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To BW Or Not To BW?

Migration Paths Are The Burning Question For SAP BI Users

May 13, 2009

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The January 2008 merger of SAP and Business Objects created numerous opportunities and challenges for business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) professionals. The good news was that SAP now offers several leading, best-of-breed BI and DW products. But this good news is offset by new challenges for the BI and DW managers and architects. Most critically, some SAP NetWeaver BI products have been put into maintenance-only mode and will likely be retired within seven years. Product selection alternatives, dependencies, and timing decisions are now paramount on the agendas of information and knowledge management (I&KM) and business process and applications (BP&A) professionals. Fortunately, there's enough time to make these decisions in an orderly, well planned manner. Forrester recommends decoupling migration decisions regarding SAP's data warehouse from front-end BI migrations and crafting target state and migration road maps based on the pros and cons of each approach evaluated in this document.

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Table of Contents

  • The Marriage Of SAP And Business Objects: Soaring Or Souring?
  • To BW Or Not To BW Is Just One Of Many Questions
  • How To Proceed: Where The Rubber Meets The Road
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Migrate Cautiously, Unless Business Requirements Call For It Now
  • Supplemental Material
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