Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Using Blockchain to Build Your Dream House

"Distributed ledger technology, otherwise known as blockchain, can significantly simplify bank guarantees and guarantees of insurers, reducing paperwork while providing time-saving transparency for financial institutions and their customers. I saw an example of an interesting scenario at the recent SAP Financial Services Innovation Summit held at the SAP Leonardo Center in New York. SAP’s Stefan Schmidt recently shared a blockchain POC called The Guarantee Network on Blockchain Stefan Schmidt, Innovation Manager at SAP for Insurance, walked the audience through a blockchain POC called The Guarantee Network on Blockchain. Running on SAP Cloud Platform, it depicted how the various parties involved in new building construction – contractor, bank, insurer and buyer – could use digital certification to share information quickly, obtain necessary signatures and approvals, and prevent fraud." Susan Galer of SAP View full article here.

NEWS: UPS and SAP deliver on-demand additive manufacturing technology

UPS and SAP deliver on-demand additive manufacturing technology: "For years, UPS has created a logistics empire by delivering goods to businesses and homes around the world, but lately, the company has evolved from delivering the goods to actually making them. UPS is collaborating with SAP to develop a system of additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, that integrates UPS' logistics expertise with SAP's business process expertise and the SAP Leonardo next-generation technology platform."

Monday, December 18, 2017

NEWS: Microsoft, SAP to use and sell more of each other's cloud services

Microsoft, SAP to use and sell more of each other's cloud services: "LONDON (Reuters) - Business software giants Microsoft Corp and SAP SE have agreed to expand the use of each other’s cloud-based products and services delivered via the internet, they said on Tuesday, as they laid out a common product road map for joint customers."

NEWS: The First $100 Billion Dollar Blockchain Company Could Be The Next SAP

The First $100 Billion Dollar Blockchain Company Could Be The Next SAP

SAP EM : Things to look out for when implementing SAP EM

I recently came across a SAP EM Implementation with one of my clients, where they had SAP EM implemented by one of the best consulting companies but turned out to be a complete disaster.

They have N number of issues as listed below:

  1. One EH having Multiple Values for the same TRACKING ID CODE SET - which is causing incorrect events being posted on EH's
  2. Tracking ID's without Start Date & End Date - due to which Events posted in the past get re-triggered for EH's created in Future with same Tracking ID, causing data inconsistencies
  3. All Task Logging switched on, causing billion+ entries in EH_TASK, forcing the client to do Partitioning in the database to handle the table size.
  4. BAPI COMMIT being used inside the RULE SET causing data inconsistencies and short dumps
  5. Event Generation within the Rule Sets causing short dumps
  6. No Queuing process followed and hence same the EH is called multiple times at the same moment causing data inconsistencies

Please feel free to comment on other issues that you have seen in your implementations.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Camelot ITLab joins SAP initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT | Technology | Supply Chain Digital

Read full press release here: "Camelot ITLab has announced it will be joining SAP’s brand-new initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT. With the SAP Blockchain and IoT Co-Innovation Program SAP customers get the opportunity to identify, discover and implement applications to capture various events in blockchain, from the design and development of products to production and logistics up to product tracking."

Minimizing Data Maintenance in SAP Distribution Channels and Divisions

SAP ERP is a powerful tool. You can do so much with it, it’s tempting to dive into the complexity and use features just for their own sake. But that’s not a good way to set up your SAP. Rather, you need to let business needs drive your SAP complexity. 

Today, we’ll be talking about SAP distribution channels and divisions and how you can set them up for minimal data maintenance. We’ll also talk about what this means for an SAP e-commerce integration--something to consider even if you aren’t currently doing e-commerce. (See our previous blog post announcing Corevist interface for eCommerce)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Key Takeaways From SAP's Q3

Read full article here "In continuation with a strong first half of the year, software giant SAP continued its impressive performance in Q3. Third quarter revenues grew 4% over the prior year period to $6.6 billion and were in line with the market expectations. Aided by a phenomenal increase in new cloud bookings, revenues from cloud business continued to be the primary growth driver. The cloud and software gross margins saw a marginal decline, but a substantial improvement in the services gross margin led to a slight improvement in overall margins. We expect cloud margins to continue declining in the near term, as the company faces tough competition from software behemoths like Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce. Operating profit and EPS grew by 19% and 35% year-over-year respectively, due to lower share-based compensation, acquisition-related charges and restructuring costs. While the revenue growth was seen across all business segments, SAP’s Cloud business, aided by a phenomenal increase in new bookings, was the standout performer. The company continued its dominance in the Enterprise Resource Planning software market, with more than 600 customers adopting its S/4HANA platform in the quarter, taking the overall count to over 6,900 customers. This should assuage some investor concerns about the long term value of this platform, the sheer power of which is reflected in its cost. Moreover, with 80% of its customers still using the earlier platform and expected to shift to the newer one in the near future, there is tremendous potential which the company expects to tap."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Square Partners With SAP to embed Square payments in to SAP Business One

Square Partners With SAP (Read full article) "In Square Inc.'s (NYSE: SQ) second-quarter conference call, CEO Jack Dorsey promised that the company was constantly looking for ways it could "accelerate and deepen" its offerings to its customers. One of the ways the company has recently focused on in order to accomplish this goal is to embed its payment processing into existing business software platforms through partnerships. Earlier this quarter, Square partnered with Eventbrite, the popular live event-planning platform. 
More recently, Square announced another partnership, this time with SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), the German-based enterprise application software provider. Under the terms of the deal, announced on Square's corporate blog, Square's payment processing and financial services will now be integrated with SAP's Business One platform. SAP Business One is a software platform that provides small and medium-sized retailers with a variety of back-office business services, including accounting, project management, and human resources. With the integration of the two companies' services, businesses will now be able to view their sales and payment data with "one holistic view."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TIP: Configuring the SAP EM Web UI

Daniel Haerder wrote a good blog introducing customizing of the SAP EM Web UI. Check it out here before continuing … Now let’s explore it in more detail.
Reference the following 2 links to give you more ideas around what is possible:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SAP Track and Trace Solution — Part 2: Inbound Logistics

In the first part of this article series, I described what Track and Trace is and how it relates to outbound logistics; if you missed it, check it out here. In this article, I will discus how we can provide full visibility into the inbound logistics process by leveraging SAP’s Event Management module and EDI carrier status notifications. Organizations that place purchase orders (PO) for their suppliers or manufacturers have a very real need to make sure that the product arrives at the intended destination on the date that it was requested and promised. Scheduling receiving resources and ability to meet customer demand, all rely on the product getting to the warehouse when it was scheduled to be there.

Monday, October 30, 2017

TIP: SAP Event Management Naming Conventions

SystemFunctionalityNaming ConventionExample
ECC/EMTable NameZEMT_*Meaningful Name*ZEMT_DATE_EXT
ECC/EMStructure NameZEMS_*Meaningful Name*ZEMS_DATE_EXT
ECC/EMCustom Programs / RFC / Module PoolZEM_*Program Type*ZEMRP_EVENT_LIST
ECC/EMBusiness Process TypeZEM_*ZEM_ESC_PURORD
ECCApplication Object TypeZEM_AOT_*BUISNESS PROCESS*ZEM_AOT_PO_LINE
ECCEvent TypeZEM_ET_*BUSINESS PROCESS*ZEM_ET_PO_LINE_CREATE

History of SAP Event Management

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

SAP EM 4.x

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

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

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

SAP Sets Blockchain Course (IT Business Edge)

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

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

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

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

News: SAP Q3 growth slows on cloud, licenses dip

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Video: SAP Vehicle Insights

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 14 - SAP EM integration with SAP Business Workflow

In my previous blog I spoke about the benefits as they pertained to the Order to Cash process. Now it’s time to dive in to a little detail on how to configure certain functionality. 1st up is the integration with SAP Business Workflow…

Video: Tracking user transactions in SAP


Monday, October 9, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 13 - Benefits of SAP EM as it relates to an Order to Cash process

In the 1st blog of this series we described what SAP EM is and in the 6th one we described, in 2 parts, what the challenges and benefits are that are associated with SAP EM. We now want to take that a little deeper and relate it directly to the order to cash process.

What is covered in an order to cash process? For simplicity sake we will address a simple scenario where an order is taken and fulfilled out of a warehouse. Similar discussions and benefits can be described for orders being fulfilled via drop-ship or via a manufacturing process.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 12 - Troubleshooting tips

In our last blog we described the various Web Services that you can use to interact with SAP Event Management. Now let’s look in to SAP EM troubleshooting and providing some tips. Please feel free to add your own comments to keep a running list of tips and tricks…

Video: SAP Leonardo IoT Introduction


Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 11 - What Web Services are available?

In our previous blog we hit on the hot topic of parameters and which ones should we use where.
Now let’s get in to a little nerd stuff 😉 Web Services… This blog is intended to give you the quick links to go find the necessary detail to describe each of the available services. The documentation can be rather hard to find…. until now…
SAP EM web services can be found on the SAP Community Network or on the SAP help portal.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 10 - Deciding on what parameters to use

In our last blog we spoke about the sizing considerations to take in to account for an SAP EM server. Now let’s go in to one of the most asked question in SAP Event Management – “Which type of the 4 available parameters should we use? Firstly, what are the 4 parameters that we are talking about?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 9 - The sizing of an SAP EM server

In our last blog we walked through what was made available in each of the major SAP EM releases. Now let’s take a look at what to consider when sizing an SAP EM server.
Sizing a server to handle the processing for SAP EM is important.  Potentially a large amount of data can be processed by the SAP EM system in a very short period of time.  Sizing is impacted by both business and technology components.  The number of users and number of processes covered will have an impact on the size of machine required. The SAP Standard Application Benchmarks and Scalability Tests located at http://www.sap.com/benchmark can be used to determine sizing detail.

Friday, September 29, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 8 - The history of SAP EM

In our last blog we highlighted the issues that SAP EM resolves and what benefits it provides. Now lets talk about how we got to SAP EM release 9.2…
SAP EM began it’s journey way back in 2000 but the 1st official release was made in 2004 and that’s where we will pick up the story…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 7 - The benefits of SAP EM (benefits)

In our previous blog we listed out the issues that face the Supply Chain. In this blog we’ll go through how SAP EM can be leveraged to address these issues.
How does SAP EM address the challenges mentioned in part 1 of the blog series?
Visibility: SAP EM provides maximum visibility across the supply chain network.  This visibility allows for the detection of deviations in the demand and supply of goods and services.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SAP Change Control Practices and Digital Transformation

According to Gartner’s 2017 CEO survey, the number 2 strategic priority for CEO’s is technology related business change. Not surprising when 47% the same group of CEO's indicated they are experiencing pressure from their Boards to make progress in digital. Digital transformation is the order of the day.

Monday, September 25, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 6 - The benefits of SAP EM (issues)

In our previous blog we described the differences between events and messages and now it’s time to take our new-found EM knowledge and relate it back to the advantages that SAP EM can provide.
The benefits of SAP EM are dependent on the specific challenges an organization faces. This blog describes common challenges that we face today and the 2nd part of the blog will show how SAP EM can be leveraged to address this issues.

Friday, September 22, 2017

SAP EM knowledge Bites 5 - Events vs. Messages

In our last blog we discussed the different types of events that SAP EM deals with. Now it’s time to delve a little deeper and look in to event messages as they relate to events. SAP EM makes the distinction between events and event messages. The difference is subtle yet very significant and compelling.
An event is the recording of “something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time”.   An example of an event would be a post goods issue (PGI) occurring in Warehouse A at 3:00 PM (See No. 4 in Figure 1).  A plan for the event is stored in SAP EM, and the event is measured against this plan.  ‘The Plan’ states: ‘the PGI event should happen at Warehouse A between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM’ (See No. 1 in Figure 1).  In this example, the event is considered a regular event.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Webinar: Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe in the Cloud


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
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Strategic business demands are compelling companies to embrace the cloud and business networks. As businesses move to a cloud environment, information security becomes increasingly central to their overall risk management initiatives.

Please join this webinar to learn about SAP Ariba’s holistic, multidimensional approach to support best practices and security controls to help protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of your information. We’ll share our security principles, including:
  • Guarding your data against external and internal risks
  • High availability, monitoring, and business continuity
  • Effective risk management
Speaker: Lakshmi Hanspal, Chief Security Officer, SAP Ariba

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 4 - Describing SAP EM Events

In our previous blog we discussed the differences between SAP EM and Document Flow. Now it’s time to start to dive in to the details of SAP Event Management and whereas could we start, other than to describe an event?

Events can be divided into two different types (actual vs. planned), which can then be grouped into four categories. Actual Event vs. Planned Event

Monday, September 18, 2017

SAP EM Tip: Sample code for coding your own rule set activities

Here is the code snippets but the full document with all the table details is located for download here.

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 3 - SAP EM as compared to Document Flow

In our previous blog we described where SAP EM fitted in to the SAP solution stack. In this blog we discuss the differences between document flow and SAP EM. We often get asked what the difference is or we hear the following “SAP EM is just glorified document flow”…
SAP EM is often utilized in conjunction with SAP Document Flow.  Document flow shows the transactions related to the business document, as they are being created by the SAP system.  A typical document flow for an order-to-cash scenario will progress as follows: Sales Order -> Delivery -> PGI -> Billing Document -> Accounting Document.  Although SAP EM can easily provide the same view to the applicable business process using document flow, it allows for a few subtler, yet powerful differences.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

SAP EM Knowledge Bites 2 - SAP EM as part of the Extended Supply Chain

In our first blog, We spelled out what SAP Event Management covers, what it is and what it is not. (Read here) It’s now time to look at SAP EM and see where it fits in to the bigger picture.

Where does SAP EM fit in to SAP’s overall solution landscape

Over the years SAP has moved the SAP EM solution across many vertical and horizontal solutions.  Originally written as a component of the Railcar Management System, SAP EM was called Supply Chain Event Management (SCEM).  SCEM was adapted to a generic solution and became an add-on component that other solutions could use.  Also known as SAP’s Track and Trace solution, it was a part of the “Supply Chain Integrity” stack.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

SAP EM TIP: Post-Processing Activity in Rule Set

With SAP EM 9.2 SP06 a new activity type “Post Processing Activity” has been introduced. It can be used to execute certain activities once instead of multiple times when processing event messages.

Only one post processing activity can be assigned to each rule set and it will be executed exactly once after rule set processing is done. This allows the EM developer to trigger follow-up activities in a mass enabled way instead of triggering the single action possibly multiple times during rule set processing. To make this work rule set activities which are executed during the rule set processing have to collect all data that is necessary for the post processing activity instead of triggering the actions itself. Check in this SAP document to see how to do it: Post Processing Activity to boost performance of EM – TM integration

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SAP Further Expands SAP® Vehicles Network with New Connected Fueling and Payment Options

SAP SE today announced new agreements with Deutsche Tamoil and Q1 that will add hundreds of new fueling locations across Germany to the SAP® Vehicles Network solution. Other agreements with PACE and Tantalum will add new automated payment options for fueling and parking. SAP also showcased new integration scenarios with TripIt® from Concur, the world's highest-rated travel-organizing app, and automated payment options with Parken+ and Apple Pay to create seamless, connected travel experiences. The announcements were made at IAA New Mobility World,  taking place Sept. 14–17 in Frankfurt, Germany, and Mobile World Congress Americas, taking place Sept. 12–14 in San Francisco, California. - Read full release at NewsWire

Monday, September 11, 2017

SAP Process Observer - What is it and how does it relate to other similar tools like SAP EM?

Process Observer is a component of SAP’s Business Suite foundation layer. Broadly speaking it can be used to monitor SAP Business Suite processes like OTC (Order to cash) and PTP (Procure to pay).

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Check out SAP Blockchain community

Check out the SAP Blockchain posts at the SAP Blockchain Google + community.

ABAP Example: Creating an event in SAP EM using a BAPI call

You can use SAP Event Management to manage the statuses of your business processes. To communicate with EM you need to send it events. There are several ways of sending events to EM including via IDoc, BAPI call, RFC call and XML call. 
The syntax for sending an event using the BAPI /SAPTRX/BAPI_EH_ADDEVENTMSG_02 is described in detail below. In addition to showing you how to call the BAPI it also shows how to call the BAPI using a a qRFC leveraging a specific outbound queue name.

Here is the extract of ABAP code dealing with calling /SAPTRX/BAPI_EH_ADDEVENTMSG_02:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Developing your own Fiori apps for SAP Event Management

SAP Web IDE version 1.13 includes the SAP Event Management plugin which enables developers to generate their own transactional SAP Fiori apps for SAP Event Management.
Read the detailed developer guide SAP Web IDE plugin for SAP Event Management.

Pre-requisites

  • SAP Event Management 9.2 SP 4 and above
  • SAP Fiori for Event Management 1.0 or above
  • SAP Web IDE 1.13 or above

Monday, September 4, 2017

A comprehensive list of questions to ask when designing a SAP Event Management solution

If you are contemplating implementing SAP Event Management, you will need to be prepared to answer a series of questions to be able to establish a design that caters to your needs. These list of questions should help guide your JAD whiteboard session. No substitution from standing up there and guiding the discussion with questions that need answering -> that ultimately lead to a solid, scalable and efficient solution design.
The following list of questions is a comprehensive list of what needs to be asked…

Saturday, September 2, 2017

SAP point-of-sale systems were totally hackable with $25 kit


Researchers able to hijack server and steal card details


Point-of-Sale systems from SAP had a vulnerability that allowed them to be hacked using a $25 Raspberry Pi or similar device, according to research unveiled at the Hack in the Box conference in Singapore last week.

Critical vulnerabilities in SAP's POS – since resolved – created a means for hackers not only to steal customers' card data but to gain unfettered control over the server, enabling them to change prices of goods with the help of a simple device, according to ERPScan.

SAP developed a patch after being alerted to the problem by ERPScan in April, allowing the enterprise app security specialists to go public with their discovery last week.

The root cause of the problem was that pre-patch SAP POS Xpress Server systems failed to perform any authentication checks for critical functionality that requires user identity. As a result, administrative and other privileged functions could be accessed without any authentication.
Read the full article at The Register.

Friday, August 25, 2017

SAP Ariba Gets in Blockchain Game

SAP to join Hyperledger community, SAP Ariba to build new capabilities into applications and Ariba Network to transform global supply chains

LAS VEGAS, NV – March 22, 2017 – Blockchain is among the most disruptive technologies of the day. From banking and insurance to agriculture, energy, healthcare, and media, it is shaking-up entire industries and is about to transform global supply chains, thanks to SAP Ariba. The company today unveiled plans to leverage blockchain across its cloud-based applications and business network to upend the way goods and services are traded.

“Twenty years ago, SAP Ariba bet big on a fringe technology called the Internet and pioneered a totally new model for buying and selling,” said Joe Fox, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, SAP Ariba. “True to our roots, we are again investing at the edge of technology to drive innovations in business-to-business collaboration that will change the game.”

At its core, blockchain is a digital ledger that can be used to drive business processes involving multiple parties. “One of the things blockchain does is facilitate greater visibility and trust,” Fox said. “In embedding it across our applications and network, we can enable supply chains that are smarter, faster and more transparent from sourcing all the way through settlement.”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Top 5 Vendors in the Compensation Software Market From 2017 to 2021: Technavio

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global compensation software market report. This research report also lists 22 other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.

This report provides an exhaustive list of all the global vendors that provide the compensation software. Vendors are identified based on the revenue and market dominance in terms of their geographical presence, product portfolio, and R&D. The vendor matrix included in the report gives a detailed comparison of the features, deployment model, training and support, customer size, and geographical presence of each major vendor.

Read full article here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Key steps to scope a SAP Business Workflow solution

What questions should be asked when defining a workflow relevant business process?

The above diagram describes the input that is required when defining a workflow relevant business process. Listed below are questions that need to be asked and answered for each step / task of the process.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Leverage SAP to track shipments

If your business involves selling product then inevitably you need to move that product, whether it be from your suppliers to you, or from you to your customers. If that is the case then you will also be interested in knowing how those movements, or shipments, are doing.

If they are experiencing a delay then it could potentially impact the promise you made to your customer... If the goods are delayed on route to your warehouse then you could potentially impact the plan for the warehouse folks who may have arranged a special shift to receive the goods in...

Wouldn't it be nice to know that the plan that was laid out up front was being followed? We can't force our suppliers to comply but there are ways to measure compliance and react to deviations to the plan just as soon as you are made aware of them. How can we accomplish that?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Corevist 2.0 Interface software for eCommerce is certified as Powered by SAP NetWeaver®


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: George Anderson
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Raleigh, NC, August 16, 2017

COREVIST 2.0 INTERFACE SOFTWARE FOR ECOMMERCE IS CERTIFIED AS POWERED BY SAP NetWeaver®



RALEIGH, NC, August 16, 2017 – Corevist, a global provider of eCommerce solutions, today announced that its software, Corevist 2.0, has achieved SAP certification as powered by the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform. The SAP® Integration and Certification Center has certified that Corevist integrates with SAP NetWeaver 7.40. This means that companies using SAP solutions will be able to use Corevist to conduct eCommerce that communicates with SAP software in real time. Corevist eCommerce will help organizations reduce the burden on their customer service department by enabling a self-service B2B web portal for their customers.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Difference between SAP Workflow and SAP Event Management

People often confuse workflow functionality with SAP EM functionality and vice versa. Below is the rule of thumb that I follow to separate the understanding of the need for both sets of functionality.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WHITEPAPER: Understanding the 10 EDI messages critical to deploying "Best in Class" Procure to Pay (PTP) SAP EDI

I have seen many, many EDI implementations in this space over the years and have yet to come by a single company that has adopted all of the good features available in SAP to bring real value in to the PTP process. In each part of the process, described below, I will highlight exactly what the purpose is for each EDI message or functionality and highlight the benefits for implementing it in the mentioned fashion.

Below, I list the PTP process for a typical replenishment PO where we procure stock via a Purchase Order (PO) to a supplier who delivers the product to our warehouse using one of our 3rd party carriers. The nuances around freight forwarding, drop ship and make to order scenarios are not covered here but are addressed using 90% of these same techniques as well.

Friday, August 11, 2017

TIP: Limiting Material Master field and view access

To configure the limiting of fields / views in the Material Master go to:

 

Logistic General -> Material Master -> Configuring Material Master

 

Create a user specific Screen sequence.

You can restrict the maintenance of certain views by auth. object M_MATE_STA






You can create a transaction variant for MM02 using transaction in SHD0. Therein you can keep any field you want for a particular user to be non changeable mode (I.e. display only). Then assign that transaction variant to the applicable user.

 

Similary create another transaction variant for any other user and assign the user to that transaction variant using the same SHD0 transaction (Standard variant tab).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NEWS: Oracle's Booming Cloud Business Could Rip And Replace SAP As #1 In Apps

CLOUD WARS – Cloud computing, which has already triggered massive disruptions across industries in business models and traditional pecking-orders, is giving Oracle Corp. a once-in-a-generation chance to displace arch-enemy SAP as the world leader in enterprise applications.
For decades, SAP has been the world leader in enterprise applications and Oracle has been the front-runner in enterprise databases, with both companies retaining their leadership positions in spite of the seismic shifts in the industry caused by the moves from mainframes to minicomputers to client-server to the Internet.
Oracle's recent surge in cloud-applications revenue - it sold $1 billion in SaaS apps during the quarter ended May 31 and $3.4 billion for the year give it a legitimate chance to overtake SAP as the world's #1 provider of enterprise applications, particularly in the massive cloud ERP market.
In the combined category of on-premise apps plus cloud apps, it's still not very close as SAP's revenue for that category doubles that of Oracle for the corresponding set of products and services:
  • Oracle: For the 3 months ending May 31, it reported combined applications revenue of $2.86 billion: $964 million for SaaS apps and $1.9 billion for on-premise (see full details on page 10 of the Oracle press release).
  • SAP: For the 3 months ending June 30, it reported combined applications revenue for cloud plus on-premise of $5.61 billion (see full details on page 7 of the SAP press release).
Read full article here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

SAP is expanding its business for SMB and channel customers

The Germany-based software company moved into a new office in Tempe, Arizona, on July 25. The company brought physical operations to the Phoenix area due to the strong presence of startups. The vast majority (four in five) of SAP’s 355,000 customers are SMBs.

“We’ve been working in the SMB space for a very long time, with 80 percent of our customers being in the space, but it’s evolving,” said Christine Gavin-Johnson, vice president of commercial and channel sales for SAP North America. “Because new companies are showing up every day.”

There are approximately 200 employees in the facility Johnson tells Channel Partners that her company plans to add 150 seats to the Tempe office over the next three to five years. They will specialize mainly in sales, and some will be involved with the channel. SAP has approximately 16,000 worldwide partners.
 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

NEWS: SAP Says Restrictions on New Recruitment not a General Hiring Freeze

German business software company SAP denied a media report on Friday that said it has imposed a complete freeze on recruitment in order to meet financial targets this year, while reiterating that it had restricted new hirings in some areas.

Business magazine WirtschaftsWoche said on Friday that SAP had instituted a cost-savings program to control infrastructure spending, corporate purchasing and business travel that was not tied directly to generating sales.

SAP continued to hire new employees in development and sales while reining in on other types of recruitment as well as non-essential travel, the company said. "This is in no way a general hiring freeze," an SAP spokesman said.

WirtschaftsWoche said it obtained a leaked document, marked "strictly confidential" spelling out SAP 's plan, which it said had been decided on July 15 by the company's executive board.
During its quarterly investor call in July CFO Luka Mucic said SAP would hold back on incremental hiring after increasing its overall workforce by 3,000 in the first half of 2017 and 7,000 in the past year to 87,114 in June.

Read the full article here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Calling all SAP consultants - looking for your next gig?


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SAP South Africa execs allegedly paid bribes for government contracts!

Read the article here on some pretty serious stuff going on in SA. Pleased to see the response taken by SAP HQ. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/17/sap_probe_south_africa/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SAP Launches New IoT Solutions at SAP® Leonardo Live - SAP GTT arrives

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) launched several new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions at SAP® Leonardo Live, its global summit being held July 11–12 in Frankfurt, Germany, to showcase the latest technology and use cases for innovation, including the IoT. Part of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system, these IoT solutions take advantage of advances in Big Data and analytics, the ability to connect people, things and business with SAP Cloud Platform, and technologies such as machine learning to enable IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies across digital logistics, manufacturing and asset management. 

The new solutions include:

  • SAP Leonardo IoT Bridge, a configurable role-based digital command center giving operations managers unprecedented visibility and ability to act in real time
  • SAP Global Track and Trace, a cloud-based offering for unified, end-to-end tracking, monitoring and reporting of objects and business processes across supply chain networks
  • SAP Leonardo IoT Edge software to bring compute, storage and business semantics via the cloud to where intelligent devices reside outside of the data center, for near real-time and deterministic performance of business processes
  • SAP Digital Manufacturing Insights, a centralized, cloud-based manufacturing performance management solution that provides comprehensive visibility into manufacturing that enables process optimization
  • SAP Asset Manager, a cloud-based mobile app for managing asset health, inventory, maintenance and safety


"Less than one year ago, we announced our commitment to invest and grow our IoT business," said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, president, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP. "With SAP Leonardo as our digital innovation system, our new solutions and the many customers and partners demonstrating real-life use cases with us at SAP Leonardo Live, we are defining the path to digital transformation with innovation that can scale across the entire organization." Read full news release on PR Newswire

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SAP Banking solutions

The following areas are well covered by SAP solutions (click here for details):
  1. Digital Customer Engagement
    1. Contextual Marketing
    2. Smarter Selling
    3. Digital Experience and Commerce
    4. Online and Mobile Banking
  2. Retail Banking Operations
    1. Retail Deposits
    2. Retail Lending
    3. Centralized Payment Processing
  3. Commercial Banking Operations
    1. Cash and Liquidity Management
    2. Commercial Lending
    3. Financial Services Network
  4. Capital Markets Operations
    1. Cross-Asset Trading
    2. Capital Markets Treasury Management
  5. Analytical Banking
    1. Accounting for Financial Instruments
    2. Performance Management
    3. Risk Management
    4. Data Management for Finance and Risk


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SAP's financial services solution offering

  1. Financial Planning and Analysis
  2. Accounting and Financial Close
  3. Treasury Management
  4. Governance, Risk, and Compliance for Finance
  5. Payables and Receivables
  6. Real Estate Management
  7. Travel and Expense
Check out the details on SAP's financial offering here...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Choosing SAP HR module complicated by S/4HANA, SuccessFactors options

Five years ago, SAP made a major addition to its human capital management portfolio by buying SuccessFactors, one of the biggest vendors of HCM software as a service. But with human resource features starting to appear in SAP's next-generation ERP system, S/4HANA, what's the right SAP HR module to buy?
In a podcast, TechTarget contributor Luke Marson, who co-founded a consultancy that specializes in SuccessFactors implementations, offers advice on choosing an SAP HR module.
"If you're looking for core HR with S/4HANA, Employee Central would be the HR system you would look at," Marson says. "They're designed to integrate together and work together, and that's the long-term roadmap for SAP."
The choice is different, however, for organizations that are already running the on-premises SAP HR module, SAP HCM. They can still use S/4HANA with the on-premises HCM, he says.
Integration issues vary, too. Marson says the integration tools for sharing data between S/4HANA and Employee Central are better than those for Employee Central and SAP ERP (part of Business Suite, S/4HANA's predecessor). In contrast, the on-premises SAP HR module and finance module are "very tightly coupled," and run in the same software instance.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Everything EDI...

We would like to bring your attention to a portal that shares a lot of good information on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), a technology that has long been thought of as "dying" but is actually growing in its adoption.
Check it out for free mapping templates, links to standards, recruiters, service companies and much more...

Friday, June 30, 2017

NEWS: OpenText signs global reseller agreement with SAP on HR document management

Enterprise information management solution provider OpenText has announced a new global reseller agreement with SAP, under which its Extended ECM solution will be sold as SAP SuccessFactors Extended Enterprise Content Management by OpenText.

The cloud-based solution, which has been designed exclusively for the SuccessFactors HCM Suite, will help organisations manage human resources and employee documents from generation to disposition in a secure and compliant way. According to OpenText, the solution will help businesses to improve their performance, efficiency and productivity by centralising document management.

“More than any other department, HR professionals are responsible for a vast amount of information which is pivotal to the organisation,” said Adam Howatson, chief marketing officer, OpenText. “Helping companies manage their essential employee records through a single, cloud-based source is a significant step for companies wanting to more effectively manage an increasingly global, digital workforce.”

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NEWS: OpenText Forges New Global Cloud Reseller Agreement with SAP

OpenText, provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM), has announced that it has signed a global reseller agreement with SAP for reselling the OpenText Extended ECM as "SAP SuccessFactors Extended Enterprise Content Management by OpenText". This new cloud-based solution has been designed exclusively for the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, and helps organizations manage the entire life cycle of Human Resources (HR) and employee documents, in a secure and compliant manner.

Available immediately, the solution helps businesses to improve organizational performance and increase HR efficiency and productivity by centralizing the way they digitalize, create, store, manage, and access employee documents.

“More than any other department, HR professionals are responsible for a vast amount of information which is pivotal to the organization,” says Adam Howatson, chief marketing officer, OpenText. “Helping companies manage their essential employee records through a single, cloud-based source is a significant step for companies wanting to more effectively manage an increasingly global, digital workforce. SAP SuccessFactors Extended ECM by OpenText offers HR professionals a solution uniquely designed to help reduce the time and complexity associated with document management.”

With SAP SuccessFactors Extended ECM, customers will be better able to manage employee documents according to country and region-specific requirements. They will also be able to easily locate information through powerful search functionality, and generate HR documents and employee correspondence through the availability of set templates, content, and pre-defined workflows. Integrated within SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, the solution helps ensure that relevant employee file content is readily accessible to HR professionals, managers and employees within the context of the appropriate HR business processes and workflows. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SAP Ariba: No turning back as procurement goes digital | Procurement | Supply Chain Digital

The new age of digital is fundamentally reinventing business processes, from operations to customer engagement and more. A key driver behind this shift is the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 creating reams of data that allow decision makers to get the information they need, anytime and anywhere.

Accompanying this mass of data, the evolution of advanced analytics is accelerating decision making without any adverse effect on accuracy or performance quality. At the same time, business networks are creating highly efficient levels of collaboration that enhance productivity and generate value from data, regardless of where employees are located.

Procurement professionals have long been the unsung heroes of helping businesses adapt to these changes, tasked with reducing costs and ensuring savings are realised. But the most innovative among them are utilising new technologies like self-service portals, mobile apps and cloud or social collaboration tools to streamline processes, manage spend and simplify traditionally complex purchasing experiences. The end result is empowering buyers to comply with internal policies and best practices, while keeping costs down and raising the strategic value of every purchase.

Procurement organisations are more than comfortable with delivering buying experiences and supply chains that are fast, simple, sustainable, and low risk. But the key target here is to add value to the delivery of services and goods to customers. This is the future of procurement.
SAP Ariba: Read the full article here

Monday, June 26, 2017

SAP Ariba and Mercateo announce "game-changing" spot buy partnership | Procurement | Supply Chain Digital

SAP Ariba and Mercateo have announced a new partnership which will see the companies combine expertise and resources in what is being described as a “game changer” for the spot-buying market.
Combating B2B tail spend is a challenge for all companies with cross-border trade in Europe presenting its own hurdles, particularly when it comes to invoicing.
SAP Ariba’s Tony Alvarez admitted as much and says that Mercateo’s Unite, which is a neutral platform allowing sellers to put up content to show buyers, made it a no-brainer to team up with the German company.
Alvarez, who is a General Manager for SAP Ariba spot buying services said: “When I saw what Mercateo had to offer in terms of the platform, it was a case of ‘guess what I’m looking for!’
Read full article here

Friday, June 23, 2017

Knoa Helps Accelerate Westcon-Comstors Global Rollout Of SAP ERP With SAP UEM By Knoa

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)

Knoa Software, a leading provider of user experience management (UEM) software, today announced that Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data center solutions, used SAP® User Experience Management (SAP UEM) by Knoa to assist with its global rollout of the SAP ERP application to 4,000 employees in 54 countries. The SAP UEM application provides visibility into software usage, enabling Westcon-Comstor to monitor and analyze user activity and system performance, and understand training needs. 

Westcon-Comstor began using SAP UEM in 2014, shortly after kicking off its SAP ERP global rollout. It found SAP UEM especially useful in identifying transaction codes that were causing bandwidth issues and delays; this insight enabled the company to clean up the custom code and increase productivity. 

“A global implementation was made easier thanks to the tools that the software has been able to provide," said Andy Feehan, Organizational Change Management and Training, Westcon-Comstor. "The reports that SAP UEM provides help leadership make calculated decisions based on facts.” 

Knoa Software is an SAP partner whose user experience management solution is resold by SAP as an SAP Solution Extension. SAP UEM sheds light on application usage, user adoption and workflows, helping customers protect and maximize investments in SAP applications and upgrades. 

“We are proud that our solution helped to ensure the success of this massive global rollout,” said Brian Berns, CEO of Knoa Software. “Westcon-Comstor is an impressive company and excellent partner that understands how to get the greatest benefit out of its SAP solutions. SAP UEM can assist with implementations and migrations involving the full spectrum of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors solutions, SAP Fiori apps and more.”

Read the full article here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SAP Ariba and Samasource join forces to eradicate child exploitation in the supply chain | SCM | Supply Chain Digital

SAP Ariba has teamed up with nonprofit Samasource to ensure that child labor within the supply chain becomes a thing of the past.

The two companies have joined forces to stamp out poverty and drive fair labor practices across global supply chains by leveraging the power of technology and digital networks.

Founded in 2008, Samasource is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to lifting people out of poverty by providing training and access to dignified digital work through a process called “impact sourcing”, which is the practice of hiring people at the bottom of the pyramid, giving them access to earning a living wage, allowing them to transform their quality of life on their own terms.

For SAP Ariba, which works with 2.8 million companies in 190 countries worldwide, Samasource seemed like the ideal partner to work with to combat the exploitation of poverty within the supply chain and together they believe they have the transparency to resolve what is being described as "one of the biggest issues in the supply chain today."

Alicia Tillman, Chief Marketing Officer of SAP Ariba said: “At SAP Ariba, we firmly believe that one of the most effective ways to eradicate poverty is through free markets.

"Collectively, the Global 2000 spend $12 trillion on goods and services annually. These companies – more than 75 percent of which are connected to the Ariba Network - have the buying power to ensure they provide fair labor practices across their supply chains. And this is exactly what we, in collaboration with Samasource, hope to inspire them to do.
Read full article here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

YES Bank Partners IBM, SAP For Digital Transformation - CXOtoday.com

Yes Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank hosted an exclusive Digital Roundtable today, in collaboration with Innovation partners, SAP and IBM, as part of its continued focus on developing the digital banking ecosystem in India through collaborations and joint initiatives. Through this collaboration, the bank envisages making a significant impact in digitizing the financial supply chain of its clients.
Read full article here

Monday, June 19, 2017

Perfecting the last mile | Supply Chain Dive

Read the full article here on Supply Chain Dive
  • Why is the last Mile so inefficient?
  • For last mile proficiency, tap the logistics network
  • How cities can help supply chains perfect the last mile
  • What retailers can do to make the last mile more efficient
  • 9 trends in last-mile delivery

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why is the last mile so inefficient? | Supply Chain Dive

Highly customized service, complex routes and various stakeholders make perfecting the last mile a challenge


Editor's Note: This article is part of a series on perfecting last-mile delivery. All stories in this series can be found here.


The last mile is extremely inefficient. It is the final frontier of logistics, a cost so habitual yet burdensome to supply chains that it begs for futuristic ideas, e.g. drones, flying warehouses or self-driving cars, to capture our imaginations. 

Such dreams of a seamless delivery experience are hardly new. The United States Postal Service has been trying to perfect its process for centuries; and United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx, for decades. Only now, the digital age has pulled last-mile delivery to the forefront of retailers' minds as e-commerce and the Amazon effect require them to offer fast and free delivery, or become uncompetitive.

Consequently, the industry returns to an age-old question: How can we perfect this process? Except this time, the technology and intent to do so may finally be in alignment.

Read the full story here

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Survey: EDI efforts are growing in the supply chain | Supply Chain Dive

Dive brief:

  • Roughly 76% of 80 SAP Business One users surveyed by the University of Tennessee said they expect to see their electronic linkages with suppliers grow up to 25%, or more, according to a report sponsored by DiCentral.
  • Inbound Logistics reports 80% of respondents said their buyers run an electronic data interchange (EDI) compliance program, which include penalties, and 3% have been fined over $100,000 for compliance over the past year.
  • Improving technology and the need for greater supply chain connectivity is making such linkages more important, but also helping companies: 60% say data integration has improved their customer service levels, and 75% are confident they can process most inbound EDI/XML connections without a human touch.
Read full article here

Monday, June 12, 2017

SAP FI/CO Table Relationship Mapping

Below is a diagram showing all the main SAP FICO tables and their relationships with each other. Check it out and see if I have missed any.


Click the image to see a larger version - You may have to save the file to your hard drive to zoom in.
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