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Difference between Infoprovider and Infoobject

Updated Dec 18, 2023

What is Infoproviders?

Infoproviders serve as data storage objects within the SAP BW system. They store data physically or virtually, providing access for reporting purposes.

Types of Infoproviders:

  • Characteristic Info Objects: Contain master data such as material, plant, and product.
  • Data Store Objects (DSOs): Store transaction data on a detailed level.
  • Info Cubes: Store aggregated transaction data using a star schema with multiple dimensions.
  • Multi Providers: Virtual providers offering a consolidated view of data from several Infoproviders.

New Infoproviders for BW powered by HANA:

  • Advanced Data Store Objects (ADSO): Correspond to former Infocubes and DSOs.
  • Composite Providers: Correspond to Multi Providers.

How to Access Infoprovider?

  • Infoproviders can be found in transaction RSA1 under "Infoprovider."
  • They are accessed to extract data for reporting and analysis.

What is Infoobjects?

Infoobjects correspond to fields in BW tables and are the smallest objects in the BW system. They are used to build tables within other Infoproviders.

Types of Infoobjects:

  • Characteristics: Represent entities like customers, with or without master data.
  • Key Figures: Represent measurable values like revenue.
  • Units: Represent units of measurement such as currency and amount.
  • Time Characteristics: Represent time-related attributes like fiscal year.
  • Technical Characteristics: Include elements like request number.
  • Infoobjects can be classified into various types based on their purpose and characteristics.
  • Infoobjects are uniquely identified by their technical name.
  • SAP-delivered Infoobjects start with '0,' such as '0material.'

Role in Infoobjects:

  • Infoobjects form the basic building blocks of Infoproviders.
  • They contribute to the structure and content of tables within Infoproviders.

How to Access Infoobjects?

  • Infoobjects can be found in transaction RSA1 under "Info Objects."