Recently, as part of Protiviti’s Data Management & Advanced Analytics practice’s popular Expert Webinar Series, my colleague Vinay Suneja and I reviewed the various options available to BW customers to migrate to HANA. Our discussion included overviews of SAP HANA Enterprise, SAP BW on HANA and SAP BW/4HANA, clearly differentiating the business value each of these technologies bring to an organization’s landscape. Several hundred people attended and many of those guests asked questions, both throughout and after the presentation. What we learned from those questions confirms much of what I see in my day-to-day work with current clients: there is still a great deal of confusion in the marketplace about how organizations can optimize their investment in data tools to deliver the best return in terms of simplicity to the architecture, and provide best value to business for overall organizational growth.
During the webinar, we took a look at what we believe are the top three options for companies looking to refine, or define, a holistic Business Warehouse (BW) strategy using the SAP solutions that are best for their needs. Every day, we see that organizations are investing in increasingly complex architecture with many building blocks, resulting in complex data lineage causing reconciliation issues, longer nightly batch data management and lack of real-time data due to inflexible data loads in the resident BW system, among other issues.
The first, SAP HANA Enterprise with a side car, is an independent system which can extract data directly from ECC and other source systems, providing a multitude of analytical capabilities with text, spatial, big data, and predictive algorithms. The second world be a migration to SAP BW ON HANA, bringing agility and versatility to data models. Finally, we covered the new release of SAP BW/4HANA, a migration and upgrade that brings redesigned modeling and enterprise-wide data warehouse capabilities integrating data from operational and digital business.
Sri Velicheti is a Director in Protiviti’s Data & Analytics practice advising clients in information management strategy, business intelligence, data warehouse, data governance, and master data management. He has 18+ years’ experience in implementing SAP solutions for diverse clients in the Manufacturing, Utilities, Public Sector and Banking industries. He has been a thought leader and a frequent speaker at SAP Analytics conferences and other regional conferences.