An Introduction to BW Workspaces in 7.3: Increase User Flexibility with Central Oversight

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • October 22, 2013
Ned Falk describes the functionality behind BW Workspaces, which is new to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3. It is only available with 7.3 running on SAP HANA or HANA’s predecessor, SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA). See the tasks the BW back-end global team needs to perform to set up BW Workspaces.
Key Concept

SAP’s Silvia Bratz and Klaus Nagel define a BW Workspace in the SAP document, “What is a BW Workspace?” as follows: “A BW Workspace is a kind of ‘small sandbox,’ which IT defines. IT sets the boundaries, IT sets the amount of resources that a BW Workspace can consume, and exposes some of the central data models to the BW Workspace (data of the models and their related semantics). The BW Workspace exposes the central data in a logical fashion only. The data is not copied over into the BW Workspace, which means that no data replication is needed.”

Although SAP HANA provides the technical means to combine satellite warehouses into a global instance, BW Workspaces allow flexible virtual localization for organizational and political realities. By virtually combining and filtering existing InfoProviders and creating new ones, modelers build BW Workspaces as subareas of a warehouse as they see fit. This has the end result of reducing the lead time to solving business reporting problems. The business (not IT) gains more and more ability to upload and merge local data with IT-controlled warehouse InfoProviders to meet reporting requirements in less time.

I show you why BW Workspaces’ ad hoc capability is useful as your BW installation grows globally in reach and scope. Additionally, I highlight the positioning of BW Workspaces as part of the longer-term goal of Layered, Scalable Architecture++ (LSA++), which is the new BW-on-HANA architecture goal. I also look at the back-end processes to create BW Workspaces.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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