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This page contains explanations of all the different BW table types.


a 'one stop shop' of the BW relevant table types.

Table Type Listing:

Attribute tables:

  • Attribute tbl for Time Independent attributes:
  • /BI*/P<characteristic_name>
  • stored with characteristic values

Attribute tbl for Time Dependent attributes:

  • /BI*/Q<characteristic_name>
  • Fields DATETO & DATEFROM are included in time dependent attribute tbl.
  • stored with characteristic values

Dimension tables:

  • Dimension tbls (i.e. DIM tables): /BI*/D<Cube_name><>
  • stores the DIMID, the pointer between fact tbl & master data tbl
  • data is inserted during upload of (data is never changed, only inserted)
  • Examples:
    • /bic/D(cube name)P is the package dimension of a content cube
    • /bic/D(cube name)U is the unit dimension of a content cube
    • /bic/D(cube name)T is the time dimension of a content cube
    • /bic/D(cube name)I is the user defined dimension of a content cube

External Hierarchy tables:

  • /BI*/I*, /BI*/J*, /BI*/H*, /BI*/K*
  • /BI0/0P...
  • are tables that occur in the course of an optimized preprocessing that contains many tables.
  • bic/H(object name) hierarchy data of object
  • For more information see SAP Note 514907.

Fact tables:

  • In SAP BW, there are two Fact tables for including transaction data for Basis InfoCubes: the F- and the E-Fact tables.
    • /bic/F(cube name) is the F-fact table of a content cube
    • /bic/E(cube name) is the E-fact table of a content cube
  • The Fact tbl is the central tbl of the InfoCube. Here key figures (e.g. sales volume) & pointers to the dimension tbls are stored (dim tbls, in turn, point to the SID tbls).
  • If you upload data into an InfoCube, it is always written into the F-fact table.
  • If you compress the data, the data is shifted from the F-fact table to the E-fact table.
  • The F-fact tables for aggregates are always empty, since aggregates are compressed automatically
  • After a changerun, the F-fact table can have entries as well as when you use the functionality 'do not compress requests‘ for Aggregates.
  • E-fact tbl is optimized for Reading => good for Queries
  • F-fact tbl is optimized for Writing => good for Loads
  • See SAP Notes 631668 & 1461926 (links to which are further down this page).

Master Data tables:

  • /BI0/P<char_name>
  • /bic/M(object name) master data of object
  • Master data tables are independent of any InfoCube
  • Master data & master data details (attributes, texts & hierarchies) are stored.
  • Master data table stores all time independent attributes (display & navigational attribues)

Navigational attributes tables:

  • SID Attribute table for time independent navigational attributes: /BI*/X<characteristic_name>
  • SID Attribute tbl for time dependent navigational attributes: /BI*/Y<characteristic_name>
  • Nav.attribs can be used for naviagtion purposes (filtering, drill down).
  • The attribs are not stored as char values but as SIDs (master data IDs).

P table:

  • P-table only gets filled if you load master data explicitly.
  • As soon as the SID table is populated, the P tbl is populated as well

SID table:

  • SID tbl: /BI*/S<characteristic>
  • stores the char value (eg customer number C95) & the SID. The SID is the pointer that is used to link the master data tbls & the dimension tbls. The SID is generated during the upload (uniqueness is guaranteed by a number range obj).
  • Data is inserted during the upload of master data or of transactional data
  • S table gets filled whenever transaction gets loaded. That means if any new data is there for that object in the transactions then SID table gets fillled.

Text table:

  • Text tbl: /BI*/T<characteristic>
  • stores the text for the chars
  • data is inserted & changed during the upload of text data attribs for the InfoObject
  • stored either language dependent or independent

Related Content

Related Notes

SAP Note 514907: Processing complex queries (data mart, and so on)

SAP Note 631668: DEADLOCK when loading data into InfoCubes