What is SAP IDT?

SAP IDT which is the acronym of SAP Information Design Tool is an SAP Business Objects metadata design environment that extracts, defines, manipulate, and modify metadata from both relational and OLAP sources to generate and deploy SAP Business Objects universes.

SAP IDT is a Business Objects design tool that extracts the data from several other data sources by using an OLAP and Relational connection to design and develop Universes. There are several other Universe parameters that can be transferred at the time of Universe creation. A Universe is referred to as a logical collection of dimensions and objects that lets business users analyze and modify the business data. Various objects and dimensions represent different measures, hierarchies, custom calculations, and attributes.

The universe can be developed on the top of a relational database like Oracle, SQL Server, or also on top of an InfoCube in SAP Business Warehouse (BW) system. Different types of connections can be assigned to these data sources like personal connection, shared connection, and a public connection. An SQL or MDX statement is produced according to the data source respectively, both Relational and an OLAP. A Universe that is is developed using an IDT can be used with different reporting tools in the Business Objects. This course teaches you about the key concepts of the SAP Information Design Tool (SAP IDT).

Features of SAP IDT

There are many features of SAP IDT and some of them are as follows

1. Project: A Project is a local view or workspace where you keep track of the resources that are used to develop one or more Universes. A project is used to work with the local objects, which are used for Universe creation. A single project can be made up of objects of one or multiple Universe. A local project can be made up of multiple numbers of objects like business foundation, data foundation layer, and data source connection, etc.

2. Data Foundation: The data Foundation layer allows you to import data tables and join them from different relational databases. All the data that are joined together are imported and you can also define your own derived tables, additional joins, custom calculations, contexts and, prompts.

3. Relational and OLAP Connection: A connection is made use of to define how the data is extracted from a relational or an OLAP data source. A Universe constantly makes use of at least one data connection to extract the data. You can also create a multisource that extracts data from one or more sources of data by using multiple connections. A connection can be stored locally with .cnx file and all Universes that are created on the top of local connections can’t be published to the SAP Business Object repository. To publish a Universe to a repository, you should make use of a secured central connection with a  .cns file.

4. Business Layer: In the Business layer, you can determine measures and dimensions. You can also implement several Aggregations like Count, Sum, Avg, Min, Max.

Different Components in IDT while Designing a Universe

An OLAP or a Relational connection to a data source

1. Extracting the tables and joins from a Relational database or an OLAP cube.

2. Building a data foundation from extracted tables and joins.

3. Creating metadata objects from the data foundation layer and these objects are managed in the Business layer.

4. Using Universe parameters and to share the resources in the Universe.

5. Publishing a Universe which includes a Business layer, Data Foundation and a Universe connection to a database

Benefits of SAP IDT

There are many features of SAP IDT and some of them are

1. SAP IDT presents SAP users with a nearly endless scalability platform. 

2. SAP IDT has a very robust set of features.

3. SAP IDT has a very broad and versatile Integration.

4. SAP IDT has solid Administrative and Data Governances features.

Career opportunities in SAP IDT

An increasing number of companies are bringing up the need for SAP IDT professionals. If you are in the look for career opportunities that are available in this field, they are large, and some of them are listed below.

1. You get a lot of job opportunities if you study SAP IDT.

2. You can become an SAP IDT  Specialist in an organization.

3. After taking this certification course of the SAP IDT  module, you can become an SAP Engineer.

4. You can become a Functional Consultant.

5. You can become an application Consultant, either freelancing or in an organization.

6. You can become an Advisory Consultant.

7. You can become a Manager of a business, whether it's your personal business or an organization

8. You can become a Technical Engineer or an SAP IDT, after finishing this module and getting certified.

9. You can become an SAP IDT  Functional Consultant for an organization.

10. You can become a team leader in an organization and be responsible for managing production planning.

11. You can become a software engineer or an SAP IDT  Engineering Trainee.

12. You can become a senior SAP IDT  engineer commanding high pay. 

13. Job Opportunity and Career Advancement.

14. Entrepreneurship Opportunity and Consultancy.

SAP IDT Course Outline

SAP IDT – Introduction

SAP IDT – Overview & User Interface

SAP IDT – Resources

SAP IDT – Creating Universe

SAP IDT – .unv Universe Introduction

SAP IDT – Projects

SAP IDT – Managing Connections

SAP IDT – Data Foundation Layer

SAP IDT – Building Data Foundation

SAP IDT – Qualifiers & Owners

SAP IDT – Joins In Data Foundation

SAP IDT – Business Layer

SAP IDT – Business Layer Properties

SAP IDT – Folders In Business Layer

SAP IDT – Business Layer View

SAP IDT – Publishing

SAP IDT – Security

SAP IDT – Format Editor Overview

SAP IDT - Exams And Certification

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