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. Best Practices for Implementing Domestic Partner Health Coverage

    Reading time: 17 mins

    Beginning with Release 4.7, R/3 provides full support for configuration of domestic partner coverage on U.S. health plans. The author gives practical advice on applying the rules to actual situations, based on his several years of experience working with this type of coverage. Beginning with Release 4.7, R/3 provides full support for configuration of domestic…...…
  3. Ask the HR Expert: Overriding Default Values in PD Infotypes for Employee Events

    Reading time: 6 mins

    There’s a common misconception that the pay grade value entered in the Personnel Development side attached to a job or position is linked directly to the infotype 0008 on the Personnel Administration side. Actually, the only link that exists is one that allows you to have a value default on the infotype 008 screen during…...…
  4. Improve Control-M’s Handling of BW Data Loads with These Enhancements

    Reading time: 9 mins

    Many companies use BMC Software’s Control-M to schedule and monitor jobs for both SAP and non-SAP applications. Control-M has a few limitations when dealing with BW Data Loads – for example, it cannot show the statuses of all the loads within a job. The author shows how you can enhance BW and Control-M to circumvent…...…
  5. Follow These Data-Cleansing Best Practices to Ensure Accurate Data in BW

    Reading time: 9 mins

    Inaccurate data can enter BW from a source system or become corrupted once extracted. The author explains how data can become corrupted and describes the means available in BW to identify, avoid, and repair bad data.   Since SAP BW serves as a tool for decision-making, it is imperative that data within the system be…...…
  6. Data Modeling Advice: Where Do I Put My Sales Area Data?

    Reading time: 6 mins

    How you break up your sales area data into dimensions will have an effect on performance. Dear BW Expert; I don’t know enough about modeling SAP-specific entities. For example, should sales area (organization, division, distribution) be in a dimension by itself or associated with customer? BW Consultant Data modeling is a discipline that affects both…...…
  7. Use Boolean Functions to Add Analytical Capability to Your BW Reports

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Boolean operators like AND, NOT, and OR give a calculated key figure the ability to perform different calculations depending on other results or values. The author explains how Boolean functions works and shows how you might use them to enhance reports.   Have you ever wondered how you could place some kind of mechanism in…...…
  8. Deploy Web Templates in Multiple Languages

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Translating the text that end users will see for custom applications is a manual chore. The authors recently went through the process at their company, and this article presents best practices and tips that they learned.   In today’s global marketplace, the ability to present your BW 3.x Web application in your target audience’s native…...…
  9. A Simpler, Cleaner Approach to Trend Reporting in BW Using Variables

    Reading time: 13 mins

    When building reports that show past and projected results, query designers might start by creating a large column structure. This approach might prove cumbersome. The author shows a more flexible method using structures and a little user input via simple variables.   Your company wants a report that shows all sales (value or volume) over…...…
  10. A Developer’s Guide to Making Applications More Effective, Easier to Learn, and Simpler to Use

    Reading time: 2 mins

    The ease with which an application can be learned and used, as well as how its quality is perceived, is a critical but often underrated determinant of the application’s success (or failure). This article aims to provide you with a foundational knowledge and the resources you need for building better, more usable applications for your…...…