This text is originally posted here.
Initially, when NetWeaver 7.4 got released in early 2013, it was meant to be the foundation for taking SAP’s Business Suite on to the HANA platform. At that time it was made transparent that BW – as part of NetWeaver 7.4 – would be ready to run to support such a scenario as an embedded component for the Business Suite. However, for a stand-alone BW as an EDW application on HANA it has been recommended to wait for NW 7.4 SP5 or above. BW 7.4 SP4 (and below) is to a large extent identical with BW 7.3 and 7.31. However, BW 7.4 SP5 and above holds a significant set of new features – and thus new code – especially in the context of HANA.
As outlined since the advent of NetWeaver 7.4, it is highly recommended to run BW 7.4 on SP5 or above, preferably SP6 which is available at the time of writing – more details on the availbility of higher SPs can be found here. The reasons are the following:
- A significant set of new features (or here).
- Many OSS notes and their underlying corrections are based on SP5 as the minimum SP level. A downport of such corrections is not viable due to the significant differences between SP4 and SP5 (and above).
- At the time of writing, there are 100+ customers on BW 7.4 SP5 or above. Experience so far is excellent. SAP’s own productive BW 7.4 system has been updated to SP6 recently w/o hick-ups and even ahead of schedule.
Please see OSS note 1600929 (“SAP BW powered by SAP HANA DB: Information”) for further details. Especially note that it is required to run BW 7.4 SP5 and above on top of HANA SP7. Future SPs of BW 7.4 might require higher versions of HANA.