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SAP Business Warehouse 7.3

This blog introduces collected information about  SAP Business Warehouse 7.3  (SAP BW 7.3) and SAP Business Warehouse 7.3 powered by SAP HANA.

To introduce the next version of SAP BW powered by SAP HANA (released on 07 Nov. 2011) the presentation SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 – Overview and Roadmap describes SAP BW’s use of In Memory technology and highlights SAP BW on top of SAP HANA as the underlying In Memory Database. Our customers will benfit from a performance boost for data load processes, planning cababilities, a BWA like query performance and simplified data modeling. Further more an overview over the most important features of the new SAP BW 7.3 release and the planned next steps are presented. Stay tuned on the SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA space

News and Updates

Support Package 9 for SAP BW 7.3 ist released!

Please see the according release notes and the information page for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.30 ABAP Support Packages

Support Package 9 is providing the SAP NetWeaver BW Near Line Storage solution (NLS) based on Sybase IQ.

This solution helps to reduce TCO by reducing data volume in SAP BW, shortens backup time frames, provides high speed analysis for NLS residing historical information and is a SAP owned solution out of one hand.

Support Package 8 for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3  is released!

We are pleased to announce the release of SAP BW 7.3, SP8, a service pack release that builds upon your investment in SAP BW 7.3 by adding even more capabilities and functionality to take you to the next level of performance, ease of use and flexibility in SAP BW.

SAP BW Support Package 8 includes many enhancements that came from direct customer feedback during the early ramp-up period of SAP BW 7.3 powered by SAP HANA. In this context, additional integration scenarios have been added between SAP BW on SAP HANA and SAP HANA Data Mart use-cases for further flexibility as well as to enable  the “Not-active” data concept for optimized RAM sizing and lower TCO. Further enhancement include support for converting existing SPOs to SAP HANA-optimized DSOs and  InfoCubes and partitioning of Write-Optimized DSOs.

The Integration of SAP Business Objects, development efficiency and simplification for configuration and operation are the main arguments for the new SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) 7.3 release.

Easier Migration to SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA with Post-Copy Automation

To reduce downtime for your production landscape, one of the recommended migration paths of SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) to SAP BW on SAP HANA comprises a system copy of your SAP BW system. However, the system copy procedure of SAP BW systems and landscapes is complex for many reasons – for example, there are many configuration settings (such as connections and delta queue handling for data loading) and system copy scenarios of SAP BW (each with different landscape aspects) that have to be handled as part of every system copy, no matter if the system copy is part of the migration to SAP HANA or if you want to perform regular system copies of your SAP BW landscape.

Now, you can dramatically improve your system copy process by using automated system copy activities, which is essential for a successful, fast and safe SAP BW system copy. For this, SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management offers preconfigured “task lists” used by the ABAP task manager for lifecycle management automation. You can also enable SAP BW powered by SAP HANA to “go productive” with the parallel operation of your existing production system, both connected to the same backend systems. This is realized with a special and unique automated solution for delta queue cloning + synchronization on the production systems. SAP Note 886102(SMP login required) thus becomes obsolete. Using the post-copy automation for SAP BW (BW PCA) in the migration process of SAP BW to SAP BW on SAP HANA, this process can be shortened by weeks and becomes easier, faster and more reliable.

SAP Publications

Technical Considerations

    • Upgrade to SAP BW 7.30 with SAP SEM Add-On
      If you are choosing to implement SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP BW 7.0 in combination with SEM BW 6.05, please be aware that SAP SEM is not supporting the future upgrade to SAP BW 7.3 at this time.
      The planned official upgrade path for SEM BW 6.05 based on SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP BW 7.0 is the merge of the SAP ERP/SAP NetWeaver development with SEM BW 7.36 and SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP BW 7.3 . SEM BW 7.36 is planned to be generell available in Q2 2012 with the SAP Business Suite 7i 2011.
      For more information regarding the upgrade scenarios please see the presentation Upgrade to NetWeaver BW 7.30 – Technical Aspects (slide 8)
      and the Note 1326576 – SAP NetWeaver Systems Containing SAP ERP Software Components

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