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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.
 

October 14, 2019

Are you running a BW 7.3 or 7.4 version? 


Did you know that December 2020 is the end of support maintenance deadline?


In effect SAP will end the support and request that customers upgrade to BW 7.5 (worth noting that end of support for BW 7.5 maintenance is December 2024 – time flies) or you can choose to migrate to BW/4HANA. 


BW/4HANA 2.0, is the new enterprise data warehouse (EDW) solution for SAP customers. A migration to BW/4HANA has a significant impact on your BI budget and requires a rede...

October 1, 2019

“Agile software development (ASD) advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, and continual improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change.” (ASD Wiki)

The migration from BW to BW/4HANA is a complex task (whatever migration option is chosen) and certainly can’t be done as a “big bang” strategy. 

Once you’ve executed the BW/4HANA pre-checker report on your system you can see the substantial effort required to convert object types to HANA compatible object...

September 6, 2019

Previous blogs have highlighted the complexity and challenges of migrating a SAP BW system to a SAP BW/4HANA system along with the substantial effort that this requires. 

In this blog, I’ll detail a concern that is always highlighted to me when it comes to the migration of DSO objects to ADSO objects using the BW/4HANA migration toolbox (RSB4HTRF). 

Let’s take the scenario that the client has chosen an in-place migration and the strategy is to divide the migration of the data flows into separate work p...

August 27, 2019

Previous blogs have highlighted the complexity and challenges of migrating a BW system to a BW/4HANA system along with the substantial effort that this requires. 


In this blog, I’ll detail another issue linked to the migration of a system but in this case, it is the migration of ECC to S/4HANA and the impact this has on the BW and BW/4HANA systems. 


The main impact on BW and BW/4HANA after upgrading ECC to S/4HANA is on the BW datasources (DS) object type.


Even if you’re not considering migrating to...

July 28, 2019

If you’ve read my previous blog on SAP BW Customers – are you ready, I’ve mention that the support maintenance for BW will end in Dec 2024. 

This is only applicable for customers who are on BW 7.5 version. For customers who are BW 7.3 or 7.4 the support maintenance will end in Dec 2020. (All other versions of SAP BW are not supported by SAP i.e. they’re out of support maintenance.)

Are you are one of the 12.5k SAP BW customers not on BW 7.5?? 

From my conversations it’s obvious to me that many of these...

July 22, 2019

As highlighted in previous BW/4HANA migration blogs, the path from a BW system to a BW/4HANA system is a complex, time consuming and from a budget perspective is substantially more costly compared to a 7.3, 7.4 or 7.5 upgrade.

Just a few weeks back I was invited by UK & Ireland SAP user group to present my insights around BW/4HANA migration challenges, options as well as tools available to several SAP BW clients. Through our discussions I discovered that a common issue is how these BI lead are going t...

July 4, 2019

Dónal Geraghty from Seapark Consultancy presenting on BW/4HANA migration at the UK and Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) event in July 19 held in SAP Objects House in Maidenhead.

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. 
 

May 21, 2019

Short Video of a review of the SAP BW/4HANA Note Analyzer for the BW/4HANA in place migration.

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