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?

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®


CONTACT: George Anderson

Raleigh, NC, August 16, 2017


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.