How does SAP BW/4HANA work? What are the advantages of SAP BW/4HANA? How does the implementation of SAP BW/4HANA work? Should I switch to SAP BW/4HANA? What does SAP BW/4HANA stand for? Find the answers to these and other questions here.

SAP BW/4HANA - A secure source of knowledge and intuitive user experience

SAP BW/4HANA manages all types of data, regardless of whether they are from SAP applications and other systems, structured or unstructured, and provides access to all models via an open SQL interface. SAP BW/4HANA features the latest in user interfaces for administrators, developers and end-users , as well as processes that are fully optimised for SAP HANA, allowing you to use vast quantities of data in real time to gain a competitive advantage.

Gain quick and accurate insights

Results and key figures can be generated in real time. This creates far greater efficiency and agility when it comes todata preparation and the speed of decision-making.

Using digitalisation to create business value

With the Big Data warehouse, more comprehensive insights and business values can be extracted from large volumesof data.

Simple data modelling

The development effort is considerably reduced and administration of the data is made significantly more simple.

Very user-friendly

An intuitive user experience and the integration of applications from SAP and other providers increase productivity.


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What is SAP BW/4HANA?

SAP BW/4HANA is a data warehouse application package designed as an on-premise warehouse variant for the SAP Business Technology Platform. With SAP BW/4HANA, all the data in the entire company can be prepared for a consistent view across all departments.

With the Business Warehouse (BW), data analysis can be accelerated by obtaining data from a data warehouse (DW). This allows large amounts of data to be processed in real time.

SAP Business Warehouse continues to be a powerful data warehouse tool for consolidating master data, and provides various flexible reporting options. With SAP HANA as the database within the BW system, a combination of DW functions and a fast in-memory database can be used to generate improvements in performance and exceptional modelling capabilities.

The HANA in-memory database is much faster than other common databases such as Oracle and SQL Server, which means that the DW works significantly faster.

How does SAP BW/4HANA work?

1. Data integration: data from a wide variety of sources can be integrated into SAP BW in many different ways.

SDA | HANA Vora:

Direct access to remote systems (e.g. S/4 HANA, HANA Native, IBM DB2, MS SQL, Oracle, Hadoop and Spark) makes it possible to use real-time data in the analytical process without further persistence.

Replication Server | SLT:

Source systems are connected to the SAP BW in the shortest possible time using replication technology. Depending on requirements, the data is persistently available in near-real-time. This option represents a highly efficient industrial solution for the majority of the systems to be integrated.

Data Services | SAP Business Content:

All other sources can be connected via mature and powerful ETL components.

2. Data management: simple and clear provision of all necessary data

Simplified design principles and a wide range of platform interfaces make it easy to integrate the required data and make it available for evaluation at an early stage. The traditional data warehouse layers (e.g. persistent data marts with complex transformation logics) are available as usual. For ad-hoc queries however, the data can already be taken and used from the integration layer.

This is where the powerful data modelling capabilities of SAP HANA come into play. The SAP BW automatically generates HANA views for each data model, which can be combined with each other (and with external data sources) as you see fit. Thereafter, further data modelling can be implemented with the HANA graphical interface or alternatively with standard SQL, other languages (e.g. R. Python) or SQL-based front-end tools.

All known and mature SAP BW functions for data warehouse operation (including scheduling, monitoring, delta management and authorisations) are of course still available in parallel.

3. Access to information: from all departments and for all employees

Employees in each department have access to user-friendly BI and data mining tools.mining tools to meet their information needs quickly and in a well-founded manner. information needs:

Design studio / Lumira:

Mobile, interactive and role-based dashboards provide your decision-makers with reliable aggregated data and therefore the most transparent insights into your current business situation.

Analysis for Office:

Measure your business success with modern reporting tools. Use actionable insights that add genuine value to your value creation to steer your business areas. Use the integrated and granular database to get accurate answers to new and unexpected business questions.

HANA information modelling:

Increase your company's responsiveness via self-service BI, with the added advantage of reducing IT costs and workload.

Predictive analytics:

Reliably identify trends and patterns with predictive analytics. Reduce forecasting model creation time to just a few minutes through automation. Get additional unique insights into customers, business processes and markets.

HANA platform:

Benefit from the open platform and use your analytical data to make your operational business processes smarter and faster.

Your contact person for data warehousing
Paul Vatter Head of the Data Warehousing Competence Centre at s-peers AG
Paul Vatter
Head of Consulting

The top 4 BW/4HANA benefits - see for yourself!

Quick access

In-memory function provides quicker data access


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Simple data modelling andadministration

Making connections

Integration with applications from SAP and other providers


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