Update January 2016:

One click search: SAP BW 7.40 Release Notes / SAP BW 7.50 Release Notes

Hello Fans of BW,

it has been a bit of a challenge to find out what has changed with a new SAP BW release or what features were introduced with certain support packages. In general, the most essential changes are described in the solution and product roadmap and corresponding webinar sessions at http://service.sap.com/saproadmaps (SAP BW is under “Database & Technology”).

On a more detailed level, you will always find the changes completely documented in our online documentation “What’s New – Release Notes” page at http://help.sap.com/nw74 or http://help.sap.com/nw75. This area describes all new features, enhancements to existing features, changes to existing features, and – in some cases – also features that have been deleted. When we publish a new support package, then the online documentation will be updated accordingly. Naturally, the higher the support package, the less changes will be included.

If you ever tried to get a complete overview – for example for SAP BW 7.4 from SP 0 to the current SP – then you will quickly have noticed that it’s quite cumbersome to browse though all the pages, click, click, click.

We often get the question, which features are just available with SAP BW powered by SAP HANA and which also work on other platforms. Did you know for example that about 60% of the new features and enhancements are also relevant for non-HANA systems (as of 7.4 SP 11, the count was 87 of 149). So there are plenty of reasons for all customers to upgrade to 7.4 or 7.5!

Or you would like to know what exactly was changed for a particular component in SAP BW like Business Planning. Or you need to know the differences between two support package levels…

And this is where I have come up with a simplified solution: Drum roll… A consolidated spreadsheet!

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The spreadsheet contains all release notes for 7.4 and 7.5

  • By support package
  • By component
  • With links to the documentation
  • A short description (so you don’t even have to click the links)
  • An indicator whether a feature is new, changed, deleted, or an enhancement
  • A flag for HANA
  • Of course you can filter, sort, and search quickly (no problem for you Excel Wizards, right?)

The magic of spreadsheets makes it possible to answer all those questions in a matter of seconds. For example, if you want to know what’s new for OLAP but does not require HANA, just filter component on “BW-BEX-OT-OLAP” and HANA-only on “No”. Or you can find out quickly the difference between for example SP 6 and SP 8. It’s simple and easy and should be a great help for you, customers, partners, and of course our own field organization.

The first version of the spreadsheet has been published as an attachment to the “SAPBWNews” for BW 7.40 SP 11 which you can find in SAP Note 2100895. Going forward, an update spreadsheet will be included with the corresponding SAP Note for each support package.

I hope you like the new format but nothing is perfect. Please let me know any feedback or if you have ideas on how to make it better.

Enjoy,

Marc

Product Management SAP EDW (BW/HANA)

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  1. Raf Boudewijns

    Thanks Marc, this will certainly help my colleagues and myself in our upgrade project!

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  2. Florian Henninger

    Idea is great, but why aren’t you having such a table online at service.sap.com

    I mean, download information, save it somewhere and perhaps on the very next day it is obsolete…

    The design of Fiori might be the solution you should think about it 😉

    ~Florian

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    1. Marc Bernard Post author

      Thanks for the feedback, Florian! I agree, it makes sense to have the information available online instead of a spreadsheet. But people just love Excel and the release notes are valid forever ;-). Anyway, I will look into your suggestion.

      Thanks,

      Marc

      Product Management SAP EDW (BW/HANA)

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  3. Rajiv Bahl

    Marc,

    I just discovered this blog. Brilliant job – it was so very confusing to try and find something at help.sap.com 🙂

    Cheers,

    Rajiv

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  4. Harish Allachervu

    Hi Marc,

    I’ve one issue in which process chain steps not proceeding further from one to next step, we’re randomly facing this issue, I’ve checked all basic checks like background process availability but no luck and I am working in BW 7.4 system.

    Looks like application bug and it will be great if you can share relevant note for this.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Harish

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    1. Marc Bernard Post author

      Hi Casper,

      sorry for the delay, I’m on baby leave ;-). I just attached the updated spreadsheet. It might take a little bit to replicate to all servers.

      Regards,
      Marc
      Product Management SAP EDW (BW/HANA)

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  5. Tansu Aksu

    Hi Marc,

    Congratulations for the baby.

    I like this, thank you. I have done a similar project for a client who wanted to know how frequently HANA revisions were being released to decide the patterns and HANA maturity. I had attached two more columns that I found useful and would like to see in your spreadsheet;

    1) OSS note number for the released version – including a link

    2) The release to the public date

    Thank you

    Tansu

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    1. Marc Bernard Post author

      Hi Tansu,

      thanks for the feedback. The spreadsheet now contains the release date and the SAP Note for the SAPBWNews corresponding to the support package (on second tab). See SAP Note 2143705.

      Regards,
      Marc
      Product Management SAP EDW (BW/HANA)

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  6. Sebastien Francal

    Hello Marc!

    Thanks for this great initiative!

    Could you kindly add the updated consolidated spreadsheet for BW 7.50 SP03 in note 2258731?

    Regards,

    Sebastien

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    1. Marc Bernard Post author

      Hi Sebastien,

      there are no changes or enhancements in 7.5 SP 03. The next big update will be with SP 04.

      Best,
      Marc
      Product Management SAP HANA DW

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  7. Sivakumar Eluru

    Hello Marc,

    Nice to see this Blog, Great Initiative.

    Can you please add Updated Consolidated Spreadsheet for SAP note 2280438 – BW 7.5 SP 04.

    Regards

    Siva

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