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. 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…...…
  3. Creating Org Charts Using R/3 and Microsoft Visio

    Reading time: 9 mins

    When her company decided to automate the process of creating company organizational charts, the author was in charge of finding a tool that integrated well with R/3. She found Microsoft Visio to be the best fit, but first, the company had to store its hierarchical relations in R/3. Like many companies, a company that I…...…
  4. Restricting Changes by ESS Users

    Reading time: 2 mins

    If your company uses Employee Self-Service (ESS), you may not want employees to be able to maintain certain infotypes or subtypes. The authors show how to deactivate an infotype. If your company uses Employee Self-Service (ESS), you may not want employees to be able to maintain certain infotypes or subtypes. For example, if employees’ work…...…
  5. Restricting Personnel Administration Infotypes by Country

    Reading time: 6 mins

    As of Release 4.5, R/3 provides infotype-subtype configuration that allows you to indicate which countries can use an infotype. It allows you to omit invalid choices so that end users don’t select them by mistake. In a multi-country R/3 implementation, different countries often use different infotypes. For example, in the United States, employees have an…...…
  6. Ask the FI/CO Expert: Know When to Ignore the Standard Settings for Purchase Order Tax Code Defaults

    Reading time: 9 mins

    The author explains why an FI support team might be having problems “defaulting” a 0 percent tax code when creating a purchase order. Key Concept     Dear FI/CO Expert, I recently joined my company’s SAP FI support team. We have been asked if it is possible to “default” a 0 percent tax code when…...…
  7. Open Hub Service Brings Monitoring and Delta Capabilities to Data Extraction from BW

    Reading time: 5 mins

    SAP’s Open Hub Service makes it easier to extract data from BW to non-SAP destinations than other methods, and it provides a means to monitor the process. This article explains what Open Hub Service can do and shows you how to create the mechanism–a new BW object called an InfoSpoke–by which the extractions are carried…...…
  8. Develop a Custom DataSource Using the Generic Extractor

    Reading time: 10 mins

    Most R/3 sites have custom-developed tables for which no standard SAP Business Content DataSource exists. You have to build one yourself using BW’s generic extractor. SAP’s online documentation does not completely cover the topic, but this article will walk you through the steps.   Several SAP-delivered Business Content items do not completely model all the…...…
  9. Making the Most of Metadata: Techniques for Extraction

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Knowing how BW handles metadata can make you a better BW developer. This article illustrates its importance by showing three ways of extracting source system metadata.   So far, no one has come up with a definition for metadata more elegant than “data about data.” It’s a little more helpful to say that metadata can…...…
  10. 20 Uses for ABAP on SAP NetWeaver BW Projects

    Reading time: 15 mins

    SAP NetWeaver BW reduces the need for ABAP for most reporting tasks, but most SAP NetWeaver BW projects could benefit from having an experienced ABAPer available. This is particularly true for data preparation and preprocessing functions. The author shows how an ABAP programmer would be useful in 20 different areas. If you ask a CIO…...…