Quick Tip: A Brief Introduction to Embedded SAP BW in SAP S/4HANA

  • by Deepak Sawant , Leader of SAP BW Center of Excellence, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
  • Shreekant W. Shiralkar, Global Head, SAP Analytics CoE, Tata Consultancy
  • August 11, 2017
Learn the basics of embedded SAP BW and its technical details. Get an overview of the different architectural scenarios that leverage embedded SAP BW specifically from an SAP S/4HANA context, including those recommended by SAP. In addition, review the pros and cons of embedded SAP BW, which facilitates choosing the appropriate deployment option.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn about:

  • Embedded SAP BW and its technical aspects, in brief
  •  Possible use cases for embedded SAP BW in SAP S/4HANA
  • The pros and cons of deploying embedded SAP BW in SAP S/4HANA
Key Concept

SAP NetWeaver is SAP’s primary technology computing platform that provides an environment to run most SAP software products. SAP NetWeaver 7.5 is the latest release of the platform (SAP NetWeaver 2004 was the first release). SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management is SAP’s newest ERP application package and is the successor to SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC). Core data service views is a common set of domain-specific language (DSL) and services for defining and consuming semantically rich data models. SAP has released functional-module-wise ready-to-use core data services’ views content from S/4HANA release 1511onwards. SAP HANA Live is an SAP provided add-on consisting of SAP HANA views (attribute/analytical/calculation view) on standard SAP ERP transaction tables that are used for reporting. 

SAP NetWeaver is SAP’s primary technology computing platform. It provides the environment to run most of SAP’s software. SAP NetWeaver 7.5 is the latest release of the platform (SAP NetWeaver 2004 was the first release). Embedded SAP BW by default resides in all the SAP NetWeaver 7.0 and above systems. New modelling features of SAP BW on SAP HANA provide leverage to the embedded BW system in SAP S/4HANA in specific use cases. In this article, we discuss some of these use cases for embedded SAP BW as well as its technical details.

In Q4 2005, SAP released the SAP NetWeaver 7.0 platform. This version included SAP BW within the SAP NetWeaver ABAP application server. Any ERP solution from SAP (e.g., SAP ERP Central Component [ECC] 6.0 and higher, SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, and other solutions like SAP CRM 7.0 and higher) has, by default, SAP BW inside its ABAP application server. This SAP BW that resides within an ABAP application server running an ERP system is called embedded SAP BW.

ECC’s successor, SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, is SAP’s newest ERP application package. SAP introduced core data services’ views for simplifying analytics in SAP S/4HANA. Core data services’ views are a newly defined, common set of domain-specific language and services for defining and consuming semantically rich data models. With the SAP S/4HANA release 1511 onwards, SAP added core data services’ views across its business-function modules, including Finance, Controlling, Sales and Distribution, and Materials Management. SAP HANA Live is another SAP add-on that provides SAP HANA views (attribute, analytical, and calculation views) on standard SAP ERP transaction tables that are used for reporting

Deepak Sawant

Deepak Sawant is an SAP analytics professional with 16 years of experience designing, developing, and maintaining large and complex BI programs for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. He played a key role in the design, development, and deployment of business analytic solutions in financials, supply chain, product costing, production, and planning functions. Deepak has performed multiple roles in technology consulting, delivery management, pre-sales, and operations management for leading organizations, namely Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., IBM, Reliance Industries, and Wockhardt Group. Currently he is leading the SAP BW Center of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., where he has been instrumental in establishing innovative consulting service offerings.

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Shreekant W. Shiralkar

Shreekant W. Shiralkar is a senior management professional with experience on leading and managing business functions as well as technology consulting. He has authored best selling books and published many white papers on technology. He also holds patents for innovations. Presently he is global head of the SAP Analytics Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy.

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