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Embedded Analytics Configuration S/4HANA 1809


As I will be expanding my knowledge around Embedded Analytics I had two questions regarding its configuration on a greenfield S/4HANA 1809 installation. I already did some research and reading around these topics but to be sure I highly appreciate your thoughts, opinions and remarks.

1) As note 2289865 (Configuration steps for S/4 HANA Analytics) states, the configuration will define a BW client. I assume that is what is called "Embedded BW" in the context of an S/4HANA system and is always required in order to get the Embedded Analytics to work?

2) Is it always best practice to define a separate client as BW client? I have read that activating BW on your main client could form certain limitations. (Example: "Firstly, for organizational reasons to streamline the process of development and administration. Secondly, whenever the data is physically replicated from another SAP application (on same system) to Embedded BW it is advisable to have a separate client").

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    Posted on Mar 01, 2019 at 07:39 AM


    1) embedded BW is the BW function available in S/4HANA or ECC, which is not mandatory in S/4HANA, but needed only when using BPC for S/4HANA. But even when you dont use embedded BW, BW Client have to be set for the setting of embedded analytics, as analytic query, a type of CDS View, uses BW functions internally.

    2) pls read the doc below.

    Thanks, Masa

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  • Posted on Feb 19, 2019 at 01:59 PM

    Hi David

    1) Embedded analytics will work without a BW system defined, this is how we work with it. It will then only be able to use the CDS views as delivered by SAP, or as created by you.

    2) We have opted to not do so. This will limit your options slightly, but it will bring a clear split between BW and embedded analytics. Both for users as also for our IT organization.

    Think you should go ahead with embedded analytics without defining the system. You can also later define the system when this comes from a requirement from business.

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