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SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SP8 – Optimized for SAP HANA, Cloud and Mobile – Service Release 2 available now!

Latest News : 

July 16th, 2015: New! A Foundation for the Future: What’s Coming Next with SAP NetWeaver 7.5

March 31st, 2015: Update on SAP NetWeaver roadmap on SAP Service Marketplace: Roadmap

Jan 1st, 2015: Happy New Year! New article available on SAP’s development tools for SAP HANA and the cloud
                        Same article as PDF: SAP Insider – Guide to SAP Development Tools

Nov 27, 2014: Developer Edition of AS ABAP & BW 7.4 SP8 on SAP HANA 1.0 SPS8 available 

Oct 1, 2014: Feature overview in SAP Insider covering SP5 and SP8: Where ABAP meets SAP HANA

Sept 29, 2014: SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SP8 is released. Find out a compact delta update on SP8                     

This document is regularly updated. By following it, you’ll be notified about the latest SAP NetWeaver 7.4 news.

SAP NetWeaver 7.4 is the compatible follow up release of SAP NetWeaver 7.0x/7.3x. It runs on all database platforms supported by SAP NetWeaver but was optimized for SAP HANA.

SAP NetWeaver 7.4 is the “Go-to” release for all ABAP-based developements and especially for all ABAP developments on SAP HANA. It is the foundation underlying SAP Business Suite 7 Innovations 2013 and SAP Business Warehouse 7.4 powered by SAP HANA.

Meanwhile SAP NetWeaver SP8 was released. SP8 is the servive release 2 (after SP5) for all SAP NetWeaver customers who can install or upgrade to SP8 immediately.

Get a general overview of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 capabilities: SAP NetWeaver 7.4

Important remark: Be aware that the installation of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 requires a Unicode-based environment.

Upgrades to SAP NetWeaver 7.4 for non-Unicode based setups are still supported but not beyond 7.4, see SAP Note 2033243 „End of non-Unicode Support: Release Details”.

Lift and optimize the landscape: (SAP Insider articles)

How SAP NetWeaver 7.4 on SAP HANA Is Transforming Customer Landscapes — And What It Means for You

Take Your SAP Solutions to New Heights with the Latest Release of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 (Feature overview of SP5)

Where ABAP meets SAP HANA (Feature overview of SP5 and SP8)

About the Kernel

Explore relationship between Kernel and SAP NetWeaver support packages:

New! Understanding Kernel Releases for the SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP

About customers:

New! See how customers are successfully using ABAP in Eclipse

New! Learn how ABAP in Eclipse boosts developer productivity

/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/study_leave_32_596675.png How-to videos:

Check features of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SP5 (and beyond) in the ABAP Channel on YouTube.

/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/product_32_596676.png Please browse the table below to get detailed information on specific spaces and topics on SCN related to SAP NetWeaver 7.4. You will find a detailed description of selected end-to-end scenarios at the end of the page.

Knowledge Areas Related Links
Development Platforms

ABAP Development on SAP HANA


ABAP Language News for Release 7.40, SP5

New! What’s new in SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.4 SP8

New! ABAP Language News for release 7.4 SP8

New!Developer Edition AS ABAP and SAP BW 7.4 SP8 powered by SAP HANA

Connectivity: New! Real-time eventing in ABAP with ABAP Channels

Kernel: New! Understanding Kernel Releases for the SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP

SAP HANA Cloud SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Read Only Archive)
SAP HANA Cloud Integration Get started with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, integration service (HCI)
SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) SMP Developer Center
Development Tools

Eclipse Development Tools

SAP Development Tools Update Site:

ABAP Development Tools: ABAP in Eclipse

ABAP Platform Developer Center

New! Get ABAP Development Tools 2.31 and find out what’s new

New! Solve quality problems during development with ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) in Eclipse

HANA Cloud Development Tools: SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center

Gateway Development Tools: SAP NetWeaver Gateway Developer Center

Gateway Productivity Accelerator (Developer Edition) Launched

Mobile Development Tools: SMP Developer Center

SAP HANA Studio Development Tools: SAP HANA Developer Center

User Interface Development Tools

SAP UI5 Development Tools: SAPUI5 Developer Center

Floor Plan Manager: Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP

Visual Business: SAP Visual Business

NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC): SAP Business Client

NetWeaver Hubs
Application Server ABAP SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.4 – Overview and Product Highlights
Portal SAP Enterprise Portal
Business Warehouse (BW)

SAP BW Powered by SAP HANA

SAP Business Warehouse 7.4

Process Orchestration

SAP Process Orchestration

Process Integration (PI) & SOA Middleware

Introduction to SAP Process Orchestration

Identity Managment & Single-Sign-On (IdM & SSO)

SAP NetWeaver Identity Management (SAP IdM)

SAP NetWeaver Single Sign-On

Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure
Cloud Appliance Library (CAL)

SAP Cloud Appliance Library (CAL)

Business Continuity Business Continuity
Platform Matrix

Help for NetWeaver 7.4

ABAP Development on SAP HANA

With SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and SAP Business Suite, two major standard SAP applications can run on SAP HANA as primary database.

This allows to benefit from the speed and innovations of the SAP In Memory technology in the context of the proven SAP NetWeaver infrastructure.

SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.4 offers a set of tools, development options, and examples for customers and partners for accelerating and extending their ABAP based solutions on SAP HANA. This includes opportunities to push data intensive calculations to the database (e.g. using views and database procedures) and combining transactional and analytical aspects for the end-user in real-time.

The integrated development environment  in Eclipse based on the SAP HANA Studio and the ABAP Development Tools for SAP NetWeaver support ABAP developers in End-to-End application development from the database access to the user interface.

Combining these capabilities with innovations in ABAP 7.4 that are independent of SAP HANA (such as new capabilities in the development and server infrastructure) creates new opportunities for custom development with SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP.

Explore the ABAP Development on SAP HANA step by step using ABAP for SAP HANA Reference Scenario Open Items Analysis which is an integral part of the SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.4 delivery.

To test-drive SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.4 on SAP HANA, learn more about its new capabilities and the programming language enhancements you can get and run your own trial instance provided as virtual appliance by the SAP Cloud Appliance Library.

More information: ABAP for SAP HANA


SAP responds to the needs of its customers to reduce the cost of development and operation and to bring innovation into existing landscapes without disrupting business processes and further minimizing business downtime. SAP has invested significantly in the cloud market, in in-memory technology, and in innovative mobile technology and applications. SAP NetWeaver 7.4 and SAP HANA Cloud form an application infrastructure and technology platform that provides powerful support for these investments. It enables customers to optimize applications for SAP HANA and, using tools based on the popular Eclipse development environment, quickly and easily build lightweight applications that not only run on the cloud, but integrate with SAP Business Suite back-end systems, bringing innovation across your landscape to your mobile users.

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  • Thanks for such a valuable update. However, I’d like to know whether this release is same as that HANA Portal that SAP was planning to release? I initially heard about HANA Portal sometime last year. If this is indeed HANA Portal, then can we consider 7.4 as a successor of 7.3 already?


    • Hi Ameya,

      no, SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.4 is the next version of classical SAP NetWeaver Portal. It is not the same as SAP HANA Portal as it is not the same as SAP HANA Cloud Portal.

      But you are right in that SAP NetWeaver 7.4 is the successor version of 7.3.


      • Thanks Bjoern,

        However, I fail to understand the need of releasing 7.4 already! I am working on a 7.3 upgrade project and it seems people are not yet completely versed with changes in 7.3. Companies are still pondering over upgrade to 7.3 and in less than 2 years we have a new version out already. Do we have an upgrade option from portal 7.0 or CE directly to 7.4? Or do we need 7.3 first to move to 7.4?


        • Hi Ameya,

          please allow me to jump in here to second Björn who always has a rather busy schedule. The Java codelines of NetWeaver 7.31 (which was an enhancement package to NetWeaver 7.30) and NetWeaver 7.4 are identical from a feature perspective. The biggest difference is on the ABAP side where the access to SAP HANA has been greatly optimized including the overall NetWeaver support of the Business  Suite on SAP HANA intiative. SAP NetWeaver 7.4 is our new go-to release for SAP NetWeaver customers but the concrete feature difference to previous NetWeaver versions varies with the concrete setup of your solution landscape. Please consider SAP note 1843183 (available on Service Marketplace) which documents the staggered delivery of 7.4 and possible upgrade paths to 7.4 from previous NetWeaver releases in detail.

          Best regards


  • Very good info. Is there trial version HANA available for free similar to ABAP trial version which can be installed in our PC?? or is it a paid service??

  • The information I liked the most in this document was the table linking detailed information on specific spaces and topics on SCN related to SAP NetWeaver 7.4. Its like a ready reckoner for knowledge areas related to SAP NW 740. Love it!

    • Hi Kurt,

      I’ve just posted the link to our NetWeaver 7.4 Presentation Slides at the beginning of the page. The document offers a “ready-to-read” version of NetWeaver 7.4 innovations for fans of print-outs.

      Best Regars,


  • Hello Monika,

    I would imagine that NetWeaver 7.4 can run without problem the SAP Virus Scan Interface (NW-VSI); can you confirm this, thanks in advace.


    Hugo Mendoza.

  • We have customized ABAP development on Netweaver 7.3. If we upgrade to 7.4 based on HANA, is it possible for us to expand the database schema and develop new functions using non-ABAP programming languages while keeping the legacy functions from ABAP development?



    • Hi Jenny,

      I am not sure whether you plan to migrate your existing NetWeaver 7.3 to 7.4 with SAP HANA or to upgrade to 7.4 while keeping your existing database. When you move to SAP HANA native HANA programming models (e.g. server side JavaScript with HANA XS) become available in addition to ABAP and Java. The native HANA artifacts are stored in different schemas and therefore kept separately from ABAP and Java.

      If you keep your existing database ABAP and Java are available as usual.



  • Hi Karl, Can u please let us know what is updated in this document? Is there a way we know what is getting updated newly?