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SAP BEx - Web Integration
In this chapter, we will discuss in detail about BEx Web integration and understand its various features. We will also learn the Pattern options in BEx and how to integrate BEx and BW objects in the portal. In addition, we will understand how to access the BEx Web Applications on mobile devices.
Business Explorer – Pattern Options in BEx
It is also possible to configure different patterns from your web application which targets the specific user group. This is used to provide a uniform display of BI Content to user groups by applying the same function.
You can configure the patterns in the Web Application Designer. The following Pattern types are available that can be used −
Information Consumer Pattern − This BEx pattern is easy-to-use for the web application users and does not require any knowledge of BI.
Analysis Pattern − This pattern is used for web application to perform complex data analysis.
How to define BEx Pattern in WAD?
In Business Explorer the Pattern Wizard is a part of the Web Application Designer and can be called in the Web Application Designer tool. To open the Pattern wizard, select a web template with a pattern wizard.
You can select this option to access BI patterns via the Pattern Wizard.
Navigate to All Patterns and BEx Patterns tab page, choose a BEx pattern from under the BEx Patterns with Pattern Wizard node. The Pattern Wizard starts automatically.
When using pattern wizard, you have the following options to select patterns and web templates −
List of BEx Patterns and Web Templates − Using this option, you can use all the predefined Web templates and patterns that have been saved in the Favorites folder.
All BEx Patterns and Web Templates − Using this option, you can list all the available predefined web templates and patterns.
This option provides you two editing mode options −
BEx Patterns with Pattern Wizard − When you select this option, it lists all the patterns that you can edit or configure with the Pattern wizard.
Sample Web Templates for Direct Editing − Using this option, it defines the web template that you can edit all the functions available in the Web Application Designer.
Business Explorer – Integrating BEx and BW objects in the Portal
You can also integrate BI Content from the BW system with the NetWeaver portal. All the Web applications published to the NetWeaver portal can be from different systems. The integration of BEx and BW objects with NetWeaver portal allows multiple users to work closely with each other.
You can consider integration from two different views −
- Integration w.r.t users
- Integration w.r.t Administrators
The integration of BW objects and BEx with Portal is configured after the installation.
Log on/Log Off in NetWeaver Portal
SAP NetWeaver portal is one of the key components in the NetWeaver architecture and provides a single point of access to the organization’s applications. Customers, partners, and the employees of the organization can use Enterprise Portal as a single point of access to the organization’s services and information needed for performing their day-to-day task.
The SAP NetWeaver Portal allows the following types of authentication to the users −
- Username and password
- SAP Logon Tickets
- X.509 certificate using Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
- Client Certificate
- Assertion Ticket
The SAP NetWeaver portal provides two types of usage −
Application Portal EPC − This is applicable when the full enterprise portal capabilities are not required. It is also known as the EP Core. It consists of the Portal and Universal Worklist (UWL).
The portal provides a single access point to SAP and non-SAP information sources, organization applications, database and services. The user can access the portal from mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, as well as from desktop and laptops.
The portal allows the users like - employees, customers, partners and suppliers to manage role-based access in accessing the information specific to their daily work tasks.
A Universal Worklist (UWL) allows the business users to manage, operate and delegate their daily work items. These work items can be generated using an automated business processes. By using this UWL, it collects work items from multiple provider systems in one list for the one-stop access.
NetWeaver Enterprise Portal − The Enterprise Portal includes Knowledge management and Collaboration capabilities and is based on the EP Core.
Business Explorer – BEx Mobile
You can also access BEx Web Applications on mobile devices. To access web applications, you need one of the following devices −
You can access your PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) – Microsoft Windows Mobile Operating System and Pocket Internet Explorer.
It can also be accessed via WAP-enabled mobile devices such as Blackberry.
You can also access web applications on i-Mode-enabled mobiles.
Apart from the above-mentioned options, you can open web applications on the Mobile device with an EPOC32 OS as well.