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The Data Model

Compounding characteristics can be used in a CDS model. 'Compound' means a CDS dimension view with more than one key fields (except time fields for time dependency). 

A correct compounding CDS model should look like this (Field C is compounded with field P, that is, P/C):

The arrow with title “master data” corresponds to the annotation “ObjectModel.foreingKey.assocation”. If you follow the direct arrows from field_P in the blue Cube CDS view, and the indirect arrow ( from field_C in the blue Cube CDS view to the green Child CDS view) and follow further (from field_P in the green Child CDS view to the orange Parent CDS view) , both path have to end at the same view.

That is, the two orange field_P must be associated with the same master data in the blue Cube CDS view and the green Child CDS view (by using annotation @ObjectModel.foreignKey.association). If not, error RSODP056 or RSODP121 is triggered because of data model inconsistency.

The Steps

To define an InfoObject C compounded with P (P is the compounding parent of C, C is the compounding child of P, that is, P/C):

  1. In the CDS view CDS_for_P that defins master data of P:
    Define P as key field
    Add header annotation: @ObjectModel.representativeKey: 'P'
  2. In CDS view CDS_for_C that defines master data of C:
    Define both P and C as key fields
    Add header annotation: @ObjectModel.representativeKey: 'C'
    Define master data association for field P as:
    Associatiion to CDS_for_P as _P on $projection.P=_P.P
    Add annotation for field P:
    @ObjectModel.foreignKey.association: '_P' 
     key P,
    key C,

  3. In the CDS views that uses InfoObject P and C (for example, the cube CDS):
    Define associations to map both P and C:
    Associatiion to CDS_for_P as _P on $projection.P=_P.P
    Association to CDS_for_C as _C on  $projection.P = _C.P
                                                          and $projection.C = _C.C
    Add annotation for field P and C:
    @ObjectModel.foreignKey.association: '_P'
    key P,
    @ObjectModel.foreignKey.association: '_C' 
      key C,



  • In a dimension CDS view ( with annotation @Analytics.dataCategory: #DIMENSION), no key figure fields can be defined as key fields. Only characteristic fields can be key figures.
  • It is very important to make sure field P in cube view (point 3) have exactly the same master data association in the master data CDS view for P (point 2). Otherwise system will raise error:
    "Cannot derive InfoObject name for field xxx (RSODP 056)" for feild P.
    or "
    Association of field C ignored: Asc. missing/incon for field P (ODP xxx)" (RSODP 121).


Local Name and Global Name

In the cube view, if one of the join fields P and C has a local name, both of fields should use local name. Otherwise error RSODP057 is raised: Field XXX must have a local InfoObject name

To make a field has local name, add annotation:  @Analytics.internalName: #LOCAL to this filed.

Key Fieds

Numeric fields are not allowed to be set as key fields in dimension view, text view or value help view.  (See Note 2834626 and 2874544)


Compounding parent InfoObject carrid is defined as below:

If compounding child InfoObject connid is defined as compounded with carrid as below:

In the cube CDS, both connid and carrid are mapped to the InfoObject view and define foreign key association for connid:

When activate the cube CDS, system will raise error: "Cannot derive InfoObject name for field xxx (RSODP 056)"

This is because in CDS view ZGL_CONNID, field carrid has no master data association. But in cube view ZGL_FLIGHTCMP, field carrid is associated to master data view ZGL_CARRID. This means the field carrid in ZGL_CONNID is a different characteristic from the field carrid in ZGL_FIGHTCMP. This is not allowed for compounding characteristic carrid/connid.

To correct this error, change CDS view ZGL_CONNID like this:

Then cube view ZGL_FLIGHTCMP can be activated without issue.

In RSRT, run the default query of the cube: 2CZGLFIGHTCMPV/!2CZGLFIGHTCMPV, connid is compounded with carrid:


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