically, they’re not breaking in to perform routine maintenance. More likely, they hack into your system to steal information, commit fraud, extortion, denial of service and other malicious acts. You must make it very difficult for them to penetrate your SAP HANA database security.
  4. Compliance means that resistance to implementing SAP HANA security if futile. Most organizations have obligations to external regulatory agencies and must adhere to their security standards. SAP HANA is one of many systems that are subject to numerous regulations. Therefore, you need to have a security model and security strategy for all SAP HANA systems.
  5. Access to data must be governed. Almost all SAP HANA solutions involve the storage of master data and transaction data. Such data often needs to be segregated within the organization. Without a proper security model in place, most organizations have no means of securely distributing data hosted in SAP HANA.


To help organizations understand what’s required to create a sound SAP HANA security model, I recently authored a book titled SAP HAN Security Guide, now available from SAP-Press and Rheinwerk Publishing.



The book addresses the following key areas of security and other topics:

User Provisioning Repository Roles
Object Privileges System Privileges
Package Privileges Analytic Privileges
Encryption Auditing and Monitoring
Troubleshooting Security Recommendations

SAP HANA Security Guide is available from SAP Press in hard copy or ebook format at: SAP-PRESS. Hard copies are also available from Amazon.

About Jonathan Haun

Jonathan is currently working as a Director at Protiviti. He has over 16 years of BI and IT experience. He currently focuses exclusively on Business Intelligence tools, technologies and EIM processes. He has helped hundreds of companies implement BI tools and strategies over the past 10 years. With Protiviti, he primarily works with the SAP BusinessObjects IDD and EIM tools. This includes experience with Data Integrator, Data Services, Universe Design, Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, Xcelsius, BusinessObjects Enterprise, HANA, BOE architecture and server sizing. He is also a contributing author to the SAP Press book “Implementing SAP HANA” and the SAP Insider Book “SAP HANA HA and DR Essentials” The views and opinions on this blog are my own. They do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Protiviti or SAP.

Categories: HANA, Security

First Impressions of the New SAP BI Launchpad

Experienced users of Web Intelligence, whom might have become fatigued with the interface of Web Intelligence and other applications using the BI Launchpad, will be excited to see the brand new iteration of the Launchpad in BI 4.2 SP4. This new, yet familiar interface will be sure to please both current and future users alike.

New, Yet Familiar Design

The entire look of the BI Launchpad has been given a major facelift, with the most prominent change being a shift to a tiled icon interface, more consistent with other SAP applications like Fiori 2.0. Upon login, users are directed to the My Home  page, pictured below.

In my opinion, this layout can be a tad bit overwhelming at first glance. Files are listed alphabetically with seemingly no options for grouping by file type, whether the file be a Webi or a Crystal Report. A drop down menu in the top left hand corner does allow you, however, to navigate to your recent and favorite documents for a more consolidated view.

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Sr. Consultant 2
Data & Analytics

Getting Started with BW4HANA

Big Data with SAP HANA & Hadoop

Purpose –

This is part 1 of series of blog to get started with BW4HANA.

In this part we will create a BW4HANA instance from the image deployed by SAP on Cloud Platform like AWS or Azure.

Prerequisites –

  • SAP SID. It usually starts with S and is 11 characters for eg-: S0012345678. You can get SID from SAP.
  • SAP Cloud Appliance Library account (link). Fill in the necessary information using your SID above.
  • Access key and Secret key for your Amazon Web Service (AWS) account if you are using AWS to host your instance.

Let’s Get Started –

  1. Open the SAP Cal (link) in your favorite browser


  1. Login with your SAP ID

1-2.png3. On the top right corner there is a search option, Search for “BW


4. Select the appropriate instance from the below list and click on Create instance.      …

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Categories: HANA

How to secure information views in SAP HANA

As more and more organization implement SAP HANA native or standalone, the need to understand how to provide access and secure information views has emerge.  The intent of this article is to provid…

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Categories: HANA

Multistore Table Partitions in SAP HANA 2.0

Starting with SAP HANA 2.0 we can now partition a single table between in-memory storage and SAP HANA Extended Storage (AKA.. Dynamic Tiring). This is an excellent feature because it simplifies the…

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Categories: HANA