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"Out of the box, this solution has a lot of standard features.""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.""The solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products.""The most valuable feature is the dashboard.""It can calculate data in detail. Before we could not calculate financial documents and accountant documents in detail, we could not do it at a document level but now we can. This is the most important feature. It also has predictive analysis memory.""The most valuable aspect of this solution is that the infrastructure is easy to understand.""The most valuable features are the speed of reporting and the HANA database.""Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW."

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"The security and audit procedures are the most valuable features.""It's an excellent over-all tool for managers to analyze their business.""A robust and efficient product.""It provides us with proof of data, we can centralize all of the information, check it, and then provide the information to our users."

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"Connecting multiple sources is a challenge because you have to go through a lot of different setups.""In the next release, I would like to see their BI component introduced with a mobile version, as it is not currently present.""The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product.""The dashboard should be simplified and made easier for exploration and decision making.""Not a ten because it's expensive and its ecosystem is not very open.""Pricing would be a good improvement. A lot of customers think that it's very expensive and especially support is very expensive.""It takes too long to escalate problems from the first level of support.""They have taken out a few BW functionalities when they redesigned this. The way of multi-dimensional thinking and star schema got a little bit lost. It may be because of the cost, but certain functionalities that were previously implemented from the BW side should come back again in the whole product. It is a young product. It is version 2.0. In time, I'm pretty sure they will come back again because otherwise, it limits the potential of the product, and I have to do a lot of modeling towards that direction. For me, the analytics focus is too much. It is not cube-oriented in that way, so its functionality is limited. It is not really technically limited in the back end; it is more limited in the front end. It has a data-mining mindset for SQL developers. The navigational attributes should be easy. It needs to be built in models. I see the data mark cube or understanding that the composite provider needs to be models in a cube coming back. The multi-dimensional star schema approach and the reporting need to be done as well as possible to leverage the star scheme below. This is definitely not understood by many consultants and even composite providers for star schema. They always think in terms of flat tables, which is limiting. You need to build the right dimensions, objects, and so on. If you can build this in BW4HANA, then you have this understanding that BW4HANA is not forcing you in this direction, but it should force you a bit better in this direction. Maybe a few elements which were in use in BW should come back again. It would help the community to determine the direction to build on the cube. You can have maybe 50 elements, and then you can expand it to what you need by leveraging navigation. So far, this functionality is a little bit limited in the tool, and it is not thought through, but I think it will come. They should also be adding more capabilities for the transformation between different objects. In BW, this is currently limited, especially towards composite providers. It is a bit complex basically in the building. You have to have a lot of knowledge as well as know how to do it better because it is a bit different from BW. There is not too much expertise currently in the consulting markets. Many are trying to build something, but it may be based on their knowledge of what they have from the BW and HANA side. You have to find the right mix from both of them at this time. We also have HANA Native. These are our two different sync sources basically, and we have approaches to connect nicely, but it is hard to manage your team because a lot of coaching is required."

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"I think more integration with other applications would be perfect.""The program is difficult to learn to use""Design and modeling could be simplified.""It is difficult when your native language is not English. It is difficult for us to explain our issue and also difficult for the technical team to explain a resolution to us."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is an expensive solution and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""We started as early birds from the SAP side. We got this entire suite for free. I cannot really talk about the price because we didn't have to pay anything.""As an investment, the solution is very expensive.""In general, it's quite expensive."

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"Pricing is based on the number of user IDs and tyhe user ID works across a suite of products."

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Top Answer: Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.
Top Answer: As an investment, the solution is very expensive. We pay 72% every year to SAP. Additionally, we pay for support for the solution and a vendor to do maintenance.
Top Answer: Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology. For example, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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SAP BW/4HANA
NetWeaver Business Warehouse, NetWeaver BusinessObjects Warehouse
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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.

With NetWeaver Business Warehouse, you can quickly Capture, store, and consolidate your vital information with our real-time data warehouse platform. Tightly integrate your warehousing capabilities for a single version of the truth, decision-ready business intelligence, and accelerated operations.
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EMC Corporation, Takisada-Osaka Co. Ltd., Eldorado, Mozzart, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, Hilti Group, Nissha Printing Company Ltd., Asian Paints, Aareal Bank Group, Magazine zum Globus (Migros Group)
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider20%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company25%
Retailer12%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Small Business36%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business14%
Large Enterprise86%
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SAP BW4HANA is ranked 8th in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews while SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse is ranked 11th in Data Warehouse with 4 reviews. SAP BW4HANA is rated 7.8, while SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of SAP BW4HANA writes "Good capabilities, direct approach, and the right reporting tool for SAP companies". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse writes "A powerful, feature-rich enterprise solution for business warehousing". SAP BW4HANA is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse and Oracle Big Data Appliance, whereas SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse is most compared with SAP Business Warehouse and Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. See our SAP BW4HANA vs. SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse report.

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