Tips and Best Practices for Transitioning from SAP BW 7.0 to SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • January 20, 2016
Learn how to prioritize, implement, and deliver selected SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA capabilities to maximize its benefits to your organization.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn:

  • About the strategic and business results your organization can derive from SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA (Support Package 5 and up)
  • How you can prioritize the key capabilities
  • How to put together a roadmap containing a timeline for implementing and rolling out these priorities in a way that increases visibility among decision-makers, generates additional demand and cost savings, and lays a foundation for innovation
Key Concept
Features such as Eclipse-based querying and design capabilities, SAP HANA Analysis Process (HAP), and Open Operational DataStore (ODS) views are available in SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA (Support Package Stack 5 and up).

SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) 7.4 was commercially released in May 2013. The SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA version incorporates a lot of new features that leverage the core competencies of SAP HANA. A majority of these features were made available with the release of Support Package Stack 5 (SPS 5), which came out at the end of 2013. This new release, including all of these new features, provides companies using SAP BW with the ability to review and contrast the new features of earlier SAP BW releases with their current SAP system, as well as any other non-SAP BW enterprise data warehouses (EDWs).

I discuss and compare a selected set of features in terms of the business benefits they generate for your enterprise, recommend a prioritized list of these features, and provide a roadmap and timeline for you to follow when implementing and rolling them out.

This version (SAP BW 7.4 SP 5 and up) offers a comprehensive, scalable, high-performing, and user-appealing EDW solution. At a strategic level, you can now seriously look at using SAP BW on SAP HANA as a single corporate or EDW.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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