A better way to migrate your SAP NetWeaver BW from any database to SAP HANA

February 24, 2014 Kim Mathaess

IT departments have an ever growing need to address the following challenges:

  • The lack of  reporting performance as well as high data latency
  • Changes in the BW environment that  result in disruption of the BW application
  • Insufficient planning and security regarding effort and timeline for a database migration
  • Complex IT landscapes and high IT workload


The migration of the underlying database of SAP NetWeaver BW to SAP HANA is one of the key enablers that addresses these complex business challenges of today & tomorrow. Hence, there is a great demand of doing this transition faster, better, and in a more cost effective fashion. For more information about SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA, please visit this link: http://www.saphana.com/community/learn/solutions/net-weaver-bw


While SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud provides a great way to start your SAP NetWeaver BW journey on SAP HANA, there is still a need to perform a database migration for customers with an existing SAP NetWeaver BW system, regardless whether moving into the cloud or staying on-premise for customers who are willing to manage their infrastructure services. Considering mission critical information using SAP NetWeaver BW, doing database migration need to be safe, secure and predictable in terms of cost & timeline. Rapid database migration of SAP NetWeaver BW to SAP HANA package addresses this particular need and it does nicely by leveraging the SAP rapid-deployment solution methodology.


Rapid database migration of SAP NetWeaver BW to SAP HANA

This package enables customers to leverage the best migration practices to replace the underlying relational database of their SAP NetWeaver BW system with SAP HANA as a database. Benefits of a rapid-deployment solution approach:

  • Accelerated project methodology via HTML-based "Step-by-Step" guide, additional project tools and detailed WBS
  • Guided process to migrate your database in a IT project format leveraging SAP documentation and new project accelerators
  • Incorporates the best approach and sequence to plan and migrate your system.
  • Service offerings from SAP and qualified RDS SAP Partners, or use RDS content within a SAP customer’s own experienced SAP Program Office / COE team


This rapid-deployment solution leverages the latest in SAP tool development like the DMO for SUM (Database Migration Option for Software Update Manager) to combine upgrade and database migration into one step with only one system downtime, as well as PCA (Post Copy Automation) to offer a minimized downtime approach with minimal business downtime for the SAP NetWeaver BW system. For more information follow the direct link to this rapid-deployment solution (s-users only): http://service.sap.com/rds-hana-bwmig


Go live in as little as 10 weeks!

As per the SAP rapid-deployment solution methodology, this also assures customers with a predictable cost and timeline migration (as little as 10 weeks). Also, this includes a lot of pre-defined content (project kick-off presentation, how-to/training guides, etc.), supports a wide variety of databases as the source, and provides a comprehensive service offering. Based on the results of the Strategy and Technical Design for SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA assessment the customer relevant services are determined and scoped, in order to provide an end-to-end solution. Depending on these results the SAP rapid-deployment solution will be sized.


Many customers already used this rapid-deployment solution for its safe and quick migration of SAP NetWeaver BW to HANA. Besides SAP consulting there are many SAP partners around the globe that migrate your SAP NetWeaver BW database to HANA using the methodology from this RDS. Ask SAP consulting or your SAP implementation partner about this offering.


Solution scope:


System requirements:

  • SAP NetWeaver BW 7.00 SP29 or higher, Unicode or Non-Unicode, ABAP only
  • SAP Solution Manager 7.0 EHP1 SP23 or SAP Solution Manager 7.1 SP01 minimum
  • Software Logistics Toolset 1.0 SP09 minimum (for Database Migration Option - DMO)
  • SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management, Enterprise Edition (for BW Post-Copy Automation - PCA)
  • SAP HANA Platform Edition 1.0 SP07 minimum
  • Your operating system platform must be 64-bit
  • For a comprehensive list of supported operating system releases, see the Product Availability Matrix (PAM) at: http://service.sap.com/pam
  • Oracle 11.2 (10.2 with DMO)
  • IBM DB2 LUW 10.1 (9.1 with DMO)
  • MaxDB 7.9
  • MS SQL server 2008
  • DB2 for i61, 7.1 (not yet supported for DMO, see SAP Note 1875197)
  • DB2 for z/OS V9, V10
  • SAP Sybase ASE 15.7


In addition I can recommend to take a look at the follow links which provide additional information if needed:

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