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SAP BW4HANA is #7 ranked solution in top Data Warehouse tools. PeerSpot users give SAP BW4HANA an average rating of 7.8 out of 10. SAP BW4HANA is most commonly compared to Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics: SAP BW4HANA vs Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics. SAP BW4HANA is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 73% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 29% of all views.
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What is SAP BW4HANA?

Streamline processes and support innovations with a single, trusted source for real-time insights. Based on SAP HANA, our next-generation data warehouse solution can help you capitalize on the full value of all your data from SAP applications or third-party solutions, as well as unstructured, geospatial, or Hadoop-based.

SAP BW4HANA was previously known as SAP BW/4HANA.

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What users are saying about SAP BW4HANA pricing:
  • "The SAP HANA application still hasn't been leveraged to the fullest extent, but it's a five-year enterprise license."
  • "We started as early birds from the SAP side. We got this entire suite for free. I cannot really talk about the price because we didn't have to pay anything."
  • "SAP BW/4HANA is expensive."
  • "In general, it's quite expensive."
  • "As an investment, the solution is very expensive."
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    Srivatsav Andra - PeerSpot reviewer
    SAP BW/4HANA Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
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    Enables customers to consolidate data across the organisational onto an single platform for enterprise analytics
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    SAP BW/4HANA acts as a singular point of service for the enterprise data warehousing platform in order to consolidate and generate single source of truth for the organizational-wide and reporting & analytics solution. 

    Initial Go-Live of the solution was on an on-premise edition, recently transitioned to an IAAS solution hosted on a hyperscaler. The current version of the solution is on version 2.0.   

    Currently, there are more than 1000 users. On a weekly basis, there are around 500 users who access the analytical reports and dashboards through the system to make informed business decisions, ad-hoc reporting and analytics is performed by using the Analysis for Microsoft Office package, Microsoft Power BI is visualization/dashboarding tool. 

    The user base is active and extensive, the user base is business centric, We conduct training sessions whenever there is a rollout of business requirements, and then users are brought on board. We give them detailed end-to-end training on how to leverage the tool. There's an infrastructure team that supports the application.

    What is most valuable?

    SAP provides an out-of-box preconfigured business content information models, metadata solution for various lines of business. It can be customized,  enhanced based on the customer's business process and industry. That's one feature that isn't available in any other data warehousing solution.

    You can do hierarchical data slicing and dicing out-of-box, which is not available in other solutions. I haven't come across that in Oracle or  any other data warehouse software provider.

    It is a rich toolset, can connect to any kind of source system, whether it's structured, semi-structured, or unstructured. You can also do historical trend analysis and real-time reporting.

    What needs improvement?

    There's one area where other data warehousing vendors have an upper edge, i.e., data lake and big data analytics. SAP 's own data lake solution, SAP IQ is still trying to match the market leaders in this area, still all long way to go before it can compete with the other vendors. Majority of customers according to Gartner peer review insights are preferring established SaaS based platforms, i.e. AWS, DatabricksMicrosoft Azure Data Lake, or other providers. These vendors have been making rapid strides compared to SAP, it is trying hard to bridge the gap with other vendors in this area.

    The ever evolving information technology landscape within organizations across the world is becoming vendor, and technology agnostic and cloud first. SAP needs to  embrace an open environment, by opening up its crown jewel in EDW, SAP BW/4 solution to third party applications like Azure Synapse Analytics, AWS Redshift, or Google Big Query, and other cloud connectors, open-source APIs to connect natively, this will surely enable it to become the next generation enterprise warehouse solution. Many customers are currently relying on third party integration solutions to integrate data from disparate data sources with SAP BW/4 solution.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for over five years.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    SAP Business Warehouse solution has been around for more than two decades, it has remained as one of the best products to come of out SAP AG, Waldorf. It has been evolving steadily and in line with SAP's overall enterprise data warehouse strategy roadmap. SAP recommends having an overall enterprise-wide consolidated data warehouse solution, which would be the single source of truth for all reporting requirement, i.e. financial, sales, workforce, departmental, procurement reporting.

    Setting up the system might  take a little longer and be more complex, considering the size of the organization and the maturity of the organization. Once it's up and running, it's smooth.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    With the current architecture, SAP BW/4HANA and Microsoft Azure acting as the IAAS platform, the compute and memory has become very elastic.  SAP HANA being an in-memory engine, it can scale-out without any major bottlenecks, wherein one could add more compute and memory whenever necessary with a quick turnaround time, which eventually translates into better performance at the application layer.

    We have plans to increase usage, currently, a big program is being undertaken, there are various departments within the organization who are moving onto the latest operational system, which is SAP S/4HANA. Once the entire operational system is consolidated, there will be thousands of users who will be leveraging the solution. They might split the whole data warehousing solution, so it might be a cluster data warehouse solution, and then an agency data warehouse solution, based on the user footprint and performance.

    The customer has about 80,000 employees. You never know what might happen. Every employee might have access to the system at one point in time. I haven't heard of any other project where 80,000 people are accessing the solution at one time and there's no performance impact. No system is 100% perfect.

    How are customer service and support?

    We have a business-as-usual support team. Within our team itself, there is a person who does the business-as-usual support and provides application support, security support, user authorization support, etc. Every other aspect within BAU is handled by a couple of other people on the team.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward, the program envisioned a single analytics platform, wherein the overall departmental and agency reporting could be realized, SAP BW/4HANA solution was chosen after initial market evaluation by the program.

    It took about eight to nine months to bring on board the major line of businesses, like finance, HR, procurement, and the supply chain. There was major consolidation of various departments, various agencies were brought on board to the operational system in phases. Eventually, they were all consolidated onto the single data warehousing solution.

    The initial strategy was to set up the cluster and agency analytical reporting for the major line of businesses, like finance and HR, later eventually roll out the reporting to other business areas, like procurement, asset accounting, marketing, and so on, within the whole of the department.

    Currently, the analytics team consists of ten people, including contractors and permanent staff. There are 2 front-end reporting specialists, an architect, and senior specialist and junior resources who handle the overall backend build within the data warehousing and then expose the artifacts to the reporting tool for consumption.

    What about the implementation team?

    Implementation was done in-house, but there were various third party contractors and vendors that were brought on board. I'm an independent contractor on the project.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The SAP HANA application still hasn't been leveraged to the fullest extent, but it's a multi-year enterprise license. They moved from on-premise to a IAAS solution that is hosted on Azure. They must have worked out some other licensing during this migration, but I'm not familiar with that.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution nine out of ten. 

    There are a few missing features, which are very much required now because of digital transformation. There are disparate systems, multi-stack systems, and multi-cloud hyperscaler involved. SAP can improve in that area and make this product a full-fledged data warehousing solution.

    My advice is that you need to have a well-informed and experienced team to roll out this kind of application. For instance, if it's a Greenfield implementation, you definitely need good business analysts, a good architect, and functional solution specialists who can translate the functional requirement to a detailed design. You also need a technical specialist who can design the solution and roll it out.

    If it's any other migration, there are a lot of other things you need to do, like convert all the third party legacy artifacts, connectors, and data. Apart from the technical challenges, aspects like change management, data migration, governance, security etc.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Head of Enterprise Reporting & Analytics at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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    Top 10
    Good capabilities, direct approach, and the right reporting tool for SAP companies
    Pros and Cons
    • "Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW."
    • "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."

    What is most valuable?

    Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW. 

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    SAP BW4HANA is a relatively new product from the SAP side, but we have been running almost a two years project now and moving from BW to BW4HANA. So, it is a completely new build of the entire environment. We just completed that in November last year.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We have used BW and HANA Native. BW4HANA is definitely much better than BW. It is also much better than HANA Native.

    How was the initial setup?

    It depends on your experience, the approach, and so on. I took over the project when it was already started. It had been running for two or three months. I would have approached it differently if I was there during the kickoff. It is challenging when you are too much focused on old products, and you don't have a good model in place or a good understanding of the business model. For me, it was not so difficult. I did it a lot in my former positions and during many years of experience in multidimensional data modeling, but for most of my colleagues and my team members, it was quite challenging because they had more experience in reporting subs, SQL subs, and so on and not so much experience in data modelings and so on. 

    In general, you need to acquire experience in this. There are not so many in the market. I also had a bad experience with consulting companies. I had to correct them and technically detail the process for how to do this.

    It is simply the mindset. When we approach it with the mindset of how it was done in BW or HANA, you get a process that is not really efficient. When object-oriented approaches are not taken into consideration, everything gets built a hundred times, and instead of being more object-oriented, it gets quite complex. It always requires good modeling and an understanding of the business requirements, which can be quite challenging.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    We started as early birds from the SAP side. We got this entire suite for free. I cannot really talk about the price because we didn't have to pay anything.

    What other advice do I have?

    It makes sense for all enterprise companies that currently have BW in place to move over because BW4HANA has more reasonable performance, and it helps you in getting reporting. An enterprise can manage the reporting on this one product. In my previous company, I had to do and review reporting for end-users at the aggregated management level, not only at the transactional level. 

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. It is definitely an eight for reporting low and high at the management level as compared to others, but it is also dependent on the design. I had to provide and I still need to provide a lot of things knowing how my former colleagues have approached those things. From my point of view, it is never always the product, it is the experience we have in the design and context. BW4HANA is definitely much better than BW. It is also much better than HANA Native. It is definitely the right tool in terms of reporting and security on top of the SAP companies. Most of the companies are SAP companies. If you need an additional reporting tool on top, this is a solution.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Transforms large volumes of data, good reporting, improves efficiency, and the support is good
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature is that we can transform a huge amount of data and apply business logic as per the requirements."
    • "The speed of operations could be a little faster."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a service provider and we provide SAP services to our clients. I am a consultant and I offer SAP BW4HANA as a data warehouse, used for retail business.

    The reports being generated by this product are used by the business to clarify profit and loss on the orders that they have placed.

    How has it helped my organization?

    If you have a large set of orders, it is very difficult to track and manage them. This product helps you to distinguish the processes and provides visibility such as checking where products are in the process at any given time.

    It provides information about billing, delivery, and all of the aspects related to an order. You can generate monthly reports or yearly reports, including charts, as needed.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is that we can transform a huge amount of data and apply business logic as per the requirements.

    What needs improvement?

    The speed of operations could be a little faster.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been working with SAP BW4HANA for approximately seven years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a very stable solution and we use it on a daily basis.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    SAP BW4HANA is scalable. We have approximately 5,000 users.

    How are customer service and support?

    The technical support is good.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I was not using another similar product prior to this one.

    How was the initial setup?

    With a deployment plan, it takes approximately a year and a half to complete. The complexity of the initial setup is such that we need help from SAP.

    The number of people required for deployment and maintenance depends on how big the project is. It takes between 30 and 40 people initially if it's a small to medium-sized project. For maintenance, 10 people would be enough.

    What about the implementation team?

    We required help from SAP for the implementation.

    What other advice do I have?

    We use this product in conjunction with the new solution, SAP Analytics Cloud.

    My advice for anybody who is considering SAP BW4HANA is that it's a very stable product, and if you are looking at a huge volume of data that you want to process daily or any similar kind of task, then this is definitely a good solution.

    At this point, I can't think of any additional features that I would like to see in the next release.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Wonjae BAE - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior Managing Director at dfocus
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Can be used more generally as a data warehouse and has the ability to utilize predefined content
    Pros and Cons
    • "We benefited from BW/4HANA's ability to utilize predefined content inside. We didn't need to start from scratch."
    • "The solution is not easy to implement. It requires a lot of learning at the beginning."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a consulting company, we use the solution for our client's organizations who have a basic requirement for KPI information.

    Our customers require KPIs to analyze their management. We use BW/4HANA to extract data and provide business intelligence for our customers that are using S/4HANA ERP.

    What is most valuable?

    SAP BW/4HANA can be used more generally as a data warehouse. Prior to BW/4HANA, BW classic could only work with SAP products, but S/4HANA can be used for any enterprise data warehouse and is no longer limited to SAP, but can also be used for legacy data or big data. The solution is more flexible than before.

    We benefited from BW/4HANA's ability to utilize predefined content. We didn't need to start from scratch.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution is not easy to implement. It requires a lot of learning at the beginning. I would like to see the features be simplified.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SAP BW/4HANA for five years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    SAP BW/4HANA is not a cloud version, it does not have auto-scaling functionality. It is scalable, but it is not automatic.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    In the past, for data warehousing, we used Oracle, Google BigQuery and AWS. For business intelligence, we used BusinessObjects as a solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    BW/4HANA is not easy to implement, it is complex. It requires four or five people to implement.

    Before, in BW classic, there is BW Workbench. Inside Workbench, we could do almost anything without needing to go to the database level. Now, the architecture has changed. We need to use Eclipse to model the data, making it more technical than before. It is difficult to train our customers.

    If an upgrade is needed, it takes about five months to implement, depending on what the client currently has. If we are implementing a new BW/4HANA from the beginning, it will take more time to analyze the requirements.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    SAP BW/4HANA is expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    SAP BW/4HANA did not require us to start from scratch as it utilizes predefined content inside.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Sr SAP Cloud Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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    Has all the data warehouse features, but licensing could be better

    What is most valuable?

    SAP BW/4HANA is the same as the old SAP BW system, except that it's being hosted on HANA. Nowadays, SAP HANA is coming out with all the data warehouse features. You don't have to have SAP BW on HANA, HANA itself can offer that. SAP as 4HANA itself is taking over because it supports both OLTP and OLAP transactions at the same time.

    What needs improvement?

    One thing is that it costs more because you have to acquire that license for the product, which itself is a waste. If you can do that without the product, that's one thing. And then the performance. Performance is never so good with the old model, BW model that SAP developed because you need to extract the data, you have to load it, you have to put it into cubes, and you have to build your own warehouse, then it's ready for reporting, which is a very convoluted process. It's a long journey and a tedious job every day, every week, but that's how the world was working for several years.

    If anything, they should only make it faster. You cannot blame the product completely because it depends on how well you built your cubes, as well as the database objects inside the data warehouse, and how efficient your SQL is.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for about three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The system has always been stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is fine. The limitation is not the product, but limitation is the hardware for HANA because HANA hardware is very expensive. Everyone has to be very cognizant about how much data is really required and what data needs to be pushed. Otherwise the hardware costs for HANA database is going to be very, very expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution a seven out of ten because it's not bad. The world has been running with the same product for several years, but now new products and new technologies are coming. They have their own challenges. That doesn't mean that this is bad.

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    On-premises
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    Santosh Pallai - PeerSpot reviewer
    SAP BPC Consultant at Tech Mahindra
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    UI is completely new, beautiful, and user-friendly
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using HANA for dashboarding. HANA is like a database for the system where we create dashboards using business planning and consolidation on AE4 and EPM. Five or six people are on the business warehouse team managing BW/4HANA, and I'm the architect, so I help them.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using BW4HANA for almost six or seven months now.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    BW/4HANA is quite stable unless we come up with different service sites.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    There are some old systems that have been discontinued, and it'll be challenging if you migrate completely to a new system. I'm not sure whether every organization wants to do that, but so I cannot speak to the scalability. 

    How was the initial setup?

    SAP BW/4HANA is easy to set up. It's a little tricky when it fails, but I did not find it challenging. You need to have all the help files installed before starting the setup. The deployment is fast.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I can't comment on the cost because it keeps changing based on the plan and company requirements. There are different procedures and corporate discounts.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate SAP BW/4HANA seven out of 10. It's user-friendly, so it's easy to get started on it.

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    Reliable, scalable, and has good support but they need more integration

    What is our primary use case?

    I was a developer.

    We use this solution for sales reporting and financial reporting.

    What is most valuable?

    I like that it's quite quick.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like more integration.

    Cost is a factor. It could be improved.

    The installation could be simplified.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SAP BW4HANA for seven years.

    The version that I dealt with was 7.4, and the company I am in now is using the latest version.

    I am just starting to use that now.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    SAP BW4HANA is very stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable solution. I don't have any issues with the scalability of this product.

    We have 200 to 300 users in our organization who use it.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have contacted technical support, they are generally very good.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I used standard reporting, which didn't meet our needs and we had to go through a data warehouse.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is quite complex.

    We are a worldwide team, we need quite a few people to manage this solution. We have a team of eight to manage this solution in Europe and close to the same to manage it in Asia. 

    We have a team of 14 or 15 to manage this solution worldwide.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    In general, it's quite expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution in certain circumstances, but for others, probably not. It all depends on what the use case was.

    I would rate SAP BW4HANA a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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    Associate Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable, scalable, and good performance, but expensive
    Pros and Cons
    • "Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance."
    • "Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use the solution in a data warehouse.

    What is most valuable?

    Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.

    What needs improvement?

    Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology. For example, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    There are no issues with scalability with this solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is complex.

    What about the implementation team?

    We used the SAP team to do the installation for us. We have a vendor who takes care of the maintenance of the server. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    As an investment, the solution is very expensive. We pay 72% every year to SAP. Additionally, we pay for support for the solution and a vendor to do maintenance.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I have evaluated Talend, Azure Cloud, and Google Cloud which have better features.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would not recommend the solution because they have not upgraded their technology.

    I rate SAP BW4HANA a seven out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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