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Case Study

Migrating SAP BW from Microsoft SQL to SAP HANA®

Accenture moves its SAP Business Warehouse on SAP HANA® to Microsoft Azure in collaboration with Microsoft and SAP

Call for change

When tech meets human ingenuity

“Our combined team, working virtually, knew we were breaking new ground. First, we were undertaking a move of Accenture’s entire 7 TB BW landscape and architecture from on-premise to a public cloud solution that had never been proven at our scale. Second, once in the cloud, we needed to do a database migration from Microsoft SQL to SAP HANA.“

— Anand Raval, Associate Director – Global IT, SAP Cloud Infrastructure Portfolio

A valuable difference


New agile delivery for faster response to business changes; reduced effort on major releases environment build

User experience

70% faster management, forecasting and consolidation reporting over world-class optimized BW system

Close headroom

38% performance improvement on the month-end close processing, creating headroom for 50% growth; 70% faster data broadcasting to downstream applications


Further fortified Accenture’s ERP security; enabled secure SAP HANA agile delivery governance

Production scale

Enhanced scale to mitigate peak usage

Road map

Foundation for SAP S/4HANA and BW/SAP S/4HANA strategic movements; enable digital integration with future Accenture IT and ecosystem platforms

Meet the team

Eli Lambert

Managing Director – Global IT, Finance Platforms

Anand Raval

Director – Global IT, SAP Enterprise Architecture

Roberto Lombas

Director – Global IT, Finance Platforms

Abdel Altabarani

Director – Global IT, Finance Platforms