7 Keys to a Successful SAP NetWeaver BI Implementation or Upgrade

  • by Michael Loveless, BI Strategic Architect, Sapiex, Inc.
  • Gueorgui Patchov, BW Data Architect, Sapiex, Inc.
  • February 1, 2008
Review these seven key steps to ensure that your SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 implementation or upgrade project goes as smoothly as possible. For new implementations, find out what you need to consider as you migrate to SAP NetWeaver BI. For upgrades from SAP BW 3.5 or earlier, understand how you can apply lessons learned from your current implementation to your SAP NetWeaver BI upgrade.
Key Concept

With a new implementation of SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0, or an upgrade from an earlier release of SAP BW, you should take into account data warehouse competency, project goals, and system performance. You can do this by mapping your project outside of the system before beginning work in the system to ensure that all interested parties agree on the project design and goals.

When facing an upgrade or new implementation, it is important to look at data warehousing success factors in particular, not just follow common IT principles and approaches for application delivery. SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 provides transparency to business data, which is critical as data volumes become large and information becomes buried in transactional detail. Properly built business intelligence applications allow the user to sift through all the detailed data to analyze organizational performance and support business decision making.

When upgrading from prior SAP BW releases to SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0, it is important to evaluate your Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) design and the quality of your reporting architecture to ensure that they are built to perform well at the proper level of granularity.

For new SAP NetWeaver BI implementations, the following seven key strategic factors help to ensure a successful implementation:

Michael Loveless

Michael Loveless is an SAP NetWeaver BI strategic architect for Sapiex, Inc., a consulting group that focuses on strategic architecture planning and integration for SAP applications. Previously, he worked for SAP America (1998-2004) as a platinum SAP NetWeaver BI consultant. Michael has worked on many SAP NetWeaver BI projects in roles ranging from an SAP NetWeaver BI application configuration consultant to a global strategic SAP NetWeaver BI SME. Currently, he is working as an SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 project manager and architect for a global forecasting solution project in the pharmaceutical industry, and as a global BI strategic planner for federal government projects.

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Gueorgui Patchov

Gueorgui Patchov is an SAP BW data architect with Sapiex, Inc., a consulting group that focuses on strategic architecture planning and integration for SAP applications. Previously, he worked for the Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia, PA, and has provided BI consulting services in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and consumer products industries. Currently, he is consulting for a large SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 implementation project in the pharmaceutical industry.

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