Today is a big day for us! We have made the next release of SAP NetWeaver generally available (GA) to the public: SAP NetWeaver 7.4!

I have outlined the direction of our activities around our technology platform which is productively used in more than 70.000 system deployments world-wide in one of my previous blog posts. SAP NetWeaver 7.4 is now the next step of this roadmap delivered to our partner and customer ecosystem.

SAP NetWeaver 7.4, now being the new NetWeaver go-to-release for all existing NetWeaver customers, comprises new versions of the application hubs like SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, SAP NetWeaver Portal, SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration and SAP NetWeaver Gateway, the Application Servers ABAP and Java, as well as Lifecycle Management, SAP NetWeaver Identity Management and Single Sign-On as well as new UI capabilities and services, in particular “SAPUI5“.

SAP NetWeaverSAP NetWeaver 7.4 is a “non-disruptive evolution” that extends the “classical” NetWeaver into the “dimensions” of HANA, Cloud and Mobile. It continues to support all databases but is now optimized to optimally support SAP HANA. With ABAP 7.4 optimized for SAP HANA it is the foundation for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and SAP Business Information Warehouse powered by SAP HANA. With this it plays also an important role in our new SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering. In addition, also the SAP NetWeaver Java-based Hub solutions will run on SAP HANA.

During the development phase we put a strong focus on a number of specific cross scenarios that substantially improve the development experience, lower the total cost of development and operations and best support hybrid on-premise/Cloud scenarios.

The most important SAP NetWeaver 7.4 cross scenarios include:

  • Seamless end-to-end development experience across components based on the Eclipse Development Environment including running sample scenarios provided for trial access in the Cloud, complemented by documentation, tutorials and working code. Check out my related blog post.
  • Easy deployment to Virtual Private Clouds like Amazon Web Services or (soon) HANA Enterprise Cloud with the SAP Cloud Appliance Library
  • Further improved support of Business Continuity to minimize the business downtime in customer landscapes
  • Optimal support for hybrid application scenarios (On-premise/Cloud) with SAP HANA Cloud Integration as already used by SuccessFactors to integrate with SAP Business Suite
  • Easy creation of Mobile applications with SAP HANA Cloud using SAPUI5, SAP NetWeaver Gateway and SAP HANA Cloud Gateway and SAP Mobile Platform Cloud Edition
  • One Identity and Access Management with NetWeaver Identity Managament and Single-Sign On, spanning federation of user data from on-premise to cloud and allowing seamless Single Sign-On capabilities

You might want to check out the new SAP NetWeaver 7.4 “landing page” on the SAP Community Network to get in-depth details about what’s new and exciting in SAP NetWeaver 7.4.

That much for today…

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  1. David Clavey

    Does “Optimal support for hybrid application scenarios (On-premise/Cloud)” mean that we can now deploy NW Gateway to the Cloud ? (And leave the SAP Backend on premise)

    Is this Cloud sinario one where IW_BEP is on the NW Gateway machine or the SAP Backend machine ?

    1. Bjoern Goerke Post author

      You can always deploy a NW Gateway into the cloud 😉

      Here’s the facts:

      AS ABAP 7.4 comes with core Gateway functionality included (IW_BEP), no more separate add-on needed. The add-on continues to be provided for older releases of course.

      Within Q2, we’re planning to release a new service, SAP HANA Cloud Gateway, a Gateway-As-A-Service offering, which provides a subset of the full-blown NW Gateway functionality in our “NEO”/HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). This is in particular interesting for Mobile Application scenarios via HCP.

      At Sapphire in Orlando we’re going to publish a number of end-to-end development scenarios, including sample code and running trial versions, that show SAP Hana Cloud Gateway use-cases.

      Stay tuned.

      1. David Clavey


        However I believe “SAP HANA Cloud Gateway, a Gateway-As-A-Service offering” is a SAP offering only, we in Capgemini are already offering Afaria and SUP in the cloud and would like to offer Gateway as well. Only currently there is a communications problem I believe with moving a NW gateway too far from the SAP ECC system

        The reason for wanting to deploy NW Gateway into the Cloud is that currently most of the SAP Mobile Apps require Gateway services.



    Bjoern just a question. What’s about new/optimized ALM features? What’s for example the correct or preferred version of solution manager to use?


    1. Bjoern Goerke Post author

      As always it’s a good idea to use the latest version of Solution Manager (7.1), including latest SP as a lot of stuff usually comes with SPs in Solution Manager.

    1. Bjoern Goerke Post author

      Hi Nigel,

      download might not be what you’ll get, but we will provision major NetWeaver 7.40 hubs like NW Application Server ABAP 7.4 on HANA, SAP NW Portal 7.4 and SAP NW Business Process Management to start with (more to come in the future) as pre-configured Virtual Appliances via the SAP Cloud Appliance Library very soon. You’ll get trial versions there!

      Stay tuned.

      P.S.: To get an idea about SAP Cloud Appliance Library, you might check out this video on YouTube

    2. Kumud Singh


      You just asked the question in my mind. Whenever I hear a new announcement, I wait for a trial version 🙂 . I also like the reply that this would be available via SAP Cloud Appliance Library. I have a good experience of using the trial version of HANA using cloudshare in past. Thanks.



  3. Shreepad Patil

    Nice Stuff!!!
    Many new additions to the new release. SAPUI5 integration is a great news as UI element is where SAP lagged behind others competitors.It has opened many opportunities for HTML developers, who can pitch in now to provide new UI.

    All the best.

  4. Andy Silvey

    Hi All,

    there is a very nice presentation on SAP NetWeaver 7.4 here

    Something very interesting from the presentation is Slide 7 where it is stated:

      SAP NetWeaver 7.31 SP Java


      SAP NetWeaver 7.4 Java

    are based on the same internal codeline

      meaning they are identical

    That’s interesting.

    All the best,


  5. C S

    Hi Bjoern,

    We are planning to implement BI in our Landscape…

    We would like to install the latest version… I understand N/W 7.40 is
    the latest version with BI_CONT 7.47 in the SMP…

    My concern is , if it will be compatible with our current R/3 Version
    R/3 4.7 – NonUnicode…

    Is there a way where i could check it ? Or Can you provide more details
    on it…


    C S

  6. Madasamy Arunachalam

    Hi Bjoern,

    Working with one of the SAP’s Partner here in the UK, I have had few good opportunities/projects to work for SAP BPM (SAP NW 7.3 with EHPx)   implementation/installation and upgrade projects.

    Recently, for one of our customer I had a chance to install PO system, i.e SAP NW 7.4 Process Orchestration (PI+BPM+BRM) 7.4 with SP03.

    In the previous BPM version (i.e. until SAP Netweaver 7.3 with EHP n), we could select “usage type” components while installation & this way we can select required components like ADOBE with other components.

    But for PO installation (by default NW 7.4 PO comes SP02), there is no option for selecting the components but it gets installed by its default selection as PO system except Adobe component.

    How we get Adobe functionalities?, while I upgraded to SP03 (from default SP02) also the MoPz didn’t pick it up for Adobe component.

    Why SAP removed Adobe component from the default installation?, is it not required for PO or if it is required by manual deployment ?

    Also the PO installation (Process Integration and Orchestration Package) from SAPInst menu also bit confusing and weired, it says “Optional standalone Units”.

    Best Regards


    1. Christian Loos

      Hi Madasamy,

      Thank you for your feedback – this helps us to to continuously improve the documentation and the installation tools. Please see also this blog by William Li:

      You are right, the „Process Integration and Orchestration“ package does not include the usage type Adobe Document Services (ADS). However, you can deploy this as additional usage type after installation.

      SAP Note 1868764 describes  what additional usage types can be installed.

      Also, if you upgrade an existing CE/BPM system to Process Orchestration (by deploying the AEX usage type), existing usage types will remain in the system.

      Best Regards,



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