Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Learn about Skype for Business Validated Network Reference Design

Enterprises are embracing the digital workplace where there is a need for a superior unified communications experience and tools to provide granular quality of service (QoS), end-to-end call visibility and quality metrics through a single pane of glass. With the Microsoft Skype for Business SDN integration, HPE Aruba provides an end-to-end visibility and troubleshooting capabilities into your wired and wireless network. This guide discusses how to deploy on-premise and online Skype for Business in large campus and distributed enterprise environments. It also covers how HPE Aruba Network Management platform provides wireless LAN (WLAN) RF planning and best design practices, QoS guidelines, and multi-site deployments.

Autonomy Technology simplifies and standardizes with SAP Business ByDesign

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Revelation Software Concepts Announces First Major Enhancement to Rev-Trac 7

SPS01 strengthens Release Management Workbench, expands support for SAP S/4 HANA,
and deepens integration with the Salt custom code database

Melbourne, AU - November 15, 2016Revelation Software Concepts Pty Ltd (RSC), a pioneer and market leader in simplifying SAP change control, today announced the release of their first major enhancement (SPS01) to version 7 of their flagship SAP change control automation software, Rev-Trac. The SPS01 update includes many features that strengthen Rev-Trac 7’s Release Management Workbench, supports all aspects of SAP S/4 HANA change management and further leverages the custom code database of RSC’s Salt SAP change intelligence software.
“This service pack provides important foundational improvements to Rev-Trac’s popular Release Management Workbench, but it’s Rev-Trac’s expanded integration with Salt’s custom code database that excites our Rev-Trac customers,” said David Drake, RSC Founder and CEO.
“The current release introduces Peripheral Object Dependency Checking and includes API integration points for further Salt and Rev-Trac Java integrated enhancements we’ll make available in the foreseeable future.”

Highlights include:

  1.  Updates to the Release Management Workbench focus specifically on release and change status synchronization, and adds the capability of synchronizing any request type including non-SAP requests.
  2. Request level explicit dependencies will allow for an organization to define the sequence of migration for entire Rev-Trac change requests, treating each of their subordinate transports as a group that can be sequentially controlled.
  3. Source-specific cloning allows a single request to manage the replication and retrofit of changes to multiple applications, using a single Rev-Trac clone request.
  4. SPS01 expands Rev-Trac’s SAP S/4 HANA support by including both native and non-native (non-ABAP) changes.
  5. As the first in a series of Rev-Trac features improving the integrity of changes delivered across multiple complex or hybrid SAP landscapes, the new Peripheral Object Dependency Check, or POD Check, helps teams avoid problematical outcomes from moving changes or releases forward without required dependent object versions.
The full press-release can be viewed here.

All Aboard the IoT Express

At a joint event in a high-speed train from Rome to Naples SAP and Trenitalia showcased how Trenitalia is running into the future by using Internet of Things technology. Sensors combined with SAP IoT solutions and the SAP HANA platform allows Trenitalia to provide its customers a more efficient and reliable service and saves maintenance costs up to 8-10 %.

SAP S/4HANA release improves supply chain performance and productivity - Inside SAP

Read all the details at Inside SAP: "The new SAP S/4HANA 1610 release harnesses a simplified data model and the SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience to reduce complexity, improve supply chain performance and increase business productivity, improving customer service and increasing profits for organisations across industries.

  The 1610 release uses prediction and pattern recognition capabilities and machine learning to reduce exception management for routine transactions, enabling employees to focus on higher-value tasks aided by embedded analytics and real-time insights. The release also improves supply chain performance with real-time insights, increased agility and reduced lead times."

Monday, November 21, 2016

SAP digitizes the extended supply chain with SAP S/4HANA 1610 | Networks Asia

Read full artilce on Networks Asia: "SAP SE has announced the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release, the latest enhancement to SAP’s next-generation ERP business suite, featuring  prediction and pattern recognition capabilities, along with machine learning.
  “The SAP S/4HANA 1610 release is the 3rd major on-premise release since we first introduced SAP S/4HANA last year. Companies of all sizes, in every industry, are transforming the way they do business to take advantage of the digital economy,” said Simon Dale, General Manager, Innovation Sales, SAP APJ. “

Friday, November 18, 2016

SCT Software Delivers Enhanced Cartonization Functionality for SAP Users with Release of Updated Carton Space Optimizer Offering | Business Wire

Read full article on Business Wire: "SHREWSBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCT Software, a leading provider of advanced logistics execution solutions, today announced the latest release of its Carton Space Optimizer (CSO) offering. The release delivers an enhanced suite of functionality to improve warehouse efficiencies and reduce shipping costs.

CSO is a “Built-In” SAP® solution that has been designed to eliminate suboptimal packing by streamlining the packing process and systematically recommending the most cost-effective packing solutions for both cases and pallets.

One of the high-value features of the new release is the ability to visualize packing configurations in 3D with the CSO Visualizer. Using this feature, customers can see how each item is packed, including item level orientation within the packing container. This allows the client to ensure that all packing configurations are optimized and visually instruct end users on how to pack complex orders."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

BPC & FICO Configuration

Read full article at BPC Consultant Blog: "SAP BPC is handling, by default, the so-called Bottom-Up planning by using the hierarchy capabilities of the Dimensions. It is normal planning scenario where departments plan on the lowest level and later it is aggregated to a company and group level. It is nothing special and nobody will be surprised by that. However, sometimes you might be asked how to do a Top-Down Planning in SAP BPC. Top-Down Planning is characterized by setting a target budget of a Company or Sub-Group level which is later allocated to the business units underneath. By default, SAP BPC can hold data only …"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SAP and Repetitive Manufacturing

"As you are probably well aware, SAP functionality includes a model that's called Repetitive Manufacturing or SAP-REM. It's just that only few customers use it even though, I believe, it is a wonderful fit for many things managers would like to do. That is why for the past 10 years or so, I have personally invested a very large amount of time to figure out.
  1. how the REM module in SAP is functioning 
  2. what the developers had in mind and why they created it 
  3. why SAP using customers, large and small, use it only marginal or not at all 
  4. why SAP, as an organization, has shown little, if any interest to get this great functionality out there to the user to automate, simplify and increase efficiency.  
 You might say "we're not a repetitive manufacturer" and there lies one of the fundamental problems with the non-adoption of SAP-REM: a widespread mental model of believing that if a product is customized or has some sort of variants, its production can't be repetitive. I beg to differ.

 The persistent objections I receive in years of pushing for REM, which was far ahead of all lean and agile ideas, has lead me to avoid the term 'repetitive'. I do not suggest anymore that my customer should activate their materials for 'repetitive manufacturing' anymore. Much rather I ask them if they'd like to run their production schedule by a 'takt' and pursue serialized manufacturing. Then I suggest a rhythm wheel, heijunka or drum, buffer, rope scheduling methods and all ears are wide open.

 Yes, I know you can create a heijunka schedule with discrete orders and connect an assembly line with direct production and collective orders but why using a work-around when you've got the perfect tool in hand? Do you eat your soup with a fork?

 If you want to know more about what SAP can do for flow, low wip, short cycle times and lean manufacturing look into SAP-REM. If you make one-off, engineered and highly customized, very large projects REM probably isn't for you, but for everybody else I take on bets, if you let me discuss it with you.

 Just recently I worked with a maker of power transformers which are made uniquely to each and every customer. In the end they're making power transformers and the steps to build one are the same every time. If you create a standard route and allow for a takt with enough time to allow for work to happen at each station, you can place any transformer in the schedule. Building aircraft is similar. Even though each A320 might have a different cabin configuration, to build one requires the same steps and approximate working time in each takt. So why not planning ahead, reserving time on the line (capacity) and letting the specific configuration drop into the schedule at the time the customer has defined it?

 It's serial (don't say repetitive) production.  Don't you agree? Yes, I know, that company that makes A320s (or the company that makes transformers) think of themselves as an engineering company. But they're also a serial (don't say repetitive) manufacturer of products with customized options. They have a department that engineers great products, however, when they start offering the product to the customer, they move into serial production - no matter how much customization they allow.

 And serial (or should I say repetitive?) production is best flowing when you schedule it into a takt that matches your customer demand. Think about it the next time you're trying to figure out how to meet the customer promise date or when you walk through your plant and try to figure out why you have all this WIP lying around.

 Wouldn't you want to see your orders flow along a lean schedule?" Uwe Goehring

Monday, November 7, 2016

The three eyes have it for SAP S/4HANA 1610 - Enterprise Times

The three eyes have it for SAP S/4HANA 1610 - Enterprise Times: "SAP has announced the release of SAP S/4HANA 1610 on-premises solution. This is the third major release by SAP and follows on from 1511 that was released last year. Rudolf Hois, Vice President of SAP S/4HANA said in the supporting video: ”This key release brings significant simplifications across all lines of business.” The video is around ten minutes long and flies through some of the highlights from the release. Hois talks about integrated, intelligent and immediate as the building blocks for an ERP solution that can become the digital core of a company 

 Integrated, Intelligent and Immediate 

 Hois sees SAP S/4HANA delivering integration between companies and their supply chain.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Internet Of Things Is The Future For SAP | Seeking Alpha

For the full article see Seeking Alpha

  • SAP is increasing its focus on the IoT segment. 
  • Last month, it announced plans to invest $2.25 billion in the development of its IoT offerings.
  • Also as part of this focus, SAP recently announced key acquisitions.  
SAP (NYSE:SAP) is one ERP player that has successfully adapted itself to the changing market landscape. After proving its mettle within the Cloud/Big Data market with HANA, the company is now gearing up to target the Internet of Things (IoT) segment.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SAP Updates S/4HANA ERP Suite

"SAP has released S/4HANA 1610, the latest enhancement to its ERP business suite. 
The new release offers prediction and pattern recognition capabilities, and machine learning. The aim is to reduce exception management for more routine transactions so users can focus on higher-value tasks. 
 The following supply chain enhancements are included in the new release: 
  • Advanced available to promise offers newly enhanced capabilities to manage supply allocations at multiple levels of real-time ATP order confirmation. S/4HANA 1610 also now has back-order processing and interactive rescheduling methodology to help manage tasks based on customer priority. 
  • Inventory management to improve inventory visibility and to track slow-moving items, monitor shelf life and provide real-time status updates of items in transit. 
  • Material requirement planning , which includes natively deployed embedded production planning and detailed scheduling. 
  • Extended warehouse management is embedded to simplify adoption of advanced warehousing capabilities without the need to integrate a separate system. The EWM app can be used in both embedded and stand-alone deployments. 
  • Environment, health and safety management uses real-time data intended to support EHS practitioners in managing operational risk, worker safety and compliance, with integrated solutions for incident management, chemical management, operational risk assessments, industrial hygiene/exposure monitoring, regulatory compliance and emissions management. 
“With this third major on-premise release of SAP S/4HANA, companies of all sizes can take advantage of innovations offered across lines of business and industries,” said Wieland Schreiner, executive vice president of SAP S/4HANA in a statement. “Innovations in line of business and industry functionality allow companies to realize productivity gains and dramatically simplify their IT landscapes.”"

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SAPVoice: How Apple Will Win Big In Enterprise

SAPVoice: How Apple Will Win Big In Enterprise: "You probably don’t associate Apple with disruption in the insurance industry. Apple has been on the cutting-edge of consumer innovation for so long that it’s difficult for many people to see Fortune 500’s No. 1 most profitable company as anything other than the maker of the iPod (which first launched 15 years ago last week) and subsequent blockbusters, the iPhone and iPad. “Investors have been slow to shift their view of Apple as a volatile hardware maker, vulnerable to the fluctuations of the consumer electronics market,” Financial Times stated Tuesday, “rather than a software company with stable recurring revenues.” But Apple pulled in about $26 billion (or about 10 percent of its revenue) last year from enterprise, according to Apple employees speaking to SAP customers and partners at the SAP Digital Insurance Innovation Summit at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters this month. And we’ll keep seeing big things as Apple and SAP continue their partnership to transform your mobile experience at work by uniting native apps for iPhone and iPad with the SAP HANA platform." Read full article at SAPVoice.