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BW 7.40

Where should I start looking into BW 7.40? Where is the landing page?

Here is the SCN landing page with lots of information around this topic.

Is there an overview presentation that describes the main BW 7.40 features?

There is a overview presentation in SCN from BW Product Management.

This deck has also been presented in a webinar at SAPinsider. Here is the link to the recording.

Is BW 7.40 already available for customer?

Yes, the new BW features in NetWeaver 7.40 started to ship with SP05. BW 7.40 SP5 was released to customers on December 20th 2013.

Where can I find more detailed information about all new features in BW 7.40?

There is a detailed blog that lists and describes all BW on HANA sessions at SAP TechEd 2013 that cover all major BW 7.40 features in detail. The blog also provides a copy of the presentations.

Is there already an RKT learning map available for BW 7.4 SP5?

Yes. See following link.

Is there more information about the new Eclipse based modeling in BW 7.40?

In addition to the TechEd sessions above that cover that topic as well there is also a good blog in SCN.

Are 3.x BEx queries still supported with BW 7.4?

BEx runtime and the BEx tools from SAP BW 3.5 are not available in SAP NetWeaver 7.40.

What BusinessObjects BI Platform release is required to run on BW 7.4?

SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite 4.1 Support Pack 1 or BusinessObjects BI Suite 4.0 Support Pack 6 is mandatory. Lower SP levels do not incorporate the enhancements delivered with SAP NetWeaver 7.4.

Are there any new features in BW 7.4 for customer running BW not on HANA?

Even though most new BW features will focus on leveraging HANA's capabilities as we believe this will bring the most value and innovation to our customer, there are still features that also apply to customers running their BW 7.4 system on traditional databases. See the following link for more details about those features.

Is there more information on what is planned for each upcoming BW 7.4 ABAP support package?

Yes, please see following link.

HANA doesn't support ABAP and JAVA dual stack deployments. What about non-HANA deployments? Is dual stack still supported there?

No. With NetWeaver 7.4 there is no support for dual stack anymore. Before migrating to BW 7.4 dual stacks must be split. See following link for more information.

Are there any new capabilities in BW 7.4 that allow to manage petabytes of data?

See this showcase at TechEd 2013 where a ½ Petabyte and 2.5 PB of data is managed by one single BW system.

Is there any particular reason why an existing BW customer (on HANA and without HANA) should consider upgrading to BW 7.4?

Thomas Zurek, VP of BWoH Development, summarized the answer to this question in a nice blog.

Are there more details about the integration of SAP HANA Smart Data Access (SDA) and BW 7.4?

I heard about a BW 7.4 launch event during the SAP HANA conference in Orlando in March 2014. Where can I find more information about the content that was presented there?

See the following link where information about the launch event and related press coverage has been posted.

Is there a trial system that allows quick access to BW 7.4 on HANA?

Yes, absolutely. The BWoH Trial Offer has been very successful and is now also available with a BW 7.4 system.

Are there any demos or video clips that demonstrate the new features?

Please have a look to the BW Demo Video Page in SCN.

Where can I find more information about the new Eclipse based Query Designer?

The new Eclipse based Query Designer was released with BW 7.4 SP9. There is a detailed blog explaining and showing this new feature.

New Query Designer in Eclipse with SAP BW 7.4 powered by SAP HANA

What's the latest feature pack of BW 7.4?

SP8 and SP9 delivered a lot new functionality for BW 7.4. See the following link for an overview of all new features.

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