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'/' is treated as '-' in SAP BODS

Hi Experts,

We are loading data from SAP BW system to Oracle Table.

In SAP BW system we have data as /1,30000 while to loading or preview data in SAP BODS it displaying it as -1,30000.

We are using this values for further calculations, so it is treating it as negative value .

Kindly please help.

Thanks in advance !!

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  • Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 09:20 AM

    You might need to do a conversion of this type of data form Character to Number and store it in BW tables


    You can use word_ext() function in BODS to separate the string / from /1,30000 and then use to_decimal() to convert the string to a decimal number.

    Source Table Value:

    Mapping for Column:

    Target Table Value:

    Hope this helps!!


    Arun Sasi

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  • Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 03:37 PM

    What is the data type of /1,30000 in BW?

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  • Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 01:11 PM

    Hi Pradheep,

    I am not aware of BW system, but one thing that I suppose happens is that when you extract the data from BW to BODS, at the first level, the implicit datatype conversion converts the field to a number and thus assumes the number as negative.

    Could you try to explicitly change the datatype in the first OUT schema to VARCHAR, for the particular field and then remove all the extra characters apart from just the number and converting back to NUMBER again.

    For removing any extra characters, you can use match functions to extract only the number and exclude rest or implement the solution provided by Arun in the above.



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