What's Coming in 2004: SAP BW 3.5 to Offer Business Reporting Enhancements and More

  • by Katie Beavers, Product Manager, SAP Labs
  • February 1, 2004
SAP BW 3.5 will be a part of the SAP NetWeaver 2004 Ramp-Up in the end of March and unrestricted shipments begin in late 2004. The author explains the features of the updated program, such as an improved business intelligence platform, support for enterprise data warehousing, and new and easier ways to distribute enterprise-wide business intelligence. She also suggests how to upgrade to SAP BW 3.5.


In late March, SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW) 3.5 will be available as part of the SAP NetWeaver 2004 Ramp- Up program (restricted shipment), and unrestricted shipments begin in the fourth quarter of 2004. With this release, SAP has made significant improvements in several major areas, including support for enterprise data warehousing, an enhanced business intelligence platform, and more and better options for delivering enterprise-wide business intelligence.

Let me tell you about the most important improvements and new features of SAP BW 3.5. You will also see how BW 3.5 integrates more tightly with SAP Enterprise Portal (EP) 6.0 and other components of the NetWeaver stack. With this knowledge, you will better understand how BW 3.5 can improve your business reporting. It does so by providing users with a front-end tool that allows distribution of relevant information to the right users at the right time, using the most appropriate channels. Other reporting enhancements empower your end users with greater control of their own reporting views and more options for modifying those views as their analysis requirements demand. With the delivery of Business Planning and Simulation features in BW 3.5 (BW-BPS), you will see BW reporting capabilities extended with a flexible planning framework.

Katie Beavers

Katie Beavers is a product manager for SAP NetWeaver, focusing on SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence. After several years in management consulting, Katie joined SAP as an FI/CO instructor prior to moving to the SAP NetWeaver BI team in 2000 to lead the rollout of SAP BW 3.0.

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