Demystifying the difference Between BW on HANA, BW, Edition for HANA & BW/4HANA
With the release of BW/4HANA, there has been a lot of fuss and confusion w.r.t the differences between:
BW on HANA
BW, Edition for HANA
and a lot of people are still not sure and needs a clear-cut, lucid answer without any verbose mumbo-jumbo, and I, personally, belong to this group.
Therefore, in this Blog, I have attempted to put things in perspective and to provide a clear and crisp answer.
I realize that in a technical world, things change at a rapid pace and if you find a fallacy in any of the facts I have provided here, I would request you to
correct me right away and I will have no issues standing corrected. I also have few things to get confirmation on and I invite others to fill in that gap..after all, this is how we all learn.
Here we go..
|Questions||Inputs | Insights|
|BW on HANA, BW, Edition for HANA and BW/4HANA…are they different versions or not||Yes, they are.|
|Which version do we refer to BW on HANA and from which version onwards, do we say BW, edition for HANA and which version is called BW/4HANA||
BW on HANA
End version: Not yet confirmed.
Current version: BW 7.5, SP04
Compatibility Mode (formerly known as BW 7.5, Edition for SAP HANA)
Minimum Prerequisite BW on HANA version: BW 7.5 SP02
This is BW on HANA + SAP BW/4HANA Add-on installed.
Before BW/4HANA was released, this mode was known as SAP BW, Edition for SAP HANA.
This mode still tolerates old objects (Infocubes, Multiproviders, DSO-classic etc)..Toleration means existing objects will not create an issue….but you cannot create/change/enhance these kind of objects.
B4H Mode (a.k.a BW/4HANA)
Minimum Prerequisite BW on HANA version: 7.5 SP04 or higher
This is Compatibility mode + Objects transferred, using transfer tool or manual +
Execution of report RS_B4HANA_CHECK_ENABLE with “Save New Mode”.
To know more about BW/4HANA, refer #BW/4HANA
|Where’s the role of SUM tool here||When we install the BW/4HANA Add-on, it’s done using SUM tool|
|Since which version is the Transfer tool available||The transfer tool comes in with the BW/4HANA Add-on for which the minimum version required is BW 7.5, SP02. Therefore, inferentially, since version BW 7.5, SP02, this transfer tool can be used.|
|BW on HANA||
BW, Compatibility Mode
formerly, BW, Edition for HANA)
Modify | Create
Old object types (InfoCubes, DSOs-classic, Multiprovider, Infosets, Virtual Providers, Transient Providers, SPOs based on InfoCubes/DSOs-classic
Existing old objects tolerated but cannot be modified or created.
New object types (aDSO, Composite Provider, OpenODS View etc.) can be created.
Exception: Supported if SPO is based on Advanced DSOs (Need to confirm)
|Create new Infosources||Supported||Supported||Supported|
|Existing Datasources||Supported||Supported||Not supported (Need to confirm)|
|Create new Datasources||Supported||Supported||Supported|
|Existing Process Chains||Supported||Supported||Not supported (Need to confirm)|
|Create new Process chains||Supported||Supported||Supported|
|Existing OpenHubs||Supported||Supported||Not supported (Need to confirm)|
|Create new OpenHubs||Supported||Supported||Supported|
SAP Notes referred:
2246699 – SAP BW/4HANA Starter Add-On
Technical prerequisites for BW/4HANA Add-on
The note and the PDFs attached.
Happy Learning !