SAP Launches Data Warehousing Platform


SAP is launching a new data warehousing platform to go alongside its SAP HANA service. The data warehouse offering will be available as an on-premise deployment and will also be available on the Amazon cloud and the SAP HANA enterprise cloud. The company plans to offer additional built-in integrations with other cloud service providers in the future.

The company says the platform was created in response to demand from SAP HANA customers. SAP BW/4HANA will provide an open data warehousing environment for rapid application development, a modern user interface, advanced multitemperature data handling and support for cloud-ready offerings including AWS and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, with other third-party cloud platforms expected to follow.

SAP is offering new data modeling techniques on the platform as well as a more streamlined data warehouse object model. Business applications, including those based on SAP S/4HANA, will be able to leverage a prebuilt data warehouse or more standard, SQL-based development environment as well.

In addition, SAP BW/4HANA will provide the ability to connect to the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud solution, which offers an environment for visualization, storytelling and data exploration. As a result, SAP BW4HANA comes with built-in connectivity to SAP Digital Boardroom. Coinciding with the launch of SAP BW/4HANA, SAP has issued a new certification for AWS’s memory-optimized X1 instances. The new certification covers scale-out deployments up to 7 nodes totaling 14 TB of memory. The certification process is the latest step in SAP’s partnership with AWS.

SAP BW/4HANA will also integrate live streaming and time-series sensor data collected from Internet of Things environments via smart data streaming, an event stream processing option in SAP HANA.

The new platform will be released to customers on September 7.