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SAP BW/4HANA – a simpler, faster, and more flexible data warehouse

Collect and connect to any data, in real time – with SAP BW/4HANA. This next-generation data warehouse is built entirely on our advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA. It offers enhanced data modeling and governance, high-performance solution development, a modern user experience (UX), and incredible flexibility. Leverage huge amounts of data – SAP application data, third-party data, unstructured data, geo-spatial data, Hadoop data, and more – live and in the moment. 


Because SAP BW/4HANA is the only data warehousing solution designed for real-time transactional and analytical processing environments. Optimized to take full advantage of the SAP HANA in-memory RDBMS, the solution empowers businesses to connect historical data with live data – and achieve in-the-moment analysis and decision making.

  • Simplify your data warehouse architecture and free up more time for line-of-business requirements

  • Integrate SAP and non-SAP applications and data into one logical data warehouse – for a single version of the truth

  • Easily handle growing volumes of data and new business opportunities, now and in the future
  • Take advantage of simple, open, and flexible data warehousing tools – on premise or in the cloud

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Functional Capabilities

SAP BW/4HANA follows three design principles: it runs on a substantially simplified data model, it has a modern UX, and it is built for high performance. The business warehouse solution lets companies dynamically build and connect data as they need it, in whatever form – and gain a single, logical view of all data.

  • Dramatically improve performance for data loading, querying, analysis, staging, and planning processes
  • Simplify data modeling using a modern user interface, ADSO, and CompositeProvider
  • Accelerate solution development with simplified object models and SQL support
  • Use multi-temperature storage options to optimize data management, improve data query response time, and lower TCO

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SAP BW/4HANA in the cloud

Combine the power of a real-time data warehouse with the simplicity of the cloud. You can deploy SAP BW/4HANA via our managed cloud offering, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or on Microsoft Azure environments. SAP BW/4HANA is also available on premise.

Transition to SAP BW/4HANA

We realize that each of our customers are starting their journey to SAP BW/4HANA from different places. That’s why we’ve created three distinct paths to transition, complete with services and tools. These paths can help support your journey with the least amount of disruption to your business.

New Implementation

New customers will start directly with SAP BW/4HANA instead of the classic SAP Business Warehouse.

  • Move data from your old system to SAP BW/4HANA with our integrated data management and quality tools
  • If you have an SAP landscape over five years old, it might be time to consider a fresh start
  • Leverage a new and modern data warehouse, without modifications or work-arounds from the past
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System Conversion

Existing customers with SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA must perform a system conversion to upgrade to SAP BW/4HANA.

  • The effort needed for conversion depends on how recently you updated your system, as well as your amount of classical data models and actively used custom coding
  • If your current SAP landscape has been highly maintained, you can likely convert to SAP BW/4HANA in just a few steps  
Landscape Transformation

Large enterprises with multiple SAP and non-SAP BW systems might want to consider a landscape simplification.

  • Consolidate multiple data warehouses into one global SAP BW/4HANA system – or carve out selected processes and functions and move gradually
  • Improve merger and acquisition activities by consolidating rapidly and taking advantage of predictive capabilities

Need additional help with your upgrade? Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


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Support & Training

Get the support you need to keep SAP BW/4HANA running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximize the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

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Product Road Map
Refer to the SAP BW4/HAN road map to see how the technology is planned to progress over time.

Expert Community

Connect with SAP experts – and get the latest news and views on SAP BW/4HANA implementations, upgrades, innovations, and best practices.


The Data Revolution is Coming

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SAP BW/4HANA is an evolution of BW that is completely optimized and tailored to SAP HANA. Read more SAP BW/4HANA blogs here.
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