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Procedure documentation Editing DataSources and Application Component Hierarchies  Locate the document in its SAP Library structure


To adapt existing DataSources to your requirements, you can edit them in this step before transporting them from a test system into a productive system.

In this step you can also postprocess the application component hierarchy.



Transporting DataSources

Select the DataSources that you want to transport from the test system into the productive system and choose Transport. Specify a development class and a transport request so that the DataSources can be transported.

Maintaining DataSources

To maintain a DataSource, select it and choose Maintain DataSource. The following editing options are available:


When you schedule a data request in the BI scheduler, you can enter the selection criteria for the data transfer. For example, you can determine that data requests are only to apply to data from the previous month.

If you set the Selection indicator for a field within the extraction structure, the data for this field is transferred in correspondence with the selection criteria in the scheduler.

      Hide field

You set this indicator to exclude an extraction structure field from the data transfer. The field is no longer available in BI when you set the transfer rules or generate the transfer structure.


Reverse postings are possible for customer-defined key figures. Therefore inversion is only active for certain transaction data DataSources. These include DataSources that have a field that is marked as an inversion field, for example, the update mode field in DataSource 0FI_AP_3. If this field has a value, the data records are interpreted as reverse records in BI.

Set the Inversion indicator if you want to carry out a reverse posting for a customer-defined field (key figure). The value of the key figure is transferred to BI in inverted form (multiplied by –1).

      Field only known in exit

You can enhance data by extending the extraction structure for a DataSource by adding fields in append structures.

The Field Only Known in Exit indicator is set for the fields of an append structure; by default these fields are not passed to the extractor from the field list and selection table.

Deselect the Field Only Known in Exit indicator to enable the BI Service API to pass on the append structure field to the extractor together with the fields of the delivered extract structures in the field list and in the selection table.

Enhancing the extraction structure

If you want to transfer additional information for an existing DataSource from a source system into BI, you first need to enhance the DataSource extraction structure by adding fields. To do this, create an append structure for the extraction structure (see Adding Append Structures).


       1.      Choose Enhance Extr. Str., to access field maintenance for the append structure. The name of the append structure is taken from the extraction structure name in the customer namespace.

       2.      Enter the fields you want to add in the field list, together with their subordinate data elements. You can use all the functions that are available for maintaining fields of tables and structures.

       3.      Save and activate your append.

       4.      Go back to the DataSource display and make sure that the Hide Field indicator is not selected for the newly added fields.

Function enhancement

To fill the append structure fields with data, you need to create a customer-specific function module. For information about enhancing the SAP standard with customer-specific function modules, see Enhancing the SAP Standard in SAP Library.

The SAP enhancement RSAP0001 is available for enhancing BI DataSources. This enhancement contains the following enhancement components:

Transaction data


Attributes, texts




For more information, see Enhancing DataSources.

As of Release 6.0, the Business Add-In (BAdI) RSU5_SAPI_BADI is available. You can display the BAdI documentation in the BAdI definition or BAdI implementation.

Application Component Hierarchy

      To create a same-level or lower-level node for a particular node, place the cursor over this node and choose Object Create Node. You can also create lower-level nodes by choosing Object Create Children.

      To rename, expand, or compress a node, place your cursor over the node and click on the appropriate button.

      To move a node or subtree, select the node you want to move (by positioning the cursor over it and choosing Select Subtree), position the cursor on the node onto which the selected node is to be positioned. Choose Reassign.

      If you select a node with the cursor and choose Set Segment, this node is displayed with its subnodes. You can go to the higher-level nodes for this subtree using the appropriate links in the row above the subtree.

      If you select a node with the cursor and choose Position, the node is displayed in the first row of the view.

      All DataSources for which a valid (assigned) application component could not be found are placed under the node NODESNOTCONNECTED. The node and its subnodes are only built at transaction runtime and are refreshed when the display is saved.

NODESNOTCONNECTED is not persistently saved to the database and is therefore not transferred in a particular state to other systems when you transport the application component hierarchy.

Note: Hierarchy nodes created under NODESNOTCONNECTED are lost when you save. After you save, the system only displays those nodes under NODESNOTCONNECTED that were moved to this node with DataSources.


A DataSource is positioned under an application component X. You transfer a new application component hierarchy from BI Content that does not contain application component X. In this application component, the DataSource is automatically placed under the node NODESNOTCONNECTED.

Note: Changes to the application component hierarchy only apply until BI Content is installed again.


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