Monday, July 17, 2017

Calling all SAP consultants - looking for your next gig?

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SAP South Africa execs allegedly paid bribes for government contracts!

Read the article here on some pretty serious stuff going on in SA. Pleased to see the response taken by SAP HQ.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SAP Launches New IoT Solutions at SAP® Leonardo Live - SAP GTT arrives

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) launched several new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions at SAP® Leonardo Live, its global summit being held July 11–12 in Frankfurt, Germany, to showcase the latest technology and use cases for innovation, including the IoT. Part of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system, these IoT solutions take advantage of advances in Big Data and analytics, the ability to connect people, things and business with SAP Cloud Platform, and technologies such as machine learning to enable IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies across digital logistics, manufacturing and asset management. 

The new solutions include:

  • SAP Leonardo IoT Bridge, a configurable role-based digital command center giving operations managers unprecedented visibility and ability to act in real time
  • SAP Global Track and Trace, a cloud-based offering for unified, end-to-end tracking, monitoring and reporting of objects and business processes across supply chain networks
  • SAP Leonardo IoT Edge software to bring compute, storage and business semantics via the cloud to where intelligent devices reside outside of the data center, for near real-time and deterministic performance of business processes
  • SAP Digital Manufacturing Insights, a centralized, cloud-based manufacturing performance management solution that provides comprehensive visibility into manufacturing that enables process optimization
  • SAP Asset Manager, a cloud-based mobile app for managing asset health, inventory, maintenance and safety

"Less than one year ago, we announced our commitment to invest and grow our IoT business," said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, president, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP. "With SAP Leonardo as our digital innovation system, our new solutions and the many customers and partners demonstrating real-life use cases with us at SAP Leonardo Live, we are defining the path to digital transformation with innovation that can scale across the entire organization." Read full news release on PR Newswire

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SAP Banking solutions

The following areas are well covered by SAP solutions (click here for details):
  1. Digital Customer Engagement
    1. Contextual Marketing
    2. Smarter Selling
    3. Digital Experience and Commerce
    4. Online and Mobile Banking
  2. Retail Banking Operations
    1. Retail Deposits
    2. Retail Lending
    3. Centralized Payment Processing
  3. Commercial Banking Operations
    1. Cash and Liquidity Management
    2. Commercial Lending
    3. Financial Services Network
  4. Capital Markets Operations
    1. Cross-Asset Trading
    2. Capital Markets Treasury Management
  5. Analytical Banking
    1. Accounting for Financial Instruments
    2. Performance Management
    3. Risk Management
    4. Data Management for Finance and Risk

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SAP's financial services solution offering

  1. Financial Planning and Analysis
  2. Accounting and Financial Close
  3. Treasury Management
  4. Governance, Risk, and Compliance for Finance
  5. Payables and Receivables
  6. Real Estate Management
  7. Travel and Expense
Check out the details on SAP's financial offering here...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Choosing SAP HR module complicated by S/4HANA, SuccessFactors options

Five years ago, SAP made a major addition to its human capital management portfolio by buying SuccessFactors, one of the biggest vendors of HCM software as a service. But with human resource features starting to appear in SAP's next-generation ERP system, S/4HANA, what's the right SAP HR module to buy?
In a podcast, TechTarget contributor Luke Marson, who co-founded a consultancy that specializes in SuccessFactors implementations, offers advice on choosing an SAP HR module.
"If you're looking for core HR with S/4HANA, Employee Central would be the HR system you would look at," Marson says. "They're designed to integrate together and work together, and that's the long-term roadmap for SAP."
The choice is different, however, for organizations that are already running the on-premises SAP HR module, SAP HCM. They can still use S/4HANA with the on-premises HCM, he says.
Integration issues vary, too. Marson says the integration tools for sharing data between S/4HANA and Employee Central are better than those for Employee Central and SAP ERP (part of Business Suite, S/4HANA's predecessor). In contrast, the on-premises SAP HR module and finance module are "very tightly coupled," and run in the same software instance.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Everything EDI...

We would like to bring your attention to a portal that shares a lot of good information on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), a technology that has long been thought of as "dying" but is actually growing in its adoption.
Check it out for free mapping templates, links to standards, recruiters, service companies and much more...

Friday, June 30, 2017

NEWS: OpenText signs global reseller agreement with SAP on HR document management

Enterprise information management solution provider OpenText has announced a new global reseller agreement with SAP, under which its Extended ECM solution will be sold as SAP SuccessFactors Extended Enterprise Content Management by OpenText.

The cloud-based solution, which has been designed exclusively for the SuccessFactors HCM Suite, will help organisations manage human resources and employee documents from generation to disposition in a secure and compliant way. According to OpenText, the solution will help businesses to improve their performance, efficiency and productivity by centralising document management.

“More than any other department, HR professionals are responsible for a vast amount of information which is pivotal to the organisation,” said Adam Howatson, chief marketing officer, OpenText. “Helping companies manage their essential employee records through a single, cloud-based source is a significant step for companies wanting to more effectively manage an increasingly global, digital workforce.”

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NEWS: OpenText Forges New Global Cloud Reseller Agreement with SAP

OpenText, provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM), has announced that it has signed a global reseller agreement with SAP for reselling the OpenText Extended ECM as "SAP SuccessFactors Extended Enterprise Content Management by OpenText". This new cloud-based solution has been designed exclusively for the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, and helps organizations manage the entire life cycle of Human Resources (HR) and employee documents, in a secure and compliant manner.

Available immediately, the solution helps businesses to improve organizational performance and increase HR efficiency and productivity by centralizing the way they digitalize, create, store, manage, and access employee documents.

“More than any other department, HR professionals are responsible for a vast amount of information which is pivotal to the organization,” says Adam Howatson, chief marketing officer, OpenText. “Helping companies manage their essential employee records through a single, cloud-based source is a significant step for companies wanting to more effectively manage an increasingly global, digital workforce. SAP SuccessFactors Extended ECM by OpenText offers HR professionals a solution uniquely designed to help reduce the time and complexity associated with document management.”

With SAP SuccessFactors Extended ECM, customers will be better able to manage employee documents according to country and region-specific requirements. They will also be able to easily locate information through powerful search functionality, and generate HR documents and employee correspondence through the availability of set templates, content, and pre-defined workflows. Integrated within SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, the solution helps ensure that relevant employee file content is readily accessible to HR professionals, managers and employees within the context of the appropriate HR business processes and workflows. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SAP Ariba: No turning back as procurement goes digital | Procurement | Supply Chain Digital

The new age of digital is fundamentally reinventing business processes, from operations to customer engagement and more. A key driver behind this shift is the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 creating reams of data that allow decision makers to get the information they need, anytime and anywhere.

Accompanying this mass of data, the evolution of advanced analytics is accelerating decision making without any adverse effect on accuracy or performance quality. At the same time, business networks are creating highly efficient levels of collaboration that enhance productivity and generate value from data, regardless of where employees are located.

Procurement professionals have long been the unsung heroes of helping businesses adapt to these changes, tasked with reducing costs and ensuring savings are realised. But the most innovative among them are utilising new technologies like self-service portals, mobile apps and cloud or social collaboration tools to streamline processes, manage spend and simplify traditionally complex purchasing experiences. The end result is empowering buyers to comply with internal policies and best practices, while keeping costs down and raising the strategic value of every purchase.

Procurement organisations are more than comfortable with delivering buying experiences and supply chains that are fast, simple, sustainable, and low risk. But the key target here is to add value to the delivery of services and goods to customers. This is the future of procurement.
SAP Ariba: Read the full article here

Monday, June 26, 2017

SAP Ariba and Mercateo announce "game-changing" spot buy partnership | Procurement | Supply Chain Digital

SAP Ariba and Mercateo have announced a new partnership which will see the companies combine expertise and resources in what is being described as a “game changer” for the spot-buying market.
Combating B2B tail spend is a challenge for all companies with cross-border trade in Europe presenting its own hurdles, particularly when it comes to invoicing.
SAP Ariba’s Tony Alvarez admitted as much and says that Mercateo’s Unite, which is a neutral platform allowing sellers to put up content to show buyers, made it a no-brainer to team up with the German company.
Alvarez, who is a General Manager for SAP Ariba spot buying services said: “When I saw what Mercateo had to offer in terms of the platform, it was a case of ‘guess what I’m looking for!’
Read full article here

Friday, June 23, 2017

Knoa Helps Accelerate Westcon-Comstors Global Rollout Of SAP ERP With SAP UEM By Knoa


Knoa Software, a leading provider of user experience management (UEM) software, today announced that Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data center solutions, used SAP® User Experience Management (SAP UEM) by Knoa to assist with its global rollout of the SAP ERP application to 4,000 employees in 54 countries. The SAP UEM application provides visibility into software usage, enabling Westcon-Comstor to monitor and analyze user activity and system performance, and understand training needs. 

Westcon-Comstor began using SAP UEM in 2014, shortly after kicking off its SAP ERP global rollout. It found SAP UEM especially useful in identifying transaction codes that were causing bandwidth issues and delays; this insight enabled the company to clean up the custom code and increase productivity. 

“A global implementation was made easier thanks to the tools that the software has been able to provide," said Andy Feehan, Organizational Change Management and Training, Westcon-Comstor. "The reports that SAP UEM provides help leadership make calculated decisions based on facts.” 

Knoa Software is an SAP partner whose user experience management solution is resold by SAP as an SAP Solution Extension. SAP UEM sheds light on application usage, user adoption and workflows, helping customers protect and maximize investments in SAP applications and upgrades. 

“We are proud that our solution helped to ensure the success of this massive global rollout,” said Brian Berns, CEO of Knoa Software. “Westcon-Comstor is an impressive company and excellent partner that understands how to get the greatest benefit out of its SAP solutions. SAP UEM can assist with implementations and migrations involving the full spectrum of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors solutions, SAP Fiori apps and more.”

Read the full article here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SAP Ariba and Samasource join forces to eradicate child exploitation in the supply chain | SCM | Supply Chain Digital

SAP Ariba has teamed up with nonprofit Samasource to ensure that child labor within the supply chain becomes a thing of the past.

The two companies have joined forces to stamp out poverty and drive fair labor practices across global supply chains by leveraging the power of technology and digital networks.

Founded in 2008, Samasource is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to lifting people out of poverty by providing training and access to dignified digital work through a process called “impact sourcing”, which is the practice of hiring people at the bottom of the pyramid, giving them access to earning a living wage, allowing them to transform their quality of life on their own terms.

For SAP Ariba, which works with 2.8 million companies in 190 countries worldwide, Samasource seemed like the ideal partner to work with to combat the exploitation of poverty within the supply chain and together they believe they have the transparency to resolve what is being described as "one of the biggest issues in the supply chain today."

Alicia Tillman, Chief Marketing Officer of SAP Ariba said: “At SAP Ariba, we firmly believe that one of the most effective ways to eradicate poverty is through free markets.

"Collectively, the Global 2000 spend $12 trillion on goods and services annually. These companies – more than 75 percent of which are connected to the Ariba Network - have the buying power to ensure they provide fair labor practices across their supply chains. And this is exactly what we, in collaboration with Samasource, hope to inspire them to do.
Read full article here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

YES Bank Partners IBM, SAP For Digital Transformation -

Yes Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank hosted an exclusive Digital Roundtable today, in collaboration with Innovation partners, SAP and IBM, as part of its continued focus on developing the digital banking ecosystem in India through collaborations and joint initiatives. Through this collaboration, the bank envisages making a significant impact in digitizing the financial supply chain of its clients.
Read full article here

Monday, June 19, 2017

Perfecting the last mile | Supply Chain Dive

Read the full article here on Supply Chain Dive
  • Why is the last Mile so inefficient?
  • For last mile proficiency, tap the logistics network
  • How cities can help supply chains perfect the last mile
  • What retailers can do to make the last mile more efficient
  • 9 trends in last-mile delivery