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Speed up Your DW Implementation with SAP BW/4HANA Optimized Business Content Webcast Recap

This was a SAP User Group webcast today.

Don’t miss these upcoming webcasts:

April 18: INFL: ASUG SAP Analytics Cloud Influence Council Launch for Data Connectivity & Agile Data Preparation

April 25 BI: Preview of Business Intelligence and Analytics Sessions at ASUG Annual Conference

May 14 BI: What’s new with Lumira 2.3?

May 16 BI: BW/4HANA and Data Hub Integration

Don’t miss these ASUG Annual Conference sessions in a few weeks:

We have also had several webcasts this year – replays can be found here including a great webcast yesterday from Marc Bernard – register for the replay here: BI: What’s New in Transitioning from SAP BW to SAP BW/4HANA


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The agenda for the session


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Content is available now

Some take it as it is

Content provides foundation and guidelines

Makes use of HANA features, based on LSA++


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Asset, Plant Maintenance, based on new CDS extraction in S/4HANA

Industry – Utilities content, separate section for master data governance


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Differences from BW Content

See SAP Note above


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How content add-ons are set up

BW4CONTB is base package

BW4CONT – prereq for add on

Conten is released quarterly


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Content usage

Scenario B- mixed scenarios

Scenario C – aDSO, transformations, use them as-is, or copy/use


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Modeling content features


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Shipping a lot of variables

consistent naming convention

DW4CORE – time variables


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Time granularities are exposed as navigation attributes


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How LSA++ is reflected in the business content


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The logic is mostly between the InfoObject and DSO


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Naming convention of content is shown above

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The content is aligned to LSA++ methodology

It does not persist a lot of data

Converted previous ABAP code into formulas

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The above shows a comparison of classic BW content and HANA optimized BW content with Fixed Assets (a popular module)

On the left there is a lot of persistency

Simplified on the right

Reduced data load time from 57 minutes to 19 minutes

Reduced dependencies


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Data flows are delivered

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Content overview

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What is contained in each release

Create DTPs with one mouse click

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Classic and GL are available

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Balance sheet reporting available

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Inventory management – special topic due to aggregations

Start with documentation or SAP Note

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Special load handling is required

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Classic BW content; start routines

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SAP received a lot of support messages

New – removed start routines, replace ABAP routines with formulas

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Benefits – separate persistency from 1 cube

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MDG – cross topic function

Consolidated InfoObject – such as customer, vendor, product

A customer could be business partner, R/3 customer, or a customer from a different system

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Group ID, representing same vendor

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The “golden record” in MDG

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Real estate, new this year, can also use a SAP service

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New SD billing content is planned

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Streamlined model, based on CDS view extraction

No filling of initial set up tables, no down time required

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Further shipment based on CDS views

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Planned – content for SuccessFactors (a common question here on the community

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More about SuccessFactors content

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Please see above notes

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The official SAP Help.

Hope to see you at the BW/4HANA sessions in a few weeks

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      Author's profile photo Philippe Buchet
      Philippe Buchet

      Hello Tammy,


      Thank you for this recap.

      Could you please let us know when you plan to deliver HR related business content for S/4HANA (extractors) and BW/4HANA (dataflows) ?

      Could you please let us know which approach you recommend to extract data from SAP Cloud based solution (SuccessFactor, Ariba...) to a future on-premise BW/4HANA (we are still on BW on HANA 7.50) ?

      Thanks and regards


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Philippe - thank you for reading and commenting.  I don't work for SAP; I am a customer so I can't answer your questions.  I recommend asking these questions at