Compare SAP BW/4HANA vs. Snowflake

SAP BW/4HANA is ranked 9th in Data Warehouse with 6 reviews while Snowflake is ranked 1st in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews. SAP BW/4HANA is rated 7.6, while Snowflake is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SAP BW/4HANA writes "Good technical support but the reporting performance is very poor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Snowflake writes "Fast, convenient and requires almost no administration". SAP BW/4HANA is most compared with Snowflake, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Amazon Redshift, whereas Snowflake is most compared with Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Apache Hadoop and Amazon Redshift. See our SAP BW/4HANA vs. Snowflake report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is the dashboard.The solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products.From an ERP point of view and a functionality point of view, it works very well. The benefits are in that of financial costing and material management.Out of the box, this solution has a lot of standard features.The processes are the most valuable aspect of this solution.The most valuable feature is that it's robust.

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I like the idea that you can assign roles and responsibilities, limiting access to data.It has great flexibility whenever we are loading data and performs ELT (extract, load, transform) techniques instead of ETL.The snapshot feature is good, the rollback feature is good and the interface is user-friendly.The thing I find most valuable is that scalability, space storage, and computing power is separate. When you scale up, it is live from one second to the next — constantly available as you scale — so there is no downtime or interruption of services.The initial setup is straightforward. You just need to follow the documentation.They separate compute and storage. You can scale storage independently of the computer, or you can scale computing independently of storage. If you need to buy more computer parts you can add new virtual warehouses in Snowflake. Similarly, if you need more storage, you take more storage. It's most scalable in the database essentially; typically you don't have this scalability independence on-premises.The most valuable features are the clustering, LS50, being able to change the size, the pay per use feature, the flexibility with many different sources and analytic applications.As long as you don't need to worry about the storage or cost, this solution would be one of the best ones on the market for scalability purposes.

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Cons
The dashboard should be simplified and made easier for exploration and decision making.The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product.In the next release, I would like to see their BI component introduced with a mobile version, as it is not currently present.Connecting multiple sources is a challenge because you have to go through a lot of different setups.I cannot integrate it with my other tools. It's not possible to do something in the predictive analysis. Mobile reporting is also not available.

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If you go with one cloud provider, you can't switch.They do have a native connector to connect with integration tools for loading data, but it would be much better to have the functionality built-in.Availability is a problem.Maybe there could be some more connectors to other systems, but this is what they are constantly developing anyway.The solution could improve the user interface and add functionality to the system.The solution should offer an on-premises version also. We have some requirements where we would prefer to use it as a template.Support needs improvement, as it can take several days before you get some initial support.There are some stored procedures that we've had trouble with. The solution also needs to fine-tune the connectors to be able to connect into the system source.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
This is an expensive solution and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

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You pay based on the data that you are storing in the data warehouse and there are no maintenance costs.The whole licensing system is based on credit points. You can also make a license agreement with the company so that you buy credit points and then you use them. What you do not use in one year can be carried over to the next year.Pricing can be confusing for customers.

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Overview

Streamline processes and support innovations with a single, trusted source for real-time insights. Based on SAP HANA, our next-generation data warehouse solution can help you capitalize on the full value of all your data from SAP applications or third-party solutions, as well as unstructured, geospatial, or Hadoop-based.

Snowflake provides a data warehouse built for the cloud, delivering a solution capable of solving problems for which legacy, on-premises and cloud data platforms were not designed.

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Accordant Media, Adobe, Kixeye Inc., Revana, SOASTA, White Ops
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company49%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider10%
Retailer9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company39%
Comms Service Provider9%
Retailer6%
Insurance Company6%
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Small Business43%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise60%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise86%
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