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Aug 06 2019
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is that it's robust.
What needs improvement?The performance for the reporting is very poor, there is no graphical report. The price to performance ratio is less. It's also very complex, for example, if I want to make a simple change I have to spend a huge amount of effort. I cannot integrate it with my other tools. It's not possible to do… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?I previously used many solutions. I used Tableau, SAS, Oracle, Power BI, and SQL.
What other advice do I have?It's a good solution if you're integrating data from SAP software like ERP and looking out for the day-to-day reporting from the operational users at the lower level. If someone is looking for the quick, graphical reports and mobile availability then this is not the right solution for that. From an… more»
Aug 08 2019
What is most valuable?The processes are the most valuable aspect of this solution. You can try to change the way you do business with the customer while we tell the customer that we have Suite 4HANA that they need to adopt because we have at this moment and for that, we have a methodology that is SAP Activate. We use this methodology to discover what your business requirements are. You can get a glimpse of what it is… more»
What needs improvement?In the on-premise world, you have releases every six months or every year depending on what is required but in the cloud, you have new releases depending on what part of the ERP needs to be enhanced. This happens frequently. Depending on the module, you have sometimes weekly updates. Usually monthly but depending on what is being developed because the people that didn't use the cloud version are… more»
What other advice do I have?Thinking of the business people, independent of the tool, it could be state-of-the-art, it depends on the business people. Business people think that in order to run a business as usual, then they don't care about what you need to do in order to get them right. You could have a very fancy application but if the data is wrong, it doesn't have the right data quality, the right quality shape then no… more»
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Feb 03 2020
What is most valuable?This product is user-friendly. Out of the box, this solution has a lot of standard features. The product is quite optimized, having simple processes for change management and different security features. It offers a lot of flexibility… more»
What needs improvement?This solution is very costly compared to competitors on the market, which stops some people from implementing it. SAP has to be more customer-centric. They are aware of the standard business use cases but if changes are made then they are… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?This is an expensive solution and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?I have tried Snowflake and it is also quite a flexible tool. It is more open in that you can bring in data from multiple sources by just installing some DLLs and parameter files.
What other advice do I have?SAP is introducing a lot of new features and making this product even more flexible. The suitability of this solution depends on how big the business is and how much they want to invest in data warehousing. The effectiveness will vary from… more»
Mar 06 2020
What is most valuable?HANA is based on a column store, and it is very effective for reading the data. BW has a major advantage because most of the activities on the BW system are reading data rather than writing data. The product, overall, is very good. The solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products. All of the information that is provided by the solution for managing the HANA database is excellent.
What needs improvement?I can't think of anything the solution needs in terms of features to make it stronger. It's a great overall solution. The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product.
What other advice do I have?We are SAP partners. The solution is deployed on a scale-out environment, which involves five nodes of 1TB each. We have four worker nodes and one standby node. I'm not the consumer of this product. I'm an administrator of it. I'm basically supporting this project but I'm not the actual customer. I would definitely recommend the solution. It is the way forward if an organization is already in the… more»
Feb 23 2020
What is most valuable?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 only component that is not fully known is the HCM (Human Capital Management), but we have gone with SuccessFactors.
What needs improvement?The HCM needs improvement, but as a company, they have stopped any development on this. In the next release, I would like to see their BI component introduced with a mobile version, as it is not currently present.
What other advice do I have?I would look at the Cloud option. Although the Cloud is not mature enough at this time, people who are planning to deploy this solution perhaps a year down the road may benefit from it. The Cloud may be something they would want to consider. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Apr 20 2020
What is most valuable?1.It can calculate big data. One year ago, SAP BW took us a lot of time around four hours to finish our process chains, but now it's better. 2.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… more»
How has it helped my organization?1. SAP BW4HANA's memory computing help us calculate into much more detail data such as accouting document level. And it's very fast. 2. We have capabliity to realize requirements related to big data, real-time anlysis.
What needs improvement?We already had a lot of cubes built-in based on SAP BW. We hope these BW cubes can support real-time anlysis without migration to SAP HANA modeling.
What other advice do I have?I would recommend SAP BW/4HANA. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because it's expensive and its ecosystem is not very open.
Mar 23 2020
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the dashboard. When using BW/4HANA, then is no performance degradation with Big Data.
What needs improvement?The dashboard should be simplified and made easier for exploration and decision making. Some customers have said that they would like to use the dashboard to send themselves data in an Excel file directly by email.
What other advice do I have?My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to first follow the basics. It is possible that you will want some enhancements but you have to start at the beginning and start with the basic practice for modeling. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Apr 27 2020
What is most valuable?The most valuable aspect of this solution is that the infrastructure is easy to understand.
What needs improvement?Pricing would be a good improvement. A lot of customers think that it's very expensive and support is especially very expensive.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?We have to pay extra in addition to licensing. Migration to HANA has costs that are higher than expected.
What other advice do I have?I would rate it an eight out of ten. It costs a lot for a company to invest in SAP. It could be hard for a company to invest in it. It should be a little cheaper, it would raise the score to a nine. If a customer wants to save costs, they should move their infrastructure from on-premise to public… more»
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What is SAP BW4HANA?
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.
Also known asSAP BW/4HANA