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Business Intelligence Accelerator (BIA)

Business Case Justification

Presented by:

Michael Briles, Product manager, SAP Labs


Dr. Bjarne Berg, Director SAP BI, Comerit
SAP BIA – Field Experiences

7 Hints from the Field:


How to make SAP BI Accelerator

work for you


•Sizing and Implementation


•Management and Costs

 Dr. Bjarne Berg


Director of SAP BI Michael Briles
MyITgroup
SAP NetWeaver Product
Bberg@myitgroup.com Manager

SAP Labs, LLC
3410 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
M 206.355.6059
E michael.briles@sap.com
Customer Experiences - BI Accelerator is simple
to install
BI Accelerator has been

SAP Any
simple to install and BW tool
operate for established
SAP BI teams

You use process chains


to maintain the HPA
engine after each data
load

IBM, Sun, HP & Fujitsu have standard


solutions ranging from $32K to $250K+ Breaking news:
that can be installed and tested in as little 32 GB Blades are now
as 2-4 weeks (+ SAP license fees) certified by SAP (July 2008)
Performance is Near-Linear: Benchmarks

BIA’s strength resides in its


near-linear scalability

Performance is measured in
terms of:
1.BI-A index creation time
2.Multi-user throughput per hour
3.Average report response time
4.Average number of records
touched by each report

BIA Currently reads data from


InfoCubes. DSOs & InfoObjects are
still read from base/physical tables
(even when the InfoObject is
indexed as part of master data).
A Real Customer Example from September 2008

Environment
Production Blad
Production Mem
Production Proc
The BIA should be sized for critical applications. Most companies use BIA
only for Production, while others have a complete landscape
Sizing is critical, but good tools are available
to help

SAP has integrated key sizing parameters for BIA in the new QuickSizer.
You can give it a try at: http://service.sap.com/quicksizer

Customer with existing BI systems and data loaded can get good sizing
estimates by running the SAP program available in SAP Note: 917803
How does it work in reality??

Currently, the BIA performs aggregation and data selection for the
query, all other processing is done by the OLAP analytical
engine. Not all query processing will be dramatically faster…

In the next SAP NetWeaver release the BIA will handle more of the
analytics processing such as “top-5 products sales” which is
currently done in the OLAP analytical engine.

SAP BIA is not used when the result set exceeds 3 million records (max.
default). When the result set is less, the data is sent as one
large data package to the application server (need fast
network).
Most customers have found BIA Admin to be minimal

The training & admin


to run BI Accelerator
has proven to be
minimal. Training is
included in the SAP
courses: BW310, BW360
and in the online
course BW361

Many companies, have spent 2-5 days in BIA


training (total for 1-2 administrators) and a
work through a single interface: RSDDBIAMON
(Checks available at: RSRV)

In the past , SAP has also


offered a 2 day workshop
called “ BI Upgrade &
Accelerator ” ( WNABIA )
BIA is becoming mainstream

Some of SAP reference clients

BIA is no longer
something exotic.

Many of the large BI


systems have already
implemented BIA and
many more projects are
under way in Europe and
Nike
in the Americas.

Once you exceed a few hundred critical users and/or 3-4 TB of


data you should seriously consider SAP BIA
Agenda

1.Business Case
2.Value Proposition
3.Technical Offering
4.Outlook
Opportunities not Harvested
Traditional methods too inflexible, unreliable or not economical

THE TRENDS THE CHALLENGES


Increased adoption of analytics Traditional BI platforms are bottlenecks
n Data explosion, growing 50% p.a. n Unpredictable response times
n Frequent need for change n Inability to meet demand for change
n More users / usage of analytics n € (tuning or boutique hardware)
nUsers create queries despite having no
knowledge of BI technology
Daily Business Processes Require Intelligence
It’s 12/23, and You Are on the Phone with Your CEO...

800,000

600,000

400,000

200,000

Last week’s sales in Chicago 0


Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3

HOURLY DATA

Hourly data available


Last hour’s sales in Chicago after store close

Processing Request
This year’s sales in Chicago, by retail store 60 minutes remaining

Last 5 year’s sales in Chicago, Special Query


Required
by retail store, and comparable sales
Operational Business Intelligence Is Not Easy
Conflicting demands are difficult to reconcile

3 second response Fresh data


time every 3 minutes

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3 second response Fresh data


time every 3 minutes

3 minutes to 5 hours
read to update
database aggregates

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Traditional Databases Built for Transactions

ERP
Traditional Databases Built for Transactions

Optimized for Record


Read / Write
Transaction
Screen

ERP
Traditional Databases Not Built for Analytics

BI

nLoading aggregated data will only satisfy some
queries
nLoading detailed data and keeping the
reporting performance , will need multiple
aggregates within the BI

∑ ∑ ? ∑

ERP
Free Your Information

Technology Drivers Architectural Drivers


1990 2006 Improvement 1990 2006

Disk based In-memory


CPU 0.05 7.15 143x data storage data stores
MIPS/$ MIPS/$

Simple Multi-channel
Memory 0.02 5 consumption of UI, high event
MB/$ MB/$
250x apps volume, cross
(Fat client UI, industry value
EDI) chains
Addressable
Memory 216 264 248 x General- Application-
purpose, aware and
application- intelligent data
Network Speed agnostic management
100 10 100 x database
Mbps Gbps

Disk
Data Transfer 5 130 25x
MBPS MBPS

© SAP 2007 / Page 19


The physical limits of a database

BI
The physical access to the data
is limiting the speed of reporting
New Approach: “In-Memory” Technology
Columnar, memory-based, compressed

BIA
Calculation on the fly
n Lighting fast
n Always same performance
n Any query

Compression, columnar optimized for analysis


n Agile,
∑ n low TCO
n Fast to upload

BI
BI Apps Benefit from “In-Memory” Technology
Gartner confirmed growing market trend

d detailed data into memory as the primary method to optimize BI application perform

* Source: Gartner, 2006


SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator Delivers
… faster and deeper insights, more value

3 second response Fresh data


time every 3 minutes

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Agenda

1.Business Case
2.Value Proposition
3.Technical Offering
4.Outlook
SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator
Value Proposition

Cost of Operation Performance / Scalability

nSave time to build and maintain nReady for high data volumes (retail,
aggregates utilities, banking etc.)

nSave disk space nChallenging response time SLA

nTake load off BI hardware nAd-Hoc reporting / stable response


times
nConsolidate BI landscape
nScalable blade server platform
n

IT Time for Development

nLess focus on performance aspects


(aggregates, caching strategies,
DB tuning etc.)  Faster
development of new models and
queries

Business
Data Latency
New Business Scenarios
nExtremely shortened roll-up and
nGet more detailed insight into your change run times
business
nOpportunity for more frequent data
alignments
nCompression not always needed
SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator
• SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator for high performance BI at
lowest operation costs
A new transparent approach to boost BI query
performance
• Performance speedup factor between 10 and 100 - also for
BusinessObjects clients
• Without changing the BI user experience (transparent to
users)
• Ensures low cost of operations Compressed and Column-based
Calculation on the fly
• Prerequisite: BI in SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Optimized for Analysis
nAgile
nFast as Lightning
nLow TCO
nPredictable query performance
nFast to Upload
nAny query

Calculation
DBMS ∑ BIA
Business
Warehouse

Bypassed SAP NetWeaver BI


for queries
Query Execution

1 Information Broadcasting / Information Broadcasting /


Precalculation Precalculation

2 Query Cache Query Cache

SAP NetWeaver BI
3 Aggregates
Accelerator

4 InfoProvider

Query Execution Query Execution


Without BI Accelerator With BI Accelerator

SAP NetWeaver BI checks the listed repositories (in the order shown) to obtain the
query result.
© SAP 2007 / Page 27
Value Overview

User Experience
nFast Query response times (also for BOBJ usage)
nHighly consistent response times
nHigher usage of BI and deeper analysis of company data or less time for BI
interaction
nMore flexibility in Query definition

Maintenance
nNo more need for maintenance of aggregates
nReduced time for data loading (up to 80%)
nReduce time for change runs
nReduce times of SEM Consolidation runs

Hardware
nNo more need for storage in aggregates
nLess Hardware needs on application server level
nLess Hardware needs on the DB server level
nPossibility to consolidate different BI system landscapes

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Agenda

1.Business Case
2.Value Proposition
3.Technical Offering
4.Outlook
Appliance Shipment – 1 –

• SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator will only be


available as an appliance (“in a box”)
• Complete SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator preinstalled
• Only little configuration effort by the customer, e.g. indexing
relevant InfoCubes
• Advantages
• Rapid Deployment
• Performance-optimized
• Minimized Maintenance
• Premium Hardware Partners (as of Q2 2008)
• Hewlett-Packard
• IBM
• Fujitsu-Siemens
• SUN

SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator Architecture

Business Business Any Client


Objects Explorer Tool In-Memory
Processing
Analytic Engine

Indexin
InfoCubes g

Any Data Acquisiton


Source

SAP NetWeaver
SAP NetWeaver BI BI Accelerator
Benefits of Appliance Shipment

Reduced Costs of
Rapid Deployment Appliance Operation
nInstantaneous operation nMinimized maintenance
nPre-Installed by nCentralized
hardware vendor monitoring
through CCMS
nMinimal pre-defined
configuration nEasy scalability through
requirements for
the BIA software
blade server architecture

nSimple purchase nAffordable commodity


Performance & hardware
nLimited variations
based on standard Integration nReduced license costs for
components nOptimized hardware/software 3rd party components
efficiency
nQuick Time-to-market nMinimized upgrade risk
nCombination of hardware
n components and nOptimized HW/SW
configuration optimized for support offers
high-end performance and
high availability
n
nAssured quality of functionality

nReduced integration effort with


hardware and software
Shipment and Availability

Availability
BI Accelerator is functionality of SAP NetWeaver 7.0
Available for SAP NetWeaver BI 7.0 and above
SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator is only available as an appliance (“in a box”)
Complete SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator preinstalled
Only little configuration effort by the customer, e.g. indexing relevant InfoCubes

Operating Systems and Storage


SUSE Linux 64-bit, Intel based
Memory based and file storage (no database for Accelerator)

Available Hardware Platforms


HP (HP ProLiant and HP StorageWorks)
IBM (IBM Blade Center and IBM Total Storage)
FujitsuSiemens (FSC Blade Server and EMC Storage)
SUN microsystems (SUN Blade Server and StorageTek)
Resounding Success with BI Accelerator
With Early Adopters and Market Analysts

n10 million records n650 million records


nQuery up to x102* faster nQuery up to x300* faster
nIndex update in 1min /day nIndex update in 1min /day

n“we are absolutely happy” nLive since September ‘06


nMeasurable TCO reduction n800+ users
n527% (avg.) performance nAcross SAP- & non-SAP data
increase

n1.3 billion records


ers will benefit from SAP raising the bar with its new BI accelerator
nQuerysolution.”
mean 0.9 sec (± 0.8)
nIndex built at 200 million rows per hour

* = as compared to traditional query without aggregates


Agenda

1.Business Case
2.Value Proposition
3.Technical Offering
4.Outlook
SAP NetWeaver BI –
Roadmap for BI Accelerator

High Performance BI

Existing Solution 2008 2009/2010

SAP NetWeaver nOptimized BusinessObjects nAnalytic Capabilities (e.g.


nAccelerator for InfoCube Webl integration on top of
BI Accelerator top n)
Read Times SAP NetWeaver BI/BIA nDataStore Object
nLow Cost of Operations nBusinessObjects Polestar
PREMIUM

Acceleration
nHigh Availability / Backup integration: Self-Service BI nStandalone BIA for
& Recovery based on search paradigm source-independent
n acceleration via
Business Objects
nAgile BI: Local and
source-independent
innovation space for
departments

Key Points
nTurn-key solution for BI performance
nBreaking down the barrier between structural flexibility and performance
nCommodity hardware based appliance
SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator Roadmap – 1 –
BusinessObjects Polestar

BusinessObjects Polestar and SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator – a perfect match


nEasy, intuitive information exploration and analysis for business users
nBring self-service BI for business and casual users
nGet fast facts and answer investigative questions
nExplore and understand new data sources and unexamined parts of the
business
nNo need to understand the data,
where it's located, or how it's structured
nRely on proven performance and scalability
of SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator
n
Benefits of BI Accelerator

Very fast query response time


Increased
Performance improves by a factor of 10–200
end-user
satisfaction
and extended
BI reach
Stable query response time
Independent of DB optimizer, aggregates ...

High scalability
Planned support of new hardware paradigms like
grid and adaptive computing Significant
TCO
reduction

Low maintenance
No aggregate maintenance, minimized rollup …
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• SAP Solution Manager – Early Watch Report


• Full SAP BI Assessment from MyITgroup


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