Improve SAP BW Performance by Applying the Flat Cube

Overview SAP released the Columnstore Optimized Flat Cube over two years ago. We want to give a brief explanation of the benefits and advantages of using the Flat Cube – and in consequence engage customers to apply it. The Flat Cube has many benefits, for example, improved BW query performance and faster Data Transfer Processes… Read more

Customer Experience with Columnstore on ERP

SAP released the report MSS_CS_CREATE a few months ago. Using this report, customers can create an additional Nonclustered Columnstore Index (NCCI) on any SAP ERP table. This has already been described here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/04/13/using-columnstore-on-erp-tables. In the meanwhile, several customers tested this feature. They reported performance improvements for reporting scenarios using huge aggregations (see below). Other customers… Read more

New SQL Server 2016 functionality helps SAP supportability

Due to the combined effort of the SAP – Microsoft Porting group the SQL Server Development team added a new functionality to the SQL Server UPDATE STATISTICS command and to the way SQL Server automatically updates statistics. This new functionality enables the SAP customers on SQL Server to persist a sample rate of the manual… Read more

Customer experience with SAP BW FEMS-Pushdown

A few months ago we released a new SAP BW statement generator, which increases BW query performance for complex queries containing FEMS filters, see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/03/06/bw-queries-by-factors-faster-using-fems-pushdown. In the meanwhile, a few customers who tested the new feature, provided feedback to the “SAP on SQL Server development”. Based on this feedback, we further improved the performance of… Read more

Parallel Processing in SAP

New generations of CPUs do not provide any significant single-thread performance improvements. Instead, the number of logical CPU cores is increasing with each new CPU generation. You can significantly reduce the runtime of a task by running sub-tasks in parallel on many CPU cores. However, splitting a task into sub-tasks consumes additional resources (CPU and… Read more

Performance evolution of SAP BW on SQL Server

In SAP customer support, we still see several customers running old SAP BW code that cannot leverage the improvements we delivered within the last years. In this blog, we want to demonstrate the huge performance improvements which can be achieved even without hardware replacements. Until 2011, the standard configuration of BW queries on SQL Server… Read more

Using Columnstore on ERP tables

SQL Server columnstore indexes are optimized for aggregations of large amounts of data. Therefore, they are successfully used in SAP’s data warehouse system SAP BW since years. ERP systems typically still use rowstore (b-tree) indexes, because they are optimized for the most common data access pattern of ERP systems: Directly reading a few rows specified… Read more

More Questions From Customers About SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption – TDE + Azure Key Vault

Recently many customers have been moving from AIX and HPUX to Windows 2016 & SQL Server 2016 running on Azure as these UNIX platforms are no longer mainstream, developed or invested by their vendors Most of these customers are deploying TDE to protect the Database files and backups. Encrypting databases with strong ciphers like AES-256… Read more

SAP on SQL: General Update for Customers & Partners March 2017

SAP and Microsoft are continuously adding new features and functionalities to the SAP on SQL Server platform. The key objective of the SAP on Windows SQL port is to deliver the best performance and availability at the lowest TCO and simplest operation. This blog includes updates, fixes, enhancements and best practice recommendations collated over recent… Read more

SAP Business Objects support of SQL Server 2016 and Azure products

These days, we get a lot of questions around SAP Business Objects components supporting SQL Server 2016. As of February 2017, the support situation looks like: SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1: As of SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 SP09, SAP introduced support for SQL Server 2016 which got released for SAP NetWeaver in 2016 already… Read more