SAP Data Warehouse Cloud – The next step in SAP Data Warehouse powered by the Cloud


SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is SAP’s offering for all data warehousing use cases. This SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is based on SAP HANA Cloud. It combines data and analytics in a cloud solution that offers data integration, database, data warehouse, and analytics services. This enables customers to realize the full potential of a data-driven business. 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 is an analytic and persona-driven data warehouse-as-a-service solution tailored for business and IT users. It provides instant access to data via pre-built business content and adapters to integrate data from various sources. It is scalable, elastic, open, and flexible making it suitable for any company of any size. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud works well with SaaS types of source systems as you can have the installation in the same technical environment. This allows for the best possible transmission of data from the source to the EDW and thus has an advantage in the upload from a cloud-based solution to a local warehouse.

Value Proportion of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

SAP Data Warehouse Cloud doesn’t follow the principle of the ideal type of data warehouse instead it follows the principles of the needs of the consumers. The semantic layer is for easy, self-service-type handling of data sources, connections, and transformations. The data warehouse layer is the foundation of all data to be collected and harmonized. This latter layer, which SAP calls the data layer concerns building views to serve as the primary source for the semantic layer. The architecture follows the approach of SAP BW/4HANA But the possibility to leverage SQL skills makes it particularly interesting for those companies that have been using SQL-based solutions for their DWs.

Features of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Built on the Cloud, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud offers a lot of unique features to help customers leverage its power of it. Here are some of the features of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Single source of truth – that is accessible to everyone with self-service capabilities.

Enterprise-grade cloud services – for database, data integration, analytics, and data intelligence.

Collaborative – Designed for both enterprise IT and line of business users to manage and gain valuable insights from trusted data.

Fast – Leverage the power of SAP HANA to instantly access the data you need, when you need it, without front-loaded costs.

End – to – End – Integrate data from any source and consume with powerful native analytics.

Benefits of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Data Model – aligned with your critical business processes, preserving vital data context and minimizing data lift-and-shift resulting in Point-and-click connections to your SAP solutions that let you generate valuable data-based insights that support faster, more informed decision-making.

Flexibility – Flexibility to integrate your preferred tools into your IT landscape, thanks to open standard interfaces and built-in integration providing the solution’s openness and flexibility allow users to choose from SAP or third-party visualization and analytics tools.

Build Options – Technology options that let you build a modernized system landscape on top of your existing IT investments that supports a simple, predictable transition to the cloud without the need for costly rework or a complete restart.

Intuitive functionality – combined with self-service data and analytics capabilities, freeing users to gain essential insight thereby minimizing entry barriers and potential skills gaps, the solution lets users at various levels perform sophisticated data analysis and visualization.

Defined Cost – A flexible yet predictable commercial model billed according to your system size enabling you to try new functionalities within SAP’s cloud-based data and analytics solutions without ramping up your costs.


For those companies or organizations that have opted for a SaaS type of ERP system with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, essentials edition, the SaaS-based SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is likely the first EDW to consider. The data is in the same environment, the cloud strategy is supported, and most use cases are either not complex or primarily small. In general, when companies running SAP S/4HANA are new to data warehousing or are using an ERP system from SAP for the first time, it’s a good idea to also recommend looking into SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. The top-down approach to conquering the data warehouse task is a big reason for this recommendation.

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