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Last Changed: 9th of March 2023

SAP BW/4 HANA 2021 - 3rd Generation in Sync with SAP S/4


With SAP BW/4HANA 2021 the "3rd Generation" of SAP BW/4HANA, the main SAP on-premise  Flagship Products together with SAP S/4HANA 2021 are now in sync in the usage of the underlying NetWeaver Technology.

If you still ask yourself, why SAP BW/4HANA? see the Blog - why SAP BW/4HANA?
SAP Data Warehouse Strategy - The Intelligent Enterprise

SAP BW/4HANA 2021 in a Nutshell

  • Blog - SAP BW/4HANA 2021 SP04: Renovating ODP Extraction in HANA Runtime

  • Availability of the Add-Ons BPC 2021 and BCS/4 3.0 also with the Release of SP01 for SAP BW/4HANA 2021

  • SAP BW/4HANA 2021 is the start Release for the SAP BW Bridge into the SAP Cloud World

  • SAP BW/4HANA 2021 is the preferred SAP Data Warehouse Solution fitting to all S/4HANA

  • SAP BW/4HANA 2021 is enabled for BI-JAVA (BEx Web Broadcaster) again!

  • Releases using CDS Extraction and optimized Enterprise-ready Staging Layers

  • Continuously further Development of BW/4 Functionality (7.50 BWoH further development stopped in 2013)

  • Improved SAC Support (compared to BWoH 7.50 and BW/4 1.0)

  • Several Improvements in the NetWeaver Software Layer (under the Hood) since 7.50 like HTTP2, CORS and more.

  • The BW/4 Administration Cockpit is based on the latest SAP UI Technology (7.56)

  • Deeper Integration with SAP Data Intelligence (Hyperscaler Version)

  • New and improved Development for the DBACOCKPIT and SAP IQ as secondary Database used for NLS/DT (Cold Store) and ILM, in sync with the Improved DTO enhancements

  • Transaction SNOTE – Revamp 2021

  • SAP HANA Studio 2.0 SP06 and SAP Eclipse Add-On’s

SAP BW/4HANA 2021 - Software Evolution Stack

SAP S/4HANA 2021 - Software Evolution Stack

Despite my Motto: "Hell, I can remember three things at the time", which is also incorporated in  Fabian's Blog - My Top 3 picks on the SAP BW/4HANA 2021 Release, there is much more Beef as you might think in this Release.

Version SP-Level Current SP (12/2022) Support
SAP BW 7.40 26 SAPKW74026 until End of 2020
SAP BW 7.50 25 SAPK-75022INSAPBW until End of 2027
SAP BW/4 1.0 20 SAPK-10020INDW4CORE until End of 2021
SAP BW/4 2.0 13 SAPK-20010INDW4CORE until End of 2024
SAP BW/4 2021 4 SAPK-30001INDW4CORE commitment until 2040

Upgrade or Greenfield - SAP BW/4HANA 2021

In Terms of Upgrade, this is a straight way forward as already described in the Blog - Upgrade SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 – the time is now …. If you are coming from a System Migration to BWoH 7.50 and want to convert to SAP BW/4HANA 2021, you will already touch the compete ABAP Code and the System in a good health state. Never the less, various Task Lists are available for pre/post Upgrade Activities and BW Housekeeping.

the Blog - Upgrade SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 – the time is now … can be used for Details as well

Maintenance Planner - all BW/4 Add-Ons available

SUM 2.0 SP12 or higher - no special Version needed

Fill component table based on stack '/download/MP_Stack_2001277172_2022032_B4H_lt5088_022022.xml' with SID 'B4H' and INSTNO 'SAP-INTERN'
Set component BCS4HANA "200" "0008" -> "300" "0000".
Set component PCAI_ENT "100" "0000000000" -> "" "".
Set component BW4CONTB "200" "0009" -> "200" "0000".
Set component BW4CONT "200" "0009" -> "200" "0000".
Set component SAP_UI "754" "0008" -> "756" "0002".
Set component DW4CORE "200" "0010" -> "300" "0001".
Set component UIBAS001 "400" "0007" -> "700" "0001".
Set component ST-PI "740" "0016" -> "740" "0017".
Set component NXI "300" "0014" -> "300" "0016".
Set component SAP_GWFND "753" "0007" -> "756" "0001".
Set component SAP_BASIS "753" "0007" -> "756" "0001".
Set component SAP_ABA "75D" "0007" -> "75G" "0001".
Set component BPC4HANA "200" "0008" -> "300" "0000".

Check SAP Note 3073543 - create SAPup_add.par

Note 3073543 - Central Note - Software Update Manager 2.0 SP13 [lmt_021]

With the Greenfield (fresh Install) nothing has changed as well from the initial Setup. See the Document - SAP First Guidance – complete functional scope (CFS) for SAP BW/4HANA


the next Version of SAP BPC 2021 and BCS/4

Now you can use the SAP BW-IP/PAK planning model without an SAP BPC Add-On installation.  However, all planning models (SAP BW-IP/PAK, SAP BPC Embedded Model and SAP BPC Standard Model) need an SAP BPC license. 

Image above created and owned by SAP HDA Planning & Analytics, Product Management

see the Blog - SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) Strategy
Note 1330000 - SAP BW/4HANA, Business Consolidation Add-On ( "BCS/4HANA" )
the next Version for SAP BW/4HANA 2021 is expected for Q1/2022

SAP BW Bridge with SAP BW/4HANA 2021

SAP BW/4HANA 2021 allows a seamless integration via the SAP BW Bridge to connect the SAP on-remise World to the SAP Cloud without boundaries.

Roadmap - SAP BW Bridge
Blog - Announcement: Introducing SAP BW Bridge for Data Warehouse Cloud
Blog - SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, BW bridge – Value Proposition

introducing the SAP BW Bridge

SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP BW bridge. Overview of data integration

Blog - SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP BW bridge: Overview and Technical Deep Dive
Sea Park Consultancy - What is BW Bridge (within Data Warehouse Cloud)?!
SAP Help - Releasing Analytic Queries for Use in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Note 2399707 - Simplification Item Check
Note 2575059 - SAP Readiness Check for SAP BW/4HANA and SAP DWC, SAP BW Bridge
Note 3141688 - Conversion from SAP BW or SAP BW/4HANA to SAP DWC, SAP BW Bridge


the best fit - SAP BW/4 and S/4 HANA

as already published in the Blog - Upgrade to SAP S/4HANA 2020 – time to change the combination of SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 and SAP S/4HANA 1*09 and 2020 is the Heard of any on-premise Customer BTP Landscape. Data Extraction via ODP either  classical Extractors or ABAP CDS-Views and the pre-defined Data Layer based on the BW/4 Business Content 2.0 (also used in SAP BW/4HANA 2021). More Details can be found in the SAP BW/4 Modelling Guide.

Blog - SAP Cloud Integration into SAP BW/4HANA
SAP Help - SAP BW/4HANA Content Add-On

optimized Source System Types for SAP S/4 and HANA

SAP BW/4HANA 2021 supporting the BTP

Blog - SAP Guardians of the Data Galaxy

SAP Guardians of the Data Galaxy - The Fab Five


SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BW/4HANA 2021

SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 and higher is benefitting from the underlying NetWeaver Technology especially when it comes to the live connection to SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), see also the SAP Analytics Cloud Connection Guide.

direct live connection to SAP Analytics Cloud

The Document - SAP First Guidance – Implement SAP BW/4HANA in the Azure Cloud already contains all the necessary steps for live connection Setup and the Blog - SAP MacGyver - Installing SolMan 7.2 contains the correct ICM Parameters and STRUST(SSO2) settings for ABAP.

SAP Community - SAP Analytics Cloud
SAP Help - SAP Analytics Cloud

Blog - next Mystery solved – proper SAC Connection
Blog - SAP Cloud Integration into SAP BW/4HANA

tx.  /n/UI2/FLP_CUS_CONF

BEx Web Broadcaster available with SAP BW/4 2021



Note 3094594 – Enable SAP IQ for DBACOCKPIT
Note 3123892 – New features for DBACOCKPIT on SAP IQ (TCI for SAP_BASIS release 750 SP11-22 and 753 ...

starting with SAP Basis 7.56 SP01 and the corresponding equal Support Packages for lower SAP Basis Release the new and improved DBACOCKPIT for SAP IQ will be available. This perfectly fits to the improvements of DTO (cold store) and nearline storage (NLS)

Blog - enable SAP IQ for DBACOCKPIT
Blog - How to Capture Historical Database and DB Space Sizes in SAP HANA Cloud, data lake and SAP IQ


improved DTO functionality with SAP BW/4HANA 2021 (NLS still possible)

improved DTO functionality with SAP BW/4HANA 2021

SAP Help - SAP IQ as a Near-Line Storage Solution (SAP BW/4HANA 2021)

Blog - Using exceptional updates in SAP BW/4HANA (straggler management)


transaction SNOTE - Revamp 2021

already available with SAP Basis 7.55 SP03 and higher, e.g. initial release of SAP Basis 7.56 is the complete Revamp of transaction SNOTE for a much better support of any kind of SAP Corrections, TCI and the organization of your SAP Corrections.

Blog - Note Analyzer – Revamp 2021

complete Revamp 2021 of transaction SNOTE

SAP Note Analyzer integrated in transaction SNOTE


SAP BW/4 Modelling Tools running SAP Machine

the new Versions of the Eclipse Add-On's BW-MT and AiE are now completely compiled with JDK11, as there a incompatibles between JDK8 and JDK11. SAP Customer's can use the long time supported Version of the SAP Machine to replace Oracle's JAVA Development Kit.
the SAP HANA Studio 2.0 is fully compatible with the latest Eclipse Versions.

Blog - SapMachine and SAP HANA Studio

latest SAP Eclipse Add-On's with Studio 2.3.62 (SP06)


Conclusion - SAP BW/4HANA 2021 - up in the Air

SAP BW/4HANA 2021 doesn't looks like a offensive Marketing pitch. Never the ness, SAP BW/4HANA 2021 delivers many useful features and supportability which will help the SAP End User massively in their daily work and in the simplification of existing tasks.


if the SAP TechEd Cat would knew this earlier ...


Roland Kramer, SAP Platform Architect for Intelligent Data & Analytics


“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”


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