Defining the Inbound Layer of SAP BW/4HANA


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a DataSource


Scenario Overview

In the next step of the data flow we define a DataSource in SAP BW/4HANA.

DataSource: terminology and use cases

A DataSource is created in SAP BW/4HANA and defines which of the source fields from the ABAP CDS View are required for extraction to SAP BW/4HANA. The ABAP CDS View is a reusable object that can serve multiple DataSources. Each DataSource can process different selections of fields. Not all DataSources require all of the available fields.

A DataSource does not persist loaded data, but passes it directly to the next layer. A DataSource is a meta data layer where the technical details of each field are stored, such as type, length, and conversion details. A DataSource also defines whether delta loading (load only changes) is supported.

A DataSource is an important part of the data flow and is usually the first object in the flow on the SAP BW/4HANA side. Some DataSources are classified to be used in master data loading, other ones are classified to be used in transactional data loading. A DataSource passes data from the ABAP CDS View to the next layer, which is usually a DataStore Object (advanced). Although similar in concept, different types of DataSources are provided to connect to all types of sources, such as SAP ABAP systems, File systems, non-SAP databases, etc.

A DataSource is always created for a specific source system. In SAP BW/4HANA we define a source system by providing connection details. There is a fixed list of source system types that you can create. The most popular of these is SAP ABAP systems. This source system type covers SAP Business Suite and SAP S/4HANA and any other SAP system that is built using ABAP. Once a source system is defined we can then create our first DataSource.

DataSource: system settings

In our scenario the DataSource ZP_EPM_CDSV_SO_1_DShas been created and connects to a transactional data ABAP CDS View that provides sales data. The DataSource has been created for the source system with the technical name T41_CDS to extract ABAP CDS Views from SAP S/4HANA system which has the system id (SID) T41.

You can start the following demo to explore the settings of the DataSource in SAP BW/4HANA:

Explore a DataSource

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