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Run a real-time data warehouse – on-premise or in the cloud – with SAP BW

Capture, store, and consolidate your vital enterprise information with SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) – a real-time data warehouse powered by the SAP HANA in-memory database. Available on-premise or via SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP BW integrates and accelerates your core data warehousing capabilities. Rely on a single version of the truth, access decision-ready business intelligence, and fast-track your operations.

Why SAP Business Warehouse?

Because SAP Business Warehouse is unlike any other data warehousing application on the market. SAP BW runs on traditional RDBMS databases – or on the SAP HANA in-memory database for lightning-fast performance. Consume and integrate SAP and non-SAP data, and access thousands of prebuilt data models to reduce development time.

  • Simplify your data warehouse architecture and free up more time for line-of-business requirements
  • Integrate SAP and non-SAP applications into one environment – for a single version of the truth
  • Confidently scale your enterprise data warehouse from gigabytes to petabytes
  • Deploy SAP BW on-premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment

Learn how SAP Business Warehouse can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Functional Capabilities

With SAP Business Warehouse 7.5, we offer two product options: SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA and SAP Business Warehouse, edition for SAP HANA.

SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA

SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA runs on DB2 and Oracle databases in addition to the SAP HANA database.

  • Dramatically improve performance for data loading, querying, analysis, staging, and planning processes
  • Simplify data modelling using a modern user interface, ADSO, and CompositeProvider
  • Cut development time with prebuilt models and Eclipse-based modelling tools
  • Take advantage of enhanced virtualisation capabilities
  • Consume and integrate mixed architecture scenarios: SAP BW on SAP HANA and SAP HANA data marts

SAP Business Warehouse, edition for SAP HANA

SAP Business Warehouse, edition for SAP HANA, runs with SAP HANA-optimised objects and UIs. The use of classic / non-SAP HANA functionality is restricted.

  • Run SAP BW 7.5 (SP1) with new and optimised SAP HANA objects only
  • Simplify data governance
  • Speed time to market with new and flexible data modelling patterns


Suggested Resources

SAP BW 7.5

SAP BW 7.4

System requirements for
SAP Business Warehouse

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please refer to the SAP Business Warehouse Sizing Guide for details. Also, please see the Product Availability Matrix for the latest information on updates and releases.


Licensing and purchasing options for
SAP Business Warehouse

The modular structure of SAP Business Warehouse allows you to license and pay for only the functionality and number of users that you require at any given time. Start with the packages and licenses your organisation needs right now and add more users and functionality as your needs evolve. This product is deployed on-premise or in the cloud, and requires a perpetual license.

Please contact your local SAP account executive for additional licensing and purchasing options.


Buy SAP software now and pay later — with our flexible payment plans and financing options


Consult Licensing SAP Software: A Guide for Buyers for general licensing information


Ensure a successful implementation and maximise your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP Business Warehouse – from planning and installation to operation.


Plan your installation

Refer to Installation Guide: SAP BW powered by SAP HANA* or SAP BW, edition for SAP HANA* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorisation under myProfile*. To extend your authorisation, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

Visit the SAP Support Portal* to download the SAP Business Warehouse software installation package for your edition.


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


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation

Complete the installation steps
Refer to Installation Guide* for a step-by-step
overview of the installation process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation.


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


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Manage your SAP applications

Refer to Application Operations Guide: SAP Business Warehouse* to learn how to manage, maintain, and run your SAP application at peak performance.

Ensure the security of SAP BW

Download the SAP Business Warehouse Security Guide* for important information on ensuring the security of your software.


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


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Find your learning path to SAP BW

Become fully competent with SAP BW from beginning to end – with your own learning path. The SAP BW Implementation Learning Journey helps you choose your path based on your role, area of interest, learning needs, and preferred training method. 

Browse the SAP BW curriculum

View the SAP Business Warehouse training and certification catalogue for instructor-led courses and e-courses covering planning, reporting, administration and more and train when and where it’s convenient for you.



Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP Business Warehouse – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.


Identify the upgrade paths

Download the Product Availability Matrix to review upgrade paths for SAP BW.

Download the matrix now

Identify dependencies

Use the Upgrade Dependency Analyser to determine if your upgrade will have an impact on your other systems.

Access the analyser

Plan your upgrade

The Upgrade Master Guide contains important information about SAP BW upgrade planning.

Read the guide*  

Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizer tool to help you select an economically balanced system based on your requirements.

Open the Quick Sizer tool*

Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualise your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyse the impact. 

Use the planner*


Complete the upgrade steps

Refer to the SAP Business Warehouse Upgrade Master Guide for an overview of the upgrade process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation.

View the guide*

Ask the community

Visit the SAP Data Services community for the latest technology news and updates. Ask questions, post comments, and discuss issues.

Visit the community


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


Find an SAP partner to help with your upgrade


Get the support you need to keep SAP Business Warehouse running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximise the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

Troubleshoot and Maintain

SAP Support Portal: Search our knowledge base, log incidents, obtain license keys, download software, and more

SAP Product Documentation

Ask the Community

Search for answers, post your questions, and share your knowledge in the SAP BW powered by SAP HANA community

Visit the software support and maintenance community on SCN





Expert Community

Connect with SAP experts – and get the latest news and views on SAP Business Warehouse implementations, upgrades, innovations, and best practices.


Guide to SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW Data Integration

Explore different integration scenarios for SAP S/4HANA analytics and SAP Business Warehouse data – and learn how to implement them.

Discover Near-Line Storage Solutions in SAP BW

Achieve the perfect balance between cost and performance by using SAP BW with SAP HANA for current data – and with SAP IQ for historical data.

Insider’s View: SAP’s Data Warehousing Strategy

Learn about our overall strategy for highly flexible data warehousing – which combines application and SQL approaches with in-memory performance.


*Customer Login Required (S-User) – Information marked with an asterisk is available to current SAP customers only. Your customer login (s-user) is required to access this information. Please contact your local SAP support centre for assistance.

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