Is there anyplace where one can download an evaluation copy of BW. I looked on SAP's site but didn't find anything. That didn't really surprise me

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Correct. There are no BW evaluation kits available on SAP site. BW is a not a 'shrink' wrap software that one can download and get it going. All SAP and other ERP products are geared towards large business community and not for designed for individual desktop applications. BW kit itself consists of (10+ CDs) and requires a big machine (multi-processor box, 60+ GB, + 1 GB Min memory) to install.

Though BW 2.0B installation on Microsoft Windows 2000 or NT 4.0 (under any DBMS engine) is quite automatic however, one need to have good BASIS understanding to get it going. The installation kit alone is well over 150 pages. Suppose you have BW Kits, and sufficient hardware, then you still need to request a license # from SAP for a specific box (hardware configuration.) In otherwords, If you install BW on another box, you need another license # from SAP. If still interested in looking at BW, contact your SAP account rep and have him get a BW kit for evaluation.

This was first published in July 2001

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