The following articles are written by SAP experts, contributors from the SAPinsider Community, and SAPinsider’s skilled team of editors and research analysts. From technical guides to thought leadership pieces, these articles contain essential insights to help SAP customers solve day-to-day challenges, understand what types of decisions organizations need to be making, and receive lessons learned from other SAP customer experiences.


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    Working with the Data Monitor in SAP S/4HANA Finance for Group Reporting

    Reading time: 12 mins

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    An Introduction to DataOps: A New Approach to Acting on Large Volumes of Information Faster and More Effectively

    Reading time: 6 mins

  3. Are You Ready for SAP S/4HANA? The Time Is Now

    Are You Ready for SAP S/4HANA? The Time Is Now

    Reading time: 15 mins


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    Cloud Decisions for Executives Who Run SAP

    Reading time: 15 mins

    The cloud is here. According to SAPinsider research results and discussions with executives, many companies are now operating in the cloud. During the November Executive Meeting, participants learned about the latest research around cloud and heard executives share their cloud journeys. The meeting and its executive insights are the focus of this article. Riz Ahmed,…
  2. Put BW’s Newly Enhanced Data-Mining Tools to Use

    Reading time: 15 mins

    BW has built-in data-mining capability that lets you perform many types of customer analytics without having a full mySAP CRM implementation. Find out how BW’s seven data-mining tools and their associated models can help you answer key questions about your customers.   Think of an aspect of your business where you feel cost could be…...…
  3. Ask the FI/CO Expert: How to Manage Customizing Activities Directly in Production Without Using Transports

    Reading time: 10 mins

    In response to a reader’s question, the author explains how to add a new G/L account to the financial statement version directly in the development system. Two confusing vocabulary words, “current settings” and “message control,” have an impact on this everyday task. Key Concept   This month Nathan Genez takes a turn answering the Ask…...…
  4. Product Drilldown Information System Provides User-Friendly Reporting on Production Order Cost Accounting

    Reading time: 8 mins

    When compared to R/3’s ready-to-use inventory accounting reports, the options for PO cost accounting are not as friendly. As of Release 4.0A, though, your R/3 system comes delivered with an extra costing database made just for accountants that you can activate, populate, and report off quite easily. Called Product Drilldown Information System, it resembles PA’s…...…
  5. Understanding the Impact SAP’s “Planned Scrap” Functionality Has on Your Cost of Goods Accounting

    Reading time: 8 mins

    Many companies know how much scrap is routinely involved in the production of their assemblies and finished goods. R/3 provides a method of entering these known scrap amounts as planned scrap in logistics master data. Several potential advantages result in areas such as costing, production, and procurement. Since no manufacturing process is perfect, there will…...…
  6. What’s an “Assignment Number,” and How a Misunderstanding Can Give Your End Users an Unfriendly Surprise

    Reading time: 9 mins

    A default sort allows you to sort accounts by different criteria, such as expense accounts by cost center and assets accounts by asset number. Its role is sometimes confusing, however, and therefore it is underused in the FI module. The author clears up two sources of confusion: terminology and the possibility the system presents of…...…
  7. A Hidden Process in the Routing Helps Assign Activities from Multiple Cost Centers to One Operation

    Reading time: 14 mins

    Using the example of a quality control process in a fertilizer factory, the author shows how to use business processes in recipes to map activities from different cost centers to one operation. The method also applies for mapping multiple costs center to a network activity if you are using the R/3 Project System module. Have…...…
  8. Understanding and Managing Payroll Retrocalculations

    Reading time: 41 mins

    One of the most complicated aspects of R/3’s Payroll functionality is the concept of retrocalculations. It’s complex, no getting around that. However, if you understand the basics, you can use that knowledge to figure out what happened to cause the retrocalculation, and what the retrocalculation changed. One of the most complicated aspects of R/3’s Payroll…...…
  9. Key Considerations for Implementing R/3’s Succession Planning Module

    Reading time: 10 mins

    R/3’s Succession Planning functionality, which helps organizations identify internal talent, requires a commitment from the business side of the organization. The continual update of detailed employee data is essential for a successful implementation. The author provides tips for designing or updating your succession planning strategy. Having the ability to identify internal talent is a goal…...…
  10. Flattening the Learning Curve for the Overlooked PU12 Interface Toolbox

    Reading time: 16 mins

    The SAP HR module is delivered with PU12, an interface development framework that is often overlooked because of the learning curve associated with its use. The author, using the example of a master data interface designed to extract employee data for an employee directory, explains the major concepts and flow behind the technology. “Think of…...…