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SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SP3 – New options for deployment and upgrade

Two months ago general availability of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 was announced.

Since then SAP NetWeaver 7.4 was downloaded more than 1000 times from SAP Service Marketplace!

Let us do a quick recap of the main capabilities of 7.4:

  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 responds to emerging market trends such as in memory, mobile and cloud.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 optimizes access to SAP HANA.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 offers new ways to bridge between on premise and on demand solutions running on SAP HANA Cloud.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 paves the way for the development of mobile apps running on popular devices such as smart phones and tablets.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 represents the foundation for SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 brings embedded NetWeaver Gateway and SAP UI5 capabilities.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 offers new opportunities for custom development projects in the context of SAP HANA
    featuring development tools, guidelines and best practices to get the most out of SAP HANA.

Now, you might argue “Great. I heard that before, but what happens to my NetWeaver hubs such as the NetWeaver Portal, Business Warehouse or NetWeaver Process Integration in my SAP landscape? Which deployment options are available for SAP NetWeaver 7.4? How about Business Suite content for the 7.4 hubs?” and much more.

Fortunately, SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SP3 was just released. Apart from the usual maintenance aspect of a support package upgrade paths from older NetWeaver releases to 7.4 are now available. In addition the first Java based NetWeaver hubs such as AS Java, Portal, BPM and ADS are enabled to run on SAP HANA. Content questions are important in this context for obvious reasons.


We pulled together all the various aspects when deploying SAP NetWeaver 7.4 in the following document (with notes):

SAP NetWeaver 7.4 Deployment Options

Hope this information provides you with orientation you need for a successful deployment of 7.4 and I am happy to answer your upcoming questions.

Best regards,


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  • Hi Karl,

    we are seriously looking into the option of moving business suite content onto the hubs. I think it will be a game changer for SAP and its customers. Does SAP has any plan or roadmap to support hubs for business suite? I woud appreciate, if you can provide some insights.


    • Hi Srini,

      not sure if I got your question correctly. Suite content for the 7.4 NetWeaver hubs was made available with Business Suite i2013. 7.4 content for the older releases will be validated and delivered soon (no release date available but this is typically a straight forward exercise for the colleagues. Of course, all the upgrade paths need to be considered in corresponding test cases-



  • Hi Karl

    this is an excellent blog

    Would you please also tag it netweaver_architecture and architecture so that it is visible in the new SCN NetWeaver Architecture Category

    Thanks nice weekend and best regards