What is SAP BEx Web?

In this chapter, we'll discuss thoroughly regarding BEx web and understand its functions. we'll additionally find out how to use the web Application Designer. additionally, we'll find out how to do the Analysis and coverage along side creating a web Application and also the varied BEx web analyzer options.

Business explorer – web Application Designer

Web Application Designer (WAD) could be a tool underneath SAP Business explorer which might be wont to develop web applications supported bw content like – Charts, Maps and Tables. Applications that are developed using the WAD will be saved as web templates and that they are referred as web Applications once referred to as from the web browser.

These web templates will be altered within the web Application Designer for any changes. the web templates are hypertext mark-up language pages which might be designed to fulfill individual requirement demand the quality markup language and internet design API.


When you click on the Web Application Designer, you want to pass the details of the BW System −

  • Client
  • User Name
  • Password
  • Language

The BEx Web Application Designer (WAD) consists of the four screens that offers different functions to develop various web applications −

  • Web Items Screen Area
  • Web Template Screen Area
  • Properties Screen Area
  • Error and Warnings Screen Area


Web Items Screen Area

The web item screen provides the list of web items that may be wont to develop web applications. you'll outline how information from a data provider is displayed in a web application.

The Web Item screen is divided into different sections −

  • Web-Item Grouping: Standard
  • Web-Item Grouping: Advanced
  • Web-Item Grouping: Miscellaneous


Under the Web Items Standard option, you can use the resulting item types −

  • Analysis
  • Chart
  • Report
  • Navigation area
  • Filter area
  • Button group
  • Dropdown box
  • Radio button groups
  • Checkbox group
  • List box
  • Hierarchical filter selection

Under the Web Items Advance option, you can use the resulting item types −

  • Web Template
  • Container Layout
  • Container
  • Tab Pages
  • Group
  • Single Document
  • Document List
  • Map
  • System Messages
  • Information Field
  • Input Field


Under the web items miscellaneous option, you can use the resulting item types −

  • Data Provider - Information
  • Text
  • Link
  • List of Exceptions
  • List of Conditions
  • Menu Bar
  • Properties Pane
  • Ticker
  • Context Menu
  • Script
  • Custom Enhancement
  • Page Break


The Data Provider section can be used to make data providers of type Filter or of type Query View. To add a data provider, you can drag the essential data provider type into your Web template.


Web Template Screen Area

This area comprises web templates that you add to the web application. A web template is identified as the HTML page that can be used to lay down the structure of a web application.

In the Web Template screen area, you have three different tabs at the top −

  • Layout tab
  • XHTML tab
  • Overview tab


Layout tab- This tab is used to style the visual focus of a web template. you'll be able to drag and drop the things from the web item section into the web template.

XHTML tab- page This tab is employed to look at XHTML w.r.t the layout view of web items added to template. each component within the XHTML code has totally different color.


  • Comments: Gray
  • Attributes: Red
  • Attribute values: Blue
  • HTML tags: Black
  • Web items, Commands, Data Providers: Dark red
  • Texts: Green
  • Hyperlinks: Violet

You can make deviations to the XHTML of a web template and they are replicated straight in the Layout tab. In the above program, you can see the XHTML code of the web items added to the Web template.

Overview − In overview tab, you can see all data providers, web items and commands. To show any of these field, you can select check box.


You can also choose different sort order for each object −
Grouped − Using this, you'll list the objects utilized by type: data providers, web items and Commands.
Web Template- Using this type order, sequence of objects utilized in the web templates are displayed as a flat structure.
Web template hierarchical - the web template sequence is displayed within the form of the hierarchical structure.


Property Screen Area

This area is used to describe properties of web items and web templates.


From the drop-down list, you can choose the web template or the individual web item. Under Properties, when you choose a Web template from the dropdown box this lets you to set the parameters for web template.

When you choose a web item from the drop down list, the resulting settings can be done −

General Tab Page − This option lets you to create a new data provider for the web item and assign it to web item of your web template.

Web Item Parameter Tab Page − This choice is used to choose parameter for selected web item. You can set dissimilar parameters for a web item related to display, internal display, data binding, chart text, etc.


Error and Warning Screen Area

This choice is used to view errors and warnings when you authenticate a web template in WAD.


Business Explorer – Analysis and Reporting

Using BEx Web applications you can do data analysis and reporting on the BW Content. To achieve reporting and analysis, you must design the web applications and open it in a web browser.

Creating a Web application in WAD

To create a web application in the BEx Web Application Designer, you want to make a new web template. To create a new web template, you can go to Web Template → New.


You can additionally open a new web template by clicking on the new icon within the web Application tool bar. the next step is to assign a data provider to the web item. you'll be able to assign one data provider to multiple web items.

Assigning of data provider using totally different options

You can use the data provider option beneath the web Item section. you'll be able to choose if you wish to create a data provider of type Filter or type query view and drag the corresponding line into the lower data provider section of the web template screen area. This opens the data provider dialog box.

Enter the name of the data provider within the dialog box and create the settings as per the data provider.


To add a web item, you’ll be able to drag it from the Web Section: Under Standard, Advanced and Miscellaneous. The web item appears in the web template screen area. You can rename a web item by clicking on the Rename web item button under the Properties tab.


The next step is to steer to Properties → choose General tab to make or change the assignment of a data provider for the equivalent Web item.

The next step is to navigate to Web Item Parameters tab page where you can describe the parameters for the web items.


To define the layout, you need to use the Format tab in the tool bar.

Click on the Format tab at the top → Choose Align Left in the menu bar of the Web Application Designer that lets you to left explain the Web item.

Click on the Format tab at the top → Choose Align Right in the menu bar of the Web Application Designer that lets you to right explain the Web item.

Click on the Format tab at the top → Select Align Center in the menu bar of the Web Application Designer that lets you to center explain the Web item.

You can also drag a web item to the Web template screen area to any position. You can also arrange web items in the HTML table by going to the Table tab.


To assemble the web items, you want to drag different Web items into the distinct table cells.


Now to save the web template, navigate to the net template, choose web template ->save to the web Application Designer menu bar.

To execute the web template, navigate to the web template-> Execute to view your web application within the browser. To execute the web template, you would like to save to web template.


You can also print the web application by choosing the Print choice in the context menu of the executed web application.

Business Explorer – BEx Web Analyzer Options

The Web Analyzer is a tool to do data analysis and can be called using a URL. You can launch the BEx Web Analyzer from the Web Application Designer by navigating to Tools → BEx Web Analyzer.


You can do the adhoc data analysis and can also use other Web analyzer functions like the broadcasting function that lets you to broadcast the analysis to other users.

In the Web Analyzer, you can also save the data view by choosing the save view option under the context menu.

You have a extensive range of functions that are provided under the Web Analyzer which can be used to do the adhoc analysis −

  • Navigation Pane
  • Links
  • Push Buttons
  • Context Menu


In the Web Analyzer, you can see various functions that can be done at the push of a button. All these functions have been described in detail −

New Analysis – By means of the New Analysis push button, you can make a new analysis by choosing a data provider to base your analysis on.

For New Analysis, you can choose data providers either from a SAP BW system or a non-SAP data provider to be used in the New Analysis.

Open − This choice is used to entree the saved analysis. You can save your data analysis under the Favorites section to speedily access them.

Save As − You use this choice to save the analysis in your portal favorites or inside the BEx portfolio by passing the name of the analysis. Using this option, you can save the type of data show and it can be further assessed during the analysis using the Open button.

Display As − This choice lets you to view the saved data analysis in a different format. You specify the type of display using the drop down option. The following options are available under the Display drop down list −

  • Table
  • Graphic
  • Table and Graphic

Information − This button can be used to view the information about the data provider in the analysis.

Send − This option offers broadcasting information for the analysis.

Print Version − This choice can be used to make the setting for Print of your data analysis. You can make different collections and click OK and a PDF is generated.

Export to Excel − This push button is used to show the query result to Microsoft Excel. It also displays you to filter limits and the exceptions are highlighted.

Comment − This option can be used to add a comment about the data provider in the analysis.

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