Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SAP S/4 HANA – the numbers and the business case – diginomica

By Den Howlett (diginomica) - "So much has been said and written about SAP S/4 HANA it is almost passé as a topic of conversation. But there have been two consistent themes that have concerned/confused readers, analysts and customers: 
  1. What do the numbers mean? 
  2. How does the business case make sense? 
In SAP’s defense, the answers to both those questions have been available, they’ve just been hard to tease out in a coherent manner. So it was with that in mind that I was given the opportunity to discuss these points directly with Markus Schwartz, SVP and general manager, S/4 HANA.

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."


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."

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A few helpful Workflow links

  1. The following video contains an excellent example on how to build your first workflow model Creating your first workflow (Video)
  2. View official workflow tutorials from SAP help.
  3. SAP SDN page about Workflow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thoughts on Digital Transformation - Steve Lucas

A great read Posted by Steve Lucas
Digital Economies: As economies (or marketplaces) evolve, they become more efficient over time. Any economist will tell you that. What is clear to me is that the next frontier of efficiency for all global economies is digital and driven by ones and zeroes, regulated by hyper efficient algorithms all of which will be modeled, executed and continually optimized in real time. In a Digital Economy, a very real currency is the data exchanged between entities, not just goods, services and monetary funds in the traditional sense. You need to look no further than the Financial Services “economy” to get a glimpse of what your industry will look like in a very short period of time.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Easy to Understand Guide to SAP HANA Cloud Platform - SAP HANA

Prakash Darji points to some really good material describing SAP HCP and related SAP technologies.
"The vignette series begins by focusing on digital transformation – what it is and what it means to different companies and industries. I highlight how simplified experience, real-time connectivity and smart recommendations allow companies to attain full digital transformation.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ivan Bond's blog – SAP ByDesign

  1. Check out Ivan Bond's blog for some good content on SAP ByDesign.
  2. For reporting tips with Excel, check out the ExcelGuru...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Microsoft Dynamics - Enterprise ERP in the cloud

"Microsoft delivers enterprise-class ERP to the cloud REDMOND, Wash. — March 9, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced that its next-generation cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, built on and for Microsoft Azure, is now available in 137 markets in 40 languages. The enterprise-class business application brings the power, speed and intelligence of cloud computing to … Read more »"

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SAP SD Parameter ID's

Parameter ID’s are maintained in transaction SU3. Parameters are used to set or change SAP defaults on common SAP screens.

Friday, August 5, 2016

User Exit - Explicit Enhancement Point

"When an enhancement is used inside a custom program without disturbing the source code, it is called Explicit enhancement. Here the program is not SAP standard one. That is why it is called explicit. If it is standard one then it will be called implicit. We already have covered the implicit enhancement. Explicit enhancement is saved in a package and transport in a similar way of implicit enhancement. Explicit enhancement has two types. 
  1. Enhancement Point – when we use point, we can add additional functionality to the original program. Here the original program executes with enhanced function. 
  2. Enhancement Section – when we use section, the original program is not executed. The enhanced program is executed. 

In the following example we have demonstrated an explicit enhancement point. In this program originally we have printed the output of a program with no header information. Now we create an explicit enhancement point where the header information has been implemented. Hence the final output shows the complete output of the Airline information." - Author: 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Supply Chain KPI Described - Throughput

This is an old blog post we found authored by Pino Villa ( - Still worth a read...

Generally most KPI are a waste of time and effort. Most are ‘so what’ KPI. They are isolated KPI that do not contribute to real business benefits. Some are mainly output related rather than throughput related; Example case is inventory versus throughput. 

The key difference is that throughput is based on what is actually billed and delivered, while output is something produced and sitting in inventory providing zero value to the organization. Fundamentally throughput relates to cash flow, productivity and profitability; the key elements of any success factor of an organization.

Having throughput as a KPI measure provides the ability for any organization to achieve its goal; the goal of being profitable and ability to grow. The rest has no relevance.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SAP wins first big Centrelink systems overhaul deal - iTnews

"SAP wins first big Centrelink systems overhaul deal Contract negotiations underway. German software giant SAP has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the Department of Human Service’s billion-dollar replacement of its welfare payments systems. The DHS and SAP are now locked in contract negotiations to bed down the terms and value of the multi-million dollar deal; a final price has yet to be determined. However, SAP's recently-signed $86 million, five-year software licensing deal with the Department of Defence for its own systems replacement - a project of a similar scale - gives an indication of the likely cost of the DHS contract." Read the ful article here

Settings for SAP GATP Product Availability Check

Source - SAP Help "The figure below gives you an overview of the settings for the product availability check, how they are dependent on each other, and their relationship to the OLTP system."

To make these general settings, in Customizing for SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) choose Start of the navigation path Advanced Planning and Optimization Next navigation stepGlobal Available-to-Promise (Global ATP) Next navigation stepGeneral Settings End of the navigation path.

To make these settings for the product availability check, in Customizing for SAP SCM choose Start of the navigation path Advanced Planning and Optimization Next navigation stepGlobal Available-to-Promise (Global ATP) Next navigation stepProduct Availability Check End of the navigation path

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SAP Hybris chooses Sydney for third global data centre

"SAP Hybris has selected Sydney for its third global data centre, its first in the Asia-Pacific region and its first to be built since 2013. Company president Carsten Thoma formed Hybris as an e-commerce start-up in the dotcom boom before it was acquired by SAP in 2013, and said he recognised Australia was ahead of much of the world for digital transformation. “That’s something that became very obvious to us, even before the SAP transaction,” Mr Thoma told The Australian. “The reason in particular was also obvious. You’re a huge continent, a huge country with some large metropolitan areas and then rural areas that you have to bridge with automation and technology. “Australia’s one of the key areas for us and we want to double down on our investment there, and double down on our technology partnerships.”" - View full article here

Monday, August 1, 2016

Case Study: International Gaming Technology (IGT) - SAP ABAP

Terry Barker, Senior SAP Developer at IGT, the global leaders in gaming, shares how his use of Salt SAP change intelligence software has saved his company time and money in multiple areas.

"My team and I swear by Code Ferret, Salt’s code search application, and use it several times a day. It’s simply the best and quickest code search tool I have ever found for ABAP and SAP systems."


  • Decreased time to compare object versions by 95.5%, a total savings of $15,472.50 plus the value of the 200 hours of new development that can now be pursued
  • In seconds, searches objects on a criteria such as "objects by a certain author” or a specific development set
  • Instantly sees all transports in flight and not in Production
  • Easily creates a monthly report to “police” the synchronization of IGT’s Development, QA, and Production environments
Click Here to Download Case Study

Multi Lane Approach to Continuous Delivery

SAP Change and Release Management: A Multi Lane Approach to Continuous Delivery

When SAP change release strategies fail to meet business-side expectations, organizations can lose confidence in the “large project” approach. This whitepaper discusses the considerations required when facilitating a move towards a more agile, flexible ‘continuous delivery’ strategy by using a multi-lane approach to managing SAP changes.
Download this best practice whitepaper to learn:
  • The common large-project problems and the barriers to multi-lane delivery
  • The key to a successful multi-lane delivery strategy
  • The necessity for ‘rules of the road’ and how to enforce these processes and governance using Rev-Trac as an ‘enforcement’ agent
Click Here to download the whitepaper

    Digitalizing the Extended Supply Chain

    Products, manufacturing, assets and the entire supply chain are being transformed by digital technology. The early adapters are winning, and organizations that respond will make dramatic gains in productivity, innovation and value. Those that fall behind lose competitive advantage and the ability to seek out new opportunities.

    Join us at the International SAP Conferences on Extended Supply Chain, the first event of its kind, bringing together SAP’s entire Extended Supply Chain solution portfolio across six events in one location.
    1. Supply Chain
    2. Product Lifecycle Management 
    3. Portfolio and Project Management
    4. Manufacturing
    5. Asset Management
    6. Environment, Health and Safety Management 
    Nowhere else in 2016 will you have the opportunity to understand how SAP innovation is driving end-to-end visibility across the extended supply chain. Regardless of your industry or line of business, you will find a breadth of content, customer case studies, deep dives, solution road maps, and much more.
    This event offers a unique opportunity to move freely across six co-located conferences – register for one event and move across all six co-located conferences depending on your topics of interest. 

    To download the brochures and to register - Click Here

    Use discount code ERPGXSCM16_10 (case sensitive) to obtain a 10% discount when registering for any of these 6 events. 
    Please note that this discount is not valid for any workshop registrations and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers including the early bird offer.