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Future of (BO with HANA) vs (BW with HANA)

Hi Friends,

I would like to request your thoughts/views on this :-

BO with HANA future(short/medium/long term) will be good..!!?

OR

BW with HANA future(short/medium/long term) will be good..!!?

I am really confused with the above combination of skills.. which would be the better combination in near future.!! Could you please help me on thsi please..!!

Thanks

Chenna Koyyagura

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  • Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 05:06 PM

    Hi Chenna,

    Leave the comparison aside. HANA has a bright future, no doubt about it.

    Learning only HANA will not fetch you in grabbing the opportunities. After doing modeling in HANA, next is doing reporting on top of HANA. So I will say give priority in learning SAP HANA + BO.

    Then your next focus should be learning BODS, BW if you have the patience and passion to learn.

    A perfect BI consultant is the one who has knowledge on SAP HANA+BW+BO+BODS.

    Its very rare that you find such a guy having these combination skill set, but who ever has will definitely excel in their career.

    Finally you are the one to decide which one to go for based on your capabilities.

    Wish you all the best.

    Regards

    Raj

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    Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Hi Chenna,

    There is no quick and easy answer to your question as there are a number of deciding or guiding factors to take into account when choosing your path. The most important one of those is not where the technology is or is not going, but where is your passion?

    In my experience, Database people are different to Data Warehousing people, SAP Data Warehousing (BW) people are different to other data warehousing people, BI (reporting/visualization/analytics) people are different again, as are data scientists and so on and so on.

    Although many do well going across the disciplines, those that do best (IMHO) are the people who identify where there passion is and pursue it. So my advice to you is identify where your passion is and you will do well, the specific technologies are less relevant.

    That said……..In My Humble Opinion…….I would break the 3 technologies (and disciplines) out from each other.

    BO, Business Objects* > BI People > this is a presentation tool, what I would consider or term as a true “BI” toolset. This toolset has an outstanding future, one that is agnostic and will work on BW as a source, Hana as a source, and countless other platforms and database technologies as a source. Building excellence in this discipline (and technology) arguably provides you with the most opportunity, as in all reality, exposure to the other technologies ultimately comes down to “which connection do I use?”. Again in my humble opinion.

    BW, Business Warehouse, SAP’s legacy EDW > Data Warehouse People> I don’t want to under sell this, but BW is a Data Warehouse for SAP’s ERP. SAP is a big company, it has a lot of customers, many of whom use BW and have invested massive amounts of capital and IP in BW, not to mention inter-dependencies with many of the SAP tools (BPC, APO, F&R) so let’s face it, BW it is not going anywhere any time soon. I personally am in awe of a number of people who have their passion in BW, they know it well and can work magic with it. But! IMHO (I get so sick of saying that) and in complete contrast to what SAP will tell you, BW is for SAP ERP etc and is not commercially viable (in TCO terms) in any other context, so that limits your scope.

    SAP HANA > Database People (for now) > This is absolutely an exciting area of blinding change at this time. It is usable as an underlying database platform for BW, but it is also usable for other applications in its own right (understatement). Again, I don’t want to under sell this as clearly there is a specific set of skills to excel in Hana, its configuration, querying, data architecture and so on, but ultimately it is a database. From a BW perspective it is comparable to any other database and from a Business Objects perspective it is comparable to any other database, and like other databases, its use/application is more than as a repository for BI. If databases float your boat, it is one of the better database technologies to be building a career on (at the moment).

    So, a novel of a reply, saturated with disclaimers as an attempt to avoid flaming arguments and to stay on topic. But in short, I revert back to my opening comments. Both options you give are viable and would present you with a challenging and rewarding career and all three technologies/toolsets will be around for the foreseeable future. It all comes down to you?

    Be honest with yourself, What floats your boat?

    I hope in all of this I have been able to provide some value.

    Kind regards

    Corey

    Business Objects* - I refer to the end user or presentation tools, Webi, Crystal, Visi, BODS etc, not the server technology and configuration. That is an entirely different area of expertise.

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  • Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 03:48 PM

    Hi Chenna,

    At present BW with HANA is very hot skill in the market

    BO is used for reporting on top of HANA as well as on top of BW, so it is good to learn BO

    I will suggest you to start with BW on HANA and then later you can learn BO as well

    This way you will have very good prospects in the future

    Regards,

    Vivek

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