Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Success Story: Paul Vahle GmbH Reduces Delivery Times with Process Observer

I found this nice article on SCN about SAP POB that I thought to share here...
Paul Vahle GmbH & Co KG (The VAHLE Group) is a mid-sized company based in Kamen, Germany that has specialized in mobile power and data transmission since 1912.
They are active in 52 countries and have 13 subsidiaries worldwide. VAHLE develops, manufactures, and installs customized power and data transmission systems for various material handling applications.
VAHLE implemented the Business Suite Foundation component Process Observer together with SAP consulting partner Cubeserv in order to identify bottlenecks and streamline their order-to-cash process run on SAP ERP. The overall deployment time of the Process Observer component took only 10 days. The monitoring setup, on top of Process Observer, allowed them to identify gaps in material planning and in stocking processes that were slowing down product delivery. Appropriate training of business users and constant evaluation now enables them to deliver faster and make their customers happier.
The complete success story is published at SAP.com.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SAP SE Analyst Rating Update | American Trade Journal

Friday, August 14, 2015

How Do You Communicate: Direct EDI or VAN Based EDI? - ERP Software Blog

I found this article from Brian Lynch, of Data Masons Software. Take a read on his take on things...

Which is best for your company?

As a professional who has helped over 1,000 companies, during my career, to implement EDI with Dynamics as their back office, I often get asked “What method of EDI communication is best for MY company?” Since there are only two main methods of communications, an EDI Value added network (VAN) provider or Direct EDI, my response is typically the same. 20 years ago VAN’s were the only choice; however, most major trading partners support direct communications. Fortunately, the decision for most companies can be straightforward and should be based entirely on business requirements, such as volume of documents, IT support and services being provided by your EDI provider.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Success Story: Merck Group uses Process Observer (POB) to Monitor Master Data Harmonization

I found this great use case for SAP POB on SCN - Thought I would share it here...
The Merck Group uses Process Observer in the context of Master Data Harmonization. While the core process of creating and changing master data is implemented using SAP Master Data Governance (SAP MDG-M, find the Success Story here), Process Observer is used for reporting and to make the process visible. A story about this was released at the SAP Forum in Austria 2013, DSAG Technologietage 2013 and at SAP TechEd in 2012. The presentation from the SAP Forum is online and can be reviewed here (the document is available in German only).
The basis for the integration of Process Observer into SAP MDG is the SAP Master Data Governance rapid-deployment solution. In the SAP Demo Store, a demo is available showcasing this integration: EIM MDG-M Create Material with Process Observer (Logon to the SAP Demo Store required).

The Internet of Things Changes the Game for Hamburg Port Authority

Check out how the Hamburg Port Authority used SAP Internet of Things to bring value to their process.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SAP Automates Workflow Processes Surrounding HR

Mike Vizard writes...
Time and again, business leaders will acknowledge that the most important resource that drives the success of their business is the people they hire. And yet, when it comes to managing those human resources, most of them have little insight into either the processes those employees directly impact or, vice versa, how much time and effort those employees waste navigating the company’s human resources (HR) bureaucracy.

SAP's SuccessFactors Launches Futuristic HCM Software

Germany-based global software company SAP’s  subsidiary, SuccessFactors, which provides cloud-based human resources software service, has introduced an advanced version of SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite. The futuristic product is expected to herald a new era in human resource management.

zedSuite Delivers Certified SPS Commerce Integration for SAP Business One

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2015 - zedSuite (http://www.zedsuite.com), a leading SAP software solution and technology partner, today announced the release of Cloud EDI 2.0 for SPS Commerce. With the addition of EDI transactions 940 and 945, the Cloud EDI Solution for SAP Business One provides a cloud-based service, integrating trading partners to the industry's broadest retail network comprising more than 60,000 members. This single integration between SAP Business One and the SPS Commerce Retail Network provides retailers and suppliers the industry's first SPS and SAP certified integration solution.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

EXTOL EDI Integrator for i and EXTOL Secure Exchange Selected by Southern Motorcycle Supply, Inc.

POTTSVILLE, Pa., Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EXTOL International, a leading provider of e-business integration software and services, has been selected by Southern Motorcycle Supply to provide the EXTOL EDI Integrator for i (EEI) and EXTOL Secure Exchange (ESX) solutions.
Southern Motorcycle Supply, a parts and accessories distributor for motorcycles, personal watercraft, ATVs, small engines and performance craft, needed to meet two Amazon requirements: implement EDI documents and use the required AS2 communication. Their previous EDI vendor declined to help them with integration.
"Southern Motorcycle Supply's research on EDI vendors found EXTOL's native iSeries EDI integration platform to best support their EDI integration with Amazon," said Peter Harper, vice president of sales at EXTOL. "Our Professional Services team is now working with Southern Motorcycle Supply to migrate all of their EDI data to EEI so they can start rapidly on-boarding other trading partners, and provide end-to-end visibility of EDI transactions moving through their business."
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:PR Newswire - SOURCE EXTOL International

SAP releases S/4 HANA as free trial

The 30-day on-premise freebie aims to encourage more users onto new Business Suite software

SAP customers can try the latest version of Business Suite, S/4HANA, in a free, 30-day on-premise trial.
The trial gives access to a demo, with examples of typical installation scenarios and infrastructure trials so potential customers can view the insights it provides in real-life situations.
The suite allows businesses to explore instant insights across their entire organisation, including finance, procurement, sales and manufacturing, and they can also use the German tech giant's user experience software, Fiori, alongside it.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mar-Kov provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Functionality to the Process Manufacturing Industry

Mar-Kov Computer Systems has added EDI functionality to its standard suite including Manufacturing, Purchasing, Receiving, Sales, Shipping, Barcoding, Electronic Batch Recording (EBR), Lot Track/Trace, Recalls - See more at Global News Wire

International SAP Conference on Supply Chain

SAP and T.A.Cook are delighted to invite you to attend the International SAP Conference on Supply Chain
TITLE: International SAP Conference on Supply Chain
DATES: October 1-2, 2015
LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany
EVENT WEB SITE: http://goo.gl/mZs5nC - use code ERPGSCM15_10 during the online registration, for an exclusive 10% discount for ERPGenie.COM subscribers


Event Highlights Include

  • Keynote presentations: Featuring the latest industry news, best practices and innovations. In addition, learn about market opinion from experts in the field and hear from SAP’s customers on their innovative approaches
  • Customer case studies: Gain an informed perspective from leading companies on implementing and working with SAP’s SCM applications
  • SAP sessions: Hear details of the latest industry trends, solution road maps, developments, and a vision for transformation from senior executives at SAP on topics including HANA and cloud-based innovations
  • Live demos: See demos of the applications first-hand and get answers to your questions about the featured SCM solutions from SAP and their partner organizations
  • Meet the experts: Get your questions answered. Visit the showfloor to discuss your challenges with SAP solution management, and hear more about new offerings and tools from leading SAP Partners
  • Network: In addition you will find ample time to get to know your peers and build lasting relations with subject-matter experts throughout the event.
Discover how SAP’s portfolio of supply chain management applications can support organizations across different business scenarios and industry sectors, while remaining compliant with today's more complex regulations.


Download the brochure by clicking the image

Early Bird Discount

Secure your place by Friday, 28 August 2015 to save on the pass price. Register now and save
Use code ERPGSCM15_10 during the online registration, for an exclusive 10% discount for ERPGenie.COM subscribers

Key Speakers From

Unilever, Mondelez, Whirlpool, Caterpillar, Philips, RWE, Boehringer, Nussbaum, ÖBB, M.Video

Friday, August 7, 2015

7 Interesting Big Data and Analytics Trends for 2015

Another nice posting by

"Here’s a list of what I find are the most interesting trends in analytics in 2015.
Why the italics? because most of what will happen this year can be summarized with a single word: more. Yes, there will be more data, more mobile analytics, more cloud analytics, more data discovery, more visualization, etc.—but these are the trends that I personally will be paying closer attention to over the year:

SAP Process Observer (POB) - What is it?

SAP Process Observer for Built-In Processes (POB) allows organizations to monitor and optimize core processes based on SAP Business Suite’s built-in business object events. It's been around quite a while - Since 2011, I believe. The functionality it provides is somewhat close to SAP Event Management but there are major differences in functionality and also in the scope of the process that each covers. Comment on the blog if you want more details on the differences. Below is a set of documents that are available on SCN that will help guide you through understanding what POB is and how to put it in...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Video: SAP Business ByDesign Demo

FDA Looking For Consulting Org To Run DSCSA Pilots - RxTrace.com

Dirk Rodgers of RxTrace.com writes about an RFP the FDA issued last month that is due August 13th... Check it out, in full, on RxTrace.com...
Last week the FDA quietly posted a Request For Proposal (RFP) on the FedBizOpps.gov government bidding site for a consulting organization to design and implement a program of pilot projects that explore and evaluate methods to enhance the safety and security of the pharma supply chain.  The scope of work is:
“Development and implementation of a program for the pilot projects will include, but is not limited to: development of the program structure, determination of the scope of the pilot projects and what issues should be covered, ensuring the pilot project design fulfills the requirement of the DSCSA, development of an enrollment process for potential participants, development of timing and schedule, development of monitoring and reporting schedule, development of pilot project metrics and evaluation plan; and development of a communication plan. The pilot project(s) developed under the DSCSA need to explore and evaluate methods to enhance the safety and security of the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain, through
  1. utilization of the product identifier for tracing of a product throughout the supply chain and may include verification of product identifier, including the use of aggregation and inference;
  2. improvement of the technical capabilities of each sector and subsector to comply with systems and processes needed to utilize the product identifiers to enhance tracing of a product; and
  3. identification of system attributes that are necessary to implement the requirements established under the DSCSA.”
The RFP was posted on July 31, 2015 and responses must be submitted by midnight on August 13, 2015.  As part of developing the program, the contractor will also help the FDA run a public workshop and docket to collect ideas and comments that will help guide the design of the pilots.  The “period of performance” is eight months from date of the award.
Check out the full article at RxTrace.com...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Business Analytics vs Business Intelligence?

This is a great blog posting by
"What’s the difference between Business Analytics and Business Intelligence? The correct answer is: everybody has an opinion, but nobody knows, and you shouldn’t care.
Having worked in the industry over twenty years, I can confidently say that everybody has a different notion of what ANY particular term associated with analytics means.
For example, when SAP says “business analytics” instead of “business intelligence”, it’s intended to indicate that business analytics is an umbrella term including data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise information management, enterprise performance management, analytic applications, and governance, risk, and compliance.
But other vendors (such as SAS) use “business analytics” to indicate some level of vertical/horizontal domain knowledge tied with statistical or predictive analytics.
At the end of the day, there are two things worth differentiating:
  1. The first is the business aspect of BI — the need to get the most value out of information. This need hasn’t really changed in over fifty years (although the increasing complexity of the world economy means it’s ever harder to deliver). And the majority of real issues that stop us from getting value out of information (information culture, politics, lack of analytic competence, etc.) haven’t changed in decades either.
  2. The second is the IT aspect of BI — what technology is used to help provide the business need. This obviously does change over time — sometimes radically.
The problems in nomenclature typically arise because “business intelligence” is commonly used to refer both of these, according to the context, thus confusing the heck out of everyone." by

TIP: Wrong IMG showing in your system

We recently encountered a situation that after an install of SAP EM on an SNC server the SAP Event Management node was missing in the IMG structure (t-code SPRO). A work-around using transaction SIMGH is doable but the permanent fix is shown below...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Video: 5 Brilliant Ways to Customize SAP Business ByDesign

Like snowflakes, no two businesses are alike, and at times it’s necessary to customize your ERP solution to ensure it works exactly the way your business does.
In this video we’ll demonstrate 5 brilliant examples of how you can customize SAP Business ByDesign to ensure it accommodates your most unique and critical business needs.
Specifically, the video covers:
  1. How Development Works in SAP Business ByDesign
  2. Basic User Assistance – Sales Order Duplicate Check
  3. More Advanced Validation – External Reference Required for Release
  4. Store Custom Data – Approved Supplier List
  5. Upload Custom Data – File Input
  6. Automate Processes – Freight on Customer Invoice

Monday, August 3, 2015

External Integration of Custom Solutions in SAP Business ByDesign / SAP Cloud for Customer

Document by Thomas Schneider : This document gives an overview on the capabilities of external integration of SAP Business ByDesign / SAP Cloud for Customer custom solutions developed with SAP Cloud Applications Studio. This document is relevant for you if:
  • You are developing (or planning) a custom solution for SAP Business ByDesign or SAP Cloud for Customer with SAP Cloud Applications Studio
  • You are searching for means of integrating this solution with an external system.

RxTrace.com: Estimated Rise in Serialized Drugs in The U.S. Supply Chain, 2015

Dirk Rodgers of rxtrace.com writes "It’s August and that means it is time to check in on the progress toward full serialization of drugs in the U.S. supply chain.  This is an annual look I’ve been doing for five years now.  For my previous essays, see:
In each essay I produced a graph of my own personal estimate of the likely rise in the percentage of drugs that I thought would result, based on the deadlines that were in place at the time.  Of course, things changed last year because the Drug Supply Chain Security Act had preempted the California Pedigree law the previous November, so last year I made a new estimate that took into consideration the DSCSA dates.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

TIP: List of Parameter IDs

Here is the great list of useful Parameter IDs. Parameter IDs allows users to set up defaults for most SAP fields that have a dropdown selection.  This is a great time saver to help to reduce the # of errors.

/SAPTRX/EE_MON_SEL    Display Monitor Fields
/SAPTRX/NOPERFPOPUP    Disable the performance warning for selections ('X')
/SDF/BT_ID    BusinessTransaction ID
AAT    Order type