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SAP CDS Views: An Overview and Implications for the InnovateSAP Initiative

In the world of SAP technologies, CDS (Core Data Services) views are a key element that helps companies manage their data efficiently and effectively. SAP CDS Views provide a powerful way to define and leverage complex data queries and models in SAP systems. They serve as a bridge between the raw data in the SAP databases (such as the HANA DB) and the applications that use this data to gain business insights and optimize processes. An important aspect of SAP CDS Views is their ability to efficiently handle complex data relationships and logics, making them particularly useful for data modeling and analysis. This makes it a valuable tool for a wide range of use cases, from reporting and analytics to IoT data integration and processing.

What exactly are SAP CDS views? CDS Views are advanced view concepts that not only enable data structuring and querying, but also integrate business logic and application logic directly into the database layer. This integration allows for greater performance and flexibility in data manipulation and analysis.

ABAP CDS vs. CAP CDS: Differences and Areas of Application

Within the SAP technology landscape, there are two main types of CDS views: ABAP CDS and CAP (Cloud Application Programming Model) CDS. ABAP CDS Views are used directly in SAP systems based on the ABAP programming language, while CAP CDS Views are used in the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model, a framework that facilitates the development of full-stack applications in the cloud (BTP).

The two graphs below provide clarity on the different approaches and give you a quick overview of the two concepts.

CDS architecture in the ABAP environment:


Initially, the logic was implemented in the application layer. Later implementations (analogous to CAP CDS) offload logic to the database.


CDS architecture in the CAP/BTP environment:

This is where the logic takes place at the database level. In CAP, entities reference the views and can thus access the data behind them.


Limitations and challenges

The limitations of CDS views lie primarily in the complexity of their development and maintenance. Because CDS views dig deep into an organization’s data architecture and business logic, they require a high level of expertise and careful planning.

InnovateSAP Initiative at HO2: Tailor-made solutions with SAP CDS Views

HO2 uses SAP CDS Views to provide customers with innovative solutions tailored to their needs. By improving data queries, creating personalized reports, and simplifying data integrations, HO2 helps organizations optimize their business processes.

Conclusion: Discover the possibilities of SAP CDS Views

As part of our InnovateSAP initiative, we at HO2 rely on the power of SAP CDS Views to not only provide our customers with clarity about their data landscape, but also to develop innovative solutions that optimize business processes and open up new opportunities. With a deep understanding of both ABAP and CAP CDS views, we offer tailor-made solutions that are precisely tailored to the needs of our customers.

Whether it’s improving the performance of data queries, creating personalized reports, or simplifying complex data integrations, our expertise in SAP CDS Views enables us to deliver innovative and efficient solutions that deliver real value.

Discover with us the possibilities that SAP CDS Views offer and how they can move your business forward. Dive into the world of efficient data processing and analysis with HO2’s InnovateSAP initiative. We’re here to provide clarity and turn your data into a powerful tool for success.