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With the help of an analysis process, you can attain new insights from your data. Various types of data sources, data targets and transformations are available for modeling your analysis process. When you execute the modeled analysis process, the data is written to the data target and transformed as needed.

Every analysis process is assigned to a folder. Authorization is also assigned on a folder-specific basis (authorization object RSANPR).

Data sources provide the input data for an analysis process. See also Data Sources for an Analysis Process.

You can change the data in a data source using a transformation. See also Transformations for an Analysis Process.

You can write any of the prepared or transformed data to different data targets. See also Data Targets for an Analysis Process.


An analysis process is modeled using the following graphical elements:

  • Nodes

  • Data flow arrows


Data sources, transformations, and data targets are depicted as nodes, which are linked by data flow arrows. The various types of nodes are indicated using various symbols:

  • Data sources are indicated in the work area with a small square

  • Transformations are indicated in the work area with a small triangle

  • Data targets are indicated in the work area with a small circle

These symbols enable you to differentiate between the BW object InfoProvider and the function of the analysis process Read Data from the InfoProvider.

By double-clicking a selected node, you call up a dialog box in which you then make the detailed settings. You can call up documentation on each dialog box by choosing Help. Each node has one or more connectors (small red triangles) with which you can connect the nodes using the mouse. The inbound connector (not available for the data source) is on the left of the node and the outbound connector (not for the data target) is on its right.

Data Flow Arrows

The nodes are connected to one another with data flow arrows. For data flow arrows with a symbol, you have to explicitly define a field assignment between inbound and outbound nodes. Call up a dialog box by double-clicking the arrow. For the other data flow arrows, field assignment takes place automatically.

On the left side of the screen next to the work area, you see all the available nodes. You can drag them into the work area using Drag&Drop and connect them with the mouse. To delete a node again, select it by choosing Delete from the context menu.

The context menu of a node provides you with a variety of functions that assist you during modeling and when you are executing an analysis process, as well as helping you with interpretation of the analysis results. See Checking Data.

When you execute the analysis process (directly or in the background) the determined data is posted to the data target.

See also:

Creating an Analysis Process