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SAP HANA Database as Database for SAP NetWeaver BW

Use

SAP HANA is now available as a database for SAP NetWeaver BW.

You can find an overview of SAP HANA as database for SAP NetWeaver BW in the documentation about using the SAP HANA database.

The following sections provide an overview of the changed, enhanced and new functions:

Data Warehousing: Modeling

Function

Type of Change

Description

SAP HANA-Optimized InfoCube

New

You can now create standard InfoCubes optimized for use with the SAP HANA database and convert existing InfoCubes.

More information: SAP HANA-Optimized InfoCube

SAP HANA-Optimized DataStore Object

New

You can now create standard DataStore objects for use with the SAP HANA database and convert DataStore objects.

More information: SAP HANA-Optimized DataStore Object

Remodeling

Enhanced

The remodeling functionality also supports SAP HANA-optimized InfoCubes and SAP HANA-optimized DataStore objects. More information:

Remodeling a InfoCube

Remodeling a Data Store Object

VirtualProvider

New

A new type of InfoProvider is available, the VirtualProvider based on a SAP HANA model.

More information: Creating a VirtualProvider based on a SAP HANA model

Data Warehousing: Data Warehouse Management

Function

Type of Change

Description

Data Transfer Process

Enhanced

When using the SAP HANA database, changes to data are initially stored on the database in a delta index. You can use the Trigger Database Merge setting on the Update tab in the data transfer process to stipulate that the data is moved to the main index after successful processing of the request. If this is not advisable for whatever reason (load balancing), you can include the database merge in a process chain using the new process type Trigger for Database Merge.

More information: Triggering a Database Merge

DB Connect

Enhanced

You can use DB Connect to replicate data from any schema in the SAP HANA database to the BW (therefore into the BW schema) and to further process this data there.

More information: Transferring Data with DB Connect

Analytic Engine

Function

Type of Change

Description

SAP HANA Publishing Models

New

You can publish models that you have created in the SAP HANA database in the BW system.

More information: Publishing SAP HANA Models

Analytic Index/CompositeProvider in the APD

Enhanced

As a prerequisite for creating analytic indexes and CompositeProvidern, you can now also use a SAP HANA database instead of a BW Accelerator.

BW Workspace

New

BW Workspaces provide business users with the option of creating new models using central data from the BW system and local data, thus enabling them to react quickly to new and changing requirements.

More information: BW Workspace

Operations in the SAP HANA Database

changed

Calculating the exception aggregation for a single key figure in the SAP HANA database is now also possible for conversions before aggregation, but is no longer possible for quantity conversions.

More information: Operations in BWA

Planning Applications Kit

New

The SAP NetWeaver BW Planning Engine can have either read-only access to the SAP HANA database or can use internal database routines in the SAP HANA database for in-memory optimized planning via the Planning Application Kit.

More information: Planning Engine