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Options for Planning in Upgrade

We're currently running BPS in SEM 3.2 and are upgrading our BW to BI 2004s. We have the option of either:

a) Upgrading SEM to 6.0 as we upgrade our BW...will we have to go to 4.0, or can we go direct to 6?

b) Moving BPS to BW 2004s

c) Migrating BPS to IP in 2004s

What are the functionality impacts from these three options? Are there any inherent risks associated? Any assistance would be appreciated.

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    Posted on Oct 25, 2006 at 03:59 PM

    Hi Sean,

    Here are some thoughts on your questions below:

    A) you should be able to go directly from 3.2 (BW 3.1) directly to 6.0 (NW04s BI). An intermediate step is not necessary.

    b) not sure exactly what you are suggesting with this. If you mean stop using SEM-BPS and use BW-BPS this can't really be done. Once you've installed SEM on your BW box it's there forever. Therefore you'd have to upgrade to SEM 6.0. I believe the only way you could avoid SEM 6.0 is a fresh install of BW. (not sure if I'm understanding your question correctly)

    c) This option would allow you to enhance the frontend experience for the end users and allow you to leverage the BW frontend components (queries, structures, variables, etc.) in planning. The drawbacks are that there isn't currently a migration tool so you'll have to do some rework to get there. In addition if you're using some of the SEM only functions (allocations, etc.) thost functions don't yet exist in IP so they'd have to still be executed via SEM-BPS or rebuilt in fox.

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