Leveraging SAP BW functionality in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud using SAP BW Bridge


SAP offers its customers through RISE with SAP, the opportunity to move with a business transformation as a service (BTaaS) to the cloud. For BW customers, this means SAP BW to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. SAP positions SAP Data Warehouse Cloud as the strategic target solution for Data Warehousing in the public cloud, with SAP BW/4HANA Private Cloud Edition (PCE) as an option to start the transition. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP BW bridge is a function enhancement of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. And it provides a path to the public cloud for SAP BW 7.3 to SAP BW/4HANA customers with the benefit of BW capabilities available natively in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. SAP BW bridge offers customers the opportunity to implement their new data warehousing use cases directly in the cloud environment while protecting and retaining their existing on – premises investments and move from an existing SAP BW system to the cloud and gives insights with a complete end-to-end greenfield scenario including a system demo in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud.


Currently, reaping the full benefits out of SAP’s data warehousing offerings requires customers to run both SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. However, with the introduction of the SAP BW bridge enhancement, it is possible for customers to merge these offerings into a single data warehouse solution in the public cloud.


Within SAP BW bridge, customers can implement data extraction and staging scenarios up to the Composite Provider level. The SAP BW bridge environment is primarily intended for ODP-based source systems, which means that the connection scenarios only become available via Operational Data Provisioning (ODP). Non-SAP sources will be connected directly to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. Objects from source SAP BW system(s) will be converted to the SAP BW bridge environment using Conversion Tools, including the SAP BW queries.


Connecting an SAP on-premises system to SAP BW bridge requires a few more steps than connecting the same system to an SAP BW on SAP HANA or SAP BW∕4HANA system. A Cloud Connector serves as a link between the on-premises source system and your SAP BW bridge tenant which is technically based on an ABAP Platform in SAP BTP. RFC is used as a protocol for data exchange between on-premises source systems and SAP BW bridge.


The value of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is clearly recognized by many of SAP’s existing data warehousing customers. However, they want a seamless migration path, and do not want to implement their existing data
warehousing logic from scratch. At the same time, the market wants a single-target solution to reduce the system landscape complexity, and costs. This is where SAP BW bridge helps to accelerate the transition to cloud data warehousing while protecting previous, and new implementation investments in the cloud. This enables the integration of on-premises SAP Business Suite data with trusted connectivity, and semantic richness (business content). It also enables organizations to rapidly innovate on SAP BW data with an open, unified, data and analytics service in the cloud.

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