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Embedded BW


I heard about 'Embedded BW'. What is it?

Since NetWeaver 7.0, BW technology is automatically included inside a NetWeaver ABAP installation. This is true for ERP systems e.g. ECC 6.0 and higher and also others, e.g. CRM 7.0 and higher, etc. The BW technology that exists inside such an ABAP based system is called ‘Embedded BW’.

The Embedded BW is used in a few Business Suite scenarios such as:

  • a business process e.g. integrated business planning in the Financials AddOn for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA
  • or an embedded analytic scenario e.g. use of BW VirtualProviders for OLAP scenarios

Can I run my BW data warehouse in an embedded BW?

An embedded BW as part of a Business Suite installation is typically only used to leverage BW's Analytic Manager (aka OLAP engine) for embedded reporting scenarios or to leverage BW's planning engine for specific embedded planning processes. If you want to build an Enterprise Data Warehouse we highly recommend to deploy a separate BW instance to be able to leverage the full potential and capabilities of SAP BW on HANA.

Where can I find a more detailed use case explanation when it comes to integration between S/4HANA and (embedded BW).

Please have a look to the following deck that describes integration scenarios in detail.