Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Automation and DevOps Maturity

According to Forrester Research, 95% of organizations are moving to Agile and following suit with DevOps. (Forrester Research: Aligning Agile And DevOps Practices With Business Value).
Likely then, your organization is too.

In his white paper, "Drive business growth with agile processes through DevOps for SAP" Pravas Ranjan Rout of Infosys speaks to the benefits of a DevOps approach for SAP teams and provides a suggested way for SAP IT organizations to progress forward. Dividing the path to maturity into 4 phases, crawl, walk, run and sprint, differing degrees of automation and tooling within each phase are recommended.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rev-Trac Case Study: NGA Human Resources

AT A GLANCE: The Challenge

NGA Human Resources is an HR & Payroll Outsourcing leader with over 1000 Cloud & ERP implementations, including 20% of Fortune Global 500 companies whose expectations are 100% accuracy and compliance. NGA HR needed controls and processes for their SAP HCM systems that would prevent changes from being initiated but not reaching production, manage deployments, ensure process enforcement and sequencing, and eliminate the excessive reliance on manual intervention.

The Solution

Using Rev-Trac’s process enforcement capabilities, NGA HR was able to customize and configure their change control processes to ensure segregation of duties, documentation of mandatory test results, and compliance that any change made in a landscape is tied to an approver. NGA achieved the level of compliance and control that helped the company to grow globally and maintain the reliability, control and compliance their customers have come to expect.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Role of Process Maturation and Process Automation in SAP DevOps

Last posting I mentioned some component areas, tenets for success, SAP IT teams will need to address on their journey to a fully implemented DevOps approach. In this post, I’ll elaborate on the first couple.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Using Blockchain to Build Your Dream House

"Distributed ledger technology, otherwise known as blockchain, can significantly simplify bank guarantees and guarantees of insurers, reducing paperwork while providing time-saving transparency for financial institutions and their customers. I saw an example of an interesting scenario at the recent SAP Financial Services Innovation Summit held at the SAP Leonardo Center in New York. SAP’s Stefan Schmidt recently shared a blockchain POC called The Guarantee Network on Blockchain Stefan Schmidt, Innovation Manager at SAP for Insurance, walked the audience through a blockchain POC called The Guarantee Network on Blockchain. Running on SAP Cloud Platform, it depicted how the various parties involved in new building construction – contractor, bank, insurer and buyer – could use digital certification to share information quickly, obtain necessary signatures and approvals, and prevent fraud." Susan Galer of SAP View full article here.

NEWS: UPS and SAP deliver on-demand additive manufacturing technology

UPS and SAP deliver on-demand additive manufacturing technology: "For years, UPS has created a logistics empire by delivering goods to businesses and homes around the world, but lately, the company has evolved from delivering the goods to actually making them. UPS is collaborating with SAP to develop a system of additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, that integrates UPS' logistics expertise with SAP's business process expertise and the SAP Leonardo next-generation technology platform."

Monday, December 18, 2017

NEWS: Microsoft, SAP to use and sell more of each other's cloud services

Microsoft, SAP to use and sell more of each other's cloud services: "LONDON (Reuters) - Business software giants Microsoft Corp and SAP SE have agreed to expand the use of each other’s cloud-based products and services delivered via the internet, they said on Tuesday, as they laid out a common product road map for joint customers."

NEWS: The First $100 Billion Dollar Blockchain Company Could Be The Next SAP

The First $100 Billion Dollar Blockchain Company Could Be The Next SAP

SAP EM : Things to look out for when implementing SAP EM

I recently came across a SAP EM Implementation with one of my clients, where they had SAP EM implemented by one of the best consulting companies but turned out to be a complete disaster.

They have N number of issues as listed below:

  1. One EH having Multiple Values for the same TRACKING ID CODE SET - which is causing incorrect events being posted on EH's
  2. Tracking ID's without Start Date & End Date - due to which Events posted in the past get re-triggered for EH's created in Future with same Tracking ID, causing data inconsistencies
  3. All Task Logging switched on, causing billion+ entries in EH_TASK, forcing the client to do Partitioning in the database to handle the table size.
  4. BAPI COMMIT being used inside the RULE SET causing data inconsistencies and short dumps
  5. Event Generation within the Rule Sets causing short dumps
  6. No Queuing process followed and hence same the EH is called multiple times at the same moment causing data inconsistencies

Please feel free to comment on other issues that you have seen in your implementations.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Camelot ITLab joins SAP initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT | Technology | Supply Chain Digital

Read full press release here: "Camelot ITLab has announced it will be joining SAP’s brand-new initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT. With the SAP Blockchain and IoT Co-Innovation Program SAP customers get the opportunity to identify, discover and implement applications to capture various events in blockchain, from the design and development of products to production and logistics up to product tracking."

Minimizing Data Maintenance in SAP Distribution Channels and Divisions

SAP ERP is a powerful tool. You can do so much with it, it’s tempting to dive into the complexity and use features just for their own sake. But that’s not a good way to set up your SAP. Rather, you need to let business needs drive your SAP complexity. 

Today, we’ll be talking about SAP distribution channels and divisions and how you can set them up for minimal data maintenance. We’ll also talk about what this means for an SAP e-commerce integration--something to consider even if you aren’t currently doing e-commerce. (See our previous blog post announcing Corevist interface for eCommerce)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Key Takeaways From SAP's Q3

Read full article here "In continuation with a strong first half of the year, software giant SAP continued its impressive performance in Q3. Third quarter revenues grew 4% over the prior year period to $6.6 billion and were in line with the market expectations. Aided by a phenomenal increase in new cloud bookings, revenues from cloud business continued to be the primary growth driver. The cloud and software gross margins saw a marginal decline, but a substantial improvement in the services gross margin led to a slight improvement in overall margins. We expect cloud margins to continue declining in the near term, as the company faces tough competition from software behemoths like Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce. Operating profit and EPS grew by 19% and 35% year-over-year respectively, due to lower share-based compensation, acquisition-related charges and restructuring costs. While the revenue growth was seen across all business segments, SAP’s Cloud business, aided by a phenomenal increase in new bookings, was the standout performer. The company continued its dominance in the Enterprise Resource Planning software market, with more than 600 customers adopting its S/4HANA platform in the quarter, taking the overall count to over 6,900 customers. This should assuage some investor concerns about the long term value of this platform, the sheer power of which is reflected in its cost. Moreover, with 80% of its customers still using the earlier platform and expected to shift to the newer one in the near future, there is tremendous potential which the company expects to tap."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Square Partners With SAP to embed Square payments in to SAP Business One

Square Partners With SAP (Read full article) "In Square Inc.'s (NYSE: SQ) second-quarter conference call, CEO Jack Dorsey promised that the company was constantly looking for ways it could "accelerate and deepen" its offerings to its customers. One of the ways the company has recently focused on in order to accomplish this goal is to embed its payment processing into existing business software platforms through partnerships. Earlier this quarter, Square partnered with Eventbrite, the popular live event-planning platform. 
More recently, Square announced another partnership, this time with SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), the German-based enterprise application software provider. Under the terms of the deal, announced on Square's corporate blog, Square's payment processing and financial services will now be integrated with SAP's Business One platform. SAP Business One is a software platform that provides small and medium-sized retailers with a variety of back-office business services, including accounting, project management, and human resources. With the integration of the two companies' services, businesses will now be able to view their sales and payment data with "one holistic view."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TIP: Configuring the SAP EM Web UI

Daniel Haerder wrote a good blog introducing customizing of the SAP EM Web UI. Check it out here before continuing … Now let’s explore it in more detail.
Reference the following 2 links to give you more ideas around what is possible:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SAP Track and Trace Solution — Part 2: Inbound Logistics

In the first part of this article series, I described what Track and Trace is and how it relates to outbound logistics; if you missed it, check it out here. In this article, I will discus how we can provide full visibility into the inbound logistics process by leveraging SAP’s Event Management module and EDI carrier status notifications. Organizations that place purchase orders (PO) for their suppliers or manufacturers have a very real need to make sure that the product arrives at the intended destination on the date that it was requested and promised. Scheduling receiving resources and ability to meet customer demand, all rely on the product getting to the warehouse when it was scheduled to be there.

Monday, October 30, 2017

TIP: SAP Event Management Naming Conventions

SystemFunctionalityNaming ConventionExample
ECC/EMTable NameZEMT_*Meaningful Name*ZEMT_DATE_EXT
ECC/EMStructure NameZEMS_*Meaningful Name*ZEMS_DATE_EXT
ECC/EMCustom Programs / RFC / Module PoolZEM_*Program Type*ZEMRP_EVENT_LIST
ECC/EMBusiness Process TypeZEM_*ZEM_ESC_PURORD