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BAM

See Business Activity Monitoring.

BAPI

See Business Application Programming Interface.

B1TC

See Business One Test Composer.

BEx Web analyzer

In the BEx Web Analyzer - an analytical, reporting, and design tool in Microsoft Excel - you can analyze and plan with selected InfoProvider data by navigating within queries created in the BEx Query Designer. You can also design the interface for your queries by embedding design items (controls) into your Excel workbook, turning the workbook into a query application.

BEx Web application

A Web-based application of Business Explorer for data analysis, reporting, and analytical applications on the Web. You can format and display your data differently in the BEx Web Application Designer with a series of Web items (for example, tables, filters, charts, maps, and documents). In this way you can individually set Web applications like BI Cockpits and access them via the intranet or by using an enterprise portal.

BIU

See Business Integration Unit.

Body of Knowledge (BOK)

The BOK for business process management (BPM) is the prescribed aggregation of knowledge in a particular area an individual is expected to have mastered to be considered or certified as a practitioner.

Boolean operator

Operator used to connect terms in a Boolean search. AND, OR, and NOT are examples of Boolean operators. The result of the search query "a AND b" is only true if both a and b are true.

BOR

See Business Object Repository.

BPEL

See Business Process Execution Language.

BPM

See Business Process Management.

BPPs

See Business Process Procedures.

BPR

See Business Process Reengineering.

BPS

See Business Planning and Simulation.

BPX

See Business Process Expert.

BSPs

See Business Server Pages.

BTM

See Business Task Management.

branch

Section of a discussion. It contains all responses to a selected post, as well as all relevant super-ordinate posts.

breadcrumb

A path and tree view located at the top of the detailed navigation area, indicating the current location.

breadcrumb area

Part of the detailed navigation in the portal. The breadcrumb area shows the folder where the links that the user sees in the current folder structure of the detailed navigation come from and the navigation levels that the user passed through.

budget status

An indicator of the current budget performance for a project. The budget status is based on customer-defined upper and lower tolerances. For example:

  • Red = over budget >25%
  • Yellow = over budget 10-24%
  • Green = over budget <10%

Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)

BAM is a framework that enables users to act on significant business events, take the correct actions in the right work context and to monitor, measure, and improve the efficiency of business processes.

Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI)

BAPI is business API, a remote-enabled function module. BAPIs enable access to SAP functions across formal, stable, and dialog-free interfaces. These interfaces can be used by external applications developed by customers and complementary software partners as well as by other SAP applications.

Business Blueprint

The Business Blueprint is a detailed description of business processes and system requirements. In a Business Blueprint for Projects, you create a project structure in which relevant business scenarios, business processes, and process steps are organized in a hierarchical structure. You can also create project documentation and assign it to individual scenarios, processes or process steps.

Business Content

Predefined role and task-related information models that can be suited to enterprise-specific requirements. Business Content consists of roles, workbooks, queries, InfoCubes, InfoObjects, InfoSources and update rules, as well as extractors, for SAP R/3, SAP New Dimension Applications, and for additional selected applications.

Business Information Warehouse (BW)

SAP BW consists of components for data management (Data Warehousing Workbench), extensive data modeling capabilities, an embedded analytical engine, a suite of front-end analytical tools known as Business Explorer (BEx) and operational tools used for importing the most current transactional data into the system.

Business Integration Unit (BIU)

A BIU is a preconfigured integration block that covers the smallest reasonable integration step and should be based on a specific SIM. For example, when the system sends an SAP Business One purchase order to mySAP ERP, the purchase order is transformed into a sales order that is understandable to the mySAP ERP system.

Business Object Repository (BOR)

BOR is the central access point for the SAP business object types and their BAPIs. In addition to storing SAP business object types and their BAPIs, the BOR is used for ArchiveLink, output control, and other generic object services.

Business One Test Composer (B1TC)

B1TC is an automation testing tool for SAP Business One.

business package

Pre-assembled content for completing a business task. Business packages provide out-of the-box portal applications that can be easily modified to suit a customer's needs.

Business Package for Automotive Suppliers

Web-enabled applications (services) for the automotive industry that vendors can use to access relevant procurement information from the manufacturer. Using the Business Package for Automotive Suppliers and SAP Enterprise Portal, vendors can access the manufacturer's SAP R/3 system directly. This serves as an alternative or enhancement to communication using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). For example, vendors can:

  • Display and print scheduling agreement releases and purchase orders
  • Enter shipping notifications and tracking information
  • Display packing instructions
  • Order returnable packaging

Business Planning and Analytical Services (BPAS)

BPAS is an IT scenario that covers processes which support decision-making by collecting data from InfoProviders, queries or other BI objects, transforming data, and writing back the generated information into BI objects. Business Planning and Simulation (BPS) BPS is a component of the BI system that provides flexible tools for creating planning applications. The main elements are:

  • OLAP-based multidimensional data modeling
  • Planning functions
  • User interfaces for all employee roles
  • Management of the planning process
  • Retraction of plan data to operational systems

Business Process Expert (BPX)

A combination of a business analyst and application consultant, the business process expert has the business knowledge and IT savvy to adapt, compose, and execute business processes using composition software tools and enterprise services.

Business Process Execution Language (BPEL)

BPEL is a business process language that grew out of Web services flow language (WSFL) and XLANG (an extension of the Web services description language, WSDL). It is serialized in XML and aims to enable programming in the large.

Business Process Management (BPM)

BPM enables business process experts and process engineers to work with predefined process models for business configuration and implementation of executable process models for service orchestration and workflow management.

Business Process Procedures (BPPs)

BPPs are templates in Microsoft Word format that provide the initial definition for developing user procedures and training documentation. The final BPPs are developed during the Realization phase using the Business Process Master List, in which one BPP represents one R/3 transaction.

Business Process Reengineering (BPR)

BPR is a management approach that examines aspects of a business and its interactions, and attempts to improve the efficiency of the underlying processes. It attempts to either modify or eliminate non-value adding activities.

Business Server Pages (BSPs)

A server-side programming model within the framework of the Business Server Page that can contain server-side scripting. It is created with the Web Application Builder in the development environment of the SAP NetWeaver Application Server. A BSP is also a component of a BSP application and includes the layout part, all the event handlers, page attributes, and type definitions.

Business Task Management (BTM)

Business tasks are the activities generated either by the company's underlying business processes or by the users themselves. The sooner users complete the tasks, the quicker the processes run and the easier it is for users, departments, and companies to generate and track the tasks.

BW

See Business Information Warehouse.

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