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Issue with planning Dashboard in Design Studio

Hi All,

I am having an issue with the planning Dashboard. Where user writes back to BW (Data Source).

In my dashboard, i am having a input ready spreadsheet available to enter following details:

Sequence No, Product Code , Product Name, Product Price.

User able to enter or update data with out any issue, But now there is requirement to add Product description (Which is around 500 characters). After discussing with our BW team, learned that its not possible to write Product Description (Which is generic, user can enter what ever he wants) to the BW system.

Is there any way to achieve this? Or is it possible if i change our data source to SQL server(Does planning functionality works for other data sources??? like SQL server, Excel Files???)

Environment: BI4.1

Design Studio 1.6 SP2

BW 7.3



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    Jan 11, 2017 at 01:44 PM

    Hi Kumar,

    your BW team is right - we can not maintain master data via a planning query.

    in BW 7.4 it is possible to use "key figure as characteristic" to be able to overcome this a little bit - search for this term for some more expainations.

    by the way - better post planning related questions here:



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  • Dec 16, 2016 at 09:58 PM

    This sounds like more of a BW question than Design Studio; that said, you can look at extensions that may handle commentary like this (longer characters) - see

    Searching that I found this site:

    Also since you are on BW7.3, you may want to upgrade - see

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