Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Adopting the SAP HANA Platform to Power Your SAP Implementation

By Mike Harding — Senior Technical Architect, EMC IT If your organization is running SAP’s software products and applications, SAP’s in-memory computing platform, SAP HANA, offers tremendous game-changing potential for delivering business value via data analytics. However, as EMC IT recently discovered, there are key steps you should take to pave the way for leveraging […]


http://itblog.emc.com/2015/03/27/adopting-the-sap-hana-platform-to-power-your-sap-implementation/

Internal price condition in purchase orders

In SAP MM, we have the concept of internal price which can be used in various places. The internal price is defined a condition category G. An example is below (I have copied from PB00 and removed the access sequence) The magic of the Internal price works in the following manner: In STOs containing supplying […]


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SAP Prepares to Take On The Internet of Things, Announces String of NewPartnerships

Global software developer SAP recently announced a string of new partnerships in a bid to step up its involvement in the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is the concept of connecting any device, ranging from a refrigerator to components of industrial machinery, to the Internet. IoT is widely considered to be the next big thing […]


http://bicorner.com/2015/03/29/sap-prepares-to-take-on-the-internet-of-things-announces-string-of-new-partnerships/

SAP HANA proves it’s worth in Amsterdam

Since migrating to SAP HANA the University of Amsterdam they have found reporting is FOUR times faster, and they can now employ Mobile Apps! http://www.news-sap.com/sap-customer-university-of-amsterdam-enhances-reporting-student-evaluation-sap-hana/


https://thesapadventure.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/sap-hana-proves-its-worth-in-amsterdam/

8 TIPS YOU MAY CONSIDER FOR ERP IMPLEMENTATION

ERP as we know Enterprise Resource Planning related with large and mid level business where there is complexity of business operations through traditional systems. Where there is complexity in managing business operations, you must be need in ERP that will meet your business process transparently. In today’s mobile environment, organizations are looking for an ERP […]


https://socialmusker.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/8-tips-you-may-consider-for-erp-implementation/

The Great Potential of SAP HANA

The experiment with integrating SAP HANA into teaching and research here at Missouri S&T is paying off. Last week I observed our Business and Information Technology, BIT, students presenting their ERP Simulation projects to a team from Deloitte SAP Service Line. What caught my eye was that the students are now incorporating data from our […]


http://higheredtechtalk.org/2015/03/07/great-potential-of-sap-hana/

Considering an Efficient ERP Solution in Singapore

An integrated software solution that helps the organizations in Singapore is the ERP solution. It is a comprehensive solution to meet the demands and requirements of clients and enterprises. ERP gives a personalized solution to the company for improving its performance and increasing its revenues and profits. The manufacturing sectors make the maximum use of […]


https://erpsolutionssg.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/considering-an-efficient-erp-solution-in-singapore/

SUIM to find Single Roles included in Composite roles

Question: How can I find the included single roles of a certain composite role? Answer: Call transaction SUIM, access the menu Roles -> By Role Name, type the name of the composite role and execute. Now you can click on the button Included Single Roles (CTRL+SHIFT+F12).


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PFCG – Authorization maintenance

This post demonstrate how you can use the transaction PFCG to create and maintain access to within SAP by creating Roles and Composite Roles. The main idea here is to create a role and make it part of a composite role to facilitate user and access administration.


https://dbabasis.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/pfcg-authorization-maintenance/

SAP Security and authorization: From concept to implementation

SAP authorization can be both straightforward and confusing at the same time. To make it easy to understand let’s put things this way: The SAP ERP is composed by ABAP programs, which have access groups and access objects, so in order to successfully access the programs a user must be granted the necessary authorization objects […]


https://dbabasis.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/sap-security-and-authorization-from-concept-to-implementation/

Web-based eresource ERP

Web-based eresource ERP system can definitely help all business operations.It makes the work easy with avoiding unnecessary entries of information. Once an order is entered, the same data could reflect in all necessary modules instantly. eresource ERP is more dynamic than any management software where you may need to do several entrances to complete one […]


https://erpinuae.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/web-based-eresource-erp/

US Senate Issues Scathing Report—$1 Billion ERP Implementation Lessons Learned

US Senate Issues Scathing Report—$1 Billion ERP Implementation Lessons Learned. Surprisingly the issues mentioned  in reports pertaining to ERP implementation are very well known and the involvement of the major bigwigs with no sound strategy for execution definitely raised some eyelids on this matter.In the coming days will try to explore more on methodology and […]


https://supplychainomics.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/us-senate-issues-scathing-report-1-billion-erp-implementation-lessons-learned-2/

Supply Chain of Tomorrow – What Supply Chain Executives and Technology Providers Imagine of a Futuristic Supply Chain

Thanks to Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, we got to hear real thoughts and expectations of Supply Chain Industry Executives of what they perceive will be the Future of Supply Chain.I have highlighted the major points below: More Seamless and Synchronized Supply Chain More Collaborative and Connected Supply Chain More Transparent with tighter and effective integration […]


https://supplychainomics.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/supply-chain-of-tomorrow-what-supply-chain-executives-and-technology-providers-imagine-of-a-futuristic-supply-chain/

S&OP: The Evolving Supply Chain Lifeline

Being a Supply Chain Practitioner, Observer and Analyzer, recently one concept that really caught my imagination and seems to be the Holy Grail for manufacturer, distributor or retailers is “Sales and Operation Planning”. Now one would say, we all do it, we have the whole process sorted out with plethora of meetings scheduled each month or quarter […]


https://supplychainomics.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/sop-the-evolving-supply-chain-lifeline-2/

On-premise, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS: Who’s responsible for what?

As Cloud networking becomes more popular, the myriad of terms like “on-premise,” “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS),” “Platform as a Service (PaaS),” and “Software as a Service (SaaS)” can be confusing to those not fully acquainted with the technologies.  A helpful way of understanding the distinction between these four ideas is to look at what parts of your server/network […]


https://computersupportservicesinc.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/on-premise-iaas-paas-saas-whos-responsible-for-what/

What is the Future of the Warehouse?

What’s the warehouse industry going to look like over the next several years? CSSI expects it to look quite different due to new technologies and new ways of thinking about space and work flow. Today’s warehouse workers face a number of challenges, including the demand for high-speed mobile communication devices in-house and out in the […]


https://computersupportservicesinc.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/what-is-the-future-of-the-warehouse/

How Technology Can Create a More Productive Warehouse: Part One

Improving your warehouse’s productivity is now easier than ever before, thanks to huge advances in technology over the past several years. Let’s look at some of the tools warehouse managers like you have available to help maximize productivity. The first element that can help improve your company’s warehouse productivity is collaboration. While communicating by email […]


https://computersupportservicesinc.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/how-technology-can-create-a-more-productive-warehouse-part-one/

Five Tips for a Successful Accounts Payable Workflow Implementation

Automating your Accounts Payable (AP) processes such as invoice approval, purchase order matching, and requisitions by implementing a workflow solution is no small undertaking.  While a well-executed workflow implementation can be accomplished in just a few weeks, implementations more commonly become bogged down for weeks, months, or even years by complications in the process itself. […]


https://computersupportservicesinc.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/five-tips-for-a-successful-accounts-payable-workflow-implementation/

Digital Assets and Product MDM

Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions are often seen working beside or within product Master Data Management (MDM) solutions. I guess I might have been some of the first folks working with relating digital assets and enterprise software. That was in the early 90’s when I worked with Wang Laboratories that was a pioneer in handling […]


http://liliendahl.com/2014/11/18/digital-assets-and-product-mdm/

From Business Glossary to Full-Blown Metadata Management or Vice Versa

A very common starting point for producing tangible outcomes in a data governance programme is setting up a business glossary. The alternatives, or next/previous steps, for a business glossary were discussed in the post Metadata Musings by a Nerd. First, in my eyes a business glossary (or whatever you call such a thing) is indeed […]


http://liliendahl.com/2014/11/21/from-business-glossary-to-full-blown-metadata-management-or-vice-versa/

PIM, Product MDM and Multi-Domain MDM

Over on the Informatica Perspectives blog Monica McDonnell of Informatica seems to be determined to separate Product Information Management (PIM) and Product Master Data Management (Product MDM) as we now have the second attempt in the post PIM is not Product MDM Part 2. I can easily see the reason for this quest for Informatica, […]


http://liliendahl.com/2014/11/24/pim-product-mdm-and-multi-domain-mdm/

The Multi-Domain Data Quality Tool Magic Quadrant 2014 is out

Gartner, the analyst firm, has a different view of the data quality tool market than of the Master Data Management (MDM) market. The MDM market has two qudrants (customer MDM and product MDM) as reported in the post The Second part of the Multi-Domain MDM Magic Quadrant is out. There is only one quadrant for […]


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Data Governance, Santa Style

Multi-Domain MDM, Santa Style, is the title of a post on this blog made a couple of years ago. This post was about how a multi-domain Master Data Management solution could look like in an organization doing business as we think Santa Claus do. Many organizations around the world who has recently embraced Master Data […]


http://liliendahl.com/2014/12/20/data-governance-santa-style/

MDM 3.0 Musings

The term Data Quality 3.0 has been around on this blog for nearly 5 years and was recently aired again in the post Data Quality 3.0 Revisited. A natural consequence of the concept of Data Quality 3.0 is something we may call Master Data Management (MDM) 3.0. Master Data Management has in a large degree […]


http://liliendahl.com/2015/03/08/mdm-3-0-musings/

To-Be Business Rules and MDM

An important part of implementing Master Data Management (MDM) is to capture the business rules that exists within the implementing organization and build those rules into the solution. In addition, and maybe even more important, is the quest of crafting new business rules that helps making master data being of more value to the implementing […]


http://liliendahl.com/2015/03/10/to-be-business-rules-and-mdm/

Automate or Obliterate, That is the Question

Back in 1990 Michael Hammer made a famous article called Reengineering Work: Don’t Automate, Obliterate. Indeed, while automation is a most wanted outcome of Master Data Management (MDM) implementations and many other IT enabled initiatives, you should always consider the alternative being eliminating (or simplifying). This often means thinking out of the box. As an […]


http://liliendahl.com/2015/03/18/automate-or-obliterate-that-is-the-question/

Three Stages of MDM Maturity

If you haven’t yet implemented a Master Data Management (MDM) solution you typically holds master data in dedicated solutions for Supply Chain Management (SCM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relation Management (CRM) and heaps of other solutions aimed at taking care of some part of your business depending on your particular industry. In this first […]


http://liliendahl.com/2015/03/24/three-stages-of-mdm-maturity/

Master Data and Business Processes

The intersection of Master Data Management (MDM) and Business Process Management (BPM) is a very interesting aspect of implementing MDM solutions. We may divide this battleground into three sectors: Business processes that purely consumes master data Business processes that potentially changes master data Business processes that purely updates master data Business processes that purely consumes […]


http://liliendahl.com/2015/03/25/master-data-and-business-processes/

The Pros and Cons of MDM 3.0

A recent post on this blog was called Three Stages of MDM Maturity. This post ponders the need to extend your Master Data Management (MDM) solution to external business partners and take more advantage of third party data providers. We may call this MDM 3.0. In a comment on LinkedIn Bernard PERRINEAU says: Starting with […]


http://liliendahl.com/2015/03/30/the-pros-and-cons-of-mdm-3-0/

How Technology Can Create a More Productive Warehouse: Part Two

We previously talked about how technology can lead to a more productive warehouse. This topic deserves some additional attention, and we’ll explore the topic further today. First, let’s focus on inventory layout. Organization in your warehouse is extremely important because it determines how efficiently new materials are put away and items are retrieved for shipment. This […]


https://computersupportservicesinc.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/how-technology-can-create-a-more-productive-warehouse-part-two/

What’s new in SAP Business One 9.1

Here you can find the details of what is new in SAP Business One 9.1. Also, in the SAP youtube channel there is a great video playlist where you can see more details about the new features available in this new version. In my next post I’ll share a few queries that helped me in […]


http://sapb1tips.com/2015/03/01/whats-new-in-sap-business-one-9-1/

Inventory Audit Report

As most of you know, the common question about the inventory report in SAP Business one is: “Why my Inventory Audit Report does not match my inventory G/L account balance?” Well, the simple answer would be: “Because you have Manual Journal Entries created with the Inventory G/L accounts.” But, as you may find in some SAP […]


http://sapb1tips.com/2015/03/03/inventory-audit-report/

Crystal Reports

In this post I will just share an easy way to create a simple report using Crystal Reports for SAP Business One.


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How to use Cause and Effect Diagram and Pareto analysis

Cause and Effect diagram and Pareto analysis are one of the seven basic QC tools. When both these tools are used together, they provide a complete picture of a problem. Cause and Effect Diagram Cause and Effect Diagram is an analysis technique for identifying the possible causes of an observed problem or effect. It aims […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/how-to-use-cause-and-effect-diagram-and-pareto-analysis/

What is Value Stream Mapping?

When we want to see the bigger picture of our business, value stream mapping is the best tool to be used. Before we enter in to details, let us understand what is meant by value stream. Value stream is the list of all activities, both value-adding and […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/what-is-value-stream-mapping/

What is Quality Management System?

We often see, that a company declares itself that it’s an ISO 9001 certified company. Have you ever wondered what it means? To understand that we must have a knowledge about Quality Management system. A quality management system is a set of co-ordinated activities to direct and control an organisation ensuring that the organisation is […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/what-is-quality-management-system/

What are the types of Maintenance?

Maintenance function is a critical function of an organization. There are 2 basic types of maintenance Break-down Maintenance –It is done after the Machine breaks down Preventive Maintenance –It is done before the Machine breaks down – done by the Maintenance team at regular intervals to keep the machine in working condition Autonomous Maintenance (AM) […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/what-are-the-types-of-maintenance/

Evolution of Production Planning and Inventory Control Systems

Production planning function is responsible for preparing the Plan for the production. Normally the planning is done through Manufacturing Requirements Planning (MRP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP2). Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the automated & integrated version of MRP2 – Nowadays a lot of ERP packages are in use widely, across industries.  Now let’s understand […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/evolution-of-production-planning-and-inventory-control-systems/

How uncertainty in Lead time affects the Safety stock?

In a supply chain, calculating the lead time of the raw materials, with a fair degree of accuracy is critical.  In most of cases, the lead time cannot be calculated precisely and there exists a certain level of uncertainty in lead time. This uncertainty has a considerable impact on the safety stock of the raw […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/how-uncertainty-in-lead-time-affects-the-safety-stock/

Five Critical Responsibilities of a Production Manager

A Production Manager is an important person for a manufacturing organisation. The five key responsibilities of a Production Manager are, 1. Delivery The Production Manager holds the overall responsibility of delivering the finished goods as per the customer’s requirements and to ensure 100% on-time delivery 2. Quality The Production Manager must meet the quality requirements […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/five-critical-responsibilities-of-a-production-manager/

What is the major responsibility of a Production Supervisor?

The production supervisor of a section is in next to production manager in terms of importance for a manufacturing organization. The production supervisor has a major responsibility of executing the Production Plan. The Production Manager breaks down the Monthly Production plan into Weekly and Daily production plan for each shop/operation. He then sends it to […]


https://hashllp.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/what-is-the-major-responsibility-of-a-production-supervisor/

Omni-channel distribution—Moving at the speed of “now”

The pressure is on retailers to deliver anything, anytime, from anywhere. Three experts answer four key questions that will help traditional brick-and-mortar retailers revolutionize their use of WMS and their shipping processes on the way to a multi-channel transformation. You walk in to your favorite retail store and spot an item you’d like to purchase. […]


https://logisticexpert.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/omni-channel-distribution-moving-at-the-speed-of-now/

2-D or RFID: Which is better for item-level marking?

Saat ini barcode sudah tidak asing lagi karena banyak company telah mengimplementasikan dengan berbagai tujuan dan kebutuhan terutama disisi kebutuhan tracebility. Sedemikian jamaknya teknologi ini mendorong vendor barcode menyediakan beragam tipe dan tingkatan teknologi termasuk RFID bahkan saat ini telah berkembang teknology visual barcode. Dilain waktu saya akan posting subject visual barcode. Pada artikel dibawah […]


https://logisticexpert.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/2-d-or-rfid-which-is-better-for-item-level-marking/

Product Slotting in Your Distribution Center

Below is a usefull article that show on how slotting management has an essential role in warehouse operation. Slotting management has widely implemented in warehouses or DC’s around the globe. By using slotting management, it can help your operation more productive and efficient through optimizing slot and space in warehouse and DC. Especially when you […]


https://logisticexpert.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/product-slotting-in-your-distribution-center/

6 Strategies to Response Maverick Buying Model

What should be done by all  procurement people in term of facing the maverick buying situation? As a procurement people, you need a comprehensive strategy to response this situation. In this short article, Charles Dominick from The Nextlevel Purchasing shares the six strategy how to stop Maverick Buying. How Can You Stop Maverick Buying? As […]


https://logisticexpert.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/6-strategies-to-response-maverick-buying-model/

Enterprise Resource Planning By ERP Companies In India

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an application used by many companies in developing its information and processes into a single system. A unified database for the objective of saving information is utilized by many systems of a company. It is a business management software that combines all information of the business, such as production, sales, […]


https://erpsoftwaresolutionsindia.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/enterprise-resource-planning-by-erp-companies-in-india/

Selecting the Right ERP Software Companies to Serve Your Business Needs

Various companies feel confused when encountered with the requirement of the ERP companies choice. It is a considerable decision that impacts company’s future performance. Many the choice groups hired by the companies to select software have essentially no experience. Companies experience relative problems when they feel the need to choose different business data information system. […]


https://erpsoftwaresolutionsindia.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/selecting-the-right-erp-software-companies-to-serve-your-business-needs/

Free Online ERP Software Demo By ERP Companies

After you make a short list of your search of ERP providers you should perform the software application demo. These demonstrations may be on-site or web demo. If you are buying a mid-sized to large enterprise business application program (ERP, CRM, etc.), we suggest you have the ERP system vendor demo the application online so […]


https://erpsoftwaresolutionsindia.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/free-online-erp-software-demo-by-erp-companies/

A Suitable ERP System for Construction Industry

ERP systems for the construction industry are applications that are specially designed to improve the efficiency and productivity of a construction company. Construction ERP is focused particularly on the Real Estate and construction industry. These ERP systems can be used for all types of projects related to real estate, flats, shopping centers, retail store buildings, […]


https://erpsoftwaresolutionsindia.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/a-suitable-erp-system-for-construction-industry/

Role of ERP Companies in India in Manufacturing

There are many sectors where advanced ERP software requires to be implemented for an efficient business development and smooth functioning of the organization. The manufacturing industry is one of the leading and prominent industry in the world. In the last few years, manufacturing industry obtained a large improve in its complete manufacturing and it is […]


https://erpsoftwaresolutionsindia.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/role-of-erp-companies-in-india-in-manufacturing/

Custom ERP Development Companies in India

The developments in the world of IT have introduced about huge business opportunities in India. Regardless of the nature of the company or business in a firm, most of the companies today are looking forward to apply ERP or Business Resource Planning in their organization for best business practices. ERP software development in India has […]


https://erpsoftwaresolutionsindia.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/custom-erp-development-companies-in-india/

The response to SAP’s Business ByDesign decision

The recent report that SAP was cutting back on development of Business By Design was widely reported. Here are some comments about it. ZDNet ByDesign is intended to serve “mid-market” companies …At launch, executives projected that the $4 billion software suite would generate $1 billion in annual revenue. Yet it is expected to generate no […]


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No end to B2B and B2C

There are several analysts and marketers who are have been saying that the distinction between B2B (Business-to-Business) and B2C (Business-to-Consumer) marketing has ended. I first saw this view in a Harvard Business Review blog where analyst R ‘Ray’ Wang commented that The emergence of extremely viral people-to-people (P2P) networks has changed the notion of the […]


https://manticoreblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/no-end-b2b-b2c/

Four tips for starting an ERP project

Cross-posted from SYSPRO SmarterERP blog There has been a post on the SYSPRO blog on how an ERP system can help a business, and also some suggestions on how to select an ERP solution. But if you have read some of the stories about ERP project problems you might wonder if it is worth the risk. The […]


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Should ERP vendors enter adjacencies?

There is a tendency these days to advise that people and companies ‘focus’, and not try to do too much. Should companies stay with one set of products, or broaden out into other related areas or ‘adjacencies’? Recently an analyst I follow on Twitter commented that SAP has spend $50billion over the years to acquire […]


https://manticoreblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/should-erp-vendors-enter-adjacencies/

Aligning the PLM Roadmap to company goals

Maturing on the product portfolio management capabilities with PLM

Accelerating product value realization with Product Effectiveness

Implementing Enterprise BOM reconciliation strategy

Deciding on the right platform to support PLM functionality

Monday, March 30, 2015

3 Traits of the Perfect ERP Sales Lead

Guest Post by Samantha Hornby As a sales person, I speak with prospective customers every day to try and understand their wholesale inventory software needs to determine whether or not our solution would be a good fit.  Based on the industry they are in, features they are looking for, budget and business processes, it is […]


http://blog.bluelinkerp.com/2015/02/10/3-traits-of-the-perfect-erp-sales-lead/

How IT Companies and Business Technology benefits the business

You can increase business efficiency by acquiring IT support services, it enables your business to save cost by just improving communications. IT Support Company, which offers to back up a client’s data service and firewall products will expand the competence of the client’s business in a certain way. With the wireless technology services and virtual […]


https://yourdevelopmenthelp.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/how-it-companies-and-business-technology-benefits-the-business/

Product Recalls and the Need for Pharmaceutical Distribution Software

As you can imagine, the pharmaceutical industry is characterized by many regulations and an abundance of meticulous standards that must be met by suppliers and distributors. As an increasing number of products enter the marketplace, the need for tight control measures becomes more prevalent in order to ensure public health and safety. The onus now […]


http://blog.bluelinkerp.com/2015/02/25/product-recalls-and-the-need-for-pharmaceutical-distribution-software/

Learn the Six Steps to Get Your IT Strategy On Track!

Business is now changing faster than ever before… Less than 10 years ago there was no iPhone, no tablets, no social media, cloud computing was in its infancy and lots more stuff we take for granted today did not exist. These new technologies have changed the way we live.   For business this means you’re […]


http://blogs.newtecservices.com/2015/02/17/learn-the-six-steps-to-get-your-it-strategy-on-track/

A Guide to Business Technology Strategic Planning… (Part 1)

The first step in getting your IT Strategy on track is the Business Technology Strategic Planning process.   At the heart of this process is envisioning what your future technology must look like to help deliver your business strategy.   Here are five steps and exercises that can help with this process and further down […]


http://blogs.newtecservices.com/2015/02/26/a-guide-to-business-technology-strategic-planning-part-1/

Software as a Service

By Ian M. Marlow March 4, 2014 A major shift is underway in the licensing of software for business. Providers now offer multiple software licensing models, from standalone licenses to Software as a Service (SaaS). On the business-to-consumer side we’ve seen it in everything from email to iTunes to Microsoft Office to QuickBooks. Each licensing model […]


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Cloud Computing and Confidentiality

By Ian M. Marlow March 17, 2014 It’s hard to ignore the impact of cloud-based technology on the business world—and on our personal lives (think iCloud, Gmail and Dropbox for starters). After all, the cloud is everywhere. Even if we can’t see it, we can always access it . . . and the information we have […]


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What to Consider When Moving Legacy Applications to the Cloud

By Ian M. Marlow May 30, 2014 Organizations today are faced with questions of how to migrate their data to private or public clouds safely, effectively, and affordably. This includes legacy applications which were developed over time, often purpose-built by software manufacturers (or custom developed in house), and scaled widely throughout the company. Depending on […]


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What is an ERP and Do You Need One for Your Organization?

By Ian M. Marlow January 5, 2015 ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning system. Depending on the industry, this term has different definitions and applications. Many real estate and financial services professionals consider an ERP to be an organization’s accounting system and general ledger. However, this isn’t really accurate—and ERP is much broader (think “enterprise”). Real […]


http://fitechblog.com/2015/01/05/what-is-an-erp-and-do-you-need-one-for-your-organization/

Putting Together Your ERP Puzzle

By Ian M. Marlow January 13, 2015 In our last post we explained what an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is, and discussed the various types of components that may go into designing an ERP for your organization. In today’s post, we’ll go through that process of piecing together your ERP puzzle. During the designing and […]


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Top 10 Things to Consider When Choosing an ERP System

By Ian M. Marlow March 4, 2015 An ERP is an enterprise resource planning system—a computing ecosystem that plays a large role in the operations of many types of companies, including real estate and property management firms. As we discussed in a previous post, this system-wide application represents the homogeneous balance between all your systems and […]


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How IT Consultancy Can Attract Customers

Name a company that is operating without using computers and you will surely have  a hard time finding one. This is because most businesses today, in order to be efficient and successful, need to work with computers and ideally, should have IT departments. But since not all companies have the budget to have one, IT […]


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Four Advantages When Businesses Outsource Supply Chain Jobs In Dubai

Time. Effort. Money. These are the three essential factors needed when investing on something such as managing supply chains. The absence of one can mean the failure of the entire venture. To secure success, most companies count on supply chain jobs in Dubai for instance. They may be a third party but they are more […]


https://profitgainandloss.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/four-advantages-when-businesses-outsource-supply-chain-jobs-in-dubai/

Factors to Consider When Upgrading Software: Employee Skill Set

Introductory software systems, such as QuickBooks, are great tools for small and start-up businesses.    They require minimal training and set-up, are intuitive and easy to use and come with a relatively low price tag.  However, as your business grows and order volume increases, there may come a time where more robust accounting ERP software is required.  […]


http://blog.bluelinkerp.com/2015/03/10/factors-to-consider-when-upgrading-software-employee-skill-set/

Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board members [Part 1:Introduction & Concepts]

Introduction This post is a synthesis of a number of conversations and discussions concerning security practices for the digital aspect of organizations. These dialogs were initially with board members and executive-level personnel, but the focus of this discussion is equally useful to small business owners or anyone that is a stakeholder in an organization that […]


http://parasam.me/2015/03/16/data-security-an-overview-for-executive-board-members-part-1/

Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board members [Part 2: AccessControl]

Introduction In Part 1 of this topic we discussed the concepts and basic practices of digital security, and covered an overview of Data Security. In the next parts we’ll go on to cover in detail a few of the most useful parts of the Data Security model, and offer some practical solutions for good governance […]


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From Receipt to Invoice: The Importance of Inventory Management Software

The way in which a wholesale/distribution business manages its inventory has a direct and critical impact on its overall success and long term viability. Although this may seem rather obvious, the number of businesses who remain tied to outdated means for inventory management suggest that it’s a more foreign notion than one would imagine. Successful business owners understand […]


http://blog.bluelinkerp.com/2015/03/18/from-receipt-to-invoice-the-importance-of-inventory-management-software/

Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board members [Part 3:Network Security]

Introduction In Part 2 of this series we reviewed Access Control – the beginning of a good Data Security policy. In this section we’ll move on to Network Security Controls: once a user has access to a device or data, almost all interactions today are with a network of devices, servers, storage, transmission paths, web […]


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Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board Members [Part 4:Application Security]

Introduction In this section we’ll move on from Network Security (discussed in the last part) to the topic of Application Security. So far we’ve covered issues surrounding the security of basic access to devices (Access Control) and networks (Network Security), now we’ll look at an oft-overlooked aspect of a good Data Security model: how applications […]


http://parasam.me/2015/03/19/data-security-an-overview-for-executive-board-members-part-4/

Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board members [Part 5: DataCompartmentalization]

Introduction This part of the series will discuss Data Compartmentalization – the rational separation of devices, data, applications and communications access from each other and external entities. This strategy is paramount in the design of a good Data Security model. While it’s often overlooked, particularly in small business (large firms tend to have more experienced […]


http://parasam.me/2015/03/20/data-security-an-overview-for-executive-board-members-part-5/

Data Security – An Overview for Executive Board members [Part 6: CloudComputing]

Introduction In the last part of this series on Data Security we’ll tackle the subject of the Cloud – the relatively ‘new kid on the block’. Actually “cloud computing” has been around for a long time, but the concept and naming was ‘repackaged’ along the way. The early foundation for the Cloud was ARPANET (1969), […]


http://parasam.me/2015/03/21/data-security-an-overview-for-executive-board-members-part-6-cloud-computing/

Argos’ New Online CRM Tool Prevents Unnecessary Sales Approaches

Ever received an unsolicited offer of help while shopping online? A speech bubble pops up with a determined sales assistant who is set on selling you not only the product you were casually browsing, but all its trappings, garnishes and attachments. While not quite on a par with being smarmed up by a sales assistant […]


https://jessking1311.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/argos-new-crm-tool-prevents-intrusive-online-sales-approaches/

The Dangers of a Developing a Custom ERP System In-House

In theory, developing a custom ERP solution in-house to manage your wholesale and distribution business may sound like the perfect solution. However in practise it rarely is.  Even though the system would be designed with your specific business processes in mind, the benefits gained from a completely customized solution are often outweighed by the resources necessary […]


http://blog.bluelinkerp.com/2015/03/27/the-dangers-of-a-developing-a-custom-erp-system-in-house/

Progress Toward Serialization!

"Frequentz has published the 2015 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey Results and Dirk Rodgers, of rxtrace.com, reviews some interesting findings taken directly from the report. Dirk talks about how the report shows that progress is being made by drug manufacturers, repackagers and CMO/CPOs toward meeting the 2017 (2018 for repackagers) deadline for adding serial numbers to the drug packages they produce for the U.S. market. That requirement comes from the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) enacted in November of 2013." Read Dirk's full blog at Progress Toward Serialization!?.

What is SAP Event Management?

Businesses today can operate in a highly distributed, outsourced and networked environment. Globalization is upon us which means that we have to be more intelligent with the way we operate. We have to collaborate efficiently and effectively. We need to ensure that regulations are enforced during the entire process. How do we do that?

TIP: SAP EM Overdue Monitor Performance Notes



You can use the /SAPTRX/EE_MONITOR_ADVANCED report instead of the standard /SAPTRX/EE_MONITOR report. Below is a list of points used to improve performance of the /SAPTRX/EE_MONITOR_ADVANCED report:


SAP Event Management

Businesses today can operate in a highly distributed, outsourced and networked environment. Globalization is upon us which means that we have to be more intelligent with the way we operate. We have to collaborate efficiently and effectively. We need to ensure that regulations are enforced during the entire process. How do we do that?
We need to track and trace our products across the supply chain measuring performance and reacting to deviations to the plan. We need complete visibility of our end-to-end processes across all the geographical and partner boundaries. We need the ability to quickly adapt to changing conditions in our process. We need to head off issues before they become an issue…

SAP Event Management (EM) is an application within the component SAP SCM that belongs to the SAP Supply Chain Management solution. SAP EM can be connected to other SAP Business Suite components such as SAP R/3, SAP CRM, and SAP BW. It can also be connected to non SAP systems using BAPI or XML / XI calls. IDocs are also a popular way to get data to your SAP EM system.

With the SAP Event Management application your company can monitor and manage events across your distributed processes involving partners, inventories and assets. It captures events from your system and your partners systems, analyzes them against it’s predefined plan and alerts or workflows a response to the required people to react of deviations are found. It comes integrated with SAP NetWeaver BI and SAP Auto-Id Infrastructure (RFID enabled scenarios).

Some Key Points



  • Provides monitoring capability (visibility) to any business process

    • Partners – See how your partners are performing and react to deviations to planned partners performing certain events in your process

    • Locations – If your process is intended to have Event A end up at Location A but it arrives at location B then raise exception!!

    • Measurements – You’re transporting frozen goods from point A to point B and the temperature must not go above 10 deg. If it arrives at point B at 11 deg then raise exception!!!



  • Tracks status changes to YOUR business processes

  • Matches the planned process with the actual process (TO UNCOVER EXCEPTIONS)

  • Real time notification of events

    • Alert framework

    • Workflow engine



  • 2 Types of events:

    • Those that you expect to happen (the plan)

    • Those that actually happen (the actual)

      • Regular event => Events that occur within the planned period

      • Early / Late event => Events occurring outside the planned period

      • Unexpected event => Events that you never planned for

      • Unreported event => Event that you expected to occur but never did





  • Manage the sequencing of your events

  • Provides both operational and analytical reporting capabilities

    • Operational => Web GUI application – Where are my issues now?

    • Analytical => SAP NetWeaver BI integration – How well did I do and where are my improvement points?




Where can I find SAP EM?



  • SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM)

  • SAP Transportation Management (TM)

  • SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure (AII)

  • SAP Object Event Repository (OER) – Works in conjunction with SAP® NetWeaver PI

  • SAP ECC 6.0 add-on component


Who is using SAP EM?



  • Mill industry: Fulfillment, including production, delivery, .and billing

  • Hi-tech: Tendering and visibility for logistics execution

  • Industrial machinery and components: Sales order processing in a distributed environment

  • Retail: International sea transportation, including customs processing

  • Automotive: Returns process

  • Logistics service providers: Handling units in outbound shipment

  • Aerospace and defense: Spare parts delivery and tool management

  • Postal services: Single item tracking; outbound delivery with nested handling units

  • Chemical, apparel and footwear, consumer products, telecommunications: Procurement, including transportation and invoicing

  • Chemical, mill industry: Rail car management

  • Transportation services: Own fleet, 3PL


Why are businesses using SAP EM?


Read this article on the benefits Intel received when implementing SAP EM for usage in their Capital Prompt Payment initiative – Wispubs Article

  • Risk mitigation




    • Increased regulatory pressure

      • EU General Food Law Regulation 178/2002

      • Bioterrorism Act 2002 (US)




  • Real-time notification of exceptions

  • Management by exception 

  • Supply chain visibility

    • Sustain and increase customer satisfaction

    • Significant challenges in an outsourced environment

    • Cost reduction

    • Transparency

    • Managing across distributed processes



  • Limited visibility to process status both inside and outside the company

  • Expensive troubleshooting caused by unexpected delays

  • Maintenance of manual tracking of processes is expensive

  • Delayed feedback from business partners effects customer service levels / satisfaction


SAP EM Publications


SAP Event Management (EM)

Businesses today can operate in a highly distributed, outsourced and networked environment. Globalization is upon us which means that we have to be more intelligent with the way we operate. We have to collaborate efficiently and effectively. We need to ensure that regulations are enforced during the entire process. How do we do that?
We need to track and trace our products across the supply chain measuring performance and reacting to deviations to the plan. We need complete visibility of our end-to-end processes across all the geographical and partner boundaries. We need the ability to quickly adapt to changing conditions in our process. We need to head off issues before they become an issue…

SAP Event Management (EM) is an application within the component SAP SCM that belongs to the SAP Supply Chain Management solution. SAP EM can be connected to other SAP Business Suite components such as SAP R/3, SAP CRM, and SAP BW. It can also be connected to non SAP systems using BAPI or XML / XI calls. IDocs are also a popular way to get data to your SAP EM system.

With the SAP Event Management application your company can monitor and manage events across your distributed processes involving partners, inventories and assets. It captures events from your system and your partners systems, analyzes them against it’s predefined plan and alerts or workflows a response to the required people to react of deviations are found. It comes integrated with SAP NetWeaver BI and SAP Auto-Id Infrastructure (RFID enabled scenarios).

Some Key Points



  • Provides monitoring capability (visibility) to any business process

    • Partners – See how your partners are performing and react to deviations to planned partners performing certain events in your process

    • Locations – If your process is intended to have Event A end up at Location A but it arrives at location B then raise exception!!

    • Measurements – You’re transporting frozen goods from point A to point B and the temperature must not go above 10 deg. If it arrives at point B at 11 deg then raise exception!!!

  • Tracks status changes to YOUR business processes

  • Matches the planned process with the actual process (TO UNCOVER EXCEPTIONS)

  • Real time notification of events

    • Alert framework

    • Workflow engine

  • 2 Types of events:

    • Those that you expect to happen (the plan)

    • Those that actually happen (the actual)

      • Regular event => Events that occur within the planned period

      • Early / Late event => Events occurring outside the planned period

      • Unexpected event => Events that you never planned for

      • Unreported event => Event that you expected to occur but never did

  • Manage the sequencing of your events

  • Provides both operational and analytical reporting capabilities

    • Operational => Web GUI application – Where are my issues now?

    • Analytical => SAP NetWeaver BI integration – How well did I do and where are my improvement points?

Where can I find SAP EM?



  • SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM)

  • SAP Transportation Management (TM)

  • SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure (AII)

  • SAP Object Event Repository (OER) – Works in conjunction with SAP® NetWeaver PI

  • SAP ECC 6.0 add-on component

Who is using SAP EM?



  • Mill industry: Fulfillment, including production, delivery, .and billing

  • Hi-tech: Tendering and visibility for logistics execution

  • Industrial machinery and components: Sales order processing in a distributed environment

  • Retail: International sea transportation, including customs processing

  • Automotive: Returns process

  • Logistics service providers: Handling units in outbound shipment

  • Aerospace and defense: Spare parts delivery and tool management

  • Postal services: Single item tracking; outbound delivery with nested handling units

  • Chemical, apparel and footwear, consumer products, telecommunications: Procurement, including transportation and invoicing

  • Chemical, mill industry: Rail car management

  • Transportation services: Own fleet, 3PL

Why are businesses using SAP EM?


Read this article on the benefits Intel received when implementing SAP EM for usage in their Capital Prompt Payment initiative – Wispubs Article

  • Risk mitigation



    • Increased regulatory pressure

      • EU General Food Law Regulation 178/2002

      • Bioterrorism Act 2002 (US)

  • Real-time notification of exceptions

  • Management by exception 

  • Supply chain visibility

    • Sustain and increase customer satisfaction

    • Significant challenges in an outsourced environment

    • Cost reduction

    • Transparency

    • Managing across distributed processes

  • Limited visibility to process status both inside and outside the company

  • Expensive troubleshooting caused by unexpected delays

  • Maintenance of manual tracking of processes is expensive

  • Delayed feedback from business partners effects customer service levels / satisfaction

SAP EM Publications