BW/4HANA is a great tool for a number of use cases
Robert Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 06, 2020

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

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Overall Satisfaction with SAP BW/4HANA

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.
  • 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.
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.

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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.