Thursday, December 20, 2007

What’s New in the BI Back End

Take a peek at the new features in SAP NetWeaver BI, which is part of SAP NetWeaver 2004s.

Key Concept
SAP NetWeaver 2004s, a minor release of the SAP NetWeaver platform, became available in restricted release in October 2005. SAP now packages its Business Intelligence (BI) software as SAP NetWeaver BI. The latest release of BI is only available as part of SAP NetWeaver 2004s.

In SAP NetWeaver 2004s, BI transitions completely into the SAP NetWeaver landscape and is no longer its own release. The idea of BI encompasses the ability to analyze, plan, and disseminate data through various tools. In addition to improving the core data warehousing features, SAP has enhanced other BI features such as information broadcasting and analytic capabilities. Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) serves to consolidate, clean, and efficiently store data from varied sources.

Several new features and improvements in SAP NetWeaver BI help you tackle your back-end computing challenges. They include an enhanced Operational Data Store object (ODS, now called DataStore object), improvements to SAP NetWeaver BI InfoSets, and high performance analytics (HPA). This overview of SAP NetWeaver BI back-end changes covers what I consider the most useful new features, many of which are major improvements over the prior SAP BW Release 3.5.

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