Introduction to BI patterns and the BEx web template - SAP BI

1.Using BI Patterns with the Pattern Wizard
BI patterns are Web applications that are tailored to the requirements of particular user groups and are used to unify the display of BI content and develop Web-based templates. With BI patterns, the user always finds the same function with the same name in the same place for each of the reports. To some degree, the patterns can be configured using some of the same functionality found in the WAD template process itself. The concept of patterns helps to reduce the total cost of ownership because the actual logic for the display and interaction in BI applications for each pattern is stored centrally in only one Web template, so any changes only have to be made there. For example, in the Information Consumer Pattern, a button is configured for exporting the data to Microsoft Excel in the main Web template of the pattern. When you configure the Information Consumer Pattern, you can decide whether you want to see this button.

The BI patterns component of the WAD often is overlooked primarily because the standard template 0ANALYSIS_PATTERN is used by the queries that are generated from the Query Designer. As soon as you create a query using the Query Designer, you can immediately display the results in a Web query, and that query is supported by the 0ANALYSIS_PATTERN template. So, if this procedure works for you, you might not ever have a reason to explore the use of the BI patterns and the BI Pattern Wizard. You should take the time to do so now, because BI patterns enable you to generate Web functionality quickly and are a great gateway into learning about the functionality of the WAD.To access this component, first open the WAD, shown next.

Using BI Patterns with the Pattern Wizard

Looking at the three options (hyperlinks) at the top of the screen, you see that you can select

  • Create New Blank Web Template This link gives you access to a blank template and allows you to create your own template from scratch.
  • New Web Template with Pattern Wizard This link gives you access to the BI patterns via the Pattern Wizard.
  • Open Existing Web Template If you already have been working with some Web templates, then you can access them from this link.

In my case, if I see anything that is labeled as a wizard I’m heading for that to see if I can work something out a bit easier than starting from scratch, so this is where we go to access the BI Consumer Patterns and other BI shortcut templates. If you execute this option, a dialog box pops up that gives you access to these patterns. The following illustration shows the results of this process. The initial screen and tab List of Patterns and Web Templates to access all of the standard BI templates for use in developing a BI Pattern Template is shown. This tab just shows you the default option that is chosen from the second tab, All Patterns and Web Templates. So once you start to use each of the individual templates that we will look at shortly and you save and leave this dialog box, it stores the last template in this tab for easy access to what you were working on in the last session. This reduces the amount of time and effort required to restart your work.

amount of time and effort required to restart your work

Moving to the right tab, All Patterns and Web Templates, you see two categories: BI Patterns with Pattern Wizard, and Sample Web Template for Direct Editing. The latter option is just another approach to opening a blank template, (shown next), that you can use to start building a template from scratch.

Introduction to BI patterns and the BEx web template

We are interested in the BI Patterns with Pattern Wizard option, commonly known as the Information Consumer Pattern. Using this wizard is the approach within the WAD that will help speed up your implementation of the WAD component and offer a business user the option to work within the WAD without requiring them to have a significant amount of training; to configure something, they would only have to get comfortable using the BI Pattern Wizard. This wizard is very similar to any wizard that you come across in SAP environments. It’s a step-by-step process that you can use to build some basic customization into the Web templates without having to work through all the settings. In this section we will look at some examples of using this wizard to demonstrate in what situations we can use this tool to our advantage.

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