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SAP BW integration with S/4 HANA Finance

Hello Experts,

I have a case where a customer has a greenfield implementation of S/4 HANA. Apart from S/4 they have other sources (SAP and non-SAP). The amount of data is expected to be significant and I don't think that it makes sense to load all of this data into BW 4/HANA on the same instance.

My initial idea is to propose using a separate instance of BW as a data warehouse where all the data (from S/4 HANA, other SAP systems and other non-SAP systems) will be consolidated. Currently they are not using SAP BW as a data warehouse.

Do you think it's a good option? Is there a standard business content for S/4 HANA in BW (data sources, infoproviders with transformations, infoobjects), or will it be necesarry to build this content from scratch and use CDS data extraction from S/4 HANA because standard extractors won't be available as they were before?

Also, will it be possible to extract data from S/4 to standalone BW if this BW system is not on HANA?

Best regards,

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    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:41 AM


    About your concern for the embedded BW or seperate installation;
    In terms of sizing, embedded BW should be max. 20% of the S4/HANA installation. Since you're talking about a huge data volume, a seperate installation will be required.

    Also, embedded BW is a netweaver version, not BW4/HANA.

    There's a new version of BI Content for BW4/HANA. You can find the details in link below.
    The content is based on the standard data sources and they're still working with S4/HANA. Currently there's no CDS based data sources delivered with BI content.


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