SAP BW/4HANA


What is SAP BW/4HANA?

SAP BW/4HANA is SAP’s next-generation packaged data warehouse solution. It is built entirely on SAP HANA. Many users of SAP’s on-premise data warehouse solution, SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW), are moving to SAP BW/4HANA as mainstream maintenance is set to end for SAP BW 7.5 in 2027.

The solution makes up the on-premise data warehouse layer of SAP Business Technology Platform. SAP BW/4HANA users rely on the solution to help them organize and store all data streaming in from internal and external sources in a way that enables optimal analysis.

Key capabilities include:

  • Simplified modeling and administration
  • Integration with SAP and non-SAP applications
  • Intuitive user experience and modern interface
  • High-volume, real-time data processing

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

What is SAP BW/4HANA?

SAP BW/4HANA is SAP’s next-generation packaged data warehouse solution. It is built entirely on SAP HANA. Many users of SAP’s on-premise data warehouse solution, SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW), are moving to SAP BW/4HANA as mainstream maintenance is set to end for SAP BW 7.5 in 2027.

The solution makes up the on-premise data warehouse layer of SAP Business Technology Platform. SAP BW/4HANA users rely on the solution to help them organize and store all data streaming in from internal and external sources in a way that enables optimal analysis.

Key capabilities include:

  • Simplified modeling and administration
  • Integration with SAP and non-SAP applications
  • Intuitive user experience and modern interface
  • High-volume, real-time data processing

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

Integrate SAP BW/4HANA with SAP Analytics Cloud.

Ingo Hilgefort, SAP’s Global Product Evangelist, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, outlines for SAPinsiders several best practices that can help you get the most from this integration. Benefits of the integration include sophisticated dashboards and visualizations, data enrichment capabilities, and self-service functionality.

Keeping SAP BW/4HANA up to date and selecting the right type of connection for the integration are critical first steps, he explains. Read the full article and take SAP BW/4HANA to the next level.

Use the data collected by SAP BW/4HANA to evaluate what has happened in the past and enable effective planning.

A central data warehouse solution such as SAP BW/4HANA can lay the foundation for an insights-driven culture. It can help you analyze and translate disparate data sources into intelligent, actionable information the business can use.

Consider a test run before fully converting a large SAP BW instance to SAP BW/4HANA.

To fulfill a dedication to simplifying complex insurance and pension topics for its customers, Swiss-based company Helvetia Group needed to improve its data warehousing platform. The larger of its two existing SAP BW systems managed the company’s financial data. And, it had many dependencies on other projects and SAP and non-SAP systems. So, the company completed a test run on its smaller SAP BW system, which contained the company’s human resources data.

Learn how the conversion team completed its pilot project following a cookbook created by Helvetia’s Deputy Lead for Business Intelligence, Clemens Groetz. The smaller conversion, says Groetz, “has given us a chance to extend our knowledge about how an existing SAP BW system can be moved to SAP BW/4HANA.”

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  1. Key considerations for an SAP BW/4HANA or SAP HANA native data warehouse

    SAP offers two ways of data warehousing using SAP HANA; the data warehouse application approach using SAP BW or SAP BW/4HANA or the SAP HANA Native Data Warehouse This session will outline the methodology used by two different companies on how one chose the SAP BW/4HANA solution, while the other one used SAP HANA Native…
  2. Key Considerations when Migrating to SAP BW/4HANA or SAP HANA Native Data Warehouse

    SAP offers two ways of data warehousing using SAP HANA - the data warehouse application approach using SAP BW or SAP BW/4HANA or the SAP HANA Native Data Warehouse. This session will outline the methodology used by two different companies on how one chose the SAP BW/4HANA solution, while the other one used SAP HANA…
  3. SAP Extends Maintenance for SAP NetWeaver 7.5 and SAP BW/4HANA

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    In early February 2020, SAP announced that it would extend the end of mainstream maintenance for SAP ERP 6.0 and the core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 until the end of 2027. In the same announcement, SAP also indicated it would provide optional extended maintenance for these solutions until 2030. This gave many ERP…
  4. Bridging the Data-Driven to Insights-Driven Gap with SAP BW/4HANA

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    Discover how SAP BW/4HANA integrated with SAP Analytics can help your organization distill data into actionable insights that can spur the growth of your business. Learn about three challenges related to data and analytics and how SAP BW/4HANA enables your business to take three strategic steps toward evolving into an insights-driven organization. This content is…
  5. Transition to Real-Time Analytics on SAP S/4HANA 1610 and SAP BW/4HANA

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    Many companies are planning to make the move to SAP S/4HANA and/or SAP BW/4HANA to take advantage of improved capabilities for real-time reporting.  How can you best prepare and execute your transition? Read the Q&A transcript from BI & HANA 2018 speakers and consultants Bill Faison and Colin Hart from Method360 to gain real-world insight…
  6. How to Limit SAP BW HANA Processes from Consuming All Available SAP HANA Memory

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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
  7. How to Use Synonyms and Dynamic Parameters in Procedures with SAP BW Powered by SAP HANA 7.5 Support Package 4 to Compensate for Missing OLAP Variables

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    Get a detailed guide (including SAP HANA SQL code snippets) for how to speed up your SAP HANA calculation views by avoiding obsolete data at the database level. (The code in this article can be used as a reference for building your own procedure library for later use.) Learn about a dynamic method for reading…...…
  8. Quick Tip: A Brief Introduction to Embedded SAP BW in SAP S/4HANA

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    Learn the basics of embedded SAP BW and its technical details. Get an overview of the different architectural scenarios that leverage embedded SAP BW specifically from an SAP S/4HANA context, including those recommended by SAP. In addition, review the pros and cons of embedded SAP BW, which facilitates choosing the appropriate deployment option. Key Concept…...…
  9. Technical Guide: Overview for Migration to SAP BW/4HANA

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    Learn about SAP BW/4HANA and considerations to evaluate when making the decision to migrate. Understand how the effort of implementing SAP HANA-based enterprise data warehousing empowers companies, leads to greater returns, and reduces total cost of ownership. Key Concept As the pace of change increases, the ability to create analytic solutions quickly and effectively can…
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    How to Leverage SAP BW/4HANA for Big Data and Analytics

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    Understand the benefits, design principles, and architecture of SAP BW/4HANA, and learn how to leverage them. Key Concept SAP BW/4HANA is the new SAP HANA data-warehouse product launched in August 2016. SAP BW/4HANA preserves the core functionality of SAP BW and leverages all the features of SAP HANA, such as smart data access, dynamic tiering,…...…