What is SAP BW/4HANA?

September 8, 2016

SAP recently announced BW/4HANA.... but what is this new product and how can it impact your business?

 

What is SAP BW/4HANA?
SAP BW/4HANA is SAP’s next generation data warehouse solution. It is a new product (not a legal successor of any existing SAP Business Warehouse solution), built entirely on one of the most advanced in-memory platforms today – SAP HANA. It provides a simple set of objects that is
well suited for modelling an agile and flexible layered architecture of a modern data warehouse. SAP BW/4HANA manages all sorts of data, whether from SAP applications or other systems, structured or unstructured, and allows accessing of all models through an open SQL interface.

 

 SAP BW/4HANA comes with state of the art user interfaces for administrators, developers, and end users as well as completely SAP HANA-optimized processes that let you leverage huge amounts of data in real time for competitive advantage. The core functionality of SAP BW is preserved and the transition to SAP BW/4HANA can be compared with the transition of SAP Business Suite to SAP S/4HANA. As part of this transition, SAP BW/4HANA will drastically reduce the number of data objects to be stored and maintained. All future innovations will take place in SAP BW/4HANA. Prior releases of SAP BW powered by SAP HANA will move into maintenance, receiving little development or new functionality moving forward.

 

How can SAP BW/4HANA impact your company?

SAP BW/4HANA delivers value to organizations in three key areas:


Business Agility: With a dramatically simplified warehouse customers no longer just collect data, but connect to it.

 

SAP BW/4HANA users will have the advantage of enhanced modeling coupled with a dramatically simplified set of data warehouse objects and simplified governance. Users can automatically generate HANA views out of SAP BW/4HANA modeling objects which can be consumed by any SQL tool and visualized using SAP BusinessObjects Cloud or Lumira. This will enable agile data warehouse development, delivering better real-time business insights faster, at a lower cost than before.


Cloud Ready: New ideas can be prototyped and put into operation in days, not months, with minimal upfront investment.


Out-of-the-box deployment will add elasticity and more price/performance options, giving SAP BW/4HANA customers the most flexible landscape management solution in the marketplace.

 

Foundation for the next generation warehouse: End users can serve themselves effectively and easily discover data resources.

 

SAP BW/4HANA advances SAP’s vision of the Modern Data Warehouse to address new types and locations of data whether the data is from SAP applications or any other source. SAP BW/4HANA also supports the trend of analyzing data in its original location to minimize movement and duplication of data, including data lakes and even data in motion. It delivers the real time flexibility and overcomes the challenge of data silos. The addition of sophisticated data temperature management and compression ensures that data is tuned for both results and cost.


Interested in learning more about SAP B4/4HANA can impact your business?Approyo can help your company deal with the changing world. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address can help your organization grow today and in the future. Let us show you! Set up a free consultation today. 

 

 

 

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