BW 7.4 on HANA in a Nutshell

Now, with the release of SP5 for BW 7.4 (which is part of a service release for NW 7.4) I’m frequently approached and asked to describe the major features. Fig. 1 shows a slide that has come up in that context. There is obviously much more beyond that. But these are the clusters of features that make BW 7.4 shine.

BW 7.4 in a nutshell

Fig. 1: BW 7.4 in a nutshell

BW 7.3 on HANA focused on enabling HANA as a new DB platform for BW thereby providing excellent performance for dedicated data-intensive operations like queries, DSO data activation, planning etc. Now, BW 7.4 continues with that effort – see item 4 in fig 1. BUT there is a lot more into it, meaning there is also a rich set of new functionality beyond pure performance. Have a look at the items listed in fig. 1. There is also a good and more detailed summary of the recent Teched sessions on BW 7.4 by @RutschmannD.

In Q1 2014, it is planned to provide a BW 7.4 SP5 based trial on AWS as a successor to the existing BW trial image on AWS – see This will allow you to try it out yourself if you don’t have access to a system yet.

Customers who are interested in adopting BW 7.4 SP5 might want to consider the GA care program for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.4 SP5 which is similar to ramp-up program.

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