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This blog post provides SAP Business Warehouse customers a checklist that they can use in the preparation of their project, and during the actual SAP BW conversion. The checklist contains the various conversion paths, and their individual steps in different tabs, including the corresponding SAP notes. The checklist is in no way intended as a substitute for a dedicated project plan, but rather to provide support in terms of effort orientation. For initial project planning and rough structuring, it makes sense to think through all project parts one by one. The checklist is available for download as an attachment to SAP Note 2383530. Hint: For better readability click on the individual project phase figures shown below.

General Information

SAP BW/4HANA is SAP’s next generation data warehouse solution. It is a new product, built entirely on SAP HANA. When a company wants to install SAP BW/4HANA, the question arises of which method is most appropriate. Generally, the “greenfield approach” (new installation of the system) or the “in-place conversion”, “remote conversion”, “shell conversion” (existing BW system) come into question. The third method is Landscape Transformation, which consolidates several systems with different master data. In this blog post you can read more about the different conversion paths, and in this blog post you will get an overview of useful webinar series regarding the conversion processes.

Regardless of the type of migration, the Simplification List and the Conversion Guide are suitable as a starting point. The Simplification List describes the differences between SAP BW 7.x and SAP BW/4HANA. The individual notes explain what needs to be done in the conversion process. The purpose of the Simplification List is to support customers in converting their system from SAP Business Warehouse to SAP BW/4HANA. The Conversion Guide is the end-to-end documentation of a conversion to SAP BW/4HANA. In addition to the first steps, the document also describes the various paths of the conversion so that readers can get an idea of the tasks and challenges.

In-Place Conversion

In-Place Conversion: General Sequence

In-Place Conversion: (T1) System Requirements

In-Place Conversion: (T2) Maintenance Planner

In-Place Conversion: (T3) Pre-Checks

In-Place Conversion: (T4) Custom Code Check

In-Place Conversion: (T5) In-Place Conversion

In-Place Conversion: (T6) System Conversion

In-Place Conversion: (T7) Post Conversion Tasks


Remote Conversion

Remote Conversion: General Sequence

Remote Conversion: (T1) System Requirements

Remote Conversion: (T2) Maintenance Planner

Remote Conversion: (T3) Pre-Checks

Remote Conversion: (T4) Custom Code Check

Remote Conversion: (T5) System Provisioning

Remote Conversion: (T6) Remote Conversion

Remote Conversion: (T7) Post Conversion Tasks

Remote Conversion: (T8) Go-Live


Shell Conversion

Shell Conversion: General Sequence

Shell Conversion: (T1) System Requirements

Shell Conversion: (T2) Maintenance Planner

Shell Conversion: (T3) Pre-Checks

Shell Conversion: (T4) Custom Code Check

Shell Conversion: (T5) System Provisioning

Shell Conversion: (T6) Shell Conversion

Shell Conversion: (T7) Post Conversion Tasks

Shell Conversion: (T8) Go-Live


SAP BW/4HANA Conversion Note Analyzer: Which XML do I need for which conversion scenario?

At certain project steps, different XML files need to be maintained in the system using the SAP Note Analyzer. The following table outlines which XML file is relevant at which point in time.



Converting an SAP BW system to SAP BW/4HANA is not a simple process. SAP offers appropriate services, and tools where possible to guide customers through the process. However, these tools are not intended to standardize badly designed models or legacy systems. In every conversion there is a need for redesign, and manual adjustments.

Additionally, check out this blog post with technical details regarding SAP BW/4HANA conversion, and attend SAP Training “BW4HC: System Conversion to SAP BW/4HANA”. I also recommend to visit the following SAP Wiki page regularly. This site informs you about new developed features for SAP BW/4HANA conversion.

Please let us know, if you have any specific questions. SAP's Chief Product Expert for SAP BW/4HANA Conversion, and Solution Architects are directly involved in this topic.

Thanks to my colleagues Udo, Uwe, Eduard, and Frank for the excellent cooperation, and all their important input.

Best regards,