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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations vs. SAP vs. Oracle – Which ERP is Right for You?

The ERP you choose often depends on the type (and size) of your business. While smaller businesses can do just as fine without one, medium businesses and large enterprises can benefit a great deal with a robust ERP in place. And as far as big corporates are concerned, having an ERP system is rather inevitable. However, with so many ERP players in the market (and the ERP market touted to be worth more than $49.50 billion by 2020), choosing the right one is often a daunting task. How do you make the decision? What factors should you consider? What trends should you watch out for? How do you ensure the ERP you choose is the best for your business? 

The Battle of the ERPs 

Let’s do a quick comparison of the top three players in the ERP market - Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, SAP, and Oracle – to help you make the right choice for your business.

Read the full blog here. Courtesy ERP Cloud Blog

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Free: Gartner Magic Quadrant Market Guide for Cloud ERP Solutions

The white paper evaluated Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises. They defined midsize companies as having an annual revenue of $50 million to $1 billion and classified core financial management suites in 5 categories: general ledger (GL), accounts payable (AP), accounts receivable (AR), fixed assets (FA) and project accounting, costing and billing. Gartner then evaluated the financial management software providers based on their Ability to Execute (overall viability, marketing execution, operations, etc.) and Completeness of Vision (marketing understanding, sales strategy, business model, innovation, etc.)

To download the full analyst report visit: https://www.acumatica.com/analyst-reports/gartner-magic-quadrant-for-cloud-core-financial-management-suites/

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TIP: Can we get a list of SAP customer modifications?

SAP provides us with fixes to SAP code through OSS notes that we implement. During upgrades we make changes to code using SPAU. There are various reasons why customers make modifications but how do we list them so we can see what we have done?
Use transaction SE16 and table SMODILOG to view the modifications. The diagram below shows details like the object that was changed, the user that changed it and the transport request that it was in. It will also list the applicable OSS number if it was done via that method.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TIP: How do you set a start transaction for a user - or all users

Some users are always in one or 2 transactions... Why not fire up their most key transaction automatically each time they log on?
To do this execute report ADMIN_SET_START_TRANSACTION_FO
It has the following selection screen:
Simply execute and the next time user KWILSON logs in the transaction "/SAPTRX/EH_LIST" will be started.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIP: Searching for text in SAP programs

We often want to find programs where a certain text string exists. i.e. We know it contains a certain word but forgot the program name. Use report AFX_CODE_SCANNER to search for text within objects. 
The report can search the following objects:
  • Programs
  • Function groups
  • Classes
It has the following selection screen:
In the above selection I would be looking for all custom programs with my name in it...
And the result would look like this:
Double-clicking the row would take you to the applicable program.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

TIP: Listing background jobs by their frequency

Use report BTCAUX14 to view the following:

  1. Scheduling Frequency
  2. Number of times it's been run for the selected period
  3. How many instances are in released status
  4. How many are currently active 
  5. How many instances have been completed for the selected period
  6. How many were terminated
  7. Total Job Runtime
  8. Average Job Runtime
  9. Total Delay
  10. Average Delay


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

TIP: Changing background jobs in mass

We sometimes have a requirement to change several background jobs with the same change. E.g. You want to use a new user to execute a program or you have standardized the names of certain program and want to change the old program to the new program name. Well it is possible...
Report BTC_MASS_JOB_CHANGE can be executed to change jobs in mass.
This report allows you to change the following:

  • program / variant
  • user owner / step user
  • target server / group

There is a “Test Mode” option to test out the change prior to executing it for real

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How do you determine your HANA Version

You can get to the HANA Version that you are using by following 1 of the following 3 techniques:
  1. SAP GUI: From the Menu select "System" --> "Status". Look for your Database System to get the Release info.
  2. SAP HANA Studio: Right click on system and select "Configuration and Monitoring" --> "Open Administration". Click on "Overview" tab and review "Version"
  3. OS Command Line: Open an OS terminal session and issue command "HDB version". Version will give you the needed detail.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ERPGENIE Tutorial - SAP EM 002 - Understanding Events

SAP Event Management (SAP EM) event messages described by @erpgenie (Kevin Wilson) - mandatory knowledge when designing SAP EM solutions.

Monday, July 16, 2018

ERPGENIE Tutorial 001 - SAP Event Management Data Model


SAP Event Management (SAP EM) data model described by @erpgenie (Kevin Wilson) - mandatory knowledge when conducting SAP EM production support and problem resolution activities.