What are Transitive Attributes and How to Use Them in SAP BW/4HANA
SAP BW/4HANA is a modern data warehousing solution that enables you to integrate, transform, and analyze data from various sources. One of the key features of SAP BW/4HANA is the ability to use navigation attributes for OLAP functions. Navigation attributes are additional characteristics that are derived from the master data of a base characteristic.
But what if you want to use a navigation attribute of a navigation attribute? For example, what if you want to use the country of the customer of an employee as a filter or a drill-down dimension in your query? This is where transitive attributes come in handy.
Transitive attributes are navigation attributes of navigation attributes. They allow you to access further levels of master data information from your base characteristic. Transitive attributes are not automatically available for navigation in the query. You need to enable them in the InfoObject editor or in the CompositeProvider.
In this blog post, we will explain what transitive attributes are, how they work, and how to use them in SAP BW/4HANA.
What are Transitive Attributes?
Transitive attributes are a type of navigation attribute that can itself have further navigation attributes. For example, if you have a characteristic Employee with a navigation attribute Customer, and Customer has a navigation attribute Country, then Country is a transitive attribute of Employee.
Transitive attributes have several advantages:
- They enable deeper analysis and reporting. You can use transitive attributes to filter, group, or drill down your data based on more granular and relevant information from your master data.
- They reduce data redundancy and complexity. You don’t need to create additional InfoObjects or InfoProviders to store or access the transitive attribute values. You can reuse the existing master data associations from your base characteristic.
However, transitive attributes also have some limitations:
- They are not supported for all types of InfoProviders. You can only use transitive attributes for InfoProviders that are based on SAP HANA views, such as Open ODS Views or CompositeProviders.
- They may impact performance and memory consumption. Transitive attributes require additional joins and aggregations to retrieve the values from the master data tables. This may affect the query execution time and resource usage.
How to Use Transitive Attributes in SAP BW/4HANA?
To use transitive attributes in SAP BW/4HANA, you need to follow these steps:
- Enable the transitive attribute in the InfoObject editor. You can do this by selecting the base characteristic (such as Employee), then selecting the navigation attribute (such as Customer), and then selecting the transitive attribute (such as Country) from the list of available attributes. You can also choose whether to make the transitive attribute a display attribute or a navigation attribute.
- Activate the changes in the InfoObject editor. This will generate the metadata for the transitive attribute in SAP BW/4HANA.
- Use the transitive attribute in a CompositeProvider. You can do this by adding the base characteristic (such as Employee) as a source field, then selecting the transitive attribute (such as Country) as a target field. You can also define filters, aggregations, calculations, or currency conversions for the transitive attribute.
- Use the transitive attribute in a query. You can do this by adding the base characteristic (such as Employee) as a characteristic, then selecting the transitive attribute (such as Country) as an additional characteristic or a drill-down dimension. You can also use the transitive attribute for filtering, sorting, ranking, or conditional formatting.
In this blog post, we have explained what transitive attributes are, how they work, and how to use them in SAP BW/4HANA. We have shown how transitive attributes can enhance your data analysis and reporting by accessing further levels of master data information from your base characteristic.
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