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What is 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...

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November 25, 2019
SAP BW/4HANA is the main source of metadata information in our company. Besides a lot of standarised reports made by a specialized team, …
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What is 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.

SAP BW/4HANA Features

  • Supported: Simplified modelling and administration
  • Supported: Integration with SAP and non-SAP applications
  • Supported: Improved user experience
  • Supported: High-volume, real-time data processing

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SAP BW/4HANA Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesArabic, 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

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The most common users of SAP BW/4HANA are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
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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.
  • Seamless connectivity
  • Ease of use
  • Scalability
  • Eliminates data interfaces and cumbersome reconciliation from our ERP systems.
  • Ability to replicate data in near real-time.
  • Ability to standardize on cloud-based reporting tools.
They all have different uses. BW/4HANA is mainly a HANA based data warehouse.
Finance, supply chain, sales, service, IT
IT developers, basis, report support & developers
  • Operational Data warehouse
  • Management reporting
  • Spend analysis
Overall support is good, however there needs to be more architectural maturity in how BW/4HANA can fit in with other SAP tools and external cloud applications and data warehouses.
No. Purchasing decisions for software and support are done centrally at my company. I don't have a lot of visibility on why we didn't purchase premium support
We received a response quickly, but it was basically to upgrade to the latest support pack. Upgrading is not always an option so it can be a problem to receive support while waiting on the support pack upgrade to be completed.
Features are good and the HANA adds a lot of usability. Integration can be an issue depending on the type of license and the system.
  • Info provider and info object creation
  • Integration with reporting tools such as business objects
  • Process chain development
  • Integration with SAC
  • Standard BW extractors must be used for run-time license
Yes, but I don't use it
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Currently we are a BW on HANA shop, and have explored BW/4HANA in PoC environments, as well as established it as our target Data warehouse. It will address all of our Finance, HCM, and Supply Chain reporting and Analytics Data Warehousing requirements, providing access to data across multiple business process, sourced from multiple business applications, and together with BObj BI will provide our business users visibility to key insights.
  • High speed data warehouse regardless of data volumes.
  • Excellent integration with SAP systems and Data sets.
  • Simplified data modelling due to columnar data base.
  • Better integration with external data providers.
  • More cost effective licensing model.
  • More flexible options for external systems provisioning data from BW/4HANA.
Solid data warehouse based on best-in-class in-memory HANA database with excellent integration into SAP solutions, as well as predelivered business content facilitating initial implementation. Leverages the best of SAP's architecture and flexible data warehousing capabilities, without compromising performance and simplification. Will be key enabler to our Finance and HCM analytics roadmap.
  • Provides insight to key financial and HR performance indicators.
  • Has allowed us to leverage data from both our on premise and cloud solutions.
  • Security model ensure flexible yet restricted access to those who need it.
  • Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance
Both are comparable with the advantage going to BW for SAP integration, simplified data modeling, and overall performance. Both play a key part in our overall data warehousing strategy and are complementary based on each of their strengths specific to data provisioning, and integration into our broader enterprise architecture. Our long term strategy will likely retain both but with tighter integration.
Mature support model relying on both SI and Application management support partner, as well as SAP support, and HPE HANA infrastructure support team. The appliance model is the simpler model, as it provides easier access to large patch and support pack database, as well as the introduction of new capabilities.
SAP BW/4HANA requires specialized skillsets around data warehouse modeling and the access to data, however the modeling capabilities are intuitive and have now become accessible to both SAP and non-SAP data warehouse specialists. This new model allows for Interchangeable skillsets and access to a broader pool of experts throughout the industry, as well as easier access to data.
SAP Access Control, SAP HANA, SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
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