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SAP BW 7.0 and Enhancement Packages

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  • The W26BIP SAP NetWeaver BW Performance Workshop material deals with performance issues in SAP BW 3.5 and 7.0 as well. This workshop material focuses on the fundamental aspects of performance in the areas of database tuning, data extraction, data staging and reporting. Moreover it offers methods to analyze and optimize the system performance. Please note that despite dealing with Retail Content to some extent, this workshop material is nevertheless also relevant for all non-retail customers using a SAP BW system.
  • Find the answers to more than 350 questions with the FAQ Page for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0.
  • The presentation Extending The Value of SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence with BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform will give a comprehensive update on SAP's Business Intelligence roadmap. It will cover the latest integration status of SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) and SAP BusinessObjects integration and detail future product releases and functional enhancements planned for delivery in 2009 and 2010. This session is targeted at IT and Project Managers, BI developers, and system administrators.
  • Explore the official SAP How To Guides for SAP NW BW 3.5 and SAP NW BW 7.0
  • The Functional Enhancements Schedule BI in NW7.0 details the functional enhancements provided with subsequent support packages (subject to regular change).
  • This high level presentation Value Proposition for SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 showcases the inherent value which SAP BW 7.0 comes with. This is a valuable information for those SAP customers who are evalueating SAP BW 7.0 version
  • Unicode has developed as standard code page for new installations. The presentation SAP NetWeaver BI and Unicode shows the supported scenarios for the available SAP NetWeaver releases and provides some more background for connectivity to other systems.
  • The C-level presentation Standard Presentation: Better Business Intelligence with the SAP NetWeaver Platform positions SAP NetWeaver BI as a state-of-the art solution fully answering today’s CIO’s needs: simple and relevant, fast and flexible, integrated and trustworthy.
  • This SAP NetWeaver 7.0 - BI Overview provides an overview of the key areas of SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI) and introduces the tools, functions and processes of SAP NetWeaver BI that enable your company to implement a successful business intelligence strategy. Business Intelligence Overview (on the SAP Help Portal)
  • This documentation SAP NetWeaver 7.0 BI - Step-by-Step: From the Data Model to the BI Application in the Web contains a tutorial that shows you how to construct a simple but complete BI scenario, from building the data model to loading the data, right up to analyzing and distributing the information Step-by-Step: From the Data Model to the BI Application in the Web (on the SAP Help Portal). This Sample Data for BI Tutorial package contains the sample data required to go through the step-by-step BI tutorial.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Enterprise Data; With a centralised Enterprise Data Warehouse, people will find the right information, related information is connected and collaboration and information exchange between people works.
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.0 - ETL and EII ETL and EII describe two common ways for accessing data from any source systems. ETL is typically used to consolidate and integrate it in a data warehouse; the source data is physically copied and transformed. EII (often also denoted as federated query) is the real-time approach that access data directly - without a redundant physical data store. This presentation describes both concepts that are based on SAP Business Warehouse technology.
  • This SAP NetWeaver BI Administration Cockpit presentation explains how the task of monitoring the complex Enterprise Data Warehouse is simplified with the use of the portal-based BI Administration Cockpit. The Demo BI Administration Cockpit shows the new BI Administration Cockpit of SAP NetWeaver BI delivered with SAP NetWeaver BI7.0. It highlights how the new Portal based admin cockpit supports easy administration of complex Enterprise Data Warehouses with One Central Access to the most important BI monitoring information. The demo exhibits the convenience of tracking the status of BI objects and operations through the easy to use graphical display of statistics. Also, it focuses on showing how one can navigate directly to the detailed information about the BI objects and operations for optimizing the performance of BI activities. BI Administration Cockpit & Technical Content outlines the easy administration for complex Enterprise Data Warehouses using the BI Administration Cockpit
  • Data Modeling and Frontend Design: read here about the best practices used by SAP's internal Business Content development teams to model data and to develop reporting interfaces.
  • SAP MaxDB - The SAP Database System - SAP MaxDB is the database management system developed and supported by SAP AG. It has its focus on the requirements of SAP customers and SAP applications and can be used as a less expensive alternative to databases from other vendors for your own or third-party applications as well. It is a competitive database management system for medium to large server configurations and also a convincing offering for a desktop or laptop database management system, as SAP MaxDB is very easy to install.
  • Enterprise Data Warehousing Documentation - The online help for  SAP NetWeaver 7.0 provides information for both developers and system administrators. E.g. get the details about the Data Warehouse Concept or read the instructions for first development and ensure quality.

SAP Business Warehouse 7.0

Enhancement Package 1 (SAP BW 7.01)

  • Read the details about the new features in the areas of Data Warehousing, BI Platform and BI Suite (Business Explorer) and additional development technologies in the SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP1 BI in the Help Portal
  • Learn  from the New BW Features List: What's New for BW with SAP Enhancement Package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 what new features were added to the data warehousing capabilities of SAP Business Warehouse 7.0. Find detailed updates about the integration with SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver. Furthermore, this document also lists changes brought to the reporting, query, and analysis capabilities of the SAP Business Explorer suite
  • One of the requirements to implement all new SAP BusinessObjects senarios like the improved usage of the BusinessObjects portfolio or the new innovative combined Search Solution require the update/implementation of the recent for all customers released SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Enhanchement Package 1 (EhP1). In this session Worldtour 2009 - Implementing NetWeaver EhP1 - Best Practice you will get on one hand all new benefits with EhP1 for your SAP BI Solution and on the other hand Best Practice insights for the fast and disruptive update to EhP1 to enable the next level of SAP BusinessObjects product portfolio integration.
  • In the session Important Housekeeping Principles for keeping your SAP NetWeaver BW in good shape you will learn about various housekeeping activities that should be part of the operational concept of your Enterprise Data Warehouse. These housekeeping activities will support you in removing unwanted and unneeded data as well as unused metadata. Scheduling these activities regularly in the system will ensure optimum utilization of system resources while at the same time increasing the overall system performance.
  • Xcelsius Integration: You can use BEx queries or query views as data sources for visualizations (dashboards) that you create using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise. You open the queries and query Vvews with the BEx Open Dialog in Xcelsius. In the Data Manager, the area of Xcelsius that organizes data connections, there is a new connection: SAP NetWeaver BI connection. It is possible to create a visualization (Dashboard) with multiple SAP NetWeaver BI connections from a BI system. The visualizations are saved using the BEx Save Dialog on the BI server and can be transported and translated like BI objects. Navigation in the data is reduced to filters and variables. Unlike the analysis table in the BEx Web Applications, the table in the visualization is static. For more information see the SDN Wiki Xcelsius 2008 and SAP NetWeaver BW Connection  and in the SAP Help Pages
  • The blog Better Performance For Universe-Based Access To BW introduces two new pieces of development shipping with BW 7.01 SPS3 that significantly improve the performance when using Business Objects WebIntelligence on top of BW.
  • In the blog SQL Access to BW via Data Federator a number of improvements have been discussed regarding universe-based access to BW infoproviders. One major new option is that it is now possible to access BW infoproviders via SQL. Technically, this has been achieved via Business Objects's Data Federator (DF) that includes SQL engine running on top of federated data sources - one of those can be a BW 7.01 system. This blog provides some more insights into that approach.
  • Faster Universe-Based Access To BW via MDX: Business Objects's semantic layer can expose cubes as OLAP universes to client tools like WebIntelligence (or WebI for short). This applies to OLAP servers like Microsoft's Analysis Services or Hyperion's Essbase but also to SAP BW. There is a component called OLAP Data Access (ODA) that retrieves data via MDX - a query language for multi-dimensional data sources. In the case of BW, the ODA component connects to BW's OLAP BAPI. This connection has now been optimized and streamlined in order to improve the interoperability. This blog gives some insight in what has been done and what the effects are. It complements the blog on the two options to access BW data via universes.
  • Read about the additional changes to the documentation for SAP Enhancement Package 1 for SAP NW 7.0 in the Release Notes for Usage Type BI
  • Learn more about the content and the availability of the SAP Enhancement Package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0

SAP Business Warehouse  7.0

Enhancement Package 2 (SAP NW BW 7.02)

For the standalone usage of the Business Warehouse Software of SAP NetWeaver 7.0 this Enhancement Package does not deliver major features.

  • Most of the enhancements originally planned for Enhancement Package 2 are also available with Enhancement Package 1.
    Please read note 1461962 with more detailed information supporting you in release and upgrade planning for your BW systems.
  • See the full picture of the SAP Enhancement Package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0
  • Upgrade to SAP BW 7.30 with SAP SEM Add-On:
    • If you are choosing to implement SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP BW 7.0 in combination with  SEM BW 6.05, please be aware that SAP SEM is not supporting the future upgrade to SAP BW 7.3.
    • The planned official upgrade path for SEM BW 6.05 based on SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP BW 7.0  is the merge of the SAP ERP/SAP NetWeaver development with SEM BW 7.36 and SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP BW 7.3. SEM BW 7.36  is planned to be generell available in Q2 2012 with the SAP Buisness Suite 7i 2011.
    • For more information regarding the upgrade scenarios please see the presentation Upgrade to NetWeaver BW 7.30 - Technical Aspects (slide 6 and following) and the note 1531022- Deployment options for SAP SEM based on SEM-BW 6.04
  • The following Links to the SAP Service Marketplace provide further information for customers interrested in SAP Enhancement Package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0:
    • SAP Help Portal
    • Support Package Stacks: All information about planned and available Support Package Stacks for SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 can be found on SAP Support Portal at quick link /sp-stacks -> SP Stack Information  -> select SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0.
    • Release Notes: The Release Notes for SAP enhancement package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0, which describe the new functions and changes, are available on the SAP Help Portal  -> SAP NetWeaver 7.0 including enhancement package 2 -> What's New - Release Notes.

SAP Business Warehouse  7.0

Enhancement Package 3 (SAP NW BW 7.03)

For the standalone usage of the Business Warehouse Software of SAP NetWeaver 7.0 this Enhancement Package does not deliver major features.

Operational Analytics is delivered by SAP with Business Suite 7 Innovations 2011.

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