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Introduction

Many customers are planning upgrades to SAP NetWeaver 2004s BI this year and early next year so we wanted some of our Ramp-Up customers who have already gone live to share their experiences with other customers to help you be successful.

Overview

We’re pleased to have a podcast and PDF’s available from a webcast with Kimberly-Clark and Wawa where they discuss the value proposition and key drivers for their upgrade or install, areas focused on during Ramp-Up, project timelines including future plans, and lessons learned. Following the presentations is a Q&A panel discussion with the customers and they are also joined by some members of the SAP Ramp-Up Back Office team.

Major Release for the BI capabilities in SAP NetWeaver 2004s

SAP NetWeaver 2004s is a major release of BI – the largest delta in the last 4 years!

Highlights include:

New and improved data flow concept

Use of Java and SAP NetWeaver Portal in a more advanced manner than any SAP application previously

  • Java and SAP NetWeaver Portal – at least 25% of the processing load for presentation away from the ABAP system
  • New generation of BI front-end tools based on Java and SAP NetWeaver Portal, functional migration required
  • BI drives deployment of Federated Portal and can add to complexity of system landscape

SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator – SAP innovation of search-engine-based appliance

  • A breakthrough for query and analytic performance
  • New Authorizations Concept

BI Integrated Planning – completely integrated with Analytical Engine and BEx

  • Many other new features and functionality i.e. remodeling, re-partitioning, BEx Report Designer, etc.

Link to more information: BI capabilities in SAP NetWeaver 2004s.

Status Today
  • 500+ active customer projects
  • 35+ live customers (20+ in North America)
  • 5 customers live with SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence Accelerator (20+ active projects)
  • 80+ actively implementing BI Integrated Planning
  • Many new customers inside mySAP ERP 2005
  • Massive number of upgrades in Q4/06 and Q1/07

More to come….

Part II of this blog will be coming in a few weeks with a new set of customers so stay tuned!

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  1. Davide Cavallari
    Hi Bryan,

    sounds great, we have a customer who’s planning an upgrade and this is really valuable information.

    Just where’s the cited podcast with Kimberly-Clark and Wawa? I can’t find it anywhere..

    Regards, Davide

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    1. Bryan Katis Post author
      Hi Davide,

      The podcast should be available by Monday.  I’m waiting for it to get uploaded to the media server and then I’ll post the URL.

      In the meantime you can listen to the Digitized Replay:
      Scheduled to begin on: 10/25/06 at 04:15P end on: 11/14/06 at 11:59P (TZ: Eastern)
      Telephone: (USA) (800) 475-6701, (International) (320) 365-3844, Access Code: 845753

      PDF’s of the presentations should be available later today.

      Thanks,
      Bryan

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    1. Bryan Katis Post author
      We have one customer confirmed and I’m still trying to get two other customers to confirm.  This time of the year appears to be a little tricky for many customers but I’ll keep working on it and hope that we can do one more this year.

      Thanks,
      Bryan

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        1. Bryan Katis Post author
          Sujoy,

          We don’t post the actual customer names.  There are more than 10 live BI-IP customers and 80+ in the process of implementing.  We’ve found (and recommend) that customers implement BI-IP in the second or subsequent phases.  The first phase should be a pure technical upgrade (utilizing only BW 3.x functionality) which can be done very quickly like in previous BW releases and should also include SAP NetWeaver BI accelerator.  A customer should decide on what other features to implement in additional phases.  Many customers wanted to do BI-IP at the same time as the technical upgrade but needed to have the backend and frontend strategy in place to do this.  This approach allows customers to incrementally add new features at pace that’s acceptable to the business.

          Thanks,
          Bryan

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