How SAP NetWeaver BW Running on HANA Changes Business Processes

  • by Prakash Darji, Vice President and General Manager, Data Warehousing Solutions and SAP HANA Platform, SAP
  • December 16, 2011
Gain an understanding of how SAP HANA works with SAP NetWeaver BW, and examine the business process changes that come from the release. Learn about how SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA differs from SAP NetWeaver BW on a traditional relational database management system, and the new capabilities that are available within the release. In addition, find how this offering provides a simpler environment to manage when compared to traditional relation database management systems.
Key Concept
SAP HANA is a multipurpose, data-source-agonistic, in-memory appliance that combines SAP software components optimized on hardware provided by SAP partners. SAP HANA provides capabilities for real-time operational analytics and use as an Agile data mart. It is also available to be deployed as a database for SAP NetWeaver BW.

Historically, SAP customers who were looking to manage large volumes of data have deployed SAP NetWeaver BW. Generally, SAP NetWeaver BW requires traditional relational database management systems such as Oracle DB, Microsoft SQL Server, or IBM DB2. In these environments, SAP NetWeaver BW provides a foundation for enterprise data warehousing, supporting data from SAP and third-party source systems. However, now SAP offers a new data warehouse product: SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA.

What follows is an overview of how SAP NetWeaver BW has changed with the introduction of SAP HANA as a database option. I assume the reader already has SAP NetWeaver BW knowledge.


With HANA running on top of SAP NetWeaver BW, there are changes to the IT landscape to consider, as well as a need to understand how these IT changes lead to specific business benefits. For the business, the key changes are improved reporting performance, real-time data access, and the ability to simulate and plan faster. For IT, there is cost savings through improved loading performance, simplified maintenance, and greater modeling flexibility. Within this article, I focus on the key business benefits.


Improved Reporting Performance

First and foremost, let’s get the red herring out of the way. Everyone always asks, “Is SAP HANA just about performance? Is it just a speeds-and-feeds world?”

Although SAP HANA is not just about performance, as I discuss later, the reporting performance is a key capability that is enhanced by the in-memory appliance. Companies running SAP NetWeaver BW on a relational database management system (RDBMS) can see dramatically improved performance by moving to the SAP HANA appliance. Beyond performance improvement, you also achieve performance consistency. You may ask “Why is consistent performance important?”

Prakash Darji

Prakash Darji is an experienced professional with more than 10 years of end-to-end experience in enterprise software. He has a broad depth of experience including corporate strategy, sales, product management, architecture, and development. He has experience in product launch activities, including positioning, packaging, and pricing. He has delivered numerous product releases in a variety of capacities through his career. He thrives on building high-performing, scalable teams to achieve strategic deliverables, whether they close strategic sales deals, roll in product features, or roll out new releases. He is a recurring author for several publications and a speaker at SAP conferences around the world. Prakash is on LinkedIn at

See more by this author


No comments have been submitted on this article. 

Please log in to post a comment.

To learn more about subscription access to premium content, click here.