The Future of SAP BW

The Future of SAP BW

SAP Business Warehouse (BW) was first introduced in 1998. Since then, it has not undergone such a significant change as now - the transition to SAP HANA . Most companies already operate at BW on HANA or BW / 4HANA. What is the difference between them?

BW on HANA versus BW/4HANA
SAP BW powered by SAP HANA (or abbreviated as ‘BW on HANA’) uses old BW software already connected to the new HANA architecture (possible from BW version 7.4). The customer thus uses the old BW environment, but gains the benefits of a powerful column-oriented HANA database. That is significantly faster because it is located in the server's operating memory and not on disk. However, BW on HANA is not fully integrated with HANA at the application level and cannot use full potential of the new technology.

BW/4HANA 4HANA is a completely redesigned BW platform that operates above the HANA database. In addition to higher performance, the BW/4HANA also offers simplicity, flexibility in development and a number of functionalitiesthat are not available on the BW on HANA. Of course,it also includes a modern user interface.

MIGRATION
BW / 4HANA was introduced in 2016. Despite the many benefits, many companies are hesitant regarding the migration or they migrate only part of theirs systems. In order for the customer to get the most benefits from the new system, the migration to BW / 4HANA requires a complete remodeling of BW, which can be costly.

Support for SAP BW 7.5 (as well as support for the entire SAP Business Suite 7) ends in 2027. At the end of 2020, however, SAP postponed the support provision date due to slow customer migration (for the third time in total). Lately, support will be provided until 2030, but only for individual applicants. At the same time, however, it calls for them not to delay migration, as this is a time-consuming process.

THE END OF BW?
With the arrival of S/4HANA, opinions often emerge about the end of the BW module as such. The reason is that the number of operations that have been performed in BW so far can be processed and analyzed by S / 4HANA in real time directly in the transactions themselves due to its extreme performance. The presence of a BW module may therefore seem unnecessary at first sight. However, most companies still cannot do without BW. These are, for example, cases where a company draws data from several sources, whether internal or external. This data then needs to be cleansed, consolidated, harmonized and ensured that there is a 'single version of truth' – one correct data version.

The question isn’t therefore whether BW yes or no, but how to effectively use the functionality of the BW module together with the benefits that S/4HANA brings.

Ave Caesar

Ave Caesar

IT is an industry that places enormous demands on us. They result from the fact that our knowledge, our ability to do something, expires very quickly. This forces us to constantly work on ourselves. Gaining new information, learning new things, discovering new technologies, gaining new experiences.

Fortune favours the prepared, which is why last year at Fpt aimed at increasing the level of competence in the area of SAP S / 4 HANA. We do not want to slow down in our efforts this year either, and therefore we are launching a program aimed at continuing to increase our theoretical and practical experience in the field of SAP S / 4HANA. The CAESAR program will be a set of several projects and activities, which we can divide into 3 basic areas.

Theory, Practice and Vision = Real Project.

The first, very important part of all activities is education. We are currently intensively preparing the so-called training trips. We identify individual levels and forms of education relevant to the needs of the CAESAR program. We build on what we managed to build last year. Once again, we will make intensive use of the SAP Learning Hub platform, which we will supplement with other resources. Of course, where necessary, this study will be completed by certification.

What is difficult in training will become easy in a battle.

We know that reading, seeing or hearing is not the same as "trying it out". Therefore, the second part of the program is a project to build an internal HANA environment on a green field. We aim to simulate the customer's production environment, which will serve as our training environment. Our consultants will be able to configure real situations from the customer's environment with all his processes, requirements and risks.

Start Small Dream Big

As usually, we have great ambitions. Our goal, or vision is a real implementation at the customer site. Verification of our abilities. Among other things, the building of sufficient self-confidence, which we support not only with certifications, but also with real implementations (whether internal or external).

Rome has not been built in one day, and building such a 'capacity' in a year is a big bite. However, I firmly believe that we will go a long way on our journey we have set out and at the end we will come up with new goals that we want to achieve,“ summed up Rasťo Boroš, program manager CAESAR.

Fpt Slovakia in Spotlight in the Company of the Greatest

Fpt Slovakia in Spotlight in the Company of the Greatest

Profesia, as the largest Slovak internet job portal, presented awards also this year to organizations that the public perceives as the Most Attractive Employers. Their aim is to draw attention to companies in Slovakia, for which their employees come first.

Despite significant competition, Fpt Slovakia was ranked in the Most Attractive Employer poll in the TOP 5 in the IT and telecommunications category.

The most common reasons for which the public voted are the team and the people, the good reputation of the company, job security and professionalism in the selection process. „It is a great feedback for us that despite the year, which was significantly affected by the situation with covid19, we are perceived as the top in the eyes of the public."

This award belongs primarily to our colleagues, but also to your families. We cannot do without the support of our loved ones, only together we create an Attractive Employer.

Design by FPT Slovakia

Design by FPT Slovakia

For us at FPT, the year 2020 was also a year of internal projects. We accepted it as a challenge to focus more on ourselves. Among many other things, it brought us a gift, which is the result of several months of hard work of our colleagues, in the form of a new website.

Our original website has already deserved a "rest" and we have therefore set out in an area that we have not yet fully explored, but with even greater determination. At the end of our journey we saw a modern, professional, up-to-date, clear, user-friendly but also a different website which aims to build a brand awareness, attract new talents and tell our story in our own creative way.

#define Our_Services 

We created a project team, defined individual roles, set up regular meetings and started the first Sprint. „From the Scrum Master's point of view, I have to say that I'm happy with how we had it organized“, said Nela Vargová, project manager. „It was interesting for me to have two Product Owners. Since most projects suffer from the fact that they do not have even one and his role is taken over by the whole team. We were lucky to have two of them and they were excellent," added Nela.

 

“A novelty for me was a topic related to SEO, which we consulted with Promiseo. From the project point of view, I got a more comprehensive idea of everything that needs to be included in the Scope project when building a website,” mentioned Rastislav Boroš, Team Leader of the Project Management department and also one of the Product Owners.

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 In addition to the position of Product Owner, the big challenge was to also cover the content of the website,“ said Andrea Kalafúsová, a communication specialist. „To correctly capture the atmosphere in the company and its corporate culture, either in words or through illustrations.

At the beginning of the project, there were many interviews with management, employees, candidates, but also analyzes and then finding the right mix of design, content, function and target group.

"The probably most difficult thing was probably to come up with the whole concept of the web, whether in terms of content or form. The fact that we decided to communicate, either by illustration or by headings written in the form of code, resulted from difficult debates and brainstormings,“ explained Jozef Kruželák, UX/UI designer.

Of course, the website also had to meet the required technical criteria, and its connection with our "recruit" software was a big challenge. „The first, lesser challenge was to study the possibilities of WordPress and create our own plugin, which was needed to connect with SuccessFactors,“ said Slavomír Slovenkai, a specialist programmer. The second challenge was to create a functional version of the plugin and then integrate it with the Divi theme, which defines the look of the site."

We have been proud of our Test Center of Excellencefor more than 16 years, so the website also went through a series of test cases before the transition to production, for which we are thankful to our test analyst Katka Vargová.

The project team is complemented by Patrik Groško, who seconded Slávo in the technical settings. An irreplaceable member of the team was also Milan Krajč, who in the position of UX designer together with Jožko tirelessly analyzed and proposed the best solutions.

#define Our_Services

Today the web is "live". We breathed the atmosphere of our corporate culture into it, either through interviews with our Team Leaders, or through the newly created Success Story section of our colleagues. We've added playful headlines. To let visitors feel what we are like, what we really create. You will find there a portfolio of services that we offer, as well as what projects we are responsible for.

The icing on the cake is the Think IT part. It's like a "lifestyle magazine" from the FPT world. Gradually you find there videos, blog posts, success stories, interviews with our colleagues, but also case studies.

 

You will not find photos of smiling people from the photo bank on our website, it is a mix of Anna Hájková illustrations and real photos of our colleagues. It is a gateway to our world. It gives an idea of our company. It is completely created by us. Design by FPT Slovakia.

Coffee Session with Laco

Coffee Session with Laco

Ability to choose a job based on the future "boss" is great. So we invited our Team Leaders to a virtual cup of coffee and asked them a few questions for you. And the bosses suddenly became people of flesh and blood and helped to complete the idea of our corporate culture. 

LADISLAV TOMČKO, Automation and Testing Solutions 

When I get up for work, I look forward to: Communication with people and with customers. I'm happy when I manage to help someone or solve a problem. Probably the greatest joy for me is when I can convince a new customer that we are the right partner and supplier of IT services.

My career path: In 2007 I graduated from the Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence at the FEI in Košice. Immediately after school, I got a job in a field that I studied and started working as a programmer for automated PLC systems (eg SIEMENS, ABB, SMS SIEMAG). After 3 years spent traveling around the world and programming various lines, conveyors, turbines, iron and chocolate factories, I decided to change jobs and in 2010 I joined RWE IT Slovakia. This time I looked at SW and HW from a completely different side, as a tester, later I continued as a Test Manager and since 2011 I have been working as a Team Leader. If we do not take into account that in 2015 RWE IT Slovakia was renamed to FPT Slovakia, then I have been satisfied with my current employer for more than 10 years.

I am responsible for: I am currently responsible for the FSK-DTS-ATS team. This team consists of 52 people who focus mainly on Manual Testing, Automated Testing, Performance Testing, Test Management and RPA - Robotic Process Automation.

The most amazing part of my job is: It's working with people. When working with people, whether they are colleagues, bosses or customers, not a single day at work is the same.

The biggest challenge I faced: There have been a lot of challenges in the last 14 working years. But life has taught me that it's not a problem to keep things running, it's a problem to create things that don't exist yet. In my professional life it was: Programming and launching a hot rolling mill at the Ironworks in Mobile city in Alabama (2008-2010); Creation of a completely new team for testing infrastructure and security (2010 - 2013); Creation and deployment of a new RPA team, which consists of about 20 people (2018 - 2020).

The most memorable moment in my career: I remember how my whole team stood up for me in one awkward situation without me knowing about it. I found out about 2 weeks after solving the problem. Such things always make a person happy and he will remember them for a lifetime.

I expect from people: Honesty, transparency and fulfillment of the things we agree on. Everyone can expect the same from me.

When leading people I consider important: Communication, empathy, fairness and keeping the word.

When I’m not working: I like to spend time with my family and loved ones. I also like to travel for art and culture.

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