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Positioning SAP BW/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Webcast Recap

This was a SAP User Group webcast this week.  SAP’s Karsten RUF and Juergen Butsmann presented.

Juergen is presenting a session in 2 weeks at ASUG Annual Conference at this session, ASUG82186 – add to your agenda today:

Also see the ASUG BI Session Schedule here


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S/4HANA – modern architecture

Omitted what they don’t need

New user experience with Fiori – focus on processes, role based, possibility to align transactional and analytical components

Infinity sign – intelligent technologies; new business processes, next gen business processes, moving towards automated technology, predictions, new process models, can be designed by customers

Solutions more related to visualizations, planning, on the front-end.

Insight to action, aligning with steps

Includes EDW capabilities

An openness to link to data sources, making “the best of all the data”

HANA has SQL data warehouse with 2.0


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Easy to start with ADOCA table, drill into same environment, expand virtual data models.

Can embed decision support with forward looking view and new business process models


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One platform, SaaS direction, SAP and customer direction, get everything you need in terms of analytics from one application

One UX, one user experience, one system

Collaboration, engaging with colleagues

Augmented analytics (used to call predictive) – augment out of the box, use natural language to ask questions, cause and effect


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Faster to get results to BW/4HANA

Uses LSA++ architecture


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Complete picture with SAP Analytics Cloud, connecting to S/4HANA, native connectivity, predefined stories and content for the user


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Start at bottom, data is stored in SAP HANA

Establish a virtual data model, using technology of ABAP-based CDS, enhancing SQL

Data is retrieved, to Front-end, Fiori is HTML5, use OData services, an open standard that can be used

Building up screen, rendering how front end looks like, using the transient queries, the analytical engine

Not a “BW project” in S/4HANA

SAP Analytics Cloud offers Digital Boardroom


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Embedded the story, contextual linkage, one user experience…(planned)


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Do I still need a data warehouse? Yes


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Safeguard mission critical systems, BW/4HANA is still data warehouse to “go to”

Idea of combining BW/4HANA and and Native SQL Data Warehousing – mixed case scenario is still a valid scenario”


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Usage of Embedded BW – see lower right


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First extractor based for CDS Views planned for 1905


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Data Federation – streaming type


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Check what is still working in BW (extractors), housekeeping,


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Where do requirements fall?



This was a lot of content packed into 1 hour.  I’m still processing it; it was a great webcast.

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      Author's profile photo Kjell Einhoff
      Kjell Einhoff

      Hi Tammy, thanks a lot for this recap.

      Is there a possibility to watch the webcast as replay as the slides are not all recognizable in you blog post?




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Apologies for that - recording is here and slides are here

      Author's profile photo Kjell Einhoff
      Kjell Einhoff

      Againthanks a lot. That makes it all a little bit clearer.




      Author's profile photo keturah carol
      keturah carol

      Thanks For Sharing!