Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Awareness Improving But Security Still Lags For SAP Implementations

By Ericka Chickowski "SAP ecosystem a huge Achilles heel for enterprise system security, report says. While SAP makes some of the most business-critical applications used by enterprises today, it has taken some time for the IT world to get serious about securing SAP infrastructure. In the wake of a several high-profile incidents involving SAP over the past year -- and an increasing focus by analysts on SAP defense issues -- SAP awareness is at an all-time high in 2016. But the statistics show that there's a lot of work to do in order to turn that awareness into meaningful protection for business-critical applications.

Monday, August 29, 2016

TIP: Generate a Unique index for Parameter values in SAP EM


Problem Statement

SAP EM stores attribute values as name value pairs (called Parameters). There are certain instances where you need to hold multiple values for the same attribute / parameter. For example, a shipment event handler can be tracked using multiple tracking Numbers. And at a later stage some of the tracking numbers become obsolete and need to be removed from the event handler. In these scenarios, not knowing the right index to remove the applicable parameters becomes very difficult and inefficient in terms of performance.

SAP Customers Embrace Digital Transformation with the Cloud and SAP S/4HANA®

"WALLDORF, Germany, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- During the company's strong second-quarter earnings announcement, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) confidently reiterated its full-year outlook, with double-digit cloud growth and announcing more than 3,700 customers for SAP S/4HANA® globally. The spirit of SAP's relentless innovation lies in the success of the company's customers who are digitizing and growing with SAP® solutions. In the second quarter, thousands of companies across North America selected SAP to drive digital transformation in their organizations, including: 
  • dōTERRA International 
  • The Hershey Company
  • The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) 
  • O.C. Tanner Co.
  • Ultra Clean Technology"

Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to write a custom SAP EM activity function to compare analyze a parameter value


Comparing a parameter value

USE: You may need to compare an existing parameter value with another value. E.g. You have an amount parameter that you want to check is greater than 100,000. Enter the Input parameter 1 as SO_NETVALUE (your parameter name), C as a control parameter (limited to I and C for Info and Control parameters), the value 100000 against which to check against and the Operation >.

Friday, August 26, 2016

SAP Solution Manager Release 7.2 is here

SAP Solution Manager Release 7.2 is here "In early 2016, SAP released the long-anticipated Ramp-up version of SAP Solution Manager 7.2. The general availability release of 7.2 was released on the 15th of August 2016 in the form of Service Pack 3 (SP3). 
This new version has been built from bottom up and not only brings across the tried and tested operational focused capabilities, but has a completely redesigned project and resource management component that was lacking in version 7.1. Another major change that has been long overdue is the ability to build and define the SAP business processes beyond the 3-level hierarchy structure, with an enhanced graphical representation." Read more here...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

SAP Emphasizing Internet Of Things

SAP Emphasizing Internet Of Things

  • "Since early 2016, SAP has been increasing focus on the Internet of Things segment. 
  • It is working on offerings that will be able to support customers already using IoT-based systems, and it is also working on a future wave of SAP IoT implementations. 
  • Earlier last month, SAP announced the acquisition of Norwegian company Fedem Technology AS, which would be its first strategic IoT acquisition. 
After the announcement of Brexit last quarter, many were worried about the performance of Europe-based companies. Recently reported second quarter results by ERP leader SAP (NYSE:SAP) appear to have put those concerns to rest. After delivering rather lackluster results in the first quarter, SAP delivered very strong second quarter results that sent the stock soaring to 52-week high levels."

Read more...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ariba Network grows; SAP PartnerEdge provides new path to cloud

Ariba Network grows; SAP PartnerEdge provides new path to cloud: "The Ariba Network is growing rapidly, and this in turn is helping to fuel growth in some of the companies that participate in it. SAP reports that nearly 1,300 new sellers per day joined the Ariba Network in the second quarter of 2016, and that more than 2 million companies are now connected and doing more than $2.5 billion in business every day." - Read more here...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interview with Alicia Tillman, CMO at SAP Ariba

Interview with Alicia Tillman, CMO at SAP Ariba:
"1. Could you tell me a little about your background and how you came to be the CMO at SAP Ariba? 
Prior to joining SAP Ariba, I spent 11 years at American Express operating in a similar capacity, leading Marketing and Corporate Communications, in the company’s business travel division. I recently celebrated my one year at SAP Ariba after joining last spring. My desire to join SAP Ariba was driven by a fierce desire by our company President to double the size of the business in the next five years. That goal would call for change – and Marketing would be part of that.While SAP Ariba is the market leader in their space, doubling our business would require refreshed messaging, brand elements and awareness. I was very interested to lead that for SAP Ariba.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Software Maker SAP Ditches Annual Reviews

Software Maker SAP Ditches Annual Reviews: "Germany’s SAP, maker of software used to grade the performance of millions of employees worldwide, is ditching its own annual performance reviews as too expensive, time-consuming, and often demotivating. 
 Once championed by business leaders as the key to better productivity, annual appraisals are falling out of fashion with companies including IBM, Gap, and even General Electric, whose longtime chief executive Jack Welch is credited with popularizing the system."
The slant made by some media outlets implies that SAP doesn't believe in the processes covered by it's own solution. In fact, many companies are moving away from the Annual Review system, including my own. We just believe that it focuses more on the negative and is reactive in nature... SAP has a similar belief.

Letter: SAP remains committed to Newtown Square HQ

Letter: SAP remains committed to Newtown Square HQ:
"To The Times:
There has been some concern over recent media coverage in the Philadelphia area suggesting that SAP has plans to move our North America headquarters from Newtown Square to New York City. This has understandably raised concerns and angst for some and I want to address it directly and set the record straight. Later this year, SAP will be opening a beautiful new office in New York City. We’re in the process of renovating our space in Chicago, we’ve opened a new office in Atlanta, and rolled out a brand new location in Boston. These are just a few examples of our continuous efforts to improve and better align our real estate footprint across North America to our business needs and growth plans. The new location in the prestigious Hudson Yards development in Manhattan will unite all of our existing New York locations into one. But what it won’t do is alter our presence or footprint here in Newtown Square."