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SAP BW4HANA Pros and Cons

SAP BW4HANA Pros

HW
Head of Enterprise Reporting & Analytics at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW.
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SA
Lead Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Out of the box, this solution has a lot of standard features.
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RM
SAP Technical Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the speed of reporting and the HANA database.
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SP
SAP Enterprise Services Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products.
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NM
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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JY
Deputy Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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NM
Senior Strategy Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I like that it's quite quick.
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Senior Consultant SAP / BW / SAP BOBJ at edraky
The most valuable feature is the dashboard.
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TT
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.
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LH
Cloud Solutions Architect and Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable aspect of this solution is that the infrastructure is easy to understand.
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SAP BW4HANA Cons

HW
Head of Enterprise Reporting & Analytics at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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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SA
Lead Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Connecting multiple sources is a challenge because you have to go through a lot of different setups.
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RM
SAP Technical Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It takes too long to escalate problems from the first level of support.
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SP
SAP Enterprise Services Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product.
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NM
IT Director at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
In the next release, I would like to see their BI component introduced with a mobile version, as it is not currently present.
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JY
Deputy Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Not a ten because it's expensive and its ecosystem is not very open.
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NM
Senior Strategy Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I would like more integration.
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Senior Consultant SAP / BW / SAP BOBJ at edraky
The dashboard should be simplified and made easier for exploration and decision making.
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TT
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology.
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LH
Cloud Solutions Architect and Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Pricing would be a good improvement. A lot of customers think that it's very expensive and especially support is very expensive.
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