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How Companies Extend SAP BW/4HANA to the Cloud

April 7, 2020

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Anthony Karge Anthony Karge
Anthony Karge is a Senior Solutions and Product Marketing Specialist in the SAP Digital Strategy Team.

SAP BW/4HANA has helped companies organize their data with powerful on-premise solutions. Now, with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud organizations and enterprises can extend the on-premise SAP BW/4HANA to the cloud for complete flexibility. See how leading organizations bridge on-premise and the cloud to create a hybrid data warehousing strategy.

 

 

The business case for exploring running their pilot projects in the cloud is clear. More flexibility, greater cost savings, and the ability to scale are just some of the many benefits. For companies looking to make this transformation, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is the go-to solution.

Organizations of all sizes have been deploying SAP Data Warehouse Cloud to extend the on-premise power of SAP BW/4HANA. For example, VELUX, the Danish maker of roof windows and skylights, deployed this solution to make the most of their on-premise investments as they extend to the cloud.

Learn how to extend your SAP BW/4HANA investment in this SAP Data Warehouse Cloud use case.

“SAP Data Warehouse Cloud can connect and integrate seamlessly with on-prem systems and in the future. If we wanted, we could move everything to the cloud, the system can handle it since it is an enterprise-grade data warehouse.

“So, it’s our choice. 'Hybrid' – no problem. 'All cloud' – no problem. ‘On-prem only’ – no problem with the larger SAP ecosystem. So basically, it’s win-win-win.”
– Andreas Madsen, Senior Data and & Analytics Partner at VELUX

Total Flexibility for SAP BW/4HANA Users

Not all organizations are at the same stage of their cloud transformation, nor do they want to be. The goals for the cloud vary. For some organization, it’s to bring only relevant business data to the cloud to empower business users. For others, the cloud is a place to bring together data from all various sources into one place.

Flexibility is important. That’s why using SAP Data Warehouse Cloud to extend SAP BW/4HANA offers total control. You can choose to move data from SAP BW/4 HANA to the cloud. Alternatively, you can use the on-premise solutions as your data source in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. In this case, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud consumes datasets directly from SAP BW/4 HANA without replicating them.

Of course, you can try a hybrid data warehouse approach and leave some data on-prem in SAP BW/4 HANA and put some in the cloud. That’s what Randstad, the international staffing solution provider, achieved with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud.

"SAP Data Warehouse Cloud gave us all the tools to combine cloud and on-prem data with internal and external sources. Thanks to the virtualization capabilities, we can connect all our data without persisting data or creating redundancies."
– Andreas Förger, Manager of Analytics and Reporting at Randstad 

Unlocking the Value of Data

Data is most valuable when its’ relevant and accessible. When the right data is in the right hands, transformative business decisions can be made. By connecting SAP Data Warehouse Cloud to your SAP BW/4HANA systems, this becomes attainable.

With SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, the IT department can give business users access to data that is governed and trusted. Business users can then use SAP Data Warehouse Cloud to model, visualize, and derive insights from data through its built-in analytics.

This is how PwC deployed SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. The international professional services network works with the world’s biggest companies. Their global presence means a number of different data solutions are being deployed — including SAP BW/4HANA. Now, all this data can be brought together and made easily accessible to the people who need it. Proofs of concept can now be built and tested in just 48 hours.

“With SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, we see a change in strategy towards a real open solution. This product is easy to integrate with other sources and tools. We plan to connect SAP Data Warehouse Cloud with data from our Business Warehouses around the world and other sources.”
Stefan Frühauf, Partner and Global and Leadership Team Member at PwC