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May 7, 2020

A recurring, and often frustrating, challenge that SAP BW customers encounter is an easy discovery of BW objects that are no longer required for their BI solution. 

You’ll know, I’m sure, that identifying unwanted BW objects can be a time-consuming activity.

To support your efforts SeaPark Consultancy has developed DECOM4

DECOM4 guides SAP BW clients who are preparing for a migration to BW/4HANA or who simply want to clean up their BW system. Our insights and experiences suggest that most SAP BW cl...

You’ll know from previous SeaPark blogs that the migration from BW to BW/4HANA is a complex and time-consuming process. 

Crucially, it requires a certain skill-set to ensure that the migration is successful.

It’s generally accepted that the most complex of the BW to BW/4HANA migration types is the Remote migration. This is due to the migration of BW object type structures, request management information along with the underlying data-set.

In this regard we strive to bring you insights and not just in...

March 19, 2020

Successful data gathering, and how that data is leveraged is key to any modern business. Surely it makes sense to ensure the data that is stored is both accurate and can be accessed and understood in a convenient manner? 

Back in 2013 Target, the US supermarket giant, discovered this first-hand when they attempted to expand their business across the border into Canada. 

This venture was a painful one. Their ERP system collapsed under the new data; data often being entered by hand by new employees wit...

March 18, 2020

The migration from BW to BW/4HANA is an extremely complex and lengthy process which impacts a high volume of objects on your existing BW system due to the issue of several BW object types (Infocubes, DSO’s, Multiproviders) not supported on the BW/4HANA solution.

In the past, SAP provide a check program (RS_B4HANA_CONVERSION_CONTROL) that was triggered via the BW/4 Transfer Cockpit (RSB4HCONV).

The output of this check program was very unstructured, had no clear sequence of the required migration activi...

January 22, 2020

Are you one of those people that "if it isn't broke don't fix it" or "hope for the best".

Well that seems to be the case with The Ireland Health Service Executive (HSE) who now must pay millions of Euro because of a failure to upgrade most of its computers. This cost will continually rise each year, if the outdated system remains. It has been five years since Microsoft began warning customers that support for Windows 7 would end in 2020.

In terms of an SAP BW solution (except for BW 7.5), there will b...

January 16, 2020

SeaPark Consultancy CEO, Donal Geraghty, presented recently at the 2019 UK & Ireland SAP User CONNECT event. 

Donal’s topic?  “The migration of BW to BW/4HANA”

Over 40 end-user consultants attended this event and with many talks to attend and competition for their cognitive space, feedback was overwhelmingly positive as you can see below. 

Talking with delegates later on and at our networking table, opinion was that the session was extremely relevant and useful through highlighting the “pain points”...

December 30, 2019

“What’s another Year” a song made famous by Johnny Logan as he strode to victory in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest.

In terms of SAP BW, in one years’ time (December 2020) all support maintenance for all SAP BW solutions except for BW 7.5 will end.

If you’re on a SAP BW solution (except for BW 7.5), you’ve two options:

1.    Upgrade to BW 7.5 Solution (the support maintenance will end in Dec 2024).


2.    Migrate to BW/4HANA solution (SAP’s new Enterprise Data warehouse (EDW) solution)....

December 17, 2019

In the last few weeks, SeaPark Consultancy has been evaluating BW to BW/4HANA migration options for a SAP customer. 

The following is the SAP Customer scenario: 
•    BW 7.4 with a DB2 DB. 
•    SAP BW landscape with 3 BW systems – Development, test, Production.
•    BW production system size of 1.3 TB.
•    BW source systems is low.

As the BW system is not on BW 7.5 then an In-Place migration is not possible.

This leaves two BW/4HANA migration options for th...

December 10, 2019

I recently presented at a UK & Ireland SAP User group event in Birmingham. The day before my presentation I was speaking with a SAP customer who has a BW system; I asked him if he’s planning to attend my presentation on BW/4HANA migration. 

His response??

 “We migrated to BW on HANA two years ago and so, no offense, I don’t need to attend your session!”

In a potentially awkward moment, I gently advised him that BW on HANA and BW/4HANA are separate SAP enterprise data warehouse solutions. 

At least with...

Dónal Geraghty from Seapark Consultancy and Anders Aarkrog from Innologic presenting on BW/4HANA migration at the UK and Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) event in Dec 19 held in International Conference Centre Birmingham.

Discussions during and after the presentation really highlighted that companies are beginning to see the rationale and sense behind taking early action towards BW/4HANA migration.