The basic function of a data warehouse is to collect and process information in one place and prepare it for use in presentation tools. Within the SAP BW tool, all the important functions of importing, processing, consolidating and storing the necessary data are embedded. The advantages of using SAP BW for enterprise Business Intelligence solutions include the SAP BW Business Content component. SAP Business Content represents predefined enterprise content for different business user roles and industries based on experience and development for individual customers.

It includes comprehensive data models from importing data from source transaction systems, through processing and storing in data targets, to ready-made and pre-packaged reports. The predefined content also includes the functionality to export data on the source systems side according to individual predefined fields and modules. This functionality is continuously evolving and expanding to include new areas and business roles, ensuring that the SAP BW data warehouse can be used as the primary source environment for all enterprise reporting requirements.

SAP BW is based on SAP Netweaver technology, the latest version of which, SAP Netweaver 7.5, is supported until 2027.


SAP BW/4HANA is SAP’s next-generation data warehouse. It is a new, significantly different product than its previous versions. It provides a modern, more powerful and convenient way to get real-time analytics. It enables SAP BW modeling as well as SQL access to data modeling. In line with the SAP GUI modernization, the SAP BW/4HANA UI is integrated into the new web environment.

Extreme performance is ensured by advanced in-memory analytics and pushdown algorithm. SAP BW/4HANA is an open and highly scalable IT system. It provides an open environment for working with data and for rapid application development. Faster application development with a completely new user environment for more efficient data modeling.

For customers who are already using the SAP BW solution, several scenarios are possible to migrate to SAP BW/4HANA as shown in the SAP BW/4HANA Conversion figure.

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