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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.