With the announcement of BW/4HANA, SAP has shown renewed strong commitment to the future of the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) and ended the “Does S/4HANA replace BW?” discussion. Just like S/4HANA, the BW/4HANA release stays consistent with SAP’s strategic direction of simplification, openness, modern interfaces and high performance, based upon the SAP HANA platform.
BW/4HANA version 1.0 is functionally equivalent with SAP BW Edition for HANA (7.5 Service Pack 4), all core functionality has been re-developed on or moved into the HANA platform, several million lines of redundant code, the SAP NetWeaver stack, SAP GUI support and support for various other outdated components have been removed. Among many other improvements, BW/4HANA offers SAP Fiori based user interfaces, simplified data modeling and data flows, open interfaces, deep integration into the HANA platform, and integrated HANA data life cycle management. Support for several add-ons, such as SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, will be made available in future releases.
While BW/4HANA will be the basis for all significant future development of the BW data warehouse platform, it is not a successor product of SAP BW and therefore needs to be re-licensed. It is largely expected that BW/4HANA will assume a strategic role within the framework of the SAP strategy for digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The transition to the new solution does, however, take more consideration and planning – there is no direct upgrade path for classic, LSA-based (Layered Scalable Architecture) BW environments. Earlier modeling options such as InfoCubes, MultiProviders or traditional Data Store Objects are no longer available, old developments (based upon a 3.x version of BW) are no longer executable. Consequently, the move to BW/4HANA requires an upgrade to a recent release of SAP BW (7.5 SP4), the migration of existing application objects to the new object types and a subsequent system conversion. While upgrades and system conversion are fully automated processes, some of the migration steps need manual intervention.
To fully reap the benefits of the new platform, TekLink provides end-to-end support through advisory services, business case and roadmap development, implementation services, as well as basis and technical support for both, on premise and Cloud based installations.
TekLink’s extensive experience with BW helps clients to realize the full potential of their BW investment, from strategy to project execution, upgrades, roll-out, NLS (Near Line Storage) strategy and support, with
- Talented team of Global and Local resources
- TekLink’s BW on HANA Center of Excellence for sharing best practices and business scenarios.
- Long term partnership with SAP allowing us to bring you better insights into technology
- Capability to provide 24×7 support
- Assessment and advisory services to improve the health of clients’ current BW implementations.