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Author's profile photo Sriram Vijay R

SAP BW 7.4 – What’s new for BW (Other than HANA)

Version and General Details:

Current BW 7.4 SP level is SP5. SP6 also released but as prelims, SP6 is expected by mid march.


There are many new features are there and major changes are mainly goes to HANA Modelling and Integration. That I am not covering much here, as this blog is for more abot BW related features.

BW Related new features:

Data Modeling:

1. Open ODS view – A Meta data object, which can modelled on a Table, view and Datasource.

May be a Infosource but without Infoobject.

2. Composite provider – Union or join for HANA and BW infoprovider

3. A new type source system introduced for ODP. In this there wont be a PSA, DTPs will fetch data directly. ALE/Idocs and qRFC outbounds are eliminated. its now Synchronous RFC.

4. The characteristic length has been extended upto 250 Char and their long text is extended upto 1333 chars.

Data Maintenance:

1. Process chains; Now can be stopped and restarted after doing some some changes in current or next step. Some processes can be skipped and Auto repeated

2. House Keeping; New monitor for display no of requests in a target, whether this is in risk state and to schedule jobs for house keeping the request.

3. SLT can be used for data transmission.

4. DTPs for Hierarchy, means request based data loading for hierarchy. I think, earlier we can load hierarchies only thro Infopackage.

5. Copying planning functions. (But I have did it earlier, dont remember that version)


1. Exception aggregation is now multi dimensional, we can add up to 5 reference characteristics for aggregation

2. One more member for replacement path – “Current Member”. Restricted keyfigures can be created on top of this to time characteristics. It will change dynamically with drilldowns.

3. There is option to enable a BEx query with “Easy Query”, Which create a SOAP for BEx Query (Web service)

Features removed:

1. Some BEx 3.5 features are removed.

2. SAP GUI tools, the 3.5 BEx tools are not going to be there any more.

3. Infospoke is removed. replacement is new concepts of Open hub destination.

Hope this blog get comments on features which are not covered here….

Thanks for reading!!

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      Author's profile photo Phani KV
      Phani KV


      Nice doc and thanks for sharing.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      nice doc



      Author's profile photo Srinivasan Vinayagam
      Srinivasan Vinayagam

      Hi Vijay,

      What is main difference between 7.31 and 7.4?

      Where they now called SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse?

      What is difference between BI and BW.....previously they called BIW?

      Why they changing product name often for BW? BIW, BW, BI and again BW?


      V Srinivasan

      Author's profile photo Sriram Vijay R
      Sriram Vijay R
      Blog Post Author

      once again thanks to all for reading!

      @Srinivasan Vinayagam

      Main difference is that BW and HANA integration is evolving further.

      I tried to cover some of the differences here, you can get more if you search in

      BW was called BI sometime back and BI as BO.

      BW is like a warehouse and BI is like fancy retail outlet for reporting on data (lot more things are there that you can know by surfing corresponding places in SCN).

      But our warehouse has a reliable retail outlet in it, but not so fancy!! means... BW does have strong reporting tools too

      Author's profile photo Ramakrishnan Azhagappan
      Ramakrishnan Azhagappan

      Hi Sriram,

      Neat and crisp blog. nice work.

      Author's profile photo Sriram Vijay R
      Sriram Vijay R
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Ram

      Author's profile photo Antony Jerald J
      Antony Jerald J

      Hi Sriram,.

      Nice document., thanks for sharing with us.

      We have a plan of upgrading SAP BW on Hana 7.30, SP 09 to SAP BW 7.40, SP11.

      From your experience, what would you say about this?  What are all the issues/precautions we would need to take while/after upgrading?

      As seen from the document, old features of 3.x, infospokes, were removed;  will it creates any problem after upgrading it to 7.4?


      Antony Jerald.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      What is the difference between BW 7.4 SP5 and SP6?

      Author's profile photo ARPAN PARNAMI

      Very good document.

      Author's profile photo Sriram Vijay R
      Sriram Vijay R
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Arpan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very Nice document, well compiled.

      One question the new features  are compiled comparing from 7.3 to 7.4 or previous version of BW?



      Author's profile photo Sriram Vijay R
      Sriram Vijay R
      Blog Post Author


      Its an old document. In version details I have mentioned its for BW7.4 SP5.

      Current version is SP9.