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Difference between SAP BI & SAP BW

Hi Guys,

Is SAP BI a functional module?

Can you please explain the difference between SAP BI & SAP BW?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Regards

Karthick

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    Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 09:03 AM

    hi karthick,

    sap nw bw 7.0 or 7.3 is formerly sap bi 7.0 which is a seperate component in sap netweaver package.

    and sap bo (sap bi 4.0) is a business objects product from sap.

    see sap bi now refers to business objects products

    and sap bw refers to the sap netweaver business warehouse (formerly sap bi 7.0)

    In 2008, SAP used the term "Business Intelligence" to refer

    SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and also SAP NetWeaver BI.

    In order to remove confusion, the term Business Intelligence is now associated only with the solutions from the SAP

    BusinessObjects portfolio.

    So SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (BI) is no longer used and instead we refer by,

    SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) ,

    SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx) and

    SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator (BWA

    thanks

    Sankar S

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    Posted on May 19, 2011 at 09:06 AM

    Hi Karthick,

    SAP BI and SAP BW are the same.

    Just some naming issues from SAP 😉 they change names from here to there.

    kind regards

    Peter

    (till Nov 2000 it was BIW then they changed it to BW and since July 2007 its called BI)

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      Hi All,

      Are we sure on there not being a difference between the terms BI and BW as they are still using them separately in the S/4 HANA material. Maybe one is customer side streaming data for fast analytics and the on prem for slower more in depth analysis?

      Cheers

      Alex

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    Posted on Aug 02, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    It was originally named as SAP BIW (Business Information Warehouse), then abbreviated to SAP BW, currently known as "SAP BI". As Peter mentioned it needs to be installed separately and here also both the technical and functional role exists.

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    Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Hello Karthick,

    Please use SAP.com as guide to SAP portfolio. SAP.com is the best source to find existing products, official product names and up to date information on the entire SAP portfolio.

    Here you can search by product name: http://www.sap.com/pc/a-z-products.html and drill down to learn more about each individual solution:

    SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, analytics edition
    SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge analytics edition
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI), Edge Edition
    SAP Business Objects BI OnDemand
    SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
    SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator
    SAP NetWeaver BW Powered by HANA

    In addition, please browse respective SCN spaces. From http://scn.sap.com/welcome > Products tab (top left) > Analytics tab and you will see the Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing spaces where you can find more technical information about available SAP solutions in these areas.

    Hope this is helpful. Thanks and regards,
    Mariana
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    Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 07:35 AM


    I saw many posts in this discussion where people are asking which module is better and what should be their way forward.

    Well, I think irrespective of what module you chose the success totally depends on your dedication and ability to adapt.

    Also, dont depend on others for making decisions of you career. people can share their experiences, direct you, guide you but the decision has to be finally your.

    If you want to get into SAP, then before you take any decision, go through the online material and see if you are really going to like working for it. I have seen people having bad careers in SAP BI and excellent growth in non-SAP technologies as well. so mind it its totally case basis.

    Know your interests before you jump to any conclusions. Also, know that there are already technologies that are overpowering SAP BI. Better take an informed decision.

    Also, you may find that there are many organizations that provide SAP trainings and some may lure you to get false exoperience and credentials but again here let me warn you, this is not going to help you. at the end, its going to be you working in the office where the said organization is not going to be able to help you. You may end up losing your job and the money you paid. Hence, make sure that you go for an organization that has been partnered with SAP or has official permissions for SAP trainings.

    Remember success if not doing best but doing YOUR best.

    Hope this help.

    Thanks,

    Swati.

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      Hi Shah,

      First of all, I didn't get what you meant by SAP Manager. There are nothing like management courses but business managers are often given small courses so that they can use SAP tools. If you mean an IT manager who supervises some number of people working on SAP tools, I do not have any comment to make.

      If you mean that start learning BO and become an SAP BO consultant is your other choice, I don't think that's a good idea for any experienced professional. I have graduated in 2014 and currently working on BO. I felt that the most important thing in SAP field is experience. I agree that it matters what your talents and skills are, but it needs experience to expertise in SAP field.

      Since I'm a fresher or less experienced, you may consider other members or experts opinions too.

      Thank you

      Nikhil

  • Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM

    Have you checked the below link

    http://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/BI/Overview+of+SAP+History+and+BW-BI+Evolution

    Good info 😊 regarding to this q's.

    Regards

    Mahesh

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    Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM

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  • Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 07:26 AM

    Hi guys

    i have an query can you please guide on below ....

    I Did my MBA in Tourism and Hospitality and i have an 3 years exp in Travel field... now i want to change my field for that reason i am willing to learn SAP but i have an confusion to learn which course.

    i did my graduation in B.sc (Computers).

    i approached one institute regarding the same they suggested to go with SAP SD...and also which Institute is Good for learning SAP...

    one of my friend suggested to join at Vayuputhra Communications Ltd is at yousufguda...

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      If I may add, there are challenges in the BI/BW area. Since BI is a very vast area due to the mere fact that you have no idea what report/analytics an end user requires, it can/will be extremely challenging. Unlike specific SAP modules (SD, MM, QM, PP, FICO etc.,), BI/BW in theory, can encompass ALL SAP modules and external systems. You will have to interact with SAP functional consultants to understand where and how SAP/R3 data is stored since it eventually has to flow into BW for reporting and analysis.

      Business Objects is a technology agnostic tool used for reporting and analytics. I think of BO as the wrapper and BW as the candy layer. The BEx plug-in that latches onto BW data from Excel is for beginners and quite primitive and hence people use fancy reporting tools such as Business Objects, CliqView etc., for reporting. My 2 cents.

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    Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 07:49 AM

    Hi, really helpful to understand the overall evolution SAP BI / Analytics has undergone so far.

    Can you gurus please also elaborate on the way forward and how BW skill-sets are going to be affected with the advent and augmentation of HANA in the BI / Analytics ecosystem?

    Will there be any room left for someone like me; more on a functional / design side, who doesn't know much of the core ABAP / DB development?

    Regards,

    Manish

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