Best Practices for Creating a Sound Strategy for Your SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator Go-Live and Support

  • by Vitaliy Rudnytskiy, Senior BW Consultant, HP Enterprise Services
  • Catherine Roze, Senior BW Consultant
  • January 20, 2010
Find out how to approach the final phases of an SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator implementation, including cutover, go-live, and support. In addition, learn some tasks that you can carry out after the accelerator go-live to get the most out of your investment.
Key Concept
Go-live is the most critical phase of your SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator implementation. Flawless roll-out fosters the initial confidence in the tool within the business user community. After the initial success, you need to continue building on that confidence and strive for excellence when it comes to the accelerator daily operations and support.

Companies looking at implementing SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator are often trying to accelerate access to data and improve productivity while reducing IT costs and time spent on BW development. After a company decides to incorporate the accelerator, it needs to carry out several tasks to ensure that it gains the most value from the accelerator.

What follows are the critical steps, undocumented tips, and lessons learned from multiple successful customer implementations of the SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator. We focus on the critical steps and lessons learned during the accelerator go-live and post-go-live support phases. We provide BI practitioners and project managers with hands-on advice to ensure a smooth go-live and optimal support of the accelerator.

This article applies to SAP NetWeaver BW (release 7.0 and later) and SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator (revision 49 and later). It assumes that you are already familiar with all fundamental concepts of SAP NetWeaver BW and the accelerator. Detailed technical instruction related to the accelerator installation and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is outside the scope of this article.

We’ve organized the content based on the key activities and milestones during the final stages of the SAP Project Methodology: final preparation, cutover, go-live, and support. 

Vitaliy Rudnytskiy

Vitaliy Rudnytskiy is a senior SAP NetWeaver BW consultant with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services. He has more than nine years of experience in SAP and non-SAP data warehousing and business intelligence. His strategic focus is SAP NetWeaver BW enterprise architecture. During the last three years Vitaliy contributed to more than 25 installations of SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator in USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Singapore. Vitaliy presented at multiple conferences and he is the top contributor to the SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator forum on the SAP Community Network (SCN). Vitaliy holds a degree in computer science from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Vitaliy expresses his thanks to colleagues Jens Doerpmund, Hans Blok, and Sarah Plunkett for their review and feedback.

Vitaliy will be presenting at the upcoming SAPinsider HANA 2017 conference, June 14-16, 2017, in Amsterdam. For information on the event, click here.

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Catherine Roze

Catherine Roze is a senior BI consultant with more than seven years of full life cycle experience in SAP reporting and SAP NetWeaver BW with special focus on SAP NetWeaver BW enterprise reporting, performance optimization, and SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator. A seasoned BI professional, she has contributed to more than 15 SAP NetWeaver BW implementation projects for Fortune 500 companies. Catherine holds an MBA and MS (industrial technology) and is the author of SAP BW Certification: A Business Information Warehouse Study Guide.

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