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SAP BW’s Vital Role in Business Decision-making

Analytics of customer and business data is now as vital to business success as the products and services they sell. Data volumes alone do not equal analytics — the proper consolidation, quality, access, meaningful transformation, and reports make it valuable. For most companies, data does not lead to value. Best-in-class companies have invested in processes, people, and data warehousing technologies to turn data to value.

SAP offers two ways of data warehousing using SAP HANA: 1) the data warehouse application approach using SAP BW or SAP BW/4HANA or 2) the SAP HANA Native Data Warehouse.

SAP Business Warehouse (called SAP BW) packages a powerful set of data warehousing solutions and tools to enable companies to curate data from many sources, including SAP HANA and other databases — integrating, extracting, and transforming them to derive meaningful insights for the business.

SAP BW’s Vital Role in Business Decision-making

Analytics of customer and business data is now as vital to business success as the products and services they sell. Data volumes alone do not equal analytics — the proper consolidation, quality, access, meaningful transformation, and reports make it valuable. For most companies, data does not lead to value. Best-in-class companies have invested in processes, people, and data warehousing technologies to turn data to value.

SAP offers two ways of data warehousing using SAP HANA: 1) the data warehouse application approach using SAP BW or SAP BW/4HANA or 2) the SAP HANA Native Data Warehouse.

SAP Business Warehouse (called SAP BW) packages a powerful set of data warehousing solutions and tools to enable companies to curate data from many sources, including SAP HANA and other databases — integrating, extracting, and transforming them to derive meaningful insights for the business.

Some of the key components of SAP BW are:

  1. SAP Data Warehouse or SAP Data Warehouse Cloud helps integrate, transform, consolidate, and store data and stage relevant data for specific analysis.
  2. Analytic Engine provides OLAP functions for BW Integrated Planning and Analysis.
  3. SAP Business Explorer provides tools to create and access reports, along with authorization for each report.
  4. Interfaces offers an open architecture that allows for extraction of data from various systems into SAP BW. SAP BW also seamlessly integrates with other SAP solutions such as SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Business Intelligence.
  5. Several functions like data mining are also built into SAP BW to recognize pattern sets in the data. A rich set of additional tools and functions for visualization and access are bundled.

Of course, SAP has invested heavily to integrate SAP BW with SAP HANA to enhance the power of SAP BW with in-memory technology and deliver analysis of high data volumes, high query frequency, and complicated calculations. This SAP BW/4HANA is SAP’s latest packaged data warehousing solution for both on-premise and private cloud.

How can companies decide on their data warehousing approach? This video by Bill Faison, a data warehousing expert, provides some answers. Please watch Key Considerations for an SAP BW/4HANA or SAP HANA Native Data Warehouse.

In addition, SAP BW/4HANA integrated with SAP Analytics solutions enables a massive adoption of trusted actionable analytics across a business, offering deployment options in the cloud or on premise. Read here about Bridging the Data-Driven to Insights-Driven Gap with SAP BW/4HANA.

With the data volumes from 5G applications expected to explode, deploying SAP BW/4HANA in the most optimal way can lead to significant value for companies.

 

 

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  1. SAP business warehouse update

    SAP Business Warehouse is SAP's workhorse data warehouse system. Always innovating, SAP has continued to extend the value for both new and existing SAP Business Warehouse customers with new functionality in SAP BW/4HANA. In this session you will hear about: -The latest innovations in SAP BW/4HANA -Upgrading your existing system to the latest BW/4HANA technology…
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    Explore some of the new features available in SAP BW 7.5 that the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest school district in the U.S., is taking advantage of to solve real-time reporting issues and create a stronger, more robust data warehouse. here Jehangir Khan If you have comments about this article or publication,…...…
  3. BI & HANA: Case study: How Callaway Golf unleashes the potential of embedded BW for real-time dashboarding

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    Learn how Callaway Golf leverages embedded BW functionality for its real-time reporting needs. here Norman Ruppert If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access... This content is available…
  4. Use Cases for Embedded SAP BW in Your SAP Transactional System

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    Joerg Boeke explains how to use SAP HANA calculation views and procedures as data providers for complex calculation views. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access
  5. Use a Generic RFC Function to Call Functions in Another SAP System with Serialized Parameters

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    Sergei Peleshuk provides an overview of SAP BW/4HANA and key considerations to think about when making the decision to migrate. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access
  6. Cascading Prompts: The Next Generation of F4 Value Help Filtering

    Reading time: 28 mins

    Use native SAP HANA modelling techniques and enhancements to provide end users with a user-friendly, real-time variable selection process across massive amounts of data. Key Concept Achieving consistent and relevant user prompt selections across multiple BI front-end tools has been a key area for many BI implementations. Value help and the cascading filtering of a…...…
  7. Optimizing SAP BW on SAP HANA

    Reading time: 22 mins

    After technically migrating to SAP BW on SAP HANA, leveraging capabilities of your SAP BW on SAP HANA system that are pushed down to the SAP HANA database and do not run on the application server is key to a successful optimization road map — and it is a challenging task. In this live Q&A,…...…
  8. Quick Tip: Best Practices for Designing SAP BW BEx Queries and a Comparison of Connection Options

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    This checklist helps you learn SAP BW BEx Query design best practices to enable you to build performance-optimized SAP BW BEx Queries. Also see a quick comparison of the three SAP BusinessObjects connection types: Business Intelligence Consumer Services (BICS), relational, and Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) connections. This quick tip also helps you decide which…
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    When the merger between Kraft Foods and Heinz was finalized in July 2015, the resulting Kraft Heinz Company became the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world — and the volumes of data that the newly merged company had to manage were as expansive as the organization itself. Learn how Kraft Heinz migrated its…
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    How to Use BICS to Connect SAP BusinessObjects Client Tools to SAP BW (Part 2)

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    Learn step-by-step instructions for how to create a Business Intelligence Consumer Services (BICS) connection and then use it to connect three BusinessObjects reporting tools: Web Intelligence, Design Studio, and BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office, to an SAP BW BEx Query. Key Concept A Universe is the Semantic Layer that resides between the database and…...…
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    How to Use BICS to Connect SAP BusinessObjects Client Tools to SAP BW (Part 1)

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    Learn how the Business Intelligence Consumer Services (BICS) connection works internally, and connects Business Explorer (BEx) Queries to SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 client tools. Key Concept Business Intelligence Consumer Services (BICS) is an optimized data access protocol used within SAP systems. It connects SAP BW Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) sources, such as BEx Queries and InfoProviders,…...…
  12. Agile Data Virtualization in SAP BW with Open Operational DataStore Views

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Open Operational DataStore (Open ODS) views are a new type of SAP BW modeling object. Instead of SAP BW InfoObjects, Open ODS views are defined with fields that are aligned to the datatypes of the external relational source they represent. Learn about the rationale behind developing these new types of metadata objects and the modeling…...…
  13. Quick Tip: A List of Dos and Don’ts When Upgrading to SAP BW 7.4

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    Learn the dos and don’ts for upgrading to SAP BW 7.4, as well as some quick tips to help functional teams and Basis administrators plan a successful SAP BW upgrade to 7.4.  This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  14. Behind the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark

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    On July 4, 2016, SAP, on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council, certified (Certification number: 2016035) the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark (BW-AML Benchmark) where Hitachi now ranks first for the 2 billion initial record load, see the results here. For those of us at Hitachi, these results are no surprise. Hitachi’s converged…
  15. An Overview of Simplified Modeling with SAP BW on SAP HANA (Part 2): Using Advanced DataStore Objects

    Reading time: 12 mins

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  16. An Overview of Simplified Modeling with SAP BW on SAP HANA (Part 2)

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    Learn the basics about the new SAP BW on SAP HANA advanced DataStore object (DSO) and how it compares to InfoCubes and the older DSOs for SAP BW not running on SAP HANA. This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  17. An Overview of Simplified Modeling with SAP BW on SAP HANA (Part 1)

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    Learn how the move to SAP BW running on SAP HANA makes SAP BW both faster to use and simpler to deploy. Key Concept InfoProviders are the objects against which BEx Queries are written. BEx Queries, in turn, feed data to reporting tools. In the beginning, InfoCubes were the lone InfoProviders, but over time, more…...…
  18. Take SAP Business Warehouse Benchmarking to the Next Level

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    As a staple of many SAP customer landscapes, SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) needs to perform at an optimal level at all times. That is why SAP provides standard application benchmarks to help its customers measure application performance, including SAP BW performance. However, rapid and ongoing changes — such as increasingly complex queries and data…
  19. Data Modeling Basics in SAP BW on SAP HANA and BW Integrated Planning

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    Discover the steps required for developers to design a data model in SAP BW on SAP HANA and SAP BW Integrated Planning, to deliver a web application that addresses a particular business logic, together with a set of visualizations. Key Concept Value disaggregation (also called top-down distribution) helps you to manually enter data within manual…...…
  20. Tips and Best Practices for Transitioning from SAP BW 7.0 to SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA

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