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SAP BI SPS Functional Upgrade Activities

With SAP new roadmap on SAP BI – many customers are looking to upgrade their existing BI environment to stay with the fast sequence of changes being propagated with regard to integration with other products etc…

In many case customers are updating their SP levels to take full advantage of the new options that SAP has to offer.  I was asked to do an analysis on moving my client’s systems from SPS11 to SPS18 on a BI7.0 system.


We all tend to think that an SP Upgrade is usually more of BASIS and not much work for a BI consultant other than testing once the SPS is applied. But then by seeing the forums a constant question that comes up is: What is the role of a BW consultant in an SP upgrade? What should I do and sequence of doing things…


I have tried to answer the following by means of a checklist that I created and found very useful in my previous engagement and am sure that others will too.


Also since this is my first attempt at creating such a list – I would like to ask the community if they have had similar issues in SPS Upgrades and please add to the same if you see something missed. Looking forward to your inputs.

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  • Hi Geeta,
    It's a good attempt to engage other members.
    In my expereince, a BW consultant should not ignore the developments carried out in ETL. Also, ensure that the abapers have completed their task or set the task status appropriately prior to upgrade. During the upgrade process, the basis team will be prompted to confirm if all abap developments are set to correct status and this then is confirmed with bw/abap team before basis team proceeds.
    Additionally, there is an excellent doc on --> Operations --> Cross-NW called SAP NW 04 - Support Package Stack 15  and higher. It would be helpful to go through this doc prior to upgrade.

    Mohammad Shoaib

    • Hello Shoaib,

      ABAP programs are not usually impacted by SPS Upgrades and it is not necessary to check them as part of the testing for the SPS Upgrade. However in many cases there might be programs that use SAP Structures within them which might changes as part of the SPS Upgrade.

      Testing all ABAP programs might be tedious - it is however recommended to test atleast all the critical ABAP programs just to make sure that no stone is unturned.

      Kind Regards,

  • Hi,
    your Document isn't available anymore. Can you upload again or send it to me?
    I am confronted with the same task.

    Thx for your help