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

Large Australian Energy Company Modernizes SAP Applications & Moves to Azure Public Cloud

This blog is a technical overview of a project recently completed by a large Australian Energy Company (the Company) over the past 12 months to transform the Company’s SAP Solution from an End of Life HPUX/Oracle platform to a modern SQL Server 2016 solution running on the Azure Public Cloud. This blog focuses on the… Read more

BW Queries by factors faster using FEMS-pushdown

Complex SAP BW queries often contain FEMS-filters. These filters used to be applied on the SAP application server, which was not very efficient. A new SQL statement generator in SAP BW implements an optimized algorithm for FEMS processing. We have seen performance improvements up-to factor 100. The actual performance improvement varies heavily for different BW… Read more

Recent SAP BW improvements for SQL Server

Over the course of the last few months we implemented several improvements in SAP BW. We already blogged about two improvements separately: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2016/11/14/simplified-and-faster-sap-bw-process-chains https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2016/11/25/improved-sap-compression-tool-msscompress In this blog we want to describe a few, additional improvements BW query performance of F4-Help Some BW queries were not using intra-query parallelism, because the BW statement generator did not… Read more

How to install or upgrade SAP Systems to SQL Server 2016 *updated*

On 4/10/2016, SAP released support for SQL Server 2016 for some SAP NetWeaver based systems. In this blog we will talk about how you can update your existing installations on SQL Server to SQL Server 2016, what you need to do when installing a new SAP NetWeaver based system on SQL Server 2016 and what… Read more

Improved SAP compression tool MSSCOMPRESS

SAP program MSSCOMPRESS is a tool for reducing disk space usage of SAP NetWeaver based systems. In addition, it is often used as a monitoring tool. MSSCOMPRESS has been released by SAP over 6 years ago. In the meanwhile, several improvements have been implemented. The latest version of MSSCOMPRESS is available as an attachment of… Read more

Moving from SAP 2-Tier to 3-Tier configuration and performance seems worse

Lately we were involved in a case where a customer moved a SAP ERP system from a 2-Tier configuration to a 3-Tier configuration in virtualized environments. This was done because the customer virtualized the system and could not provide VMs large enough on the new host hardware to continue with a 2-Tier SAP setup. Hence… Read more

Simplified and faster SAP BW Process Chains

Based on customer feedback over the course of the last 12 months we implemented several improvements in SAP BW. The code changes improve SAP platform migrations of very large SAP BW instances from other DBMS to SQL Server significantly. Furthermore, they simplify and accelerate SAP BW process chains for very large BW systems. The most… Read more