SAP BW/4HANA – Overview and Roadmap

VP Product Management, SAP EDW (BW/HANA) June 2017


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History of SAP BW:


SAP BW/4HANA – Architecture



  • a new (innovation) code line
  • not part of and does not depend on a NetWeaver delivery
  • based the ABAP application server and SAP HANA
  • running on premise or in the cloud
  • not the legal successor of SAP BW powered by SAP HANA
  • the “logical successor” of SAP BW powered by SAP HANA

SAP BW/4HANA Highligths

SAP BW/4HANA Roadmap – Delivered with SPO in Q3 2016

SAP BW/4HANA Roadmap:

SAP BW/4HANA Roadmap – Delivered with SP2 in Q4 2016

SAP BW/4HANA Roadmap – Delivered with SP4 in Q2 2016

SAP BW/4HANA Roadmap – Planned for in Q4 2017

SAP BW/4HANA Roadmap – Future Innovations

Paths to SAP BW/4HANA

  • New installation
  • System Conversion
  • Land Transformation

Paths to SAP BW/4HANA:

Paths to Convert Your System:

  • All BW customers can start NOW
  • Customers on SAP BW powered by SAP HANA have a head-start
  • Customers can convert at their own pace – benefiting gradually from HANA – optimizations

SAP BW/4HANA Starter Add – On:

The “SAP BW/4HANA Starter Add-on” (f.k.a. “SAP BW, Edition for SAP HANA”) is prerequisite for In-Place Conversions.


  • All restrictions temporarily disabled.

Compatibility Mode:

  • Unsupported object types cannot be created.
  • Existing scenarios can continue running as before.
  • Unsupported objects can be changed when adding them to a white list.

B4H Mode:  

  • No imports of unsupported Object types.
  • White list is not relevant any more.

Ready-For Conversion:   

  • System is ready for component upgrade.

Next Steps:

SAP BW/4HANA Transfer Toolbox – planned for Q2 2017

Migration to SAP BW/4HANA

Outlook – Conversion Support – In Place Conversion

 Migration to SAP BW/4HANA

Outlook – Conversion Support – Remote Conversion


Planned Roadmap for SAP BW/4HANA Transfer Toolbox:

SAP BW/4HANA & Analytics:
Postioning and Integration 

SAP BusinessObjects


SAP S/4HANA Embedded Analytics + SAP BW on SAP HANA or SAP BW/4HANA

Comprehensive Operational + Historical Analytics and Planning Powered by SAP HANA


                          All analytics requirements fulfilled with one unified solution

               Data integration scenarios are possible in multiple hybrid system setups

Content implications for SAP S/4HANA (with SAP BW on HANA and SAP BW/4HANA)

  • All extractors not blacklisted(2333141-SAP S/4HANA 1610:Restrication Note ) are enabled for SAP BW on HANA and SAP BW/4HANA*
  • All custom developed objects for extraction have to be verified and adapted to the new SAP S/4HANA relevant structures.



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