Ask the BW Expert: How Do I Know if the New SAP BW 3.1 Content Release is Worthwhile for Me?

  • by Karen Comer, BI Product Manager, SAP Labs, LLC
  • March 1, 2003
The 3.1 content release offers a wide range of new business content for SAP and third-party applications. Here, the author outlines what's new in this release by SAP application, industry, and third-party application.


The SAP BW 3.1 Content Release, available since last December, offers new Business Content for a range of solutions including mySAP CRM, mySAP Financials, mySAP SCM, and mySAP SRM, as well as industries such as retail, banking, and services. Based on a foundation of data warehousing, a BI platform, and a BI suite of tools, SAP BW provides integrated applications that understand each other's metadata and offers a closed loop that incorporates operations, analytics, and personalization. Current SAP BW customers will not automatically receive this new release. They must request the software through their contracts representative. BW 3.1 is solely a content release with no new functionalities or technologies since BW 3.0B, so your upgrade decision depends on the value of this new Business Content to your organization.1 I'll describe in detail what the new Business Content in BW 3.1 offers by SAP solution and industry.

Karen Comer

Karen Comer is a US SAP NetWeaver product manger for SAP Business Intelligence. After several years as a business analyst, programmer, and consultant, Karen joined SAP as a BI solutions architect. Her current responsibilities in product management include being the US contact for Business Planning and Simulation; the SAP BI partner liaison, and working with SAP BI front-end features (BI Suite), including the BEx Analyzer and the Query Designer.

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