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We are undertaking a new buildout phase of our BI warehouse, in which we will be installing new standard content datasources. Our BI_CONT level is 7.02 patch 3. It has not been upgraded since it was first installed in early 2006. We are at NW support pack stack 16 and BI support pack 18, so we have the minimum requirements for a much higher BI_CONT level.

What is the SAP's best practice for when the BI_CONT component should be ugraded? How will affect standard content that has been enhanced, but not renamed? Can you give an estimated time window for how long an average upgrade takes? Is there any type of outcome report to tell us what has changed?

Thank you very much,

LLK

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    Posted on Jan 09, 2009 at 07:40 AM
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      We upgrade BI_CONT when we have to and maybe once a year if that - to be quite honest I haven't really looked into the risk strategy (as I guess you are currently doing)

      With regards to enhancement packs - these provide "bolt on" functionality to R3 (ie I think of them as a mini SOA but on R3 - if you get my drift)

      You will not get the datasources unless you activate the package

      ie you want to use one of the new virtual providers for AR - you are on the min BI_CONT level and you have installed the EHP3 package. When you actually go and activate the area you want inside the content package on R3 then you can see the delivered content for the datasource - then you can activate that.

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    Posted on Jan 09, 2009 at 07:30 AM

    Hi,

    Please refer to http://www.scribd.com/doc/6412442/SAP-NetWeaver-70-BI-Upgrade-Specifics. Hope this helps.

    regards

    Hemanth

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    Posted on Jan 09, 2009 at 07:46 AM

    Hi

    What is the SAP's best practice for when the BI_CONT component should be ugraded? How will affect standard content that has been enhanced, but not renamed? Can you give an estimated time window for how long an average upgrade takes? Is there any type of outcome report to tell us what has changed?

    Best Practice for Upgrade

    https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/008c741c-5d4b-2b10-519e-f26542501791

    https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/60ecc07d-3a4b-2b10-ef83-c988e6ecabf6

    The Enhancement Codes to be upgraded with Coding and relevant Patches/Notes.

    We cannot estimate the Time it varies from project to Project based on the complexity the Project has. In general It takes 3-4 Months Time for midsized Projects.

    You will get up gradation details at service.sap.com

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      Hi,

      First of all, when should a company consider upgrading its BI_CONT module?

      Normally, when the new functionality has come like (take 0FIGL only before it was not Delta enabled but now 0FI_GL_4 comes along with Delta Time Stamp and as well the Group Functionality Like 0FI_AP/AR/TAX_4 the four Data Sources are send to the BI Side with group and as well as individual update Data as these are interdependent on each other)

      To fetch the data in the short time frame we may always need enhanced Technical / functional Upgrades.

      To compete the market analysis may needed on hourly basis data for which the earlier versions they dont have real time data acquisition Now with NWs 2004 it is available for some DS.

      So based we can conclude that to fetch the data in short span of time with new functional/technical help they go for Upgradation.

      /people/swapna.gollakota/blog/2008/05/22/bi-70-150initial-hurdles

      /people/swapna.gollakota/blog/2008/05/22/bi-70-150initial-hurdles

      Secondly, we just finished an ECC and BW support package upgrade. From what I have read the BI content does not need to be done at the same time as long as the NW support package stack has the minimum BW support packages needed. Was your time estimate for an entire upgrade including ECC and BW or just for a BI_CONT upgrade? If I am separating these, when they should not be separated, please let me know.

      Yes, It is not mandatory to go for upgradation for ECC and Nws at same time. ECC and BW can be estimated at Same time you may need at least 60 days time to fetch the upgraded functionality/technicality into BI Side. because lot of patches/notes and enhancements to be done on BI side too after the ECC upgradtion (Hope you know it is safe to stop delta mechanism while upgrading ECC) . Once again it is difficult to estimate time though normally ECC will take 5-6 Months time to upgrade, as far my knowledge goes.

      /people/community.user/blog/2008/03/20/how-to-tackle-upgrades-to-sap-erp-60

      Finally, You will get lot of docs/blogs on upgradation at Sdn and service.sap.com as well

      Hope it helps and clear

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