SAP Webi - Working with Reports

Webi Report can contain hierarchical and non-hierarchical data according to data source used to create the report. Hierarchical and non-hierarchical data works in different way in the report. A non-hierarchical data contains no parent-child relationship. Hierarchical data contains parent-child relationship between objects and you can use them to analyze and navigate data in a report.

Working with Non Hierarchical Data

Non-hierarchical data is defined as data with no parent-child relationship. A simple example of non-hierarchical data is Dimension.

A non-hierarchical data can be analyzed using various parameters like sorts, filters, etc.

Example − Customer, Product

Working with Hierarchical Data

Hierarchical data is defined as data with Parent-child relationship and you can analyze the data at different levels of hierarchy.

All the measures that are associated with hierarchical data are aggregated as per object level in hierarchy.

Example − Consider a Geography hierarchy; you have Country India and State defined as Delhi. Now if you use this geographical hierarchy in report and want to analyze Number of Units sold at each level for different categories, then hierarchies allow you to use Aggregation at country level and if you drill down to state level, for each state too.

Hierarchical Data in Tables

Hierarchical data is presented in columns in hierarchical tables. Below table shows the hierarchal data in parent-child relation and aggregated on Quantity sold as measure.

India 1200
Delhi 600
Kerala 200
Haryana 400

If you see the above table, the number of units sold for corresponding country India is 1200 and corresponding value at each hierarchy level is also shown.

Organizing Data with Sections, Breaks, Sorts

You can use sections to divide the information into smaller part for better analysis. Section allows business managers to analyze the data in a more effective manner.

Example − You are an area manager in a multinational company and you have received Sales report showing total revenue for each city and quarter as shown in the following table for the year 2015 −

City Quarter Total Revenue (USD)
Delhi Q1 50000
Delhi Q2 40000
Bangalore Q1 30000
Bangalore Q2 40000
Mumbai Q1 50000
Mumbai Q2 40000

Now if you want to apply Section on Quarter column, you can compare the Total Revenue in each city compared on the basis of Quarter.


Delhi 50000
Bangalore 30000
Mumbai 50000


Delhi 40000
Bangalore 40000
Mumbai 40000

Creating a Section from a Column

To create a section on a column, Select the data and column, right-click on the column and select set as Section.

Creating a Section from a Column

Creating a Section from a Dimension

To create a section from a Dimension, Go to Report Elements → Section → Insert Section.

Creating a Section from a Dimension

Click on the report area where you want to insert a Section. Choose the Dimension on which Section has to be created.

Choose Dimension

Creating Sections from Hierarchy

You can also create Section on Hierarchies in the report. When a section is created on a hierarchy, each member of hierarchy becomes a section header.

Let us understand this with the help of an Example −

Creating Sections from Hierarchy

If you create a section on Customer Geography, you will get the following report.

Customer Geography

By expanding the Section header, you will get the following report.

Expanding the Section Header Expanding the Section Header1

Removing or Hiding a Section

To delete a Section, right-click on the section Select → Delete.

Remove Section

If you select ‘Cell Only’, it will delete ‘Section Cell’ only and if you select ‘Cell and Section’, it will remove ‘Section and Cell’ both.

To Hide Sections − Select Section. Go to Report Elements → Behaviors → Hide to hide the section.

Hide Sections

‘Hide When Empty’ is used to hide the section when empty.

‘Hide When-Enter the formula’ is used to hide the Section. If formula is true, it will hide the section.

Hide Formula Entered