How to reduce complexity with SAP's state-of-the-art reporting backend
Laszlo Szücs
Senior Consultant

What SAP BW/4HANA can do?

SAP BW/4HANA offers reduction of complexity in various areas: for example, the number of layers in the architecture can be reduced, the number of different object types has been significantly reduced and the source system types have been more standardized. These simplifications provide the user with higher security and sustainability in modeling and require less expertise for special cases.

Since in many aspects the HANA database is a technical prerequisite for new developments, innovation is no longer taking place in SAP BW and the release has entered maintenance mode. (SAP BW 7.50 is therefore the last release that can be run on a non-HANA database).

With SAP BW/4HANA, SAP has therefore created a new product that, on the one hand, only runs on the HANA database, and on the other hand, can make optimal use of this new technical platform. In the process, SAP BW/4HANA was freed from historically grown ballast and thus streamlined and modernized.

Quelle: SAP

How does the change from SAP BW to SAP BW/4HANA work?

Switching from SAP BW to SAP BW/4HANA is not a simple upgrade, as SAP BW/4HANA no longer contains certain object types (such as InfoCubes or DSOs). Therefore, there are three procedures to get to SAP BW/4HANA:

  • Rebuild of the BW models.
    This is certainly only an option for new BW customers.
  • Migration of BW models from old to new object types in an SAP BW 7.50 release.
    Here, the migration takes place piece by piece in the system until the system no longer contains old object types and can then be converted.
  • Remote migration of BW models
    In this case, migration tools convert the BW models into new object types via transport, so to speak. In this case, the BW release of the source system can be lower than 7.50 (down to 7.00).

SAP BW/4HANA - Our Workshop Offerings

In these workshops, we bridge the gap between the various players and build a strong foundation for future challenges. Afterwards, we support you in developing a customized strategy and roadmap for your company.

SAP BW/4HANA: Value Discovery Workshop

Discover the possibilities and the added value of a modern data warehouse! In our Value Discovery Workshop, we analyze together with you the current initial state of your landscape and the potentials of the new developments:

SAP BW/4HANA: Upgrade Workshop

Benefit from our experience from many HANA migrations and plan your upgrade with us! Together with you, we will create a project plan for the upgrade:

SAP BW/4HANA: Modernization Workshop

Modernize your old objects with us! Our experts know both the old and the new object types and the corresponding conversion tools. As part of the upgrade, there are necessary conversions as post or even preliminary work:

SAP BW/4HANA Workshop: System Upgrade with Basic Support

Avoid already known errors and pitfalls during the upgrade! Our Basis experts support you in the technical execution of the system upgrade or carry out the upgrade together with your Basis team:

SAP BW/4HANA: Performance-Workshop

Optimize your system with modern architecture and high-performance code pushdown:

SAP BW/4HANA: Toolset for developers

Get to know the technological possibilities comprehensively and use them for company processes in a target-oriented and resource-optimized way. Solution approaches are developed for use in your own company:

Webinars (in German language)

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Thorsten Stossmeister

Competency Lead EDW/HANA with sometimes old-fashioned preferences for backend and ABAP