A BW Workspace is a dedicated area in a BW system where new models can be created based on central BW and local data (e.g. flat files). Workspaces can be maintained and controlled by IT and used by local departments to react quickly to new and changing requirements. Workspaces can bridge the gap between central governance requirements and local flexibility needs.
SAP BW Workspaces are available with SAP BW 7.3 SP 5 and higher:
With SAP HANA 1.0 running as a database for SAP BW 7.3 SP 5 (and higher)
With SAP BW Accelerator 7.2
SAP BW Workspaces are available with BW Accelerator as well, however they should only be used with BW Accelerator in limited scenarios where the scope has been tested thoroughly and where functional and performance expectations are met.
Since the BW Accelerator is in maintenance mode, no significant improvements concerning functions, performance and scalability can be expected.
With SAP powered by SAP HANA the BW Workspace functionality has been significantly improved to support further and more complex scenarios.
Therefore it is clearly recommended to consider the migration to SAP HANA to make full use of the flexibility and agility offered by the BW Workspaces.
The following article series appeals to different user types. This will be mentioned in the summary of each article.