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BW and BI???

Hi Experts,

want to the exact dif. b/w SAP BW7.0 and SAP BI.


Ramana Kumar. A

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    Posted on Dec 04, 2007 at 07:44 AM

    Hi Ramana,

    BW refers to SAP BW which is SAP Data Warehouse. Up to version 3.5, BW is being called by the name SAP BW. From version 7.0 onwards, the name has been changed to SAP BI. BI refers not just Data Warehouse, but a complete set of products provided by SAP to build a Business Intelligence system.

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  • Posted on Dec 04, 2007 at 07:16 AM

    BW is the SAP's old way of defining the data warehousing; SAP came up with this new terminalogy BI instead BW's refering to the same data warehousing system but they have this standardization name to compete with other data warehousing product in the market which would leverage the SAP's data warehousing product more scope.

    BW is valid upto verison 3.X and 4.0

    After this BW is netweaver based and is called BI.

    There are some functional differences between BW and BI.

    For eg : There are no update/transfer rules in BI.It is combined and called transformation..

    SAP BW is now known formally as BI (part of NetWeaver 2004s). I am not sure if it is really being termed as BW 7.0 It implements the Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW). The new features/ Major differences include:

    1)Renamed ODS as DataStore.

    2)Inclusion of Write-optmized DataStore which does not have any change log and the requests do need any activation

    3)Unification of Transfer and Update rules

    4)Introduction of "end routine" and "Expert Routine"

    5)Push of XML data into BI system (into PSA) without Service API or Delta Queue

    6)Intoduction of BI accelerator that significantly improves the performance.

    7)Load through PSA has become a must. I am not too sure about this. It looks like we would not have the option to bypass the PSA during data load.

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