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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    Asia-Pacific Leads Cloud Adoption for Data Management and Warehousing

    Reading time: 15 mins

    SAPInsider’s research of 213 members show that Asia-Pacific leads in appetite to host data on the cloud, and deploying broad enterprise strategy across SAP and non-SAP data.
  2. Improve Your Lockbox Performance with User Exits, a Reformat Program, and Customized Reports

    Reading time: 30 mins

    In a typical implementation of lockbox service, users frequently encounter process, data, or functionality issues that are not controllable by the standard configuration. The author draws on her recent experience with a lockbox implementation to show how to develop workarounds with user exits and reformat programs. Payment transactions in the United States are made almost…...…
  3. C for Java Programmers

    Reading time: 2 mins

    It’s a reasonable assumption that both .NET and J2EE will dominate as development platforms for quite some time. In keeping with this widely held belief, SAP offers the SAP Java Connector (JCo), which allows Java applications to access ABAP applications, and more recently has introduced the SAP .NET Connector, which provides a similar capability for…...…
  4. Managing Your Employee Dates

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Learn how to use infotype 41 (Date Specifications) and infotype 19 (Monitoring of Dates) to manage all the dates for employees stored in your R/3 HR/Payroll system. The employees stored in your R/3 HR/Payroll system have dates and lots of them. They have hire dates, term dates, load dates, next review dates, last review dates,…...…
  5. Changing the Fiscal Year: Why You May Want to Choose the Year-Dependent Option

    Reading time: 22 mins

    Changing an existing fiscal year variant is a tricky process. In addition to selecting the correct approach to meet your new financial reporting periods, you must consider historical transactions and how they will be reported. Many companies face the challenge of changing the fiscal year in an existing production environment. This usually occurs after a…...…
  6. Performance Problems in ABAP Programs: How to Find Them

    Reading time: 2 mins

    Many factors can cause sluggish execution of a transaction or a report. If you’ve ruled out deficiencies in the system setup, mishandling by users, or the need for parallel processing, then you need to revisit your code and see if the source of your runtime problems is lurking there. But how do you approach such…...…
  7. Payroll and Benefits Integration: Understanding Evaluation Dates

    Reading time: 18 mins

    In benefits, cost information is presented in terms of expected or estimated amounts. A complex set of factors comes into play during payroll processing that can cause the actual deductions to be different. This article examines the integration between payroll and benefits so that you can explain to your end users why this happens. In…...…
  8. Remunerating Multi-Rated Employees

    Reading time: 17 mins

    The problem of employees who are remunerated at multiple rates is not new. To deal with it, the author proposes a model using R/3’s standard HR Personnel Administration (PA), Cross Application Time Sheet system (CATS), and Organizational Management (OM). You are part of the HR/payroll department of a large manufacturing/service organization. You have people in…...…
  9. Use the Primary Cost Component Split to Explain the Factors Behind Your Activity Rates

    Reading time: 17 mins

    You probably know that manufacturing costs are charged to production orders using an activity rate for the time worked. What you might not realize is that since Release 4.0, it has been possible to set up an alternative cost component split to view primary costs such as energy, wages, and depreciation. Without the split, these…...…
  10. Using the SAP Query to Solve Your Reporting Requirements

    Reading time: 13 mins

    Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I create an easy report with only the fields I want to see on it?” The author suggests you try the SAP Query. Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I create an easy report with only the fields I want to see on it?” A few examples…...…