SAP cancels NetWeaver BW 7.2 release, plans to roll features into 7.3 release

SAP has cancelled its planned NetWeaver BW 7.2 release, and will instead roll 7.2 functionality into a NetWeaver BW 7.3 release set for later this year, the company said today.

Today, SAP told customers participating in a ramp-up program for NetWeaver BW 7.2 that it would be cancelled. The program was set to begin on March 1, and about 10 customers were participating, according to SAP. SAP’s ramp-up is its process for introducing a product to the market, and the program allows a select group of customers to use the software before it becomes generally available.

“The feedback from our customers was loud and clear: while they appreciated the features that would be available via the 7.20 release, they prefer one more complete feature release and fewer upgrade steps,” Franz Aman, vice president of platform marketing for SAP BusinessObjects, said in an email. “SAP listened, and will consequently not release SAP NetWeaver BW 7.20 in favor of consolidating the 7.20 and 7.30 functionality into one go-to release.”

SAP last released a version of NetWeaver BW, in October 2005 NetWeaver BW 7.0. Customers have had complaints about NetWeaver BW, including slow query responses, limited data volume scalability and limited visibility into non-SAP data, according to analysts. SAP released the BW Accelerator to deal with the performance issues.

Some of the functionality customers can look forward to getting in the NetWeaver BW 7.3 release includes the full technology platform release supporting all of the NetWeaver hubs, tighter integration with the SAP BusinessObjects tools and enhanced business planning, Aman said.

NetWeaver BW 7.3 will also include support for Teradata and HP Neoview.

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