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You can create a characteristic that serves as a sort criterion, for example, company code, product, customer group, fiscal year, period or region.



  1. You are in the BW Modeling tools. You have created a new characteristic using the wizard and you are in the editor.
  2. Edit the general settings on the General tab page.
  3. If you have set the property Master Data and/or Texts, then you can now edit the settings for master data or texts on the Master Data/Texts tab.
  4. If you have set the Hierarchies property, you can now edit the settings for the hierarchies on the Hierarchies tab.
  5. On the BI Clients tab you can configure the settings for the BI clients.
  6. You can edit the attributes and XXL attributes on the Attributes tab.
  7. On the Extended tab page, you can make various additional settings:
  8. If you have set the property Usable as InfoProvider on the General tab, you will see an additional tab: Runtime Properties. Here you can perform various settings at query runtime. More information: Query Properties
  9. Choose Miscellaneous to open either the editing screen for master data or transfer routines (if the characteristic has master data and/or texts) or to open the editing screen for hierarchies (if the characteristic has hierarchies).

    When you create a transfer routine, it is valid globally for the characteristic and is included in all the transformation rules that contain the InfoObject. The transfer routine is only run in one transformation however, with a DataSource as the source. The transfer routine is only used to correct data before it is updated in the characteristic. During data transfer, the logic stored in the individual transformation rule is executed first. The transfer routine for the value of the corresponding field is then executed for each InfoObject that has a transfer routine. In this way, the transfer routine can store InfoObject-dependent coding that only needs to be maintained once and is then valid for all transformation rules.

  10. Under Properties in the screen area under the Editor, you can see information about the DDIC elements, for example, and the number range objects of the characteristic. You can navigate further to the relevant information via the links.
    Note The generated view are only intended for internal use, not for use as an interface. You can use the external SAP HANA view instead, or official interfaces. More information: Quick Reference: Interface Overview