SAP BW/4HANA Reviews

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Robert Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 06, 2020

BW/4HANA is a great tool for a number of use cases

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We use BW/4HANA as the platform to host our operational data warehouse. We use a separate instance of BW/4HANA to host our profitability and performance management application (PAPM).
  • Near real-time data replication from HANA databases.
  • Strong BW functionality.
  • A host of cloud reporting tools can seamlessly connect to it.
  • Enterprise license pricing is very expensive and run-time license limits the usefulness of the tool.
  • Integration with SAP Analytics Cloud for write-back to BW/4HANA. Live connection is only read from SAC.
  • Make run-time licenses more useful.
Suitable for hosting large volumes of data and using multiple cloud-based reporting tools to create dashboards, KPI's, and reports that need to be available daily or in near real time. Good integration with most HANA applications although there seem to be some limits with others. It is not suitable for massive volumes of data given the nature of SAP's pricing for HANA. Large volumes and analytics may be more suited to a data lake external to BW/4HANA.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 27, 2020

Great and Scalable Enterprise Business Warehouse Tool

Score 8 out of 10
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We use SAP BW/4HANA across the whole organization primarily for reporting and also as a data source for our broader data lake. Most users are on Supply (Logistics, Inventory), Planning (Sales, Demand, Inventory, Business), and Finance. It integrates with most of our landscape - ERP, Product Lifecycle Management Systems, Planning tools, and even Excel Spreadsheets.
  • BI and Reporting out of the ERP Layer
  • Self Service Capabilities to build reports and cubes out of SAP
  • Great Performance for simple and analytical reporting out of SAP
  • Broad availability of BW Tools to integrate - such as Business Explorer
  • ETL implementation can be complicated
  • Integration with non-SAP systems can take a long time
  • Cost to implement and maintain can be high, even in Cloud
SAP BW/4HANA integrates well within the SAP Landscape (ECC, S4HANA, IBP, etc.), and you can easily implement it if already an SAP shop. You can also find several Public Cloud implementations, especially on AWS, that can accelerate your Proof of Concept and validation. If you are adding more tools and systems into the landscape, you may want to consider another agnostic toolset that can easily integrate with non-SAP products.
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Martin Lopez | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 01, 2019

A comprehensive solution for enterprise data warehousing

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The SAP BW/4 HANA platform is used by our clients as a corporate data warehouse solution hosting information from all areas of the company and being the basis for reporting needs-oriented to decision making.
  • Loading data from SAP ERP data sources.
  • Use of data virtualization to minimize load times.
  • Data hosting in memory since the underlying database is HANA.
  • Interface improvements so that all development is web-based.
  • Ease of connectivity with non-SAP sources.
  • Avoid the need to continue using the SAP GUI.
A scenario where BW/4 HANA fits perfectly is for corporate data warehouse solutions especially when the source of data is a HANA ERP. It integrates seamlessly with the SAP Business Analytics Cloud business intelligence solution.
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Mark Villazon | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 24, 2019

A quick review on BW/4HANA from a techie's point of view

Score 9 out of 10
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We use BW/4HANA for analytics and reporting. It is used across the enterprise. Our initial deployment has been across finance with a view to migrate our classical BW environment over to BW/4HANA. Our currently classical BW has reached end of life and we need to commence the migration over to BW/4HANA soon.
  • Better preformance
  • Ability to perform hybrid data modelling
  • Better integration to non-SAP data sources
  • Simplified data modelling
  • Still has reliance of ABAP stack.
  • Not all exception aggregation conditions are pushed down to HANA
  • BW-IP should be included in offering as it was previously.
  • BW workspaces could improved, has huge potential.
Hybrid data modelling is for sure a great strength. The ability to stick to traditional data modelling as well as modelling using HANA Calculation Views locks huge potential. Having access to multiple HANA native engines and features means less reliance on ABAP stack. All this whilst still leveraging traditional BW features e.g. master data infoObjects, time-dependencies, etc.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 11, 2019

Efficient data warehousing

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SAP BW is being used in my organization as the tool that allows us to read and consolidate business (life or not depending on the kind of data). We use it only in certain departments, as not everyone is doing the analysis of this kind of information.
  • Easy to use.
  • Efficient.
  • Technical part can be difficult if you're not familiar with it.
  • Implementation.
It is great for processing data, super fast and clear. It improves business process agility and creates better efficiency across departments. I would definitely recommend the tool for its functionalities and good performance. Implementation is not that convenient, but the rest is just great.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 25, 2019

Fast and Reliable

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SAP BW/4HANA is the main source of metadata information in our company. Besides a lot of standarised reports made by a specialized team, we have the possibility to download any kind of data through BW. This possibility allows us to be more independent when we have a specific need. It's easy to use and fast enough to cover our needs.
  • It gives you a lot of data
  • Could be more user friendly
SAP/BW is able to offer you a lot of company data with the help of a simple query. I use it in order to see sales & invoicing data of my company every day. If you don't have permission to make/edit your queries, you may get lost trying to adapt an existing query to offer the information you want to see.
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About SAP BW/4HANA

SAP BW/4HANA is a next-generation data warehouse solution. It is specifically designed to use the advanced in-memory capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. For example, SAP BW/HANA can integrate many different data sources to provide a single, logical view of all the data. This could include data contained in SAP and non-SAP applications running on-premise or in the cloud, and data lakes, such as those contained in the Apache Hadoop open-source software framework. With SAP BW/4HANA, IT organizations can become the hero, providing business users with real-time analytics, tailored analytical applications, and intelligent automated support for business processes based on data from SAP and non-SAP line-of-business applications.

Categories:  Data Warehouse

SAP BW/4HANA Features

Has featureSimplified modelling and administration
Has featureIntegration with SAP and non-SAP applications
Has featureImproved user experience
Has featureHigh-volume, real-time data processing

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SAP BW/4HANA Competitors

Teradata, Oracle, IBM

Pricing

  • Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional

SAP BW/4HANA Support Options

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SAP BW/4HANA Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:No
Supported Countries:Global
Supported Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese