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Chapter 2 Overview of components Chapter 2 provides a general overview of the architecture and function- ality of SAP BW. This chapter presents all the important innovations, enhancements, and improvements of SAP BW 3.5 Chapter 3 Data modeling Chapter 3 provides an overview of the basic concepts of data modeling. The quality of data modeling and the power of the underlying systems determine the performance and successful use of a data warehouse. Chapter 4 Sample scenario Chapter 4 offers you an overview of the basic elements of the case study used in all volumes of the SAP BW Library. In light of the topic of this book, the chapter then looks at specific aspects of data modeling in detail. Chapter 5 InfoObjects As InfoObjects, characteristics and key figures form the foundation of the data model in SAP BW. Chapter 5 shows you how to use and configure the InfoObjects of SAP Business Content and how to define your own InfoObjects. Chapter 6 InfoProviders Chapter 6 sets up the InfoProviders of our case study step by step. It also examines the individual types of InfoProviders in detail. The chapter uses examples to show you how to create InfoProviders and explains the dis- tinctive features that you must consider. Chapter 7 SAP Business Content Chapter 7 describes the preconfigured solution, SAP Business Content, which SAP delivers with SAP BW. In particular, it addresses the solution’s strengths and weaknesses and recommends how you can best use SAP Business Content for your own purposes.
19 Working with This Book Appendices: Overviews and glossary The appendices provide additional assistance for your daily work: over- views, documentation on various data models, and, in particular, a com- prehensive glossary. Working with This Book As noted, the goal of this book is to offer users of SAP BW from various areas and differing levels of knowledge a strong foundation for modeling data with SAP BW. What do you want to know? Readers with various levels of knowledge and individual needs for infor- mation can easily use this book. Readers who wish to study SAP Business Information Warehouse start- ing from its conceptual design should begin by reading the theoretical approach in Chapter 1, Data Warehousing Concepts . Readers primarily interested in a quick overview of SAP BW and the enhancements in SAP BW 3.5 should begin with Chapter 2, SAP Busi- ness Information Warehouse—Overview of Components , and then read the details in the following chapters if they wish. Chapter 1 ( Data Warehousing Concepts ), Chapter 2 ( SAP Business Information Warehouse—Overview of Components ), and Chapter 7 ( SAP Business Content ) are especially appropriate for readers who want an overview of the topic. Readers interested in individual aspects, such as integration of source systems, profitability key figures, use of Operational Data Source (ODS) objects, and so on, can and should use this book as reference material. They can find information on specific topics with the table of contents, the index, and the glossary.

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