Datasphere BW Bridge – How does it work?

Datasphere BW Bridge – How does it work?

The SAP BW Bridge is a strategic feature of SAP Datasphere. It’s a tool provided by SAP that offers customers the opportunity to move their business transformation as a service (BTaaS) to the cloud. For BW customers, this means transitioning from SAP BW to SAP Datasphere. The SAP BW Bridge allows customers to implement new data warehousing use cases directly in the cloud environment while preserving and retaining their existing on-premises investments.

SAP Datasphere is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering based on SAP HANA Cloud that combines data and analytics into a single cloud solution. The SAP BW Bridge in this context, improves integration with SAP ERP systems by enabling ABAP-based data extraction and staging capabilities within SAP Datasphere.

The SAP BW Bridge is primarily designed for ODP-based source systems. Non-SAP sources will connect directly to SAP Datasphere. Objects from source SAP BW systems will be converted to the SAP BW Bridge environment using Conversion Tools, including SAP BW queries. Future enhancements of the SAP BW Bridge will enable customers to merge SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Datasphere into a single data warehouse solution in the cloud.

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In terms of functionality, within the SAP BW Bridge, customers can implement data extraction and staging scenarios up to the Composite Provider level.

The SAP BW Bridge targets several scenarios:

1. Greenfield with SAP Legacy Sources: For customers building a new data warehouse in the cloud with SAP Legacy systems as data sources that will only be migrated to a cloud-based system in the future.
2. Conversion with SAP BW NetWeaver & SAP BW/4HANA 2021: For customers moving their data warehouse to the cloud, expecting to retain their data and legacy data flows, but renovating their data consumption layer.
3. Hybrid with SAP BW/4HANA: For customers looking for a path into the cloud for their data warehouse workload, combining SAP BW/4HANA data and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud data, and gradually moving more of the SAP BW/4HANA data flows to the cloud.

The SAP BW Bridge data and processes are administered and managed via an SAP UI5 environment called SAP BW Bridge Cockpit. Implementation of new objects is done within Eclipse via SAP BW Modeling Tools and ABAP Development Tools.

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