Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What is embedded BW?

There is an embedded version of BW available as of NetWeaver 7.0. This means for any SAP NetWeaver based system like ECC 6.0, CRM 7.0, SCM, Solution Manager including SAP Business Suite and S4/HANA there is a BW available inside.

Primarily the  embedded BW shall be used within scenarios that are implemented in host system (ECC, CRM etc.) like embedded reporting scenarios (by leveraging BW's Analytic Manager (OLAP engine)) or embedded planning processes (leveraging BW's planning engine) however it is still full blown BW system. As per SAP they do not advise to use it as enterprise data warehouse.
Below are restrictions that are given by SAP while using the embedded BW:

1. Amount of data - shall not exceed 20% of total data volume in the system. If this happens there is probably a negative impact on core system functions.

2. Licenses – you may require license to run embedded BW in your NetWeaver system.

3. Security - it uses different authorization concept (BW one over classic concept used in ECC)

How to enable the embedded BW? Couple of activities shall be done in order to make the embedded BW work. This includes:
Assign Logical System Client – table RSADMINA
Set BW Namespaces to Modifiable - /BI0/* and /BIC/*
Activation of technical content
Switch On Business Function

More information:
1972819 - Setup SAP BPC optimized for S/4 HANA Finance and Embedded BW Reporting (aka Integrated Business Planning for Finance)

1919631 - Activating the BPC embedded

Monday, February 6, 2017

SAP S/4HANA editions / versions

In this post I try to summarize all versions of S4/HANA that are (or were) available per editions.

Last update:             23.08.2017

Release Name Release No                                 Release Date        Release Note

SAP S/4HANA On-Premises edition:
SAP S/4HANA 1610                                          Oct 15, 2016            2346431
SAP S/4HANA 1511 FPS02                                Nov 15, 2015           2214213
SAP S/4HANA 1511 FPS01                                Nov 15, 2015           2214213
SAP S/4HANA 1511                                          Nov 15, 2015           2214213
SAP S/4HANA Finance 1503                              Mar 15, 2015           N/A

SAP S/4HANA Cloud edition:                   
SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1708                                 Aug 11, 2017           2500088
SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1611                                 Nov 21, 2016           2388205
SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1608                                 Aug 12, 2016            2355076
SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1605                                 May 20, 2016           2314618

FPS = Feature Package Stack
Rel. Note = points to SAP Note; a type of Release Information Note (RIN)

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