SAP-R/3 is one of the most common ERP applications for manufacturing industries. The data warehouse for such installations has been Oracle. The biggest pain point for Oracle implementations has been getting the data out of SAP-R/3, which involves complex processes and expert domain knowledge. With the introduction of SAP-BW, the data warehouse suite, ’Getting the data out’ of SAP-R/3 requires little effort. Over years, SAP-BW has matured to handle large data volumes and meet the service level agreements for large enterprises. The question then arises, especially for those organizations with an Oracle data warehouse, if moving to SAP-BW makes long term sense. There are several factors to be considered, the core being organizational commitment and long term vision. One of the factors is understanding the differences between SAP-BW and Oracle within the context of an enterprise data warehouse. Read more
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One of the advantages that IBM Cognos 8 brings to the table in any implementation is the ability to handle varying data sources. One particularly complex data source that is often encountered is SAP BW. IBM Cognos has invested heavily in this integration, giving SAP customers the potential to significantly enhance the value they get from information stored in their BW instances.
Prior to IBM, Cognos had long touted it’s strategic relationship with SAP. Practically speaking,the alignment that existed could have been improved upon, as optimizing two very strong yet complex tools is challenging. IBM’s recent involvement and influence in the Cognos/BW product direction, armed with their long standing relationship with SAP has been positive. As consultants and implementors, we have seen significant transparency and progress toward a much better, more integrated solution, allowing Cognos/BW customers to leverage more of the Cognos 8 BI capability.