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Review – SAP BW/4 Hana: An Introduction

In 2016, SAP announced it was taking data warehousing to the next level with the introduction of SAP BW/4HANA. Almost immediately people clamored for more information on the solution: What it is? What does it do? How is it better than the current SAP BW software available?

SAP Press’ latest book is the introduction you need to this solution, dubbed the “data warehouse of the future.” We were able to read an advance copy of SAP BW/4 Hana: An Introduction and we recommend it to anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of BW/4 Hana (BW/4).

What will you learn?

A good dose of everything. Understand what you need in order to get BW/4 Hana up and running—match your system against the exact hardware specifications and service pack levels required.

Then learn how to deploy the solution in two use cases—on-premise or in the cloud—before diving into the new data models introduced in this solution. Take a look at the SAP and third-party tools you can use to report and analyze your data, and how you can connect your system to external data sources.


The book’s 427 pages benefit from the expertise of six business intelligence experts from Comerit. The group takes you on a journey through data models, automated data lifecycle management, installation and deployment, security, administration, and more.

The 12-chapter introduction includes step-by-step instructions for installation and setup, tips for keeping your BW/4 Hana system from being bogged down, and information on how it takes advantage of SAP’s lightning-fast Hana database to make your data flow faster than ever before, in real time!

Who is this book for?

If you searched the internet frantically for more information following BW/4 announcement last year, it’s for you. If you’re just starting the search for information right now, it’s for you.

Or if you’re not sure if BW/4 is the right fit for your company, it’s for you. The book does a great job covering the differences between this new solution and SAP BW powered by Hana, so you can learn just why this solution is the next big thing.

You can find the book on the SAP Press website and read a sample chapter by clicking on the “Browse the Book” button beneath the book’s cover.

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