What is the future of SAP BW? Is it going boom for another five to ten years in the market? I am planning to learn it.

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I think the future of SAP BW is bright, especially with new stuff they have brought into 2004s.

The following new capabilities are delivered with SAP NetWeaver 2004s:

  • Enhancements to Business Planning and Analytical Services
    • Fully integrated BI and Planning Solution
    • Model-driven planning application building
  • Enhancements to Enterprise Reporting, Query, and Analysis
    • Formatted Reporting and enhanced Ad-hoc Analysis
    • BI application building in Excel
  • Enhancements to enterprise data warehousing
    • High performance analytics (BI accelerator) allows faster data access
    • Flexibility by enhanced data modelling capabilities
  • Implementing a federated portal network
    • Portal federation enables content sharing between portals
    • Creating a virtual single content pool
  • Enhanced administration capabilities to operate large mobile landscapes
    • New template based device setup (software installation and initial data distribution)
    • New capabilities for device configuration, monitoring and error analysis
  • Enhancements to business task management
    • Local departments can create and execute automated procedures that generate off- line forms-based tasks
  • Enhancements to enabling B2B processes
    • Enhanced adapters and mappings allow the step-by-step replacement of SAP Business Connector by SAP NetWeaver
  • Developing a Web-based user interface with Web Dynpro for ABAP
    • Web Dynpro UIs can now be developed directly in the application system's ABAP workbench
  • Enhancing ABAP applications
    • New ABAP enhancement framework allows enhancements of SAP applications by customers without code modifications
  • Switch Framework
    • Simultaneous delivery and updates of all core and industry solution functionality in one SAP system

This was first published in November 2006

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