How to Use the Report-Report Interface in SAP BW/4HANA
If you are working with SAP BW/4HANA, you might have heard of the report-report interface (RRI). But what is it and how can you use it to enhance your reporting capabilities? In this blog post, we will explain what RRI is, how it works, and how you can set it up in your system with some examples.
What is RRI?
RRI stands for report-report interface. It is a feature that allows you to link reports together for drill-through reporting. It enables you to call a jump target (receiver) online from a BEx query (sender) within or outside of the BW system. Jump targets can be queries, transactions, reports, or web addresses. The parameterization of the target action is taken from the context of the cell that you have jumped from. You can set parameters for calling query using input variables that are filled from the selection conditions and the element definitions of the selected cells in the sender query.
RRI provides the flexibility to pass the selection screen values from source query to the target query, but the alteration of the selection screen values are not possible directly in the ‘Assignment Details’ (RRI Settings). However, you can adjust the selection screen values using a standard BADI.
Why use RRI?
RRI can help you to achieve the following benefits:
- You can drill down from InfoCube to DSO objects for more detailed reporting.
- You can access different types of reports from a single query, such as BW BEx Query, BW Web Application Designer, Crystal Reports, InfoSet Query, etc.
- You can jump from a BW query to an external system, such as CRM Web Portal, with particular selection parameters.
- You can improve the user experience and navigation by providing relevant and contextual information.
How to set up RRI?
There are several steps involved in setting up RRI. Here is a summary of the main steps:
- Create sender/receiver assignment using transaction code RSBBS or SAP Menu -> Business Explorer -> Query -> Maintain Sender -> Recipient Mapping.
- Save sender/receiver assignment and activate it.
- Execute sender BEx query using transaction code RSRT or SAP Menu -> Business Explorer -> Analyzer.
- Call receiver query from sender query using Goto function in the BI client.
How to use RRI with examples?
Let’s look at some examples of how RRI can be used in different scenarios.
Example 1: Jumping from a cost center report to master data
For your cost center report (Sender), you want to request master data from an SAP system (Receiver).
- Create a sender query with cost center as a characteristic and some key figures.
- Create a receiver query with master data fields related to cost center.
- Assign the receiver query as a jump target to the sender query using RRI settings.
- Execute the sender query and select a cost center cell.
- Use Goto function to jump to the receiver query and see the master data for that cost center.
Example 2: Jumping from a sales report to stock market data
For a query with the up-to-date sales figures for your customer (Sender), you want to request up-to-date stock market data on your customer listed on the stock exchange from the Internet (Receiver).
- Create a sender query with customer as a characteristic and sales key figures.
- Find a web address that provides stock market data for your customer based on their ticker symbol.
- Assign the web address as a jump target to the sender query using RRI settings.
- Execute the sender query and select a customer cell.
- Use Goto function to jump to the web address and see the stock market data for that customer.
Example 3: Jumping from a BW query to CRM Web Portal
You want to jump from a BW query (Sender) to CRM Web Portal (Receiver) with particular selection parameter.
- Create a sender query with partner as a characteristic and some key figures.
- Find the URL for CRM Web Portal that allows you to pass partner as an input parameter.
- Assign the URL as a jump target to the sender query using RRI settings.
- Execute the sender query and select a partner cell.
- Use Goto function to jump to CRM Web Portal and see the details for that partner.
RRI is a powerful feature that can help you to link reports together for drill-through reporting. It allows you to access different types of reports from a single query, within or outside of the BW system. It also improves the user experience and navigation by providing relevant and contextual information. You can set up RRI easily using transaction code RSBBS or SAP Menu. You can also adjust the selection screen values using a standard BADI if needed.
We hope this blog post has helped you to understand what RRI is, how it works, and how you can use it in your system with some examples. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.
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