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SAP Datasphere – the next generation of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Hope this blog post finds you well. Goal with this post is to provide helpful resources and support documentation to assist you in navigating the latest news.


During the SAP Data Unleashed 2023 virtual event on March 8th, it was announced that SAP Datasphere, the next generation of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, will include enhanced features for data discovery, modeling, and distribution. This update is noteworthy.

All existing SAP Data Warehouse Cloud tenants will be transitioned to SAP Datasphere automatically, and there will be no interruption for existing customers. If you are interested, you can watch the SAP Data Unleashed 2023 virtual event on-demand to see live demos showcasing new capabilities, learn about new partnerships, and hear from customers on how they unleash the power of their business data across their data landscape.

What is SAP Datasphere? – Link for video 

  • a data service built on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP)
  • a unified experience for data integration, data cataloging, semantic modeling, data warehousing, data federation, and data virtualization
  • easily distribute mission-critical business data—with business context and logic preserved.


SAP Datasphere includes the following major new features.

(As per the SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > What’s New in SAP Datasphere)


Feature Description More detail at:
Data Integration – Replication Flows

You can now create a replication flow to load multiple data assets from one source into one target in a fast and easy way.


Possible data sources are, for example, SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud, or SAP S/4HANA. Possible targets are the local repository (SAP Datasphere); SAP HANA Cloud; SAP HANA; or SAP HANA Cloud, data lake.

SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > What’s New in SAP Datasphere

SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > Creating a Replication Flow


Data Cataloging – SAP Datasphere Catalog


The new SAP Datasphere catalog provides an effective data governance strategy and is the central place to identify, enrich, publish, and promote the use of your organization’s trusted data and analytic assets.

  • You can use the Monitoring page to connect to data sources, monitor the data source extractions, and remove or restore data sources
  • You can manage glossary terms, tags, and KPIs and link them to assets
  • The catalog is the central place where you find data from your data sources


SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > What’s New in SAP Datasphere

SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > Governing and Publishing Catalog Assets

Data Modeling – Analytic Model In the Data Builder, a new object is available: the analytic model. Analytic models are now the preferred objects for making data ready for consumption in SAP Analytics Cloud. They allow you to create and define multi-dimensional models to provide data for analytical purposes to answer different business questions. Pre-defined measures, hierarchies, filters, variables, and associations provide flexible and simple navigation through the underlying data


SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > What’s New in SAP Datasphere

SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > Creating an Analytic Model

SAP Community Blog > Introducing the Analytic Model in SAP Datasphere


Strategic Partnerships – new open-data partners

SAP’s strategic partners provide the unique strengths of their ecosystems and enable customers to combine all their data like never before:

(Source: and

  • Databricks and SAP will deliver bi-directional integration between SAP Datasphere—with SAP data’s complete business context—with its Data Lakehouse platform on any cloud platform. More detail at: Unified Analytics with SAP Datasphere & Databricks Lakehouse Platform- Data Federation Scenarios
  • Collibra and SAP will start by integrating their data catalogs to future-proof data governance, privacy, and compliance initiatives for every organization
  • Confluent will enable data in motion with real-time streaming data from/to SAP Datasphere
  • DataRobot will allow any organization to build powerful custom machine learning models on top of SAP Datasphere and bring results directly into their business data fabric

SAP Datasphere FAQ

For answers to some initial questions you may have about SAP Datasphere, please check out the SAP Datasphere FAQ in the SAP Community which can be found at

a). How does SAP Datasphere compare to SAP Data Intelligence Cloud?

It is planned that SAP Data Intelligence Cloud will remain its own solution. The co-existence of SAP Datasphere and SAP Data Intelligence Cloud will continue until SAP Datasphere can support all customer use cases of SAP Data Intelligence Cloud. The goal is for SAP Datasphere to eventually cover all major capabilities, target systems, and use cases that SAP Data Intelligence Cloud provides. Tools will also be provided to facilitate the technical transition.

b). What does this mean for SAP Data Intelligence Cloud customers?

Customers using SAP Data Intelligence Cloud should continue using this product as they have been. No changes are needed.

c). What is the integration between SAP Datasphere and SAP Analytics Cloud?

SAP Datasphere and SAP Analytics Cloud are seamlessly integrated to support a wide range of analytics and planning use cases. The upcoming release of the Analytic Model in SAP Datasphere will further enhance this integration. With the Analytic Model, users can enjoy a multi-dimensional modeling experience that includes advanced features such as calculated and restricted measures, exception aggregations, and pruning of attributes and measures. These capabilities enable users to address complex modeling requirements, making SAP Datasphere models “first class citizens” in SAP Analytics Cloud. It is also worth noting that SAP Datasphere can serve as a solid data foundation for extended planning and analysis with SAP Analytics Cloud.

d). How does SAP Datasphere relate to SAP Business Technology Platform?

SAP Datasphere, an integral part of the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), is a powerful data service that can help businesses build a robust data fabric architecture. It comes equipped with a BW bridge that allows existing SAP BW customers to make the most of their existing models and transformations. SAP Datasphere is built on the highly reliable SAP HANA Cloud, which is yet another exceptional product within the SAP BTP.

=> Please pay attention to the recently updated material in SAP Datasphere Learning Journey.

Under the Expand Your Skills section you will see the updated SAP Datasphere, SAW BW Bridge and Integration subsection.

Expanding the tiles you’ll find newly released blogs, KBA’s, and Documents as well as information on the new Readiness Check Scenario – SAP Readiness Check for SAP Datasphere, SAP BW bridge 

Also see this blog for more details on the SAP Readiness Check for SAP Datasphere, SAP BW bridge

Another great resource if you’re implementing/transitioning to SAP Datasphere is the SAP Activate Methodology for SAP DatasphereHere

Useful Links:

SAP News Blogs

Unleashing the Power of Business Data with SAP Datasphere

A Deeper Look Into How SAP Datasphere Enables a Business Data Fabric

SAP Introduces SAP Datasphere to Simplify Customers’ Data Landscape – Partners with Collibra, Confluent, Databricks and DataRobot

Partner Quotes: SAP Introduces SAP Datasphere

SAP Product Information > SAP Datasphere

SAP Community > SAP Datasphere

SAP Community > Getting Started with SAP Datasphere

SAP Help Portal (Documentation) > SAP Datasphere

SAP Road Map Explorer > SAP Datasphere


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