SAP BW consultants – who are they and what is their job like?

SAP BW, short for Business Warehouse, is a module belonging to the SAP system. This area is responsible for collecting, processing and storing data generated by SAP applications through built-in reporting and business analysis tools.

SAP BW is also a development platform where, using the ABAP language, Consultants create and modify data, perform data management tasks, generate reports and develop analytical applications. Business partners gain access to the use of SAP BW modules through an application created by the Consultant according to the client’s requirements.

 

SAP BW enables the integration, transformation, consolidation and storage of data. It also includes data extraction for analysis and interpretation, as well as further data processing and administration of data management processes. The Data Warehousing Workbench is the primary tool used when working in SAP BW.

Key tasks and responsibilities of an SAP BW Consultant

Like any person who ties his or her career to SAP, the SAP BW Consultant must have a strong knowledge of business solutions and be able to move well in this area. When discussing BW specialisation, in addition to business knowledge, the one in the field of analytics also plays an essential role. Therefore, the job requires the following skills:

  • Preparing and transforming data and solving data-related problems,
  • Delivering analytical products to business partners,
  • Implementing methods to improve data reliability and quality,
  • Analysing information from various sources to create consistent information in reports,
  • Developing and testing data architecture that will enable data extraction and transformation,
  • Responsibility for technical testing throughout the cycle, including systems integration testing, performance engineering and unit testing,
  • Cooperating with business analyst, data architect and data visualisation developer during testing activities,
  • Organising meetings to understand the client’s needs,
  • Documenting the client’s business requirements, developing the best plan of action to meet the client’s business needs,
  • Identifying problems, developing and executing the plan to solve them,
  • Providing consulting services, both for new implementations and existing ones,
  • Being a liaison between business functions and the technical team,
  • Providing mentoring to less experienced staff.