SAP Business Warehouse Reviews

SAP Business Warehouse is the #6 ranked solution of our top Cloud Data Warehouse tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Amazon Redshift - SAP Business Warehouse vs Amazon Redshift

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Real User
Business Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The features that I have found most valuable are its capabilities to connect to Excel and to slice and dice. But the reporting is not that interactive because of its reliance to Tableau. We have something called Excel Analysis, which we connect to the cube and do the slice and dice - so that is the best part. The other best part, and why we moved from Microsoft to SAP BW, are the ready-made… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of what can be improved, they already improved the features of SAP HANA, and since we are not migrated now, we are using SAP VPC and consolidation where they provide those VW's for HANA. Once we go there, we will be able to understand that differentiation point and what could be improved or could have been provided more. But as of right now we're in a very early stage so I don't see… more »

What other advice do I have?

SAP Business Warehouse is really good. I had already used it in four prior organizations and this will be my fifth organization using it. It is pretty good as far as SAP Data is concerned. So right now, our licenses are only limited to SAP Data because it is for external data, then we need to purchase additional licenses, which we have now gone ahead with. So that's where one of the challenges is… more »
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Real User
IT Manager at GIC Re
Jan 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The fact that it can integrate with Microsoft Excel is the solution's most valuable feature. The solution has functionality that makes it easy for end-users to readily extract data directly from… more »

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if we could interface with BW itself, instead of piggybacking on Excel. If it could have its own interface where you can build dashboards and reports and where high-level power… more »

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

The pricing is fairly high for the solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't use a different third party solution previously. However, we did have some internal custom solutions that we used, not fully, but in some departments.

What other advice do I have?

We don't use any Data Quality or Identity Manager. Our company doesn't deal with customers directly as it is not open to the public. Our clients are mainly insurance companies. We will normally limit… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking for an enterprise-wide solution. In terms of an enterprise-wide ERP solution, SAP was the only available at that time in 2010. It was able to provide us with all the modules in one… more »
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Consultant
SAP BusinessObjects Consultant at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 22 2020

What is most valuable?

BW is our bread and butter. We use it every day for reporting, for analysis, data consolidation and aggregation, drag and drop queries, etc.

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of things that could be improved especially in terms of data cleansing, data management, data lineage, etc. The solution needs to offer more flexibility in terms of formulas and the query designer. The solution has very limited options, so we have to mix and match some functionality… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I cannot recall if we previously used another solution or what it was. Before SAP, the company was using a third-party tool on Oracle or some other SQL database. We have been running SAP for the last 10 years, and I joined the company in the past six years. I wasn't here when SAP was originally… more »

What other advice do I have?

Our solution is strictly on-premises due to our company policy to not place anything on the cloud. Consultants with technical experience are helpful. They need to understand the processes, as well, however, because designing is the key. Designing right from the start is the very important if you… more »
Real User
Group IT Manager at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 06 2020

What is most valuable?

The business warehouse solutions are not SAP solutions, which means that data is already connected to the IP network connectors making the configuration of the BW system quite simple. It's more simple than other solutions available on the market. I think it's the best quality of BW.

What needs improvement?

On the existing release, I'm unsure about improvements. For sure the functionality is available in the new release. I don't know what competitors' systems of data warehousing provide. I would for sure like to see a different end solution in order to read the data and attract internal users. I'd like to see the flexibility to create reports. Having the back-end data set with the right information… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are a manufacturing company, also running a factory and we implemented it in the ERP. I think BW is one of the best products at the moment. There are a lot of competitors that are adding features. Specialty Suites or the FETA Gartner and Logic requirement. It's important to check all options. A company needs to take into account what business or industry they have. Most are probably considering… more »
Real User
IT Controlling Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the advanced structuring of data capabilities. You can get different structures of data to suit your needs.

What needs improvement?

The advanced structuring can be complicated and the interface is not very intuitive. I know this is already available, but what I would have wanted to see in the next release is the Time-Dependent Hierarchies. I would like to have the interface improved and made to be more intuitive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we did not use any other solution. We are just using SAP Business Warehouse.

What other advice do I have?

My advice regarding this solution would be to invest in professional training for future users. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Real User
Head of BI and Analytics at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 28 2019

What do you think of SAP Business Warehouse?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for the business warehouse.

What is most valuable?

The warehouse is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The visualization should be improved, as well as the dashboards and advanced analytics. It needs to have a better interface. The solution could offer better connectivity with other databases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. It's one of the advantages of the tool. Right now we have about 500 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

What is SAP Business Warehouse?

Reporting, analysis and interpretation of business data are crucial to preserve and enhance the competitive edge of companies by optimizing processes and enabling them to react quickly and in line with market needs. SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) provides tools and functions that enable companies to attain these goals. In SAP BW, you can integrate, transform, and consolidate relevant business information from productive SAP applications and external data sources. SAP BW provides you with a high-performance infrastructure that helps you evaluate and interpret data. Decision makers can make well-founded decisions and identify target-orientated activities on the basis of the analyzed data.

SAP Business Warehouse customers

Medtronic, Cirque du Soleil, Antarc, B&G Manufacturing, EarlySense, eBay, Ferrero, James Austin Company, Lenovo, Sagem, RAK Ceramics, Vodafone

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