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SAP HANA Data Modeling and CDS Views

In recent years I have been reading that the strategical direction for SAP products is towards CDS view. And whilst still being supported, the HANA Modeling concept (calculate, attribute etc. view) is becoming less common.

Having that said, SAP is still offering some EGIs on HANA Modeling.

Is it worth investing some time and resources into learning these concepts and best practices, or is the future purely in CDS?

Given how fast this area is moving, can anyone give me some insight into the future direction and the current state of the world?


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  • Oct 22, 2018 at 08:31 AM

    Hi Mitchell,

    It depends on your requirement. For example, In case you are using BOBJ WEBI for reporting, you can create relational connection based on HANA views and then have drill downs enabled on your report. ABAP CDS view will use OLAP connection and drill downs are not supported. It is driven by back-end hierarchies only. Similarly there are other use cases as well such as exception aggregation is well defined in ABAP CDS views (similar to BW) in HANA Modelling its not the same.

    I believe both will continue to evolve.



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    Dec 18, 2017 at 05:05 AM

    Hi Mitchell,

    I would recommend you to go with ABAP CDS, Because ABAP CDS provides all the features which are in the
    views modelled via SAP HANA Studio. It also provides additional features which are not there in HANA views.

    ABAP CDS can be easily used in ABAP, In case if you are working on a HANA without ABAP you could use HANA CDS.

    Please go through other discussions for more insight into this.

    Best Regards,
    Thirumoorthy R

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