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PowerDesigner for documenting SAP BW?

Is it possible to use somehow PD functionality for importing SAP Business Suite Data Dictionary to import/document SAP BW data structures? Do you have any experience with it? What other functions might be used for design of new SAP BW (on HANA) structures besides PDM model for HANA DBMS?

Of course, there can be simple reverse engineering used, but without translation of cryptic table names, the value added is not big. I can even customize DBMS definition file or script some automation as a post-reverse engineering action, but I need to know, what kind of information it is possible to get from SAP BW into PD.

Thanks,

Ondrej

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  • Jul 25, 2017 at 09:32 AM

    Hello Ondrej

    There was some work inside SAP regarding support for BW, just over a year ago, so I've asked two of the people involved to take a look at this thread. I hope they're still involved :)

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  • Jul 25, 2017 at 08:26 PM

    Hi Ondrej - For classic BW we recommend a partner solution Safyr by Silwood Technologies. Additionally, there is a session planned at TechEd, HBD118, that may help you which requires some extension by you to be able bring this information in to PowerDesigner.

    But for BW on HANA, we are planning to support the Native DSO as part of our road map for SAP EA Designer, our next generation EA solution native to HANA.

    HTH,

    -Matt C.

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    Jul 26, 2017 at 09:35 AM

    Hi Ondrej,

    the CEI George is talking about, will not be continued by SAP. We've (ifb Group) been asked by SAP to finalize the CEI... we have already implemented some additional logic to what has been done during the CEI (George was involved in that), but we are not ready yet... as we are fully booked, and non of our clients asks about this functionality at the moment.. it's not prio 1 for us.

    BR,

    Rafal

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