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Details behind how to upgrade to NetWeaver BW 7.3 — and how to pronounce ‘gnu’

by Scott Wallask

November 22, 2011

By Scott Wallask, SAPexperts

You may have heard of the African wildebeest, an animal that in some circles is also known as a gnu. Gnu is pronounced like “new,” with a silent G.

My wife had to break the news to my toddler’s music teacher that the instructor was pronouncing gnu incorrectly during one of the kiddie songs he performs. He sang gnu like “gah-new,” with a hard G sound. Who knows how long this musician had been taking poetic license with the gnus?

My bigger point is that even instructors might not have their information 100 percent correct, so you’d better put your trust in folks who get the details right. That’s why I was so glad to see point-by-point answers from Comerit’s Dr. Bjarne Berg during his Q&A forum last week about upgrading to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 — Berg is the real deal in terms of BI expertise.

I’ll let you read through the full Q&A transcript with Berg, but I wanted to highlight a theme that came up repeatedly during the forum: The steps you take to migrate to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3.

For example, one participant was running SAP NetWeaver BW 7.01 and SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 7.5, service pack 6, and wondered what the upgrade path is to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3.

Berg mentioned several considerations:

  • You can stay on Planning and Consolidation 7.5 and go to NetWeaver BW 7.3
  • Another option is to upgrade to NetWeaver BW 7.3 and then upgrade to Planning and Consolidation 10.0
  • However, you cannot upgrade to Planning and Consolidation 10.0 and stay with NetWeaver BW 7.0 because SAP no longer supports 7.0

Another participant asked whether it is possible to upgrade from SAP NetWeaver BW 3.5 to 7.3 in one step, or whether it is mandatory to go through 7.0.

“I recommend to my clients that you go from 3.5 to 7.0 and do the security conversion, query conversion, Unicode conversion, and then to 7.3,” Berg responded. “The 7.0 ‘stop-over’ modularizes the upgrade and should not add much to the overall timelines.”

Someone also wanted to know if a company can go directly from SAP NetWeaver BW 3.0b non-Unicode to 7.3 Unicode.

Berg said while SAP did not require Unicode conversion in SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0, an upgrade is the point at which you “bite the bullet” and perform such a conversion. “Plan for the Unicode migration as part of the upgrade unless you have already done so in an earlier upgrade,” he wrote.

By the way, that’s Berg with a hard G sound at the end.

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Dave Hannon

9/25/2013 8:59:24 PM

I am willing to bet the music teacher was a child of the 1980s and learned how to pronounce "gnu" from the same source I did, that legend of children's television Gary Gnu:

"No gah-news, is good gah-news...with Gary...Gah-nu."