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A frequent question that we get at SAP events from both customers and partners is, “What is the difference between SAP Business Intelligence (SAP BI) and SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW)?”

Well, the answer to that has changed over time as SAP’s strategy has evolved. In the beginning, we had SAP BW. Shortly after that, SAP BW was bundled with other components, such as SAP Workplace (and later SAP Enterprise Portal) to form a licensed product that was named mySAP Business Intelligence (mySAP BI), to distinguish between the overall solution and the underlying SAP BW component.

With the development of the SAP NetWeaver, it was determined that the business intelligence component should become part of this platform. A decision was made to retain “Business Intelligence” as the name of the underlying component, because this name is more descriptive of the scope of the product, including as it does data warehouse management, extraction, transformation and loading capabilities, business modeling, business content, OLAP analysis, data mining, business insights via alerts and reporting features, and planning functions with the new BW-BPS.

Within SAP BI, SAP BW remains the core product, providing the ability to control, monitor, and maintain all processes connected with data staging and processing. However, this is a technical distinction that is expected to end with SAP BW 3.5, the business intelligence component of SAP NetWeaver ’04. Future releases are planned to have only the “Business Intelligence” designation, such as SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence 7.0, which is expected to be the name of the component in the next release.

What does this mean to you? You should start thinking of the product as “SAP BI” and try to use the term “SAP BW” only when you are referring to a specific release, such as SAP BW 3.1 Content or SAP BW 3.5. It’s going to be a tough adjustment, but if you start now, it will be easier when the “SAP BW” term goes away completely!

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    1. John,

      No, the SAP BW term will be phased out. The core component will be SAP BI.

      Thanks for the question,
      Katie

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    1. John,

      No, the SAP BW term will be phased out. The core component will be SAP BI.

      Thanks for the question,
      Katie

      (0) 
    1. John,

      No, the SAP BW term will be phased out. The core component will be SAP BI.

      Thanks for the question,
      Katie

      (0) 
  1. Barbara Ware
    I understand that with BW 3.5, SEM-BPS is renamed BW-BPS.

    Will SEM-BPS still remain in SEM?  For how long?

    If so, (SEM in both places), is it just the business planning part that will be in BW (BW-BPS)?  Then what is the migration path for future upgrades if a customer for example wants to use SEM – Business Consolidation or the Corporate Monitor?

    Would the customer likely use BW-BPS (3.5 version) for their planning with an SAP SEM add-on for Business Consolidation and the Monitor?

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    1. Barbara,

      SEM-BPS and BW-BPS are a whole topic on their own, but I’ll do my best to tell you what I can.

      SEM-BPS will remain in SEM for the foreseeable future. “For current SEM-BPS customers and BW-BPS customers, their investment will continue to be supported by SAP. In this way users can expect to continue to realize the benefits of the planning capabilities with BPS and also realize the platform upgrades as future releases of SAP BW continue to evolve.”

      There is no plan at this time to migrate the other SEM components to SAP BI, therefore customers migrating to or implementing BW-BPS would require the SEM add-on for BCS and CPM. “Regarding the integration to Balanced Scorecard and Consolidation current capabilities will remain and be enhanced. The integration will still done via SAP BW InfoCubes. As a result, it will be possible to consolidate plan data in BCS. It will be possible to display plan data within the Balanced Scorecard and to drag or change it in Performance Measurement. The integration of master data will also be guaranteed using the common SAP BW data basis.”

      The information in quotes comes from the BW-BPS Frequently Asked Questions. You can find this information as well as much more in SDN under Business Information Warehouse -> Planning in SAP Business Intelligence.

      Regards,
      Katie

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  2. Barbara Ware
    I understand that with BW 3.5, SEM-BPS is renamed BW-BPS.

    Will SEM-BPS still remain in SEM?  For how long?

    If so, (SEM in both places), is it just the business planning part that will be in BW (BW-BPS)?  Then what is the migration path for future upgrades if a customer for example wants to use SEM – Business Consolidation or the Corporate Monitor?

    Would the customer likely use BW-BPS (3.5 version) for their planning with an SAP SEM add-on for Business Consolidation and the Monitor?

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    1. Barbara,

      SEM-BPS and BW-BPS are a whole topic on their own, but I’ll do my best to tell you what I can.

      SEM-BPS will remain in SEM for the foreseeable future. “For current SEM-BPS customers and BW-BPS customers, their investment will continue to be supported by SAP. In this way users can expect to continue to realize the benefits of the planning capabilities with BPS and also realize the platform upgrades as future releases of SAP BW continue to evolve.”

      There is no plan at this time to migrate the other SEM components to SAP BI, therefore customers migrating to or implementing BW-BPS would require the SEM add-on for BCS and CPM. “Regarding the integration to Balanced Scorecard and Consolidation current capabilities will remain and be enhanced. The integration will still done via SAP BW InfoCubes. As a result, it will be possible to consolidate plan data in BCS. It will be possible to display plan data within the Balanced Scorecard and to drag or change it in Performance Measurement. The integration of master data will also be guaranteed using the common SAP BW data basis.”

      The information in quotes comes from the BW-BPS Frequently Asked Questions. You can find this information as well as much more in SDN under Business Information Warehouse -> Planning in SAP Business Intelligence.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
  3. Barbara Ware
    I understand that with BW 3.5, SEM-BPS is renamed BW-BPS.

    Will SEM-BPS still remain in SEM?  For how long?

    If so, (SEM in both places), is it just the business planning part that will be in BW (BW-BPS)?  Then what is the migration path for future upgrades if a customer for example wants to use SEM – Business Consolidation or the Corporate Monitor?

    Would the customer likely use BW-BPS (3.5 version) for their planning with an SAP SEM add-on for Business Consolidation and the Monitor?

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    1. Barbara,

      SEM-BPS and BW-BPS are a whole topic on their own, but I’ll do my best to tell you what I can.

      SEM-BPS will remain in SEM for the foreseeable future. “For current SEM-BPS customers and BW-BPS customers, their investment will continue to be supported by SAP. In this way users can expect to continue to realize the benefits of the planning capabilities with BPS and also realize the platform upgrades as future releases of SAP BW continue to evolve.”

      There is no plan at this time to migrate the other SEM components to SAP BI, therefore customers migrating to or implementing BW-BPS would require the SEM add-on for BCS and CPM. “Regarding the integration to Balanced Scorecard and Consolidation current capabilities will remain and be enhanced. The integration will still done via SAP BW InfoCubes. As a result, it will be possible to consolidate plan data in BCS. It will be possible to display plan data within the Balanced Scorecard and to drag or change it in Performance Measurement. The integration of master data will also be guaranteed using the common SAP BW data basis.”

      The information in quotes comes from the BW-BPS Frequently Asked Questions. You can find this information as well as much more in SDN under Business Information Warehouse -> Planning in SAP Business Intelligence.

      Regards,
      Katie

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  4. Hi Kathleen,

    You picked a good one this month.  I think SAP using BI suggests that they will support all the technology components to support Business Intelligence.  As once commented by Richard Dunning, Business Intelligence is defined as anything that gives a business a competitive advantage.  In addition to this definition, I would define anything as people, processes, or technology.  Through businesses better managing their knowledge to streamline their business is key and I think BI Technologies play a key role in this opportunity.

    Darin Paton – TransAlta.

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    1. Thanks Darin!

      It’s the support of and input from customers like TransAlta that will continue to allow us (and push us!) to expand the business intelligence capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver platform. Something that I did not even touch on in the original Web log was the integration with SAP EP – which is a significant facilitator in our efforts to deploy information to any appropriate user.

      Regards,
      Katie

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  5. Hi Kathleen,

    You picked a good one this month.  I think SAP using BI suggests that they will support all the technology components to support Business Intelligence.  As once commented by Richard Dunning, Business Intelligence is defined as anything that gives a business a competitive advantage.  In addition to this definition, I would define anything as people, processes, or technology.  Through businesses better managing their knowledge to streamline their business is key and I think BI Technologies play a key role in this opportunity.

    Darin Paton – TransAlta.

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    1. Thanks Darin!

      It’s the support of and input from customers like TransAlta that will continue to allow us (and push us!) to expand the business intelligence capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver platform. Something that I did not even touch on in the original Web log was the integration with SAP EP – which is a significant facilitator in our efforts to deploy information to any appropriate user.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
  6. Hi Kathleen,

    You picked a good one this month.  I think SAP using BI suggests that they will support all the technology components to support Business Intelligence.  As once commented by Richard Dunning, Business Intelligence is defined as anything that gives a business a competitive advantage.  In addition to this definition, I would define anything as people, processes, or technology.  Through businesses better managing their knowledge to streamline their business is key and I think BI Technologies play a key role in this opportunity.

    Darin Paton – TransAlta.

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    1. Thanks Darin!

      It’s the support of and input from customers like TransAlta that will continue to allow us (and push us!) to expand the business intelligence capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver platform. Something that I did not even touch on in the original Web log was the integration with SAP EP – which is a significant facilitator in our efforts to deploy information to any appropriate user.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
    1. Jean-Claude,

      Specific details of the next SAP NetWeaver release, including the SAP BI component, are not yet available. Stay tuned to SDN – I am sure that we will start to hear more in the next couple of months.

      Katie

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    1. Jean-Claude,

      Specific details of the next SAP NetWeaver release, including the SAP BI component, are not yet available. Stay tuned to SDN – I am sure that we will start to hear more in the next couple of months.

      Katie

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    1. Jean-Claude,

      Specific details of the next SAP NetWeaver release, including the SAP BI component, are not yet available. Stay tuned to SDN – I am sure that we will start to hear more in the next couple of months.

      Katie

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  7. Zlatko Radisic
    Kathleen,

    any documentation available yet on SAP BI 7.0?  We are anxious to read more about it. Also, what are the official release dates?

    It is quite impressive how SAP is continually upgrading its Business Intelligence products. Great job!

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    1. Hi Zlatko,

      I need to ask you could post questions like this in the future to the Business Intelligence ->Business Information Warehouse forum. This will be very helpful, as the information will be easier for other interested parties to find, as most people would not be looking for it under this blog.

      The next release of SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence will be the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release. This will be part of the mySAP ERP 2005 ramp-up beginning in October 2005.

      For more information on the availability of SAP NetWeaver 2004s, please check the FAQ document and Product Availability Matrix (PAM) in the SAP Service Marketplace at alias /NW2004s.

      For preliminary information on business intelligence capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release, please see the /bi alias in the SAP Service Marketplace. You’ll see a path SAP NetWeaver 2004s -> BI Capabilities that will lead you to a presentation document highlighting the planned features. Please keep in mind that this is preliminary information and subject to change, but should give you a very good idea of what to expect in the next release.

      Regards,
      Katie

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    2. p.s. I recommend downloading the preliminary BI capabilities document rather than trying to open it from the SAP Service Marketplace…and then expect it to take a little while if you don’t have a fast connection!

      Katie

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  8. Zlatko Radisic
    Kathleen,

    any documentation available yet on SAP BI 7.0?  We are anxious to read more about it. Also, what are the official release dates?

    It is quite impressive how SAP is continually upgrading its Business Intelligence products. Great job!

    (0) 
    1. Hi Zlatko,

      I need to ask you could post questions like this in the future to the Business Intelligence ->Business Information Warehouse forum. This will be very helpful, as the information will be easier for other interested parties to find, as most people would not be looking for it under this blog.

      The next release of SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence will be the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release. This will be part of the mySAP ERP 2005 ramp-up beginning in October 2005.

      For more information on the availability of SAP NetWeaver 2004s, please check the FAQ document and Product Availability Matrix (PAM) in the SAP Service Marketplace at alias /NW2004s.

      For preliminary information on business intelligence capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release, please see the /bi alias in the SAP Service Marketplace. You’ll see a path SAP NetWeaver 2004s -> BI Capabilities that will lead you to a presentation document highlighting the planned features. Please keep in mind that this is preliminary information and subject to change, but should give you a very good idea of what to expect in the next release.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
    2. p.s. I recommend downloading the preliminary BI capabilities document rather than trying to open it from the SAP Service Marketplace…and then expect it to take a little while if you don’t have a fast connection!

      Katie

      (0) 
  9. Zlatko Radisic
    Kathleen,

    any documentation available yet on SAP BI 7.0?  We are anxious to read more about it. Also, what are the official release dates?

    It is quite impressive how SAP is continually upgrading its Business Intelligence products. Great job!

    (0) 
    1. Hi Zlatko,

      I need to ask you could post questions like this in the future to the Business Intelligence ->Business Information Warehouse forum. This will be very helpful, as the information will be easier for other interested parties to find, as most people would not be looking for it under this blog.

      The next release of SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence will be the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release. This will be part of the mySAP ERP 2005 ramp-up beginning in October 2005.

      For more information on the availability of SAP NetWeaver 2004s, please check the FAQ document and Product Availability Matrix (PAM) in the SAP Service Marketplace at alias /NW2004s.

      For preliminary information on business intelligence capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release, please see the /bi alias in the SAP Service Marketplace. You’ll see a path SAP NetWeaver 2004s -> BI Capabilities that will lead you to a presentation document highlighting the planned features. Please keep in mind that this is preliminary information and subject to change, but should give you a very good idea of what to expect in the next release.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
    2. p.s. I recommend downloading the preliminary BI capabilities document rather than trying to open it from the SAP Service Marketplace…and then expect it to take a little while if you don’t have a fast connection!

      Katie

      (0) 
  10. dk dk
    Hi,
       i would like to know how BW/Bi is related to netweaver technolgy , i would be verymuch pleased if you could through some light on this?

    Regards
    DK

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    1. Hi DK,

      Starting with SAP BW 3.5, the standalone component (i.e., sold separately) became part of the SAP NetWeaver platform. When a customer upgrades to this release, they switch to an SAP NetWeaver license. (For details on licensing, you need to talk to your SAP account executive.)

      With SAP BW 3.5, you do not need to implement any other SAP NetWeaver components, except of course the underlying SAP NetWeaver Application Server. As we go forward with the SAP NetWeaver strategy, we will continue to increase integration between BI and other capabilities of the platform. For example, with SAP NetWeaver 2004s, you will implement both BI and Portal capabilities to support the BEx suite.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
  11. dk dk
    Hi,
       i would like to know how BW/Bi is related to netweaver technolgy , i would be verymuch pleased if you could through some light on this?

    Regards
    DK

    (0) 
    1. Hi DK,

      Starting with SAP BW 3.5, the standalone component (i.e., sold separately) became part of the SAP NetWeaver platform. When a customer upgrades to this release, they switch to an SAP NetWeaver license. (For details on licensing, you need to talk to your SAP account executive.)

      With SAP BW 3.5, you do not need to implement any other SAP NetWeaver components, except of course the underlying SAP NetWeaver Application Server. As we go forward with the SAP NetWeaver strategy, we will continue to increase integration between BI and other capabilities of the platform. For example, with SAP NetWeaver 2004s, you will implement both BI and Portal capabilities to support the BEx suite.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 
  12. dk dk
    Hi,
       i would like to know how BW/Bi is related to netweaver technolgy , i would be verymuch pleased if you could through some light on this?

    Regards
    DK

    (0) 
    1. Hi DK,

      Starting with SAP BW 3.5, the standalone component (i.e., sold separately) became part of the SAP NetWeaver platform. When a customer upgrades to this release, they switch to an SAP NetWeaver license. (For details on licensing, you need to talk to your SAP account executive.)

      With SAP BW 3.5, you do not need to implement any other SAP NetWeaver components, except of course the underlying SAP NetWeaver Application Server. As we go forward with the SAP NetWeaver strategy, we will continue to increase integration between BI and other capabilities of the platform. For example, with SAP NetWeaver 2004s, you will implement both BI and Portal capabilities to support the BEx suite.

      Regards,
      Katie

      (0) 

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