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Move your BW to SAP HANA: why? And why now?

Today we are discussing with Boris Andree who is Global Practice Lead for HANA Services at SAP.

Thousands of customers around the world use their Business Warehouse application on a daily basis, to generate reports, plan, simulate business scenarios and get critical insights to run their businesses on.

But why companies should consider moving their BW to SAP HANA now? Boris mentions four main reasons to consider.

1 – Simplification

One of the main values resides in a massive simplification brought by SAP HANA. Think about it…

With BW running on the SAP HANA Platform, modeling becomes way easier as you don’t need to create as many objects as before. In addition, there is no need to think about performance tuning anymore.

Development on BW becomes more agile, as you can perform rapid prototyping with real data so you can get early feedback and iterate.

2 – Business Intelligence Adoption

With an increased reporting and planning granularity, you open up a new world of insights that were hard or even impossible to get before, and have the ability to build more complex scenarios.

Also, your data load performances are widely accelerated. It improves your data availability and s your reporting and planning capabilities.

3 – Infrastructure and Administration

Depending on the scenario you pick and the layout of your existing environment, you can reach a dramatic simplification. The BW accelerators (BWA) are not needed anymore, and the possibility to combine non-productive BWs on one HANA server leads to a very lean landscape.

Moreover, performance, database and servers administration efforts are significantly reduced.

4 – New Scenarios

Integration with Big data through the addition of third-party data, for example to do predictive analytics, text search or 3D visualization becomes so much simpler, as SAP HANA manages both structured and unstructured data.

Additionally a BW on HANA optimized Business Content provides an easy way to combine real-time operational data with historic BW data.

Why migrate now?

With the latest version of SAP BW and the experience that the SAP Services organization acquired by  going through thousands of customers’ migration, it is now easier than ever to swiftly migrate your Business Warehouse into a modern platform.

Several upgrade and migration options are available. You can now perform the upgrade to the new BW version and migration in a same step, thus reducing the system downtime. You have also options to leverage the Cloud to perform a test migration before going into production.

To get more information on how to get started with BW on SAP HANA, make sure to attend Boris’ session at SAPPHIRE NOW.

Listen also to an interview with Robert Hernandez, from the North America HANA Center of Excellence on your BW on HANA migration options:

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