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Available to: Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Departments, IT Professionals – Based on business role

Cost: No charge

Finance/HR/Procurement Reporting utilizes the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) as the primary reporting platform for financial, human resources, and procurement SAP source systems. SAP delivers functionality for financial, human resources, and procurement services. SAP BW is distinct from the SAP source system modules in that it is a consolidated data repository (a data warehouse) intended specifically to support data reporting and analytical capabilities over SAP. The SAP source systems for financial, human resources, and procurement functions represent administrative and on-line transaction processing (OLTP) capabilities for data and process management. SAP BW is the extended reporting environment for this data and any other integrated information deemed relevant by business owners.

SAP BW reporting is made available through the SAP portal via the reporting tabs and folders. SAP BW reports are organized by subject area with specific reports provided as links on the respective menu pages. Each day, nearly 3,000 people across the University rely on SAP BW reporting. Other reporting interfaces and tools are also provided to data or business owners (central offices and administrators) of the particular data components, yet by far the primary and most-widely used method of reporting is the set of SAP BW Reports available in the Reporting section on the SAP portal.

Reference materials, assistance, training, enhancements, project work, and production monitoring and maintenance are all made available as support services of the SAP BW team.


SAP BW reporting is provided as a centralized reporting environment that spans the reporting needs of Budget Control & Finance, General Accounting/General Ledger, Accounts Payable & Receivable, Funds Management, Grants Management, Human Resource Administration, Procurement & Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Organization Management, Payroll, and other such administrative and organization-related capabilities of the SAP source systems implemented at Boston University.

Key Features

  • Centralized common reporting portal
  • Centrally administered security controls and data availability leveraging SAP security
  • Supported by an infrastructure and team to ensure that reporting needs are met

What to Expect

SAP BW availability adheres to and supports the terms established under the BUworks Service Level Agreement. This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.


  • SAP credentials
  • Data trustee approval may be required. Access to reporting functions is based on role and job function; your manager should be able to provide guidance if pre-approval is required.
  • Review Browser and System Requirements

Getting Started

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