Activating Datasources in the SAP OLTP System

To be able to extract OLTP Datasources from SAP ERP, you first of all have to activate the relevant DataSources in the SAP OLTP system. After activating the DataSources you can extract data from all the active DataSources using the DeltaQ component. Thoses steps have to be carried out in the SAP ERP system (OLTP). No SAP BW system is required. 814continue reading →

How to open SAP GUI from browser

In this blog I will show how to launch SAP GUI from IE Browser using Javascript. In Javascript we will use an ActiveXObject ( to call SAPshortcut.exe with the required parameters to open the SAP GUI. The result should be as the following: 684continue reading →

The 1 Million Cell Limit when extracting BEx Queries and InfoCubes with the BWCube component from SAP BW

The BWCube component enables you extracting a BEx query or an InfoCube via the MDX interface. The MDX interface of the SAP BW system has a known restriction if the result contains too many cells (more than 1 million cells). SAP officially states: "In general the MDX interface is not suitable for accessing mass data". To solve this problem the BWCube component provides the following solutions: 647continue reading →

How to load SAP-data with Xtract Universal to Microsoft Access (and Excel)

Xtract Universal is since 2011 the newest member of the Xtract product line. Eight different SAP extraction types allow the BI architect to create an optimal, stable and fast data layer between SAP and different consumer applications. Xtract Universal essentially consists of two components: a server component and a designer (client). The server component is responsible for the actual extraction. The consumer application communicates with the Server component, and these in turn with SAP. You use the Xtract designer for the design and configuration of the extractions. In this blog, I will show…continue reading →