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

History of SAP Event Management

Now lets talk about how we got to SAP Event Management (EM) release 9.2…
SAP EM began it’s journey way back in 2000 but the 1st official release was made in 2004 and that’s where we will pick up the story…

SAP EM 4.x

After a few pilot implementations, SAP EM was released as a solution for Supply Chain Event Management.  This release occurred in 2004 and was part of the SAP SCM 4.0 solution.  The software came bundled with the following visibility processes: 1) procurement, 2) fulfillment, 3) production malfunction, and 4) transportation.  At the end of 2004, Release 4.1 was introduced.  This release contained the first RFID-enabled visibility operation, which was Outbound Delivery Process.

Leonardo: SAP launches Asia Pacific Japan region's first Leonardo Centre in Bengaluru - The Economic Times

Leonardo: SAP launches Asia Pacific Japan region's first Leonardo Centre in Bengaluru - The Economic Times:
"BENGALURU: Tech major SAP today announced the launch of Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region's first SAP Leonardo Center here.  The fourth SAP Leonardo Center globally, the facility is a go-to place for SAP's ecosystem for digital inspiration and co-innovation, the company said in a release. 
The center is located in the new 5.15 lakh square feet facility of SAP Labs India Bengaluru campus which was inaugurated earlier this year, it said."

Friday, October 27, 2017

SAP Sets Blockchain Course (IT Business Edge)

SAP Sets Blockchain Course by Mike Vizard: "SAP by the middle of 2018 plans to make an instance of a blockchain database available based on an instance of the open source Hyperledger project that will be primarily employed across multiple community clouds hosted by SAP. 

 SAP for now is providing access to a blockchain as a service offering via an early access program to both IT services providers and IT organizations such as Capgemini, Deloitte, GrainCorp, HCL Technologies, HERE Technologies, Moog Inc., Natura Cosméticos S.A., NetApp and PeerNova. Gil Perez, senior vice president for digital assets and the Internet of Things (IoT) at SAP, says the distributed ledger that SAP is making available on top of blockchain is part of the suite of IT services known as SAP Leonardo that SAP wraps around emerging technologies.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NEWS: SAP Reports Itself to DOJ and SEC Over South Africa Scandal

The German business software giant SAP said Thursday that it has disciplined some of its employees and made major changes to its sales processes, in connection with yet another Gupta-related corruption scandal in South Africa.

It also said it had voluntarily reported itself over the situation, which involves contracts with the South African state rail company Transet and state utility Eskom, to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), both of which are now investigating the company for potential violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Video: SAP QIM - Quality Issue Management

Issue Processing with Activities

Thursday, October 19, 2017

News: SAP Q3 growth slows on cloud, licenses dip

  • Q3 revenue 5.59 billion euros, misses consensus for 5.71 billion
  • Q3 core profit 1.64 billion euros, just below forecasts
  • Raises midpoint of 2017 revenue, profit guidance
SAP, Europe's most valuable technology company, reported that third-quarter revenue growth slowed after a strong first half and profits came up just short of analysts' expectations.
Core profit excluding special items rose by 4 percent to 1.64 billion euros ($1.94 billion) at constant currency rates, SAP said, below the 1.69 billion euros expected by analysts in a Reuters poll.
Nonetheless, SAP said it was confident it could meet or beat its financial targets for the full year, as it modestly raised the midpoint of its outlook for 2017 revenue and core profits.
Revenue for the German business planning software provider grew 8 percent to 5.59 billion euros from a year earlier, falling short of the mean forecast of 5.71 billion euros from 16 analysts surveyed by Reuters. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Video: SAP Vehicle Insights

Connected vehicle analytics
Monitor live vehicle conditions and run powerful connected car analytics – with SAP Vehicle Insights. This cloud-based application can help you collect, map, store, and analyse vehicle and sensor data in real time. Integrate with automotive telematics data – as well as enterprise and customer data – to improve services and create new business models and opportunities.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017