SAP Analytics Cloud vs. SAP Business Warehouse

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SAP Analytics Cloud
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
The SAP Analytics Cloud solution brings together analytics and planning with integration to SAP applications and access to heterogenous data sources. As the analytics and planning solution within SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP Analytics Cloud supports trusted insights and integrated planning processes enterprise-wide to help make decisions without doubt.
$36
per month per user
SAP BW
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
SAP Business Warehouse, or SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse) is SAP's legacy data warehouse solution, now superseded by SAP BW/4HANA, and the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud which was launched in 2019. SAP BW versions up to 7.4 have reached end of maintenance. SAP BW 7.5 support is extended to align with SAP Business Suite with NetWeaver components. For existing customers maintenance is scheduled to continue through 2027, with extended support available through 2030.N/A
Pricing
SAP Analytics CloudSAP Business Warehouse
Editions & Modules
SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Intelligence
$36.00
per month per user
SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning
Price upon request
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SAP Analytics CloudSAP BW
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsGet started on your 30-day trial with SAP Analytics Cloud, supporting analytics enterprise-wide. Extend it up to 90 days if you want to.
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Community Pulse
SAP Analytics CloudSAP Business Warehouse
Considered Both Products
SAP Analytics Cloud
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
We have both. We use SAC more for SAP aaplications like: S/4HANA & BW/4HANA, We use Power BI for snowflake, datalake.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
End to end seamless integration with other SAP products in the eco system.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
1. Commenting is better than BPC
2. Driver-based planning is better than Oracle EPM
3. Top-down and Bottom-up planning is better than both BPC as well as Oracle EPM
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
SAC is a single platform for planning , collaborating and visualisation which other reporting tools do not provide
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
pyramid has better on prem solutions
and dashboards
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
SAP Analytics Cloud is the product from SAP itself where most of the companies are well integrated with SAP S4 HANA, SAP BW, and SAP BW4HANA so this reporting tool helps us with the best integration and for faster reporting performance instead of other versions and also it is …
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
we use the SAP Analytics Cloud together with a business warehouse and use the planning engine (BW-IP) for our planning functions. We map these in the frontend (SAC) and thus offer a perfect addition to our on-premise systems. the planning takes place in the bw and an s4 system …
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
I feel SAP Analytics Cloud is superior to other tools because of cloud capability and the ability to connect to several data sources. It also has a feature to store large set of data in-memory for faster reporting.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
SAP Analytics Cloud is a comparable product/solution to Power BI but has additional features that could be viewed as an improvement. SAP Analytics Cloud models are based on 1 large data set and multiple models can be merged. When combined with multiple SAP systems, the …
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
It's on par or more when it comes to [connecting] to sap source systems. It has an edge in terms of FP&A processes.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
If SAP Analytics cloud had mobile capability for Android devices it would be great compared to other products like Power BI/Tableau.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Compared with PowerBI, SAP Analytics Cloud looks better and integrates much better with SAP data.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
Qlik Sense is too expensive, much more complicated to use for users (especially new variables or other complex calculations) and requires you to buy too many extra functionalities to have the same options as SAP Analytics Cloud can offer.

Microsoft Power BI is much cheaper and …
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
As it has been released as a Beta version in the past days, I have not the chance to evaluate them together. Both products look pretty similar. I would like to use it more to see what are the main differences.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
We are currently using Power BI primarily, and are using SAC primarily for planning at this point. Would be interested to explore more of the predictive and augmented analytics capabilities of SAC.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
We use all these products to offer our clients a comprehensive analytics platform, integrating all of them in a single packaged solution.
Chose SAP Analytics Cloud
SAC is better at performance when the data source is bigger and the volume of data is high. That is thanks to live connectivity. SAC is offering a planning version and more functionalities. SAC is offering a lot more business content in the library.
SAP BW
Chose SAP Business Warehouse
The word "against" would not be the right word to describe this question. These applications coexist and interact, as all of them play a specific role in the SAP landscape. The use of any of these applications should be aligned with the data strategy in an Organization.
Chose SAP Business Warehouse
Its good for data modelling and ease of reporting capabilities. Even designing base master data models is complex but once done it makes life very easy for any reporting that involves hierarchies/ text & direct/indirect attributes even. It does not have capabilities for …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SAP Analytics CloudSAP Business Warehouse
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.9
247 Ratings
0% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports7.8204 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.1242 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.9220 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.9
257 Ratings
4% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Drill-down analysis8.0248 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities7.9245 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages7.8190 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration7.9235 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
242 Ratings
1% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Publish to Web8.1208 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.2233 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning8.1202 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.9194 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
250 Ratings
2% above category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.8239 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.8232 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.9236 Ratings00 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining7.834 Ratings00 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
256 Ratings
6% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
8.8
3 Ratings
2% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.1235 Ratings9.73 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.1242 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.0233 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control8.145 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.6236 Ratings9.73 Ratings
Location-Based Data Governance00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
219 Ratings
0% above category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access7.9208 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application7.8180 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.0203 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
274 Ratings
6% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Long-term financial planning7.6233 Ratings00 Ratings
Financial budgeting7.8239 Ratings00 Ratings
Forecasting7.9246 Ratings00 Ratings
Scenario modeling7.5237 Ratings00 Ratings
Management reporting8.3265 Ratings00 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
229 Ratings
5% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Financial data consolidation7.5183 Ratings00 Ratings
Journal entries and reports7.7173 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency management7.5188 Ratings00 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations7.4143 Ratings00 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.5129 Ratings00 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting8.0180 Ratings00 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails7.6170 Ratings00 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
254 Ratings
3% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Financial Statement Reporting8.0213 Ratings00 Ratings
Management Reporting8.3244 Ratings00 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting8.0225 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting8.1203 Ratings00 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing7.7114 Ratings00 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
277 Ratings
2% above category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Personalized dashboards8.2270 Ratings00 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards8.1255 Ratings00 Ratings
KPIs8.4261 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis8.3243 Ratings00 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting8.3246 Ratings00 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data7.6206 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
258 Ratings
9% below category average
SAP Business Warehouse
-
Ratings
Flat file integration7.7244 Ratings00 Ratings
Excel data integration7.9247 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.1226 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
-
Ratings
SAP Business Warehouse
9.0
3 Ratings
12% above category average
Data model creation00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Data Exploration
Comparison of Data Exploration features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
-
Ratings
SAP Business Warehouse
5.7
3 Ratings
5% above category average
Visualization00 Ratings5.73 Ratings
Data Warehouse
Comparison of Data Warehouse features of Product A and Product B
SAP Analytics Cloud
-
Ratings
SAP Business Warehouse
7.7
3 Ratings
7% above category average
High-Volume Data Processing00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Data Warehouse Management00 Ratings9.33 Ratings
Administrative Automation00 Ratings7.73 Ratings
Self-Optimization00 Ratings6.03 Ratings
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SAP Analytics CloudSAP Business Warehouse
Small Businesses
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IBM Planning Analytics
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Google BigQuery
Score 8.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Centage
Centage
Score 9.6 out of 10
Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub
Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP
Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP
Score 8.0 out of 10
Oracle Exadata
Oracle Exadata
Score 8.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
SAP Analytics CloudSAP Business Warehouse
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(298 ratings)
8.3
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.4
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.1
(219 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
6.2
(75 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
4.7
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SAP Analytics CloudSAP Business Warehouse
Likelihood to Recommend
SAP
SAP Analytics Cloud is great for big companies that want advanced data analysis and planning, especially when they need to work together in real-time or when people need to access data on their phones. It's like a super tool for predicting future trends in industries like retail or finance. SAC also works well for companies that use different types of computer systems because it can easily connect them. But, for small businesses that only need basic reports or don't have a lot of technical resources, a simpler tool might be better. If a company doesn't always have a good internet connection or if they're just starting with analytics, there might be other tools that work better.
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SAP
SAP BW is best for: 1. Large enterprises 2. Enterprises with 3+ legacy systems with entrenched users (politically difficult to merge) 3. Enterprises with employees who can understand both the technical capabilities of SAP BW and the needs of the business users - ability to speak both languages, otherwise the program could be unwieldy and potentially underutilized (it's not particularly inexpensive) SAP BW is less appropriate for: 1. Small enterprises 2. Enterprises who have well established, same location, CRM and UFS - the integration of data analysis will be easier and less expensive with other solutions 3. HANA
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Pros
SAP
  • It makes it easier yo analyse order and related records easily.
  • We can easily maintain and track the performance of employees in organisation.
  • Can easily track various aspects for the growth of an organisation thus allowing real time analysis and tracking of organisation's growth and performance.
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SAP
  • It tracks bin locations for parts which can be really helpful.
  • SAP Business Warehouse tells you who has a part checked out so you can find it.
  • It shows current parts shortages so buyers are flagged to get parts on order based on current demand.
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Cons
SAP
  • Complexity in Data Modeling
  • SAC supports various data sources, but improvements in the ease of connecting to and integrating with certain data repositories, especially non-SAP databases, would enhance the platform's versatility and integration capabilities.
  • An offline mode for SAC could be valuable for users who need to access and analyze data without an internet connection. Additionally, optimizing performance for large datasets and complex visualizations would contribute to a smoother user experience.
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SAP
  • Support comes slow. This is not a limitation of the software itself but could be a symptom from the local office. Once we get support everything works along smoothly.
  • It is always important to review the instructions. This is not a system that does well initially with personalization without review of standard procedures. A log of time can be lost if the technicians and programmers working with the data are not following correct procedures.
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Likelihood to Renew
SAP
There’s no doubt I will renew SAP Analytics Cloud. It is the most vital tool in our organization that makes it seamless to make rapid business decisions by collecting, modeling and visualizing data in real-time.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Usability
SAP
Considering the feedback and improvements made over time, users often rate SAP Analytics Cloud's usability in the range of 7 to 9 out of 10. Positive aspects include its integration capabilities, collaborative features, and the ability to create visually appealing dashboards. Some users, however, may note a learning curve or desire additional customization options.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
SAP
Since the implementation stage, the support team has been very helpful and assisting. Even in the later stages, the tech team had quite a rapid response. In general, SAP has provided us with great customer support, let it be for a specific product of SAP or for integration of different modules.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
In-Person Training
SAP
Good videos and reference material available in SAP Portal.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
SAP
SAC is a simple solution ad it works fine when connecting it to other SAP tools. On the other hand, connecting it to third party solutions brings difficulties when there's no previous design and the objetives are not clear. It is really important to integrate Business users from the start to provide with valuable business insights
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SAP
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Alternatives Considered
SAP
SAP is a product/solution that contains extra capabilities that might be considered an enhancement; SAP Analytics Cloud models are based on a huge data collection, and numerous models can be integrated. When coupled with different SAP systems, Analytics Cloud has a common dataset architecture; this software also includes improved analytics capabilities.
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SAP
SAP Business Warehouse scores higher in data warehouse functionalities for integration to SAP ERP and other SAP solutions such as SAP CRM, SAP APO, and SAP SRM. Standard SAP data source extractors which are available in SAP ERP can be used immediately for full or delta replication into SAP Business Warehouse. System governance in SAP Business Warehouse is top-notch with change management support for migration between system landscape from the development system to production system.
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Return on Investment
SAP
  • In general, SAC is a comprehensive analytics platform that offers a range of capabilities for data visualization, reporting, planning, and predictive analytics. It is particularly well-suited for businesses that use SAP systems and are looking to gain insight into their data in a single, integrated platform.
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SAP
  • Exporting of data and reports to Excel is very easy for the end user to interpret and manipulate.
  • Negatively, the speed at which BW retrieves data and reports is very slow and out of date.
  • Addition of daughter application HANA has helped this aging application stay afloat for a few more years. Overall it has been a great tool but it's showing its age very fast.
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