SAP BW4HANA Pros

Srivatsav Andra - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP BW/4HANA Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
You can do hierarchical alert slicing and dicing out-of-box, which is not available in other solutions. I haven't come across that in Oracle or any other software provider.
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HW
Head of Enterprise Reporting & Analytics at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW.
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PN
BI Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We like that it is an SAP product, so we can easily connect with the SAP ERP system.
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RD
Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is that we can transform a huge amount of data and apply business logic as per the requirements.
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Wonjae BAE - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Managing Director at dfocus
We benefited from BW/4HANA's ability to utilize predefined content inside. We didn't need to start from scratch.
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Santosh Pallai - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP BPC Consultant at Tech Mahindra
The UI is completely new, beautiful, and user-friendly. There are some other helpful features like global filters and advanced tools. We can perform custom calculations easily From a technical perspective, the performance has been enhanced and optimized for a limited number of flows. The content settings are more advanced, and there are so many other features that I can't name them all.
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LV
Co-Founder at AVIC Software & Service
The solution is based on SAP ERP, so there's some business content already included. For customers who use SAP ERP, SAP BW4HANA is a good choice for their DW implementation.
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NM
Senior Strategy Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I like that it's quite quick.
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RM
Tech Director for SAP at Key Performance Consulting
The solution is useful for connecting with external systems.
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TT
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.
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SAP BW4HANA Cons

Srivatsav Andra - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP BW/4HANA Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
There's one area where the other vendors have an upper edge, which is the data lake. I think SAP is trying to figure out whether to stick with IQ, their own data lake solution, or push customers toward customer-preferred vendors, like Azure Data Lake, AWS, or any other provider.
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HW
Head of Enterprise Reporting & Analytics at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
They have taken out a few BW functionalities when they redesigned this. The way of multi-dimensional thinking and star schema got a little bit lost. It may be because of the cost, but certain functionalities that were previously implemented from the BW side should come back again in the whole product. It is a young product. It is version 2.0. In time, I'm pretty sure they will come back again because otherwise, it limits the potential of the product, and I have to do a lot of modeling towards that direction. For me, the analytics focus is too much. It is not cube-oriented in that way, so its functionality is limited. It is not really technically limited in the back end; it is more limited in the front end. It has a data-mining mindset for SQL developers. The navigational attributes should be easy. It needs to be built in models. I see the data mark cube or understanding that the composite provider needs to be models in a cube coming back. The multi-dimensional star schema approach and the reporting need to be done as well as possible to leverage the star scheme below. This is definitely not understood by many consultants and even composite providers for star schema. They always think in terms of flat tables, which is limiting. You need to build the right dimensions, objects, and so on. If you can build this in BW4HANA, then you have this understanding that BW4HANA is not forcing you in this direction, but it should force you a bit better in this direction. Maybe a few elements which were in use in BW should come back again. It would help the community to determine the direction to build on the cube. You can have maybe 50 elements, and then you can expand it to what you need by leveraging navigation. So far, this functionality is a little bit limited in the tool, and it is not thought through, but I think it will come. They should also be adding more capabilities for the transformation between different objects. In BW, this is currently limited, especially towards composite providers. It is a bit complex basically in the building. You have to have a lot of knowledge as well as know how to do it better because it is a bit different from BW. There is not too much expertise currently in the consulting markets. Many are trying to build something, but it may be based on their knowledge of what they have from the BW and HANA side. You have to find the right mix from both of them at this time. We also have HANA Native. These are our two different sync sources basically, and we have approaches to connect nicely, but it is hard to manage your team because a lot of coaching is required.
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PN
BI Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If I want to have good reporting, then I have to buy a separate license.
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RD
Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The speed of operations could be a little faster.
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Wonjae BAE - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Managing Director at dfocus
The solution is not easy to implement. It requires a lot of learning at the beginning.
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Santosh Pallai - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP BPC Consultant at Tech Mahindra
BW/4HANA could improve query optimization. For example, there could be an error message that pops up when you hover over it if any query fails. That would make it easier to find out what went gone wrong. Guided SAP help tools would make it easier for us to go forward.
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LV
Co-Founder at AVIC Software & Service
It's complicated to use. You need to spend a lot of time learning about it. The interface could be improved. It's not intuitive to build a data model and use their ETL tools.
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NM
Senior Strategy Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I would like more integration.
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RM
Tech Director for SAP at Key Performance Consulting
From a technical perspective, it could be even more related to legacy systems. The connectivity requirement is quite high and requires systems that are up-to-date.
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TT
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology.
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