The Trouble with TCO

The Trouble with TCO

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SAP Best Practices is a framework of tools and methods garnered from the experience of developers, solution experts, and customers -- and is free to licensed SAP customers. Learn how SAP Best Practices helps reduce the time you spend on mission-critical tasks and lowers the total cost of owning your SAP systems.
by Gerlinde Zibulski, SAP Labs, LLC and Peter McNulty, SAP Labs, LLC SAPinsider - 2006 (Volume 7), January (Issue 1)
ASUG President-Elect Rod Masney explains the tangible benefits available to members and offers recommendations to better leverage ASUG assets at both a corporate and personal level.
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Speed to market is just one measure of a successful product launch -- overlooking product compliance standards or incurring costs from inefficient processes can quickly erode your anticipated product revenue. The newest version of SAP’s PLM solution offers a high level of process integration with features to improve the speed, cost, and compliance of product-development processes.
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In the face of outsourcing and offshoring, today’s HR departments must prove their bottom-line value to the organization. To do so, HR organizations need a flexible technology framework to create, change, document, and execute their specific HR master data processes. HCM Processes and Forms is that framework, enabling companies to adapt processes to their business needs and to analyze the effectiveness of those processes.
by Peter McNulty, SAP Labs, LLC; Paul Medaille, SAP Labs, LLC; and Gerlinde Zibulski, SAP Labs, LLC SAPinsider - 2007 (Volume 8), January (Issue 1)
The SAP Managed Services organization delivers application-outsourcing services to over 400 SAP customers worldwide. Companies just beginning their outsourcing projects and those that are already executing their plans can delve into the lessons learned from such experiences. Discover the best practices your company should embrace to outsource with success, as well as those practices that might jeopardize your outsourcing plans.
Many companies are looking to transform their procurement department from a reactive, back-office activity to a strategic, competitive weapon. Find out what steps your company should take to complete this transformation -- from defining your business goals, to developing valuable supplier relationships, to using the right SAP Supplier Relationship Management functionality to support breakthrough new processes.
E-sourcing -- the Web-based process of selecting product or service suppliers -- is a strategy that most companies already embrace. Many companies, however, still need to take a more holistic approach to e-sourcing to fully reap its benefits. Discover whether your business could be enjoying large returns through e-sourcing, and learn the tried-and-true methods for creating a successful sourcing strategy.
by Armin Hechler-Stark, SAP AG, and Helmut Stefani, SAP AG SAPinsider - 2007 (Volume 8), April (Issue 2)
Learn how to sell an SAP ERP 6.0 upgrade to the people who count in your company. Walk away with tips on how to pinpoint both the broader business benefits and the IT particulars of what the solution can do for your enterprise.
To reap SOA benefits like flexibility and reuse, it’s time to get out of SOA “theory” and put services to work. Walk through five best-practice steps to develop a service in ABAP (illustrated by a real-world example) with SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1.
Ensuring that your company’s data — and management of that data — meets regulatory and business requirements can cost you millions, if handled incorrectly. Pick up seven key takeaways to prepare for successful information lifecycle management (ILM).
SAP customers can now pick and choose which upgrades and enhancements they want to add to their system. As a result, it’s common to have various releases at work. Learn about the best resources and tools to effectively optimize interoperability among your various system versions.
Learn how to consume services with SAP NetWeaver CE, bringing you that much closer to making enterprise SOA a reality for your organization.
SAP’s ERP strategy allows customers to implement innovations at their own pace using enhancement packages. For developers, this means understanding how to use Web Dynpro and SAP’s switch and enhancement framework to apply SAP and custom enhancements to current solutions. Here, Karl Kessler offers a high-level introduction for developers starting down this path.
Without the proper technological support, ensuring that you’ve covered all the bases when it comes to information lifecycle management (ILM) is a daunting task -- and could become quite expensive. To satisfy your risk, TCO, and compliance requirements, the new ILM solution from SAP is built on three tightly integrated pillars: data archiving and management, retention management, and retention warehouse. This article explores the third pillar -- retention warehouse -- through a decommissioning legacy system use case.
In the past, an upgrade to the SAP core often swept away any modifications that your developers had carefully hard coded into your system. The solution to preserving your custom code? SAP’s new switch and enhancement framework. Here, get an intimate look at the framework’s structure and find out how it catapults you beyond the traditional limitations of modifications.
To heighten efficiency and free IT resources to work on more strategic taseks, a job scheduler should go beyond routine processes to support dynamic processes.
Operational excellence covers everything from improved quality of goods and strategic product innovation to increased speed and flexibility of your end-to-end operational chain. Get a sneak peek at the four end-to-end processes — planned for delivery within the next SAP Business Suite release — that are designed to help your business succeed in operational excellence.
Memory leaks can be a major resource drain, tying up memory so that other users or programs can’t use it. But these leaks are often overlooked, and it’s up to developers to uncover them. Learn how ABAP Memory Inspector, available with SAP NetWeaver, helps you proactively analyze — and eliminate — your most troublesome memory leaks.
As your IT landscape expands, involving more services and external sources, how do you ensure that the right users are accessing the right solutions?
Learn how the Switch and Enhancement Framework enables the decoupled installation and activation of business functions — so now, you can add innovative new functionality without enduring a disruptive upgrade.
Uncover how SAP is embracing Web 2.0 in the CRM space, both to enhance its products and to develop a thriving customer network.
Typically, business rules are implemented manually, hardwired into a software system, or coded into a program. These methods can be cumbersome and inefficient for developers, as business rules change frequently — so you need a way to effectively manage rules without having to modify your system with each iteration.
Few companies can afford to keep a fleet of expensive legacy applications up and running, especially in the current economic climate. Learn how to decommission your company's old legacy systems in seven steps — without losing access to any of the data contained within them.
Every minute a portal is down puts revenue at risk. How will you continue to conduct business when your powerful enabling technology - SAP NetWeaver - is interrupted? Learn about your options, and then act!
Offshore outsourcing can sow the seeds of great success for your company. However, the inherent risks in an unsuccessful offshore project can cause great problems. Follow these 10 steps to minimize those risks and maximize the opportunities to succeed.
How you implement SOA depends on your company’s IT infrastructure, but the possible approaches fall into three categories: all SAP (enterprise SOA), vendor-neutral, and a hybrid approach based on SAP. Build a roadmap for your SOA implementation by weighing the pros and cons of each approach.
To identify your company’s cost model and, in turn, your best SAP platform choice as you upgrade from R/3 to mySAP ERP 2005, first drill down into your technology, people, and process costs to uncover the real-world costs. This article provides five methodology tips to help you create low-cost TCO models predicated on any number of platforms.
How to create metrics for an SAP NetWeaver environment has puzzled IT managers since the platform’s initial release. You know you’re doing a good job, but how do you prove it? Learn a five-step approach you can use to demonstrate the value of your SAP center of excellence.
An enterprise architect’s job can be summarized in six phases. Learn what these phases are and the job responsibilities associated with each one.
SAP Solution Manager can help you model and document business processes with a global template that has a business-process structure and various levels of detail. See how a global template can help you find the untapped potential of your SAP software.
You don’t need the resources of a Fortune 500 company to have an effective SAP center of excellence (COE). Following this advice will allow you to build a COE that matches your requirements and budget.
Once you have collected strategic planning data, are you prepared to act on it? Every enterprise needs an internal framework to execute on its business planning management. Follow a step-by-step methodology to coordinate and align business processes and improve control over executing enterprise strategy.
For manufacturers, product recalls can lower stock ratings, trigger lost revenue, and threaten customer loyalty. Find out how serialization technology allows more nimble responses to recalls, inventory problems, and other supply chain events. Learn lessons from the experiences of the pharmaceutical industry, which is on the leading edge of serialization adoption.
By determining your sizing requirements before you shop around for hardware, you'll ensure that your hardware purchase will meet your business and performance requirements. You’ll also lower your costs and reduce TCO. Walk through the four steps of using Quick Sizer — a self-service tool available for free on SAP Service Marketplace — to predict the hardware capacity needed to run your business smoothly.
If your data governance went awry, would you recognize the symptoms? This special section explains these signs, the price of mis-managed master data efforts, and how to solve such problems by implementing “passive” and “active” data governance models.
Are you running your ERP applications on a small number of proprietary systems? Many large companies do, but you may want to consider a decentralized approach. Insights from Intel IT explain how you can benefit from this strategy, how to select the appropriately sized ERP platform, and what step you should avoid above all.
Traditional SSO technologies boost user productivity and streamline the authentication process, but are hampered by some key limitations. SAML 2.0 standards for SSO can help you overcome these limitations with a more automated authentication process and identity federation capabilities. Learn how SAP will be supporting these standards through an upcoming enhancement package.
The data mapping process is one of the biggest challenges during a data migration project. Tom Kennedy, founder and CTO of BackOffice Associates, LLC, shares his observations and offers five recommendations for how companies can get their data migration projects off to a good start by mapping data quickly and carefully.
How can you find the best-fit service provider for your SAP ERP implementation? In this Q&A with Susan Tan, research director for the Consulting and Systems Integration services team at Gartner, Tan reveals the most important considerations when choosing your implementation partner — including size, track record, cost, and cultural fit — as well as how to cultivate and maintain a successful partner relationship.
Creating the data for a vendor record, as with any manual process, can result in errors and omission of important data. Tom Kennedy, founder of BackOffice Associates, introduces a cloud-based solution that helps streamline this process, and he walks readers through the standard process — and benefits — that an SAP customer would go through to enter new vendor information into the SAP back-end system using this solution.
How well-versed are you in the three key areas of contract lifecycle management (CLM)? Take this quick quiz to determine your competency regarding contract visibility, contract creation/authoring, and contract performance management—and understand whether a CLM solution would benefit your organization.
Approximately 80% of SAP’s customers fall into the small and midsize enterprises (SME) category—a surprise for those who usually associate SAP software with large businesses. In this first installment of the new “SME Insights” column, SAP’s Dr. Prasad Akella explains why SMEs are flocking to SAP’s solutions, what impact these solutions are having on their businesses, and what this might mean for your company—large or small.
If your company in an asset-intensive industry, like mining, oil and gas, energy, utilities, or transit, then you likely face unique challenges in delivering sustainable gains in performance and profit. John Benders, Vice President of Asset Intensive Industry Solutions at Mincom, offers five key tips that asset-intensive companies should consider.
Despite the best intentions, silos remain in many organizations that fail to see a direct path to collaboration. But the right IT systems, when used effectively, can extend collaboration out to suppliers, customers, and partners, integrating all processes from idea to delivery. In this Q&A, SAP executives Thomas Ohnemus and Richard Howells discuss the idea-to-delivery model and why it’s so important for SAP customers.
Is ABAP better than Java? Or is Java better than ABAP? This first article in a two-part series shows you that it isn't a question of which development language is better; the choice depends on the situation, and sometimes the answer is both. This article offers three questions to consider at the start of your decision-making process, and then looks at a scenario in which ABAP is the best option.
Subsidiaries, which make up an important portion of the small business and midsize enterprise (SME) population, face a unique challenge: these companies need solutions that will fit their SME needs, but will also integrate with the corporate solutions that their headquarters uses. In this Q&A, you'll find out why LORD Corporation chose SAP Business One to integrate its subsidiary operations and provide profit accounting, quality, and WIP management capabilities to all of its plants.
As workforces go mobile, HR must meet a growing demand for employees to be able to access employee self-service capabilities and for managers to be able to view key HR KPIs — all without a desktop computer. This article explores how, with SAP's mobile HR applications, SAP ERP HCM customers can mobilize their HR data securely and effectively to maximize their investment in SAP technology and make their employees more flexible, more engaged, and more productive.
The one overarching topic that looms over SAP, its customers, and its competitors centers around the never-ending debate over the total cost of ownership (TCO) of enterprise software. Read this article to discover how knowing your company's IT-IQ (information technology intelligence quotient) and calculating its buying power can help make sense of TCO.

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