Thursday, October 27, 2016

Common ERP Selection and Implementation Errors | The PSSI Blog

"Rick Cook writes about computers and ERP from time to time on  Recently he posted some comments about “ERP Implementation Errors for SMEs” that we thought worth sharing. Cook notes that small businesses are different from large ones in that they often lack the experience, expertise and resources necessary for a good ERP implementation.  As a result, they often make mistakes.  At the same time, notes Cook, in some areas, big and small companies are the same, in that some activities require just as much work from the small firm as from the large. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

VIDEO: Vendor invoice posting in SAP

Without withholding tax

With tax withholding

Monday, October 17, 2016

Odoo (OpenERP) vs SAP

"As a former employee of a company implementing Odoo (OpenERP) I had some knowledge about it and probably I am one of the few who had experience with both Odoo and SAP. To be honest, I felt in love with OpenERP about 1.5 years ago. At first, it looked astonishing, and now it looks even more appealing. There are plenty of features that everyone will like. It feels simple and easy to use and in most cases the necessary training for the end-users is lower than most business solutions. 
  Odoo is gaining fans which is critical success factor for open source project while in the same time SAP is growing, but in minor steps. So probably you will think why I left Odoo environment and went to SAP which feels old, ugly and has steep learning curve. The primary reason was the limited out of the box functionalities, bugs and absence of opportunities for heavy specialized financial professionals like me.  Let me try to show you some of my thoughts regarding this comparison." By Emiliyan Tanev - View the differences at Emiliyan's site here... 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reorder Point Procedure or PD with Safety Stock?

Have you ever wondered why planners tend to rather use a safety stock with MRP Type 'PD' to buffer variability, as opposed to a reorder procedure? Oftentimes PD is used across the board and no one wants to bother with another MRP type. However, with SAPs standard configuration the safety stock doesn't serve as a planning buffer and the additional inventory ends up being dead stock.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Settling detailed manufacturing variances to cost based CO-PA

If you are using cost based CO-PA you may find it useful to be able to identify the detail of exactly where the cost variances are occurring. 
TIP: For Production Orders -> Make use of the PA Transfer Structure to assign settlement variance categories to CO-PA value fields. Furthermore you should leverage the relevant Cost Element groups to provide additional insight in to the origin of the variance. Let me explain how this works...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 IDES Install on Oracle and Windows 2008 R2

"There are many tutorials over the internet about installing the SAP IDES installation, but most of them are missing some details. In this tutorial, I will try to put all the information that you will need for installing SAP IDES on fresh Windows Server 2008 R2 OS install without a need for any technical knowledge. As I already wrote earlier, without access to real SAP ERP IDES system, it will be impossible to develop your SAP skills and knowledge." By Emiliyan Tanev - Read how to accomplish this at

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Make To Stock vs. Make to Order

Make to stock (MTS) vs. Make to order (MTO) - What do they mean? 

In a Make To Stock environment production is triggered based mainly on forecasted demand, and any receipt from the production line is put into inventory (where customer orders are ultimately fulfilled from). A couple of scenarios to consider:
  • We receive a customer order 2 months before it needs to be delivered. i.e. We have an open Sales Order that shows in MD04. This order will not trigger a production process.
  • We receive a very large customer order today and do not have enough inventory to fulfill it? We'll have to wait until the next period produces enough product and tell the customer to wait... This is because what is produced this period is for customer orders requesting product in the next period.

Monday, October 10, 2016

SAP Supply Chain Optimization - Bootcamp now on in November and December

The Bootcamp Is Back!
Join Reveal at Supply Chain Optimization 

This Fall, invest 2.5 days in your supply chain by learning how to maximize the return of your SAP investment. Join Reveal for Supply Chain Optimization in Orlando, Nov. 2-4, 2016, or Chicago, Dec. 7-9, 2016.

It's Supply Chain Bootcamp 2.0, complete with in-depth, informative seminars on pertinent supply chain management topics, conducted by experts in the field. These events also feature BYOS, or bring your own system: Each day will feature hands-on exercises where you will apply what you've learned directly in your own SAP system with the benefit of having one-on-one expert help available. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

NNIT Announces Partnership with SAP to collaborate on IDMP

"NNIT collaborates with SAP to deliver leading IT software and services for identification of medicinal products (IDMP) tailored to improve the reporting and tracking of product safety."
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 5, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NNIT, a global provider of IT services and consultancy, today announced a worldwide partnership with SAP SE, the market leader in enterprise application software, to market leading solutions supporting regulatory compliance for Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) within the pharmaceutical industry.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is implementing five new standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Pharmaceutical companies will be required to submit data on medicines to EMA in accordance with common global formats and terminologies. The penultimate goal as defined by the EMA is to improve overall patient safety.
Committed to support these new regulatory requirements, NNIT will introduce tailored, innovative solutions intended to secure successful IDMP compliance within the authority timelines. Read full Globe Newswire article here

Friday, October 7, 2016

Internet of Trains: SAP kits Trenitalia trains with hundreds of sensors | IT PRO

"Trenitalia reboots maintenance and engineering using the IoT, which partner SAP believes is a sign of the next industrial revolution.
 The sunny Italian countryside rattles by at 350km an hour, but it’s not the speeds alone that make Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa trains impressive – it’s the hundreds of sensors beaming 5,000 data points a second into the cloud. 
 Trenitalia is working with SAP to harvest and process that data to completely reimagine train maintenance. At the moment, trains are pulled off the rails for a check-up after a certain number of kilometres or a set amount of time – not unlike taking your car in for an MOT. That takes trains out of service even when they don’t have a fault, costing Trenitalia unnecessarily. By slapping sensors onto every measurable component or part – from the engine to the passenger Wi-Fi – the Italian train firm hopes to not only be able to switch to maintenance when necessary, rather than at a set time, but to predict problems and fix them before they start. “It’s a new way to approach maintenance, better understand the business and intervene when necessary,” said Barbara Morgante, CEO of Trenitalia."
Read full article here