SAP Business Warehouse Review

Getting high volume data is most valuable for us. Has great integration with non-SAP systems.


What is most valuable?

Getting high volume data is most valuable for us. It is really fast and it has great integration with SAP ERP or a non-sap system.

How has it helped my organization?

For example, only sales and distribution has approximately 150-200 mio transactional data for each year. As a result, we mention that we have approximately 400-500 mio transactional data for all our ERP system. It’s not possible to analyze that data without using Business Warehouse. Besides all those pluses, SAP BW provides us with real time analyzes for non-system.

What needs improvement?

The big minuses are its not being user friendly. The user interface and it’s reporting tool called BEx have room for improvement. SAP Global always promotes Business Objects for visualizing.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using SAP BW for four years and also we had been using an old version called SAP BW 7.0 between 2008 and 2011.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes we do have stability issues, but if we evaluate the entire system, it provides more stability than its not being stable. Big stability issues are about getting dumps without any reasons and integration with Business Objects.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had absolutely no scalability issues. If a developer or product owner considers their data volume, BW never encounter any scalability problems.

How is customer service and technical support?

I rate technical support so highly because of its being an old product.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have never used any other business warehouse program except using an older version.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is sometimes complex, sometimes not. For example, LIS structures are initially highly complex; you have to drop setup tables and re-fill it again. But other structures do not use setup tables and are more straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Every product owner has to be careful to evaluate the number of users. First of all, pricing is really high when compared with other business warehouse applications. Product owners also have to consider consultancy. Consultancy is more expensive than ERP consultancy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Actually, we did not evaluate any other product because we were using SAP ERP.

What other advice do I have?

Absolutely avoid non-standard structures. SAP BW is a highly established application that brings us many standard functions.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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