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Stay up-to-date on the latest SAP news, SAPinsider events, and timely conversations around how customers are using SAP technology to get ahead. Learn what these updates mean for the SAPinsider Community and how they can be applied in the business world.

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  1. Cash Management Cash Visibility

    Preview of Upcoming Cash Management and Cash Visibility Research  

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    In the upcoming Cash Management and Cash Visibility benchmark report due for publication on June 30, 2022 (take the survey here), we’ll explore the cash management function, automation priorities to support cash visibility, and the collective insight of our SAPinsider community. We’ll look at strategy and innovation trends of SAPinsider organizations, as it relates to…
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    Core Accounting is a Growing Priority for SAPinsiders

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    In our SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance: State of the Market 2022 benchmark report, we saw the share of SAPinsider organizations planning to invest resources into core accounting processes increase to 28% (from 18% in 2021). These organizations view this finance and accounting strategy as an opportunity to address growing organizational complexity, the top…...…
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    Winners Named for the SAP Innovation Awards

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    SAP has selected 25 winners out of 200 submissions for its ninth annual SAP Innovation Awards, which recognize forward-thinking companies and individuals that use SAP products to disrupt industries and positively impact the world. The winners range from multinational companies to government agencies, small businesses, and even a school district.   For example, nine organizations…
  4. Video: Sovos talks Economic Nexus Complexity

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    As organizations grow and expand their operations into new markets, the complexities of indirect tax compliance can increase dramatically. Businesses selling into multiple tax jurisdictions need a global tax management solution that provides enhanced tax determination and calculation capabilities to support complex product and service taxability requirements. An example of increasing indirect tax complexity is…...…
  5. Video: Vertex Talks Indirect Tax, O2C, P2P Testing Automation

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    A global tax engine is a core component of a robust digital tax strategy designed to streamline an organization’s indirect tax compliance lifecycle. The successful implementation of a tax engine requires a well-defined and executed testing plan. When testing a new tax engine, it is essential to consider all possible scenarios to avoid real-world errors…....…
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    Microsoft Becomes First Public Cloud Provider to Use RISE with SAP

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    Microsoft has become the first public cloud provider to employ RISE with SAP to move some of its internal SAP ERP systems to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, SAP announced March 24.  Microsoft’s implementation of RISE with SAP will increase its expertise with SAP solutions and establish best practices that can be shared with RISE…...…
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    Chevron and Deloitte Conquer the Art of the Possible  

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    Companies operate in a global landscape where market conditions can change quickly. Thus, it’s critical to utilize technology that enables the ability to pivot when required. For Chevron, a legacy ERP infrastructure fraught with customizations slowed the company from innovating at a competitive pace. Through a collaborative project with Deloitte, Chevron focused on simplification and…
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    Retail Industry Grows Despite COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges

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    Despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and supply chain disruptions, the retail industry grew a robust 14.1% during November and December to $886.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).   The strong growth encouraged NRF to hold its annual conference in person at the Javits Convention Center in New York this week. The…
  9. SAP Analytics Cloud

    Data Connections For SAP Analytics Cloud

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    Analytics is driven by data and hence even best-of-breed tools like SAP Analytics Cloud need robust data integration to harness their capabilities fully. Data connection and seamless integration to data sources are critical to building robust data and analytics capabilities. SAP Analytics Cloud supports a plethora of data sources and data connections. It offers a…
  10. Predictive Planning in SAP Analytics Cloud

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    SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) has advanced Machine Learning (ML) functionalities built-in that can allow non-data science users to perform advanced modeling as well. Predictive analytics remains a key advanced analytics approach among various analytical approaches. In this blog, we will explore the smart predict functionality of SAC and understand how expert, non-data scientist users can…
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    Procurement Pivotal to Managing Disruptions Says SAP Research

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    What keeps supply chain professionals up at night? According to research conducted by Regina Corso Consulting and released by SAP, 49% of supply chain professionals surveyed cited shortages and disruptions as their leading challenge, followed by sustainability (28%), and reducing costs and/or saving money (27%). While many companies have been plagued by these challenges, 90%…
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    What Is SAP Universal ID? 

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    SAP Universal ID is a unified account across SAP that enables users to log on to SAP systems using one account. It links all existing SAP legacy accounts and easily allows users to switch between them.   What are the benefits of SAP Universal ID?  The benefits of SAP Universal ID include:  Users take control of…
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    RISE with SAP: 5 Things to Know in 2022

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    SAP describes RISE with SAP as a holistic Business-Transformation-as-a-Service (BTaaS) offering that goes beyond Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Software-as-a-Service to provide all the components needed to implement its intelligent enterprise in one bundle. According to SAPinsider research, more than half of customers surveyed do in fact expect RISE with SAP with enable transformation. Despite elevated awareness and…
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    SAP Social Sabbaticals Develop Leadership Skills

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    SAP has developed a program called “social sabbatical” that sends employees around the globe to work with a team to tackle challenging social problems.   The program is designed to develop leadership skills, motivate employees, improve employee retention, and attract new recruits.  Begun in 2012, the program has expanded to include 1,300 employees from 51 countries…
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    Regulators Mull Climate Change Risk Disclosure Rules

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    More regulators are considering requiring companies to disclose the potential impact of climate change on their business and the mitigation measures they are putting in place.   For example, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is developing rules for companies to disclose their exposure to climate change risk and detail climate change mitigation plans…
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    5 Things to Know About SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP)

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    Companies are operating in a “new normal” environment where digitization is required to respond effectively with the speed of business. With volatile market conditions and supply chain disruptions, enterprises must have the technology and infrastructure to pivot accordingly. This is where SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) can deliver operational value. In this article, learn about…
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    Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing Driving SAP S/4HANA Development

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    In developing SAP S/4HANA, SAP responded to several market drivers, including digital transformation, cloud computing, and changes in the rules of business success, said Mary Sibley, head of the North American Center of Excellence for SAP S/4HANA at SAP, during her Dec. 1 keynote at SAPinsider’s Finance and SAP S/4HANA virtual conference. To address these drivers, SAP…
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    Cloud Powers Q3 Success for SAP

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    On October 21st, SAP made their official third quarter results announcement in which total revenue increased by 5% and cloud revenue increased by 20% allowing SAP to raise their guidance slightly for the full-year. This included adding 300 customers for RISE with SAP and a total of 500 SAP S/4HANA customers.
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    Serrala Secures Majority Investment from Hg

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    By Ogo Nwanyanwu, Research Director, SAPinsider   Global B2B financial automation software company, Serrala recently announced a majority investment from global software and services company, Hg. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, as the transaction between the two, private German-based companies has yet to close. Serrala CEO Sven Lindemann and private equity backer, Waterland, will remain as large minority shareholders in the…
  20. The New Age Supply Chain

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    By Shashi Jina, Research Director, SAPinsider The New Age Supply Chain: Sustainability and Resource Optimization With an evolving and volatile global environment, stakeholders are placing greater focus on supply chain risks. Thus, there’s a greater demand to be more resourceful and conscientious of environmental and social needs. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 exposed underlying supply…
  21. Your Enterprise Analytics Strategy Is Incomplete Without a Data Hub

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, Supply Chain Management, SAPinsider   Data Hubs, Data Lakes and Data Warehouses…..in this case…terminology matters I am an anti-jargon guy, but sometimes, jargons do matter. This is one such case. “We need a data lake in our data architecture”-is something I have been hearing a lot recently.…
  22. BlackLine and Kyriba Combine to Improve Financial Close Management

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    by Ogo Nwanyanwu, Research Director, SAPinsider BlackLine partners with Kyriba to deliver greater cash visibility BlackLine Inc. and Kyriba, announced a new partnership to provide organizations with greater collaboration between Finance, Accounting, Treasury and Risk teams.  The partnership offers mutual customers of their respective solutions, the capacity to accelerate bank connectivity and enhance cash visibility…....…
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    Understanding Embedded Analytics

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Data & Analytics, SAPinsider Business Intelligence tools and their limitations The advent of Business Intelligence (BI) tools, decades ago, was groundbreaking. Functional managers and business process system users, who were consistently sucked into the myarid world of transactional databases, finally had an opportunity to look at data and reports on…...…
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    Automation Helps Position Finance as a Strategic Partner

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    Companies are implementing automation into their operations at a rapid pace to achieve greater business efficiencies and cost savings. Automating financial processes is a strategic area of focus in those initiatives. Learn how finance can use automation to transform from a transactional function into a strategic advisory role and decision-maker.
  25. Moving to Cloud First, Then to SAP S/4HANA May Reduce The Impact of Disruption

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    By Fred Donovan, Senior Editor, SAPinsider SAP customers are increasingly deploying cloud computing first before they undertake their SAP S/4HANA migration, observed Shoeb Javed, Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Worksoft. Javed was a panelist at SAPinsider’s keynote session, “Decisions and trends for your SAP S/4HANA deployment,” which aired during the July 14 SAPinsider Deployment…
  26. Automating Monitoring and Control of Warehouse Time Standards

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, Supply Chain Management, SAPinsider   Critical role of time standards in Warehouse operations A warehouse manager can use time standards in a variety of applications and in virtually any type of working environment. Some of these applications are explained below: Estimating Labor requirements Scheduling jobs and workflows…
  27. SAP Works with Hanko to Develop Passwordless Logon for SAP Universal ID

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    By Fred Donovan, Senior Editor, SAPinsider Enterprises face an explosion of cyberattacks and data breaches, many of them enabled by weak passwords. Once attackers compromise an employee’s account, they can gain access to sensitive corporate data as well as the internal network.  Data breaches can cost companies millions of dollars in direct and indirect costs. According to the Cost…
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    Machine Learning Powered Intelligent Replenishment in Retail

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, Supply Chain Management, SAPinsider   The criticality of establishing an efficient store replenishment process The process efficiency of replenishing store inventory is critical to a retailer’s overall operating efficiency and even profitability. It is not news to anyone that store replenishment impacts the on-the-shelf availability. In today’s…
  29. Introducing ABAP Platform 1809

    Why a Solution That Can Integrate Algorithms Smartly Will Be a Game Changer

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, Supply Chain Management, SAPinsider   Thinking beyond the obvious We envision that at some point,  AI algorithms will replace existing supply chain planning systems. However, we rarely think about or discuss the architecture of the kind of solution that can make it happen. We will not get…
  30. Event Blog- Securing your SAP Landscape

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    These resources are brought to you by SAPinsider’s Securing your SAP Landscape virtual summit. Join us for live sessions, discussions, and interactive roundtables on August 11th, beginning at 10 AM EST. Click here for more details
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    How IoT Can Help Rejuvenate RFID Technology

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, Supply Chain Management, SAPinsider New digital tools and technologies on the horizon bring many promises. The hype for many of these emerging technologies is well deserved. However, before you embark on a mission to embrace an emerging technology, you need to introspect whether you have already leveraged…
  32. SAP SuccessFactors Customers Share HR Transformation Stories at SAPPHIRE NOW

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    Crocs, Microsoft, Grupo Perez, and Royal Mail Group discussed their efforts to improve employee experience through HR process and technology change during the SAPPHIRE NOW HR Keynote.
  33. Event Blog: Finance and Automation

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    These resources are brought to you by SAPinsider’s Finance & Automation virtual summit. Join us for live sessions, discussions, and interactive roundtables on July 14th, beginning at 10 AM EST. Click here for more details.  Articles: Automating Closing Processes at The Comfort Group Author: Matt Gillespie, SAPinsider The Strategic Role of Finance In Today’s Business…
  34. Event Blog: Deployment Options for SAP S/4HANA

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    These resources are brought to you by SAPinsider’s Deployment Options for SAP S/4HANA virtual summit. Join us for live sessions, discussions, and interactive roundtables on July 14th, beginning at 10 AM EST. Click here for more details.  Articles: An Insider Look at Ingevity’s SAP S/4HANA Business Transformation “It’s a People Business”: How One Global CIO…
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    SAP Announces RISE with SAP for HXM at SAPPHIRE NOW

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    The RISE with SAP program has now expanded to include SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and the rest of SAP’s HXM suite.
  36. SAPPHIRE NOW Keynote Highlights: Transformation, Community, and Sustainability

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    by Robert Holland, VP and Research Director, SAPinsider   As it was last year, the 2021 keynote for SAPPHIRE NOW was a virtual event featuring CEO Christian Klein. Unlike last year, the keynote was co-hosted by SAP’s new Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Julia White. With the company less than 2 months, White hit the…
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    Increasing Threats Highlight the Need for Robust Enterprise Risk Management

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    In the face of challenging micro and macro events, companies need to be able to anticipate and better manage risks that impact their core business objectives. Additionally, legacy business models and IT landscapes don’t contain all of the capabilities necessary to manage risk across the entire enterprise. For example, intelligent technologies like robotic process automation…
  38. Shift to Remote Work Underscores Need for a Robust Identity and Access Management Program

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    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote workforce models are likely here to stay. This shift magnifies the importance of organizations guaranteeing that only authorized individuals can access their network and data. The best way to avoid unauthorized users from entering SAP systems is through a robust and automated identity and access management (IAM)…
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    Technologies and Strategies Driving Trends in Finance

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    Finance and accounting serve as the centerpieces of a company’s ERP strategy. SAPinsider’s research consistently shows that new upgrades and innovations related to SAP technology — whether related to SAP S/4HANA or automation — start with finance.    Automation has been identified as a priority for the finance function. A majority of finance and accounting survey respondents — 87% — said in the latter half…
  40. Cybersecurity and Data Protection: Taking an Integrated Approach

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    By Fred Donovan, Senior Editor, SAPinsider “The threat actor only needs to be right once. We need to be right every time,” says Scott Margolis, Managing Director for the Data Privacy and Protection Practice at Ernst & Young (EY).   The best way to stay ahead of threat actors, considering the global shift to remote work, is to implement an “integrated approach” to…
  41. SAP Records Strong Q1 Performance

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    On April 22nd SAP announced very strong Q1 results, with an increase in cloud revenue in all regions and particularly strong growth in EMEA and APJ. Led by RISE with SAP and described by CEO Christian Klein as “an amazing start to 2021”, SAP saw some of the strongest cloud growth that it has experienced…
  42. Q&A: How Protiviti’s Identropy Acquisition Meets Growing Identity and Access Management Demands

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    by Annie Kennedy, SAPinsider In the past year, a global shift to remote working and transformations to digital environments have amplified business’ need for more efficient and secure access governance. SAPinsider spoke with management and technology consulting firm Protiviti about how their recent acquisition of Identropy, which specializes in identity and access management (IAM), can…
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    Exploring Synergies between Operations Research (OR) and Machine Learning (ML)

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, SAPinsider   The Great divide ! If you are an active resident of analytics land, you know that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools are the new bosses in town. Every tool, technology and technology solution around you is trying to incorporate them in their…
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    SAP Pre-Announces Q4 Results and Executive Board Changes

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    On January 14, SAP pre-announced Q4 results, and this was followed on January 15 by the announcement that Executive Board member Adaire Fox-Martin and CMO Alicia Tillman would be leaving the company. Fox-Martin will be replaced by Scott Russell, current President of SAP Asia-Pacific and Japan, while Tillman will be replaced by new Executive Board…
  45. Analytics and BI

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    The top workload that organizations were running in the cloud in 2020 was analytics, with 49% of organizations running analytics workloads in the cloud. It is critical for organizations to make decisions on the data they have, but what options are available and how do they make the correct decision? The Analytics and BI track will…
  46. Impact on Analytics and Visibility

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    SAP S/4HANA, for many organizations, is the single sources of truth for finance and business functions. As organizations conduct their SAP S/4HANA transition projects, they are consolidating data from multiple systems across the enterprise. This has an impact on the business capabilities of making critical decisions, conducting analysis, and understanding the direction of the business…
  47. Driving Business Transformation

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    Prior to 2020, organizations were primarily moving to SAP S/4HANA because of the upcoming end of maintenance of existing ERP systems, rather than looking at how enhancements in SAP S/4HANA can help transform their organization. With the extension of mainstream maintenance, organizations are now more likely to consider moving to SAP S/4HANA due to its…
  48. SAP S/4HANA Project and Deployment

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    The SAP S/4HANA project and deployment track focuses on the deployment of SAP S/4HANA. It will cover decisions from selecting the infrastructure, choosing your deployment models, and the actual deployment itself. During these sessions you will learn about key features, best practices on making your deployment run smoothly, how to best utilize your environment and…
  49. Business Case and Strategy

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    Building the business case and strategy is one of the most difficult steps in building towards your SAP S/4HANA transformation. The SAP S/4HANA transformation is about understanding the product features, how they can be applied and used in your organization, how to plan for your deployment, and the day-to-day impact on your business. Building the…
  50. Advanced Analytics in SAP and Hybrid Environments

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    As Business Intelligence and reporting capabilities mature and get commoditized, organizations are increasingly looking to leverage more advanced analytics approaches. Both SAP as well as third party vendors offer a plethora of advanced analytics capabilities that leverage AI and Machine Learning algorithms. These sessions will help you understand how to leverage advanced analytics tools and…
  51. Enterprise Business Intelligence: Best practices, tips, and tricks

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    In today’s data driven world, organizations are investing heavily in Business Intelligence tools and capabilities like SAP BusinessObjects. The sessions in this track will provide you with tips and tricks to get the most out of the current analytic solutions that you already have such as the business object solutions and native SAP reporting solutions.
  52. Data Management for BI and Analytics: On-premise and cloud

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    The top workload that organizations were running in the cloud in 2020 was analytics, with 49% of organizations running analytics workloads in the cloud. It is critical for organizations to make decisions on the data they have, but what options are available and how do they make the correct decision? The Analytics and BI track will…
  53. SAP S/4HANA and Embedded Analytics

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    Embedded Analytics is increasingly becoming a significant feature in applications and is a core value proposition in SAP HANA offering. Available offerings in this space extend beyond the SAP ecosystem into third party vendors as well. As users start interfacing more and more with applications with embedded analytics capabilities, they need to have a good…
  54. Integration and Data Management

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    The number one challenge that SAP identified in 2020 was that of integration. The average number of integration tools SAP customers are using to integrate their data with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems is four, three of which are on-premise. This track will help you understand your different integration choices, how you should work to…
  55. System Management and Administration

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    Managing on-premise systems has historically been done using SAP Solution Manager. But as organizations move into the cloud it is important to understand whether SAP Solution Manager meet the needs of administering both on-premise and cloud-based systems. These sessions will assist in understanding what you need to know from a system management and administration standpoint…
  56. Cloud Deployment and Configuration

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    Cloud deployment and configuration can be confusing with understanding the platforms, as well as changing product names and requirements. How do you choose between public, private, hybrid, and on-premise cloud scenarios? Attend these sessions to help make the appropriate cloud deployment and configuration choices for your organization, and understand strategy and plans moving into 2021…
  57. Measuring and managing employee experience

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    Human experience management (HXM) is not about making incremental improvements in process or technology. It is about redefining HR technology as we know it and going beyond the limits of traditional on-premise HCM platforms in order to provide better, more meaningful experiences for people in your organization. Through solution roadmaps, customer journeys, and expert discussions,…
  58. Understanding payroll and time options

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    Payroll and time management are among the most mission critical applications for any organization. Sessions in this track discuss the latest enhancements and the planned innovation across core HR, payroll, and time that will not only meet existing requirements of on-premise solutions but will also add value to their organizations. Engage with industry experts and…
  59. Planning the move from on-premise to the cloud

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    For SAP customers who are currently using on-premise human capital management (HCM) solutions, a move to the cloud represents the opportunity to take advantage of the latest innovation and to create more personalized, engaging experiences for people in their organizations. It also requires a knowledge of the benefits of the latest product and technology innovation…
  60. Requirements for Securing Cloud-Based Systems

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    As organizations accelerate the move of enterprise applications and data into cloud-based and cloud-resident systems, it’s extremely important to ensure that security is in place early to avoid having to backtrack and address these issues. Whether systems are running in Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service environments, each deployment offers unique security challenges. This track will help…
  61. The Security and Compliance Landscape for SAP Systems

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    The rapid shift to remote working has made every employee their own security perimeter, something that has been already a challenge for organizations dealing with a workforce increasingly using mobile solutions. Those running SAP solutions need to enhance security to secure this more distributed work force, as well as addressing rapidly changing employee responsibilities which…
  62. Audit Preparation

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    Preparing for new and potential scenarios, regulations, and risks requires increasingly complex auditing roles. How can you ensure that your organization is prepared for audit and that your internal and external audit teams have everything they need? Sessions in this track will cover best practices and thought leadership to help you understand how to improve…
  63. Process, Controls, and Automation

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    Due to organization complexity and moves to SAP S/4HANA, many processes change from customized to standardized. How do you maintain vigilance, apply machine learning and artificial intelligence, to monitor and manage internal controls within your GRC landscape? Explore how companies are using automation and advanced control monitoring capabilities to protect business processes and ensure compliance.…
  64. User Identity, Access Management, and Security

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    As companies move from on premise to the cloud and become more complex, it is paramount to have the correct user identity and access management. How are companies provisioning user access, managing access, and maintaining their systems in an ever-changing environment? Presentations will arm you with best practices for monitoring and managing user access. Learn…
  65. GRC Strategy and Risk Management

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    There are many unforeseen risks that can impact your business. How do you manage and develop strategies to better understand and manage your risk portfolios? How can you prepare for unforeseen risks before it is too late? This track helps you refine your overall strategy and explore key solutions and technologies that can support you in…
  66. Digitization and Automation of Tax

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    Tax laws are constantly changing as events such as Brexit and the Wayfair ruling create new requirements for tax calculation, reporting, and audits. Regulators are demanding a new level of visibility and digitization of tax reporting. Sessions in this track outline key rules, and regulations you need to understand. We will also help you navigate…
  67. Optimizing Existing Finance Data and Applications

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    Whether your company moves to SAP S/4HANA or maintains your current system, organizations need to clean up their financial systems and processes. Sessions in this track will help you get the most out of the features and technology you currently have so that you can generate quick wins as well as prepare for your eventual…
  68. Record-to-Report and Financial Close

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    The Financial Close and core record-to-report process represents a significant pain and source of inefficiency for many companies. Sessions in this track will share new solutions, strategies, and best practices for bringing both efficiency and visibility to this critical set of business processes. Learn how organizations are applying leading edge automation to various stages of…
  69. Financial Planning, Reporting, and Analysis

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    With the disruptions in 2020 caused by the pandemic, businesses need to evolve their financial planning and analysis capabilities. Learn how organizations are enhancing FP&A to provide flexibility and foresight in their planning and reporting. Sessions will help you get the most out of your existing investment in solutions such as SAP BPC and prepare…
  70. SAP S/4HANA and Central Finance Migration

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    SAP S/4HANA represents the future direction for SAP’s ERP strategy. These sessions will help you understand the potential value and impact of SAP S/4HANA on core financial processes. Gain strategies and insights to help you evaluate this transition and prepare for the move. Follow examples of companies will share lessons learned and how they are…
  71. 5 Reasons to Contribute to the SAPinsider Community

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    SAPinsider is always open to evaluating and accepting new experts who want to contribute to our community. Are you a customer that is using SAP and has practical tips, strategies, or best practices that you believe would be of value to the SAPinsider Community? Great, we would love to hear from you. Additionally, consultants who…
  72. SAPinsider Takes On How to Lead in a New World During 2020 Conference Experience

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    During November 17—19, 2020, more than 1,500 attendees joined SAPinsider for three days of virtual conference experiences. Here’s a summary of the events.
  73. How Randstad Deutchland Thinks Big and Builds for the Future

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    Detlef Richter, Manager IT Back Office Applications at Randstad Deutchland, delivered a keynote address, “Seamless User Experience with SAP and Google Applications in a Multi-cloud Environment,” to open the second day of the SAPinsider 2020 EMEA virtual conference experience. Read a summary of the session.
  74. Early SAP S/4HANA Adopter Shares Key Learnings During SAPinsider Keynote Session

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    Hilti, the leading supplier of tools, consumables, services and solutions for the construction industry, based in Liechtenstein, proved its early adopter strategy with SAP when the company kicked off the move to SAP S/4HANA back in 2017 and successfully finished the transition in November 2018. Two years later, Hilti has nearly unrivaled experience and expertise…
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    Christian Klein Talks to SAP’s North American Customers

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    by Robert Holland, VP Research, SAPinsider Understanding that many customers are anxious about SAP’s Q3 revenue announcement, SAP CEO Christian Klein took the time in early November to speak directly to North American customers and answer questions about what the announcement means for them. At a high level, Klein focused on the fact that SAP…
  76. 3 Cloud-Smart Strategies for SAP Customers

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    Learn three major strategies to employ cloud-smart SAP solutions to help your business get through uncertain times.
  77. Three Digital Transformation Stories That Will Make You Say Wow

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    What do one of the largest technology suppliers to the food and beverage industry, a multinational technology communications company, and one of the world’s largest healthcare companies have in common? SAP S/4HANA. Read highlights from their digital transformation stories and learn how you can be recognized for joining this elite group.
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    SAP Announces Q3 Financial Results

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    On October 26, SAP announced third quarter results that showed that the market has not yet recovered as much as SAP had hoped would be the case when they revised their forecast in April. This resulted in a decrease in sales and software revenue, total revenue, and profit compared to the third quarter of 2019.…
  79. Three Major Functionality Upgrades in SAP S/4HANA Interface Monitoring

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    The SAP Intermediate Document (IDoc) remains one of the default routes for message transmission in most customer environments. With the release of SAP S/HANA 1511 on-premise, business functionality for reviewing inbound and outbound messages has been greatly improved. Read this blog to learn: – Three components of the improved functionality; – How to segregate responsibility…
  80. What Is Your Employee Pulse?

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    By Brianna Shipley, Senior Editor, SAPinsider Two things make British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) story an interesting case to study: its blended workforce and its emphasis on community. The crown corporation includes office employees, corporate staff, casino field workers, and lottery retailers who support their retailers and sell their tickets.  Prior to business closures in…
  81. 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your SAP Financial Reporting

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    Management teams and boards of directors often require frequent updates and analyses from their chief financial officer in order to make informed decisions. This often means requests for daily or weekly reports, on top of the typical monthly, quarterly and annual cadence – upping the pressure on finance teams. When an organization’s finance data spans…
  82. Important Trends That Will Shape the Public Sector in Today’s Digital and Data-Driven World

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    By Brianna Shipley, Senior Editor, SAPinsider There has been much talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to impact businesses. But what about its effects on the government?  In the words of Bob Conlin, Vice President of Sales, Public Services at SAP Canada, “This has led us all into unchartered territory where ‘big…
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    SAP’s transition to an enterprise cloud company has changed the way SAP customers consider and implement their enterprise security strategy. The inclusion of SAP HANA-based systems adds further complexity to these considerations, particularly when these systems are running in hybrid or cloud-based environments. Organizations now need to find a way forward that doesn’t rely on…
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  120. SAP Pre-Announces Q1 Results, Updates 2020 Outlook

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  126. The COVID-19 Crisis Exposes Areas Where SAP Customers in the Healthcare Field Can Up Their Game

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  127. Share Your Expertise with the SAPinsider Community

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  131. Climbing the FP&A Maturity Curve

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  132. Insights for Evaluating, Identifying, and Executing Cybersecurity for Your SAP Systems

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  133. SAP Announces Board Level Organizational Changes

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  134. Trends in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Usage – A Benchmark Study

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  135. Understanding the Value of Robotic Process Automation in FP&A

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  136. How Johns Hopkins Improved Process Efficiency with SAP Fiori

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  137. SAP Announces Extension of Mainstream Maintenance for SAP ERP 6.0

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  138. A Low-cost Solution to Help Prevent Cyber Security Breaches in Your SAP System

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    According to multiple sources, the average hacker spends about 200 days in your system before you’ve even realized they’re there. “The amount of data mining that they can capture in that time is incredible,” says Bill Oliver, Head of Technology for Winterhawk. He says these days, it’s more likely a matter of when you’ll be…
  139. L3Harris and Lessons Learned While Moving SAP S/4HANA to the Cloud

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  141. Revolutionizing and Modernizing your Financial Processes with SAP S/4HANA Finance

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  143. How a Hybrid Model for Talent Management Has Led to Improved Business Processes and Results at a Large Canadian Bank

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  144. DSAG Reports That Momentum Has Shifted to SAP S/4HANA

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  145. SAP Doubles Down on the Cloud and Customer Focus in FY2019 Results Release

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  146. SAP Focuses on Customers and SAP S/4HANA at FKOM 2020

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  148. What to Expect From Our SAPinsider 2020 Event: Insights From Rizal Ahmed, President and Head of Research, SAP S/4HANA and Cloud at SAPinsider

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  149. A Look at Current SAP Marketplace Trends

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  150. Six Reasons Why You Should Attend the SAPinsider 2020 Conference in Las Vegas

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  151. Your SAP Peers Want to Hear from You!

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  152. How The Davey Tree Expert Company Expanded Reach of Recruiting Efforts and Reduced Time to Hire

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  153. How Sealed Air Is Transforming Its Employee Learning Experience

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  154. SAP Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty

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  156. To Outsource or Not to Outsource: The Role Payroll Can Play in Cloud HCM Adoption

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  157. The Rise of Intelligence in Talent Acquisition and Retention

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  158. The Present and Future of Financial Planning and Analysis

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  162. Measuring the Success of Recruiting Efforts and Investments

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    Over the past two decades, recruiting applications have evolved from back-office applicant tracking systems to very intelligent cloud-based recruiting and recruiting marketing solutions – allowing organizations to engage with more and better candidates while tracking the success of their investments. To achieve key human resources (HR) business goals around time to hire, cost to hire,…
  163. Simple Ways to Get Started on Your SAP S/4HANA Journey

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    Moving to SAP S/4HANA is the No. 1 project on the minds of SAP customers. As the 2025 deadline approaches, organizations find themselves at least in the evaluation and fact-finding stage of the project. SAPinsider had the opportunity to sit down with Sven Denecken, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Co-Innovation SAP S/4HANA at SAP…
  164. What’s Your X-Data Strategy?

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    For many years, human resources (HR) applications have been largely focused on capturing transactional data across an employment life cycle. This data — often referred to as operational data, or O-data — is used to measure the effectiveness of HR business processes, track compliance, and demonstrate HR’s value to the organization. As valuable as O-data…
  165. Improved Interoperability Boosts Benefits of SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain Service

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    Over the past couple years, SAP has made significant investments in a technology that many in its ecosystem still do not understand, but some partners have made similar bets. Joint customers of SAP and Microsoft will benefit from increased flexibility to construct and implement blockchain solutions leveraging SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service on Microsoft Azure’s…
  166. SAP SuccessFactors Announces Move to a Bi-annual Release Schedule

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    SAP SuccessFactors’ recent announcement of a change in its release schedule from a quarterly to bi-annual cadence reflects both a willingness to listen to customer feedback and a desire to streamline the flow of change that has proven disruptive for some customers. Until now, SAP SuccessFactors releases have occurred on a quarterly basis, with enhancements…
  167. How Do Operations and IT Approach the Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain Differently?

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    SAPinsider recently published a report titled, “Transforming the Intelligent Supply Chain,” which benchmarks the leading SAP customers in supply chain management on their progress in digital transformation in the supply chain. Digitally transforming the supply chain involves a range of technical and strategic considerations. In this case, digital transformation of the supply chain means multiple…
  168. SAP Australia User Group CEO Mark Baker to Step Down

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    The SAP Australia User Group (SAUG) announced today that Mark Baker will leave his post as CEO next month, November 22, 2019. Baker’s departure comes on the heels of the announcement that SAP CEO Bill McDermott is stepping down. SAUG is one of the largest in the Asia-Pacific region, boasting more than 3,500 members from…
  169. Bill McDermott Leaves CEO Position at SAP: Impact for SAPinsiders

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    SAP CEO Bill McDermott announced yesterday that effective immediately he is stepping down from the helm of the German software company after nine years on the job. During his near-decade leading SAP, McDermott steered SAP in several significant ways. The company began its transition to its cloud, snapping up over $20 billion of acquisitions while…
  170. Serialization in the Supply Chain for a Deeper Analysis to Identify Bottlenecks and Issues

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    We recently interviewed leadership at ACSIS about its serialization capabilities in its Intelligent Product and Asset Traceability solutions. Serialization essentially means separating out the data from each individual product. Here, we share some of our thoughts on serialization with IoT and analytics technologies and how it builds on SAP ERP functionality to contribute to digital…
  171. Guidance for Supply Chain Professionals on Customer Experience Management and Beyond

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    Manufacturing and operations are areas that businesses of all sizes can’t ignore — as managing customer and procurement data is not optional when it comes to optimizing the supply chain. And these areas don’t work in a vacuum. Designing products, planning production, and making and delivering products involves partners and suppliers. SAP, which has long…
  172. Inside Juergen Mueller’s SAP TechEd 2019 Executive Keynote

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    The video that played at the start of the SAP TechEd 2019 opening keynote in Las Vegas concluded with “We live in the experience economy. Be the experience company. Experience Management is here.” And that perfectly set the stage for the comments that followed over the next hour and a half. First to take the…
  173. 5 Important Announcements for SAPinsiders

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    SAP TechEd took place this week in Las Vegas, unveiling several developments for the SAPinsider community – not the least of which being SAP’s and Microsoft’s joint announcement that Microsoft Azure Blockchain Service and SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain Service will be interoperable. During his main keynote, which outlined SAP’s business technology platform strategy for the…
  174. SAP’s 2019 SuccessConnect Las Vegas Emphasizes Human Resources ‘Experience’

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    At SAP’s 2019 SuccessConnect Las Vegas conference in Las Vegas, September 16-18, “experience” was the keyword. While SAP’s message at the event was heavily focused on the SAP Qualtrics Employee Engagement solution and the topic of employee experience, there was still plenty of content and chatter about other key solutions like Employee Central and Employee…
  175. Microsoft, SAP Announce Interoperability of Azure Blockchain Service and SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain Service

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  176. Event-Driven Messaging Empowering Real-Time Factory Analytics Beyond the Plant

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    SAPinsider has started to produce a research report titled, “Integrating SAP Systems with the Factory Floor,” which will show that leaders – SAP customers with integrated IT and operational technology (OT) systems – improve operations through increased visibility into the factory floor. The report presents findings that demonstrate that leaders focus on extracting data from…
  177. Orchestrating Multi-Channel Order Fulfillment in Supply Chains

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  178. Building Intelligence at the Edge and a Pipeline to the Cloud

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    As we have posted before, SAPinsider has started work on a report titled “Integrating SAP Systems with the Factory Floor: Road-Mapping IT/OT Integration,” focused on collecting data from manufacturing facilities and maximizing the value and utility of that data. To build on that research, and to gain deeper insight into how SAP partners support customers…
  179. Financial Management Impact of Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence

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    Keeping pace with technology in financial management can be a tricky endeavor. Intelligent automation (IA) has caught the attention of finance professionals at enterprises large and small and is being adopted at impressive rates. But what exactly is IA? It is the breadth and complexities of mechanizations, such as robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial…
  180. Why Customers Need to Build a Measurable Business Case for Employee Central

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    A successful transition to a cloud-based core HR solution like SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central requires more than just a project plan. For an Employee Central project to succeed, you must undertake a critical review of existing business processes, closely align with HR’s strategic goals, and – most importantly – obtain buy-in from the highest levels…
  181. Bringing Automation and Collaboration into the Supply Chain: Overall Trends and the Path Forward

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    In recent months, SAPinsider has conducted a significant amount of research around solutions for digital supply chain management (SCM) — particularly in the areas of automation and collaboration, both of which our research has revealed as playing a significant role in the successful modernization and optimization of supply chains. To build on that research, and…
  182. What SAP Customers Can Expect with Industrial IoT and Artificial Intelligence

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    SAPinsider recently interviewed leadership at Accenture Digital to obtain a greater understanding of Accenture’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) platform strategy with Connected Platforms as a Service (CPaaS) and the Applied Intelligence Platform (AIP) and gained some insight into what it might mean for SAP customers. What IIoT Capabilities Does Accenture…
  183. How to Prepare for IT/OT Integration

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  184. SAPinsiders Should Proceed with Cautious Optimism in China

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  185. Prepare for a Supply Chain Digital Transformation

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  186. The New World of Tax: Your Word Against the Government’s Big Data

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  187. Reduce Tax Risks in Procurement with SAP Ariba and Vertex Solutions

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  188. SAP and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  189. 3 Consequences of Mismanaging E-Invoicing Compliance for SAP Customers

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    Of all the issues SAP customers have to address when updating IT infrastructures and ultimately moving to SAP S/4HANA, tax compliance, at first blush, seems to be one of the most mundane. There’s not much excitement in making sure financial systems are compliant with global regulations for enforcing value-added tax (VAT) laws. But mishandling tax…
  190. SAPinsider and IDG Partner to Bring Educational and Networking Events to SAP Customers Worldwide

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  191. How to Prevent Complexity from Taxing the Customer Experience

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  192. The Many Faces of the Future of SAP Analytics – Part 2 (Do You Still Need, or Want, an Enterprise Data Warehouse?)

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  193. Gain Instant Insight into Your Business Processes with Process Mining in the Cloud

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    As organizations continue to expand their global reach, optimizing business processes becomes increasingly important to ensure quality customer experiences and improve margins. Process mining solutions — such as the on-premise SAP Process Mining application by Celonis and SAP Process Mining by Celonis, cloud edition — have emerged as useful tools for supporting these types of…
  194. How SAP Shops Can Mitigate the Risks of Accounts Payable Compliance

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    Accounts payable (AP) automation is supposed to save SAP customers money, but developments in digital tax may well make it a source of penalties and supply chain interruptions. With tax authorities all over the world seeking to increase revenues and close tax gaps, AP is becoming a new target for audits. Many SAP customers probably…
  195. Delivering on the Digital Supply Chain Promise

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    The drones are taking over. If not the drones, then artificial intelligence (AI) will take over and make decisions on our behalf. We will just lean back, and our jobs (if we still have them) will amount to pushing some corrective buttons, occasionally. Whatever the spin, and whatever people imagine, parts of the digital supply…
  196. The Many Faces of the Future of SAP Analytics – Part 1 (Is Embedded Analytics the Death of SAP BW?)

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  197. How to Develop Guiding Principles for Digital Ethics and Put Them into Practice

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  198. ABAP Platform 1809 Optimizations for SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA

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    by Karl Kessler, Vice President of Product Management ABAP Platform, SAP SE ABAP platform 1809, the latest release of the on-premise ABAP platform — is a thorough foundation for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud. In addition to delivering improvements to the Eclipse-based ABAP development tools that enable the efficient development and enhancement of business…
  199. SAPinsider Kicks Off 2019 Event: Day 1 Wrap-Up

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  200. 7 Tips for a Successful CRM or CXM Initiative

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    The older your company is, the tougher your CRM or CXM project might be – but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you are like most older organizations, you have all kinds of “home-grown” ways of doing things. You’ve cobbled together a patchwork of data sources and reports. You’ve customized things over the…
  201. Case Study Update: Real-World Lessons from National Vision’s SAP Commerce and Marketing Implementation

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    In 2017, Hillary Bliss, Director of CRM & Marketing Analytics at National Vision, told SAPinsider audiences about her company’s experiences implementing SAP Hybris Commerce and SAP Hybris Marketing during the Customer Engagement & Commerce conference. Bliss described challenges the company faced pre-implementation with its home-grown web platform shared between brands, such as difficulty integrating with…
  202. Tips for Avoiding Common Pitfalls When Modernizing the SAP Landscape

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  203. Enhanced Development Tools Delivered with ABAP Platform 1809

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      by Karl Kessler, Vice President of Product Management ABAP Platform, SAP SE   Version 1809 of the on-premise ABAP platform — released in September 2018 and shipped together with SAP S/4HANA 1809 — delivers a set of notable improvements to the Eclipse-based ABAP development tools, which are tools for enabling rapid, efficient development and…
  204. In a “Customer-First” World, Don’t Let Sales Get Lost in the Shuffle

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    The market has undergone a major shift when it comes to CRM platforms. Organizations are focusing on the customer experience. Platforms like SAP C/4HANA claim to modernize the “sales-only” focus of previous generations of CRM, and instead take a more holistic system approach with a focus squarely on the customer. But as you consider your…
  205. Going Under the Hood of SAP C/4HANA

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    When it comes to companies implementing CRM platforms — it’s hard to talk about SAP C/4HANA without talking about Salesforce. Salesforce has long been an industry leader when it comes to sales force automation (SFA). SAP, however, claims that it takes a broader, customer-focused approach with its customer experience solution suite. While Salesforce can be…
  206. Analytics in the Cloud: Moving from Hype to Reality

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    Cloud has gone swiftly from buzzword to reality in most enterprise organizations. But while it’s being considered as a de-facto platform to support different business and technical operations — such as storage, HR, and procurement —many companies have been reluctant to deploy other types of business processes on the cloud. A recent SAPinsider survey from…
  207. SAP S/4HANA Migration Lessons Learned

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  208. Points to Consider on Your Supply Chain Digitization Journey

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  209. Understanding the Case for SAP S/4HANA Cloud

    Reading time: 4 mins

    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  210. An Inside Look at SAP’s Release Strategy for the ABAP Stack

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      by Karl Kessler, Vice President of Product Management ABAP Platform, SAP SE   In September 2018, SAP released version 1809 of the on-premise ABAP platform. ABAP platform 1809 is the technological foundation for SAP S/4HANA 1809, and includes an ABAP programming layer that is fully optimized for SAP HANA and for the development and…
  211. Beyond the Buzz: Everything You Need to Know About SAP C/4HANA as the Intelligent Customer Experience Management Team Kicks Off 2019 Research Agenda

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    You’ve heard the buzz about SAP C/4HANA — but how are your peers implementing and using this suite of solutions in the real world? The SAPinsider Intelligent Customer Experience Management (CXM) team will uncover just that in the coming weeks, as we launch the first of a series of upcoming surveys to our insider community,…
  212. Insights for Your Emerging SAP Security Strategy

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  213. How to Simplify Business Role Integration in SAP Identity Management and SAP Access Control

    Reading time: 8 mins

    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  214. SAP C/4HANA and SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance: Unified Identity Management

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  215. 3 Use Cases for Blockchain in the Supply Chain

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    As companies evolve in the digital era, so too are their supply chain challenges. In many cases this means digitization of outdated processes, and blockchain technology is a key driver to facilitate digital transformation in the supply chain. As an immutable, distributed ledger, blockchain offers unprecedented levels of security and helps forge more trusting relationships…
  216. SAPinsider Unveils New Research and Content Strategy for 2019

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  217. SAP Rolls Out SAP S/4HANA-Based Subledger

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  218. SAP Sets the Stage for New XM Frontier With Qualtrics Acquisition

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  219. New Horizons: An Outline of the SAPinsider Digital Supply Management New Research Approach

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  220. Cloud Continues to Lead SAP Growth: SAP Sets Aggressive 5-Year Outlook

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    On January 29, 2019, SAP officially announced its financial results for Q4 2018 and the full year of 2018. Cloud revenues continue to power SAP’s overall revenue growth — SAP reported that cloud revenue for the year reached €4.9 billion and overall revenue edged up 5% to €24.71 billion. Overall cloud and software revenue fell…
  221. A Smooth-Running SAP S/4HANA Implementation Depends on Successful Sizing

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    With support for SAP Business Suite ending in 2025, the pressure to make the move to SAP S/4HANA is steadily rising, and over 2,200 SAP customers are already using the solution. While there are many important considerations involved when it comes to ensuring a successful move, there is one in particular that is crucial —…
  222. What Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Capabilities Are on the Horizon for SAP Customers

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  223. How SAP Customers Can Meet the Challenges of Italy’s E-Invoicing Mandate

    Reading time: 5 mins

    When Italy flipped the European Union’s (EU’s) regulations on business-to-business (B2B) electronic invoicing (e-invoicing), it opened the floodgates for the type of complex regulations companies doing business in Latin America have had to deal with for more than a decade. For SAP customers that aren’t prepared for European B2B e-invoicing, that could be very bad…
  224. A Look at the Reporting Benefits of SAP Analytics Cloud

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    SAP has done it again. It’s made us all rethink what we are currently doing as we wait patiently until it has a fully integrated product. I’m, of course, talking about SAP Analytics Cloud, which is part of its Unified Reporting strategy that will allow customers to combine data from all SAP systems, including SAP…
  225. How SAP Uses Emerging Technologies to Help Its Customers Realize Their Dreams

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    Q: You’ve had a lot of roles within SAP. Could you tell us a little bit about your path to your current role within SAP? A: I have always been curious and wanted to understand how companies run. And what better way to do that than to join the world’s largest enterprise software provider and…
  226. An open letter from Jamie Bedard, New President and CEO of Wellesley Information Services

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    Insiders, I want to introduce myself as the new President and CEO of Wellesley Information Services (WIS), which is also the owner/operator of SAPinsider and several other end user communities. As you may have read in a recent press release, JAZ’D! Advisors Investment Corporation has acquired 100% of WIS with a significant investment earmarked to…
  227. Technical Guide: Add Currencies using S/4HANA Finance 1809

    Reading time: 10 mins

    Traditionally, once you have gone live in a production system, the SAP system gives you a warning message (Figure 1) when you try to add a currency in the ledgers definition, and you then need SAP System Landscape Optimization (SLO) service for such a change in your currency setup. Figure 1 – Issue when adding…
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    SAP S/4HANA Finance 1610

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    SAP S/4HANA Finance 1610 provides users with the flexibility of using two main currencies plus eight freely definable currencies. The translation of the user-defined currencies, whether real time or not, is based on the currency configuration completed after executing transaction code FINSC_LEDGER. The eight freely definable currencies allowed by SAP S/4HANA Finance 1610 are available…
  229. 5 RPA Use Cases to Explore in an SAP System

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    In a typical day or week SAP system users complete routine, time-consuming tasks that require minimal judgment. If these system tasks were removed from their daily or weekly routines, these users would have more time to focus on matters of more importance. Robotic process automation (RPA) provides an opportunity to automate such mundane activities. In…
  230. Efficient Data Management in Healthcare Using SAP Master Data Governance

    Reading time: 9 mins

    SAP’s Master Data Governance application provides an integrated data management capability for the creation, maintenance, validation, and distribution of master data across the enterprise. If you already have an SAP ERP system, then adding SAP Master Data Governance accelerates the master data maintenance process, leading to enhanced quality of your master data by leaps and…
  231. Simplify Release Strategy Decisions in Procurement with Business Rule Framework Plus (BRFplus)

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  232. Discover What’s New in Best Practices

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    Protiviti is offering a comprehensive SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence suite (BI suite) webinar series that presents SAP best practices you will want to incorporate into your organization. This dynamic three-part series will share proven methodologies including how to gain valuable insight from real-world projects and how a hybrid approach can help organizations quickly and affordably…
  233. Strategic Versus Standard Financial Planning in Healthcare Using SAP BPC

    Reading time: 8 mins

    Building a standard financial planning, budgeting, and forecast model in healthcare presents a daunting challenge because the key performance indicators (KPIs) are unique to each organization and the market conditions are ever changing. The KPIs for a cancer specialty research center may be quite different from those of a group of family medicine practitioners or…
  234. Leverage the Benefits of Finance Shared Services with Central Payments Functionality

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  235. Improve the Auditability of Your SAP S/4HANA for Central Finance Foundation Solution

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  236. Accelerate Your Finance Shared Services Transformation and Centralized Reporting

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    New features have been introduced in SAP S/4HANA 1709 that enable enterprises to leverage the benefits of shared services for certain financial processes along with added reporting flexibilities. In this blog, I provide a quick overview of the innovations in SAP S/4HANA 1709 along with some key considerations and limitations while implementing them. I focus…
  237. Gain Business Insights from Highly Connected Data Through SAP HANA Graph

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    Data has been universally recognized as one of the most important pillars of the modern knowledge world. Big data technologies have changed the way data is stored and processed. Modern data visualization tools enable businesses to derive better insights from this data. Big data technologies and appliance-based database systems ensure optimized data storage and retrieval.…
  238. SAPPHIRE NOW 2018, Day 3: How SAP Technologies Are Improving People’s Lives

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  239. SAPPHIRE NOW 2018, Day 2: SAP Co-Founder Hasso Plattner Charts a Course for the Intelligent Enterprise

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  240. SAP CEO Bill McDermott Kicks Off SAPPHIRE NOW 2018 by Announcing SAP C/4HANA

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    SAP CEO Bill McDermott kicked off his SAPPHIRE NOW 2018 keynote discussing a simple, yet significant concept: The biggest problems the world faces also represent the biggest opportunities. Whether it’s feeding a growing population, managing a changing environment, or eliminating bias in the workforce, McDermott stated that these problems are best solved by businesses that…
  241. SAPPHIRE NOW in 2018 Coverage

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  242. Supply Chain: Solving Stock Transport Order (STO) Problems

    Reading time: 12 mins

    A common challenge experienced by users in the supply chain functions of a business who create stock transport orders (STO) in SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) is that once they have done so, they are not able to create an outbound delivery for the STO. These problems are common to all types of STO…
  243. Technical Guide: Using Flexible Hierarchies in SAP S/4HANA 1709

    Reading time: 7 mins

    Maintaining hierarchies for cost centers and profit centers is always a challenging task for large enterprises that have thousands of such centers. Every change in the attribute definition can involve a huge amount of maintenance for hierarchies, and there is the chance of missing updates. Adding new attributes to cost center and profit center master…
  244. Why You Should Care About SAP Cybersecurity: Evolution of the Threat Landscape

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    We hear about cybersecurity in the news, and we read about it and see it in our daily work, but why should we care about cybersecurity with regard to SAP applications? SAP applications host the most sensitive and critical information for the biggest organizations in the world; therefore, these applications have become a key target…
  245. How to Respond to an Attack on Your SAP Applications

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  246. Tips on How to Maximize Security and Productivity with SAP Single Sign-On

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    In his session at the Cybersecurity for SAP Customers 2018 conference titled “Secure Authentication and Access Management with SAP Single Sign-On,” Kristian Lehment, senior product manager at SAP SE, provides an overview of the role of SAP Single Sign-On in secure authentication. He discusses the basics of the key technologies involved: Kerberos, X.509 certificates, and…
  247. Securing SAP Fiori Applications: 3 Quick Wins

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  248. Attacks to an SAP System: Bypassing Detection and How to Prevent It

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    Detecting attacks to SAP applications has become more and more important as we see companies making the headlines after being breached. Equifax is one example of how important it is to apply security patches and maintain the security of your applications. Security patches not only prevent your SAP application from being exploited but also ensure…
  249. Digital Transformation Insights with Hitachi Vantara

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    Just a few years ago, the term digital transformation was little more than a concept — a nebulous ideal that had little basis in reality for the day-to-day business. We’d heard of digital disruptors, and were aware of a few famous examples of new business models that were transforming entire industries. For the most part,…
  250. Businesses Need to Do Three Things in 2018: SAPPHIRE NOW Makes It Happen

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    In my world, it’s not too early to start thinking about SAPPHIRE NOW in 2018, which I’ll cover onsite this year June 5-7 in Orlando, Florida. One of my first steps was to catch up with Chakib Bouhdary, Global Digital Transformation Officer at SAP. Bouhdary is a busy guy, traveling worldwide to talk with SAP customers…
  251. Has Your System Been Breached?

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    Since cyber attackers are aware of methods for breaking into SAP systems, companies need to take countermeasures. It is important that they know what data they should analyze to detect where their systems have been compromised, according to Juan Perez-Etchegoyen of Onapsis. In his upcoming Cybersecurity for SAP Customers 2018 session, “Detect and Respond: How…
  252. How a Penetration Test Can Keep Your SAP System Safe

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    In his Cybersecurity for SAP Customers 2018 session “Going from the Outside In: The Truth About Penetration Testing,” Frederik Weidemann of Virtual Forge explains why you should perform a penetration test of your SAP landscape. Security breaches are a big problem and enterprise technology is not exempt, as recent news reports have shown. Weidemann says…
  253. Technical Guide: Intercompany Billing Options on SAP S/4HANA 1610

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    As organizations become ever more global, it is becoming increasingly common for the employees charging time to a project to be working in a different legal entity from the one to which the project belongs. Every professional service organization is familiar with this situation, since they inevitably have consultants scattered across the world, but plenty…
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    Improve SAP BPC Reports Using Local Member

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    SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) 10.1 resolves some difficulties finance users have had in setting up advanced finance reports. It includes multiple solutions, one of which is a user-friendly feature called Local Member. Any finance user who has prepared a report using SAP BPC has needed to pull data from SAP BPC while…
  255. Compare the Reporting Benefits of Two Key SAP Business Planning and Consolidation Functions

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    A classic dilemma for reporting analysts who are trying to add a Microsoft Excel formula to an EPM report is whether to use EPMCopyRange or the EPM Local Member. The EPMCopyRange feature is used to repeat the content of a range of cells to the bottom (columns) or side (rows) of a report. The range…
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    Improve BPC Formatting with the EPMCopyRange Formula

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  257. Process optimization through capacity utilization and intelligent use of cloud services

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  258. Why You Need eCommerce Integration

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  259. History, Data, and Success in the Digital Economy

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    Back in 1973, in the early days of SAP, co-founder Hasso Plattner had a mishap. In those days, the company processed data using punch cards that ran on mainframe computers. Time on these mainframes was a precious commodity, and programmers like Hasso would travel from computer to computer according to availability, toting the punch cards…
  260. Want to Write a Great RFP? — Don’t Forget About Data!

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  261. How Well Do You Know Your SAP Financial Close?

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  262. Unlocking Big Data at SAP TechEd

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  263. SAP TechEd Keynote Boldly Tackles 3 Tenets of Digital Transformation

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  264. EDI/B2B Cloud Services: Is it for you?

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  265. The Never-Ending Opportunities with SAP Projects

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  266. 5 Weeks, 5 Webinars: SAP HANA Expert Series, presented by Protiviti

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    5 Weeks, 5 Webinars: SAP HANA Expert Series, presented by Protiviti Staying abreast — or ahead — of the latest SAP HANA enhancements can be a full-time job. Everyone’s resource-challenged: There’s not enough time, not enough staff, and not enough funding for training. We hear stories from clients every day who feel they’re not making…
  267. Community Management in the Cloud? Key Considerations

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    Build Quickly and Lower Your Overall Costs There is no doubt that the cloud is here to stay. There are so many advantages, especially for smaller companies with limited IT staffs. For example, moving to the cloud enables companies to pay for what they use, without any ownership responsibilities or a need to maintain servers…
  268. The State of Regulatory Compliance: Latin America Charts the Course

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  269. A Look into the Ultimate Online Selection Directory

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    ERP News (www.erpnews.com) is excited to announce that the ultimate online ERP Selection Directory 2017 is live! ERP Selection Directory (www.erpselectiondirectory.com) is an unbiased, formative and unique platform where you can search for ERP vendors and related application partners just by entering the location or industry information. Deploying an ERP system is an expensive process…
  270. What is Your Company’s Readiness to Innovate with a Digital Framework?

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  271. A Look at Demand Sensing for SAP Customers

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    SCM 2017: One on One with Sujit Singh of Arkieva Sujit Singh is chief operating officer at Arkieva, which made its debut as an exhibitor at SCM 2017. Singh also spoke for the first time at this event. I asked Singh a few questions about key points in his session. Your session was on implementing…
  272. A Look Into Tackling Digital Transformation with SAP’s Yvette Cameron and Mark Brandau

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    HR 2017 Keynote Recap: SAP’s Yvette Cameron and Mark Brandau Offer Guidance for the Road to Digital Transformation In his opening remarks at HR 2017, Rizal Ahmed, chief content officer at Wellesley Information Services, told the audience about his experience with his 16-year-old daughter who is just learning to drive. His daughter got in the…
  273. The Three Pillars of Innovation

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  274. SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 Coverage

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  275. SAPPHIRE NOW 2017 Live Stream – Full Schedule

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  276. The Impact of PCI-Validated P2PE

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  277. How Northern Kentucky University Enhanced Benefits Enrollment

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    HR 2017: An Interview with Theresa Westlund of Northern Kentucky University At HR 2017 in Orlando, Theresa Westlund of Northern Kentucky University presented in a session about how Northern Kentucky University enhanced benefits enrollment with Employee Self Service and enhancement package 6. I asked her a few questions about her experience with this upgrade. Is…
  278. Migrating SAP ERP HCM Data to SAP SuccessFactors

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    How are you experiencing the event? What goals did you have for the event? This a great event. I represent a group within Accenture called Accenture Software for Human Capital Management. Our specific group has been attending these HR shows for as long I have been with the group, which has been at least five…
  279. Developing an SAP-to-SAP-EWM Integration Strategy

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    Gina Voutyras, senior managing consultant at IBM Global Business Services, made her debut as a presenter at SCM 2017 this month. Voutyras said her experience in Orlando has been really great and that the team at SAPinsider has been very helpful in terms of getting the speakers prepped for their sessions. She said her session…
  280. BI 2017 and HANA 2017: Insights from Deloitte’s Penny Silvia

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    As a longtime speaker of 15 years, Penny Silvia is no stranger to SAPinsider events. And her expertise is a familiar feature to frequent attendees. On Wednesday morning, I sat down with her to learn a little more about her areas of expertise and what kind of content she brings to the SAPinsider events. Silvia,…
  281. BI 2017: One-on-One with Chris Dinkel of Deloitte

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    Chris Dinkel, SAP Analytics Leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP, has been attending SAPinsider conferences for roughly ten years and has been a keynote speaker for four.  At this year’s BI 2017 event, I had the opportunity to sit down with him for a conversation about what technology trends he’s most excited about. We started with…
  282. BI 2017, HANA 2017, and Basis & SAP Administration 2017: Keynote Recap

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    To kick off BI 2017, HANA 2017, and Basis & SAP Administration 2017, SAP’s Mike Flannagan delivered an insightful keynote talk, followed by a deep dive into some emerging technologies with Chris Dinkel and Jag Bandla of Deloitte Consulting LLP. In his keynote, Mike Flannagan, Senior Vice President of Analytics, spoke on why he chose…
  283. Basis & SAP Administration 2017: One-on-One with Vivek Banerjee of Cintas

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    SAP Solution Manager has long been a critical tool for enterprises running SAP landscapes – and according to Vivek Banerjee, who works in the SAP Governance team at Cintas and is a long-time speaker at SAPinsider events, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is taking on an even greater importance as organizations prepare to move to SAP…
  284. An Attendee Perspective: One-on-One with Drew Iacone of Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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    The heart of an SAPinsider event is its attendees. These attendees come from companies around the world and across industries, all with their own unique goals and projects to work on. They are the ones truly creating the value and energy of an event, and I was lucky enough to sit down with one during…
  285. BI 2017: One-on-One with Mark Cooper of British American Tobacco

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    Mark Cooper, Global Analytics Solution Architect at British American Tobacco (BAT), has been presenting case studies at SAPinsider events since 2011. His experience both as an SAPinsider speaker and as an analytics expert made for an in-depth and engaging conversation on site. Mark recently completed a five-year project that placed the entire company on one…
  286. Talk to Me, Goose — UX in a Bot World

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  287. Graybar Benefits from SAP UEM by Knoa During Its SAP S/4HANA Migration

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    Upgrades to your enterprise systems – especially upgrades to the ones that run your mission-critical applications – can bring dramatic benefits to the business. But often these benefits aren’t realized to their full extent. IT often has limited capabilities when it comes to determining how well and how easily users are adopting a new technology,…
  288. insiderTRAINING announces 9 new sessions on Financials, Solution Manager, and BusinessObjects

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  289. Reinventing Finance for a Digital Business Landscape

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  290. Modernizing supply chains for the digital age

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  291. Mexico Moves Beyond eInvoicing and Is Now Tracking Payments

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  292. 5 Key Criteria for Successful Business Planning

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    Business is changing, and this isn’t news to anyone. From managing larger data loads to enabling faster supply chains, companies across industries are developing new ways of doing things ― ways that are faster, smarter, and more agile. To support these changes, organizations need to update their business planning and financial consolidation processes, yet many…
  293. Freud-ify Your SAP Fiori

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    Sigmund Freud developed psychoanalysis in the late 19th century. In short order, it was the dominant form of psychotherapy. While in less active use today, it has still left an enormous footprint on the therapeutic industry. You’re likely familiar with the classic picture: an analyst, holding a notepad, sits in her chair. The patient lies…
  294. Five Things You Should Know About Payroll Tax Filing Software

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    Maintaining control and accuracy of your organization’s payroll tax filings and liabilities is not only a huge responsibility, but can also pose a huge risk if not managed properly. In the past, employers had few options:  either develop an in-house process and manage the associated challenges or outsource tax filing and remittance obligations to a…
  295. 2 and 4 Billion Reasons for Hitachi for UCP for SAP HANA

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    Our benchmark campaign continues !   Just over a month ago we set a new world record for new 4 Billion records and I wrote a blog about it, Not 2 but 4 Billion Reasons to Choose Hitachi for your SAP HANA Environment.  Just a few weeks later, we have a new record again!  I am excited to announce that we have…
  296. How a good employee training program can help reduce turnover rates

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    “What if we invest in training and the employee leaves?” “Well, what if we don’t train them and they stay?” This familiar platitude, while powerful in a water cooler conversation with co-workers, will unfortunately not inspire management to invest in a much needed employee training program. We can all agree that training is valuable in…
  297. Introduction: Unlocking The Value of Your Enterprise Data to Accelerate Business Transformation

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  298. Not 2 but 4 Billion Reasons to Choose Hitachi for your SAP HANA Environment

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  299. Data Temperatures and Partitioning

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    All you need to know about how data can be sliced up in pieces and yet kept reachable, accelerating your data-driven decisions. I was talking to an acquaintance in the industry a few days ago and was told that that their company had a data offloading solution. So how do you access the offloaded data…
  300. Showtime – “An Ecosystem of Data”, featuring IoT and Fog

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  301. 7 Principles for a Successful SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer Implementation

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    Organizations look to SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer and to similar cloud solutions to cut costs, simplify infrastructure, achieve better scalability, and more. Everywhere you turn in the enterprise IT space, experts are extolling the virtues of adopting cloud solutions. Yet despite these virtues, not every cloud implementation is a success. In a survey conducted…
  302. 12 Control Issues That Can Slip Under the Radar — and How to Prevent Them

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    Many organizations devote large amounts of time, money, and resources to internal controls testing. Yet in spite of these stringent tests, most businesses suffer from a multitude of controls errors — and many don’t even realize that these errors are occurring. Whether it’s due to user mistakes or intentional misuse, there are a dozen hidden…
  303. Infographic: Investigating the 5 Ws of SAP end-user training

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  304. Strategic Advice to Quantify the ROI of Your Employee Training Program

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  305. The Easy to Understand Guide to SAP HANA Cloud Platform

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  306. GRC in the Digital Age

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    Implementing strong governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) practices doesn’t involve one solution, one policy, or one team: It involves a collection of solutions, policies, and teams that work together to address the many concerns that make up GRC. As businesses change in the wake of disruptive technologies, each of the three prongs of GRC faces…
  307. Data Analytics for the Modern Business

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    A logistics company that reroutes its trucks in real time to avoid a traffic jam. A manufacturer that preemptively services an asset before it breaks down. A retail organization that selects the location of its new store based on foot traffic on a city street. These are just some examples of modern businesses that make…...…
  308. 6 Factors to Consider When Evaluating End-User Training Options

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    When budgets are tight, employee training is often one of the first things to be cut. In the short term, your company may save money, but what is the long-term effect on your projects and software adoption? A recent survey by IDC hinted that “the likelihood of project success is proportional to the skill level…
  309. 7 Questions to Guide You on Your S&OP Transformation

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    For many businesses, getting sales and operations planning (S&OP) right is a critical step toward success. S&OP processes are responsible for cutting down waste and optimizing your organization’s resources. But for too often, S&OP falls short of expectations. Why does this happen – and what can you do to fix it? Every organization will answer…
  310. 5 Reasons Why You Need an Agile Delivery Model for SAP ERP

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    The developing digital economy is driving a big change in the way applications and infrastructure are provisioned and delivered. But what if you’re running applications like SAP and it feels like the digital transformation doesn’t have a direct impact on you, at least not right now? In that case you might be wondering why methodologies…
  311. What Does the Future Hold for SAP ERP HCM?

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    This blog is based on Ralf Wagner’s HR 2016 session “SAP ERP HCM: Delivered and Planned Innovations” SAP SuccessFactors seems to hold all the headlines in the HR space these days, but there is still a place for SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM). Many organizations have built reliable, successful processes around SAP…
  312. Building a Best-Practice Talent Management Strategy with SAP SuccessFactors Solutions

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    A myriad of factors, such as business strategies or available resources, influence whether a business achieves success. But at the end of the day, there’s one factor that trumps almost all others in importance: people. You could have the best business plans or the smartest resource strategy around, but if they’re not carried out by…
  313. Behind the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark

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    On July 4, 2016, SAP, on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council, certified (Certification number: 2016035) the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark (BW-AML Benchmark) where Hitachi now ranks first for the 2 billion initial record load, see the results here. For those of us at Hitachi, these results are no surprise. Hitachi’s converged…
  314. US Mandates for E-Invoicing and Reporting Are Taking Cues from Latin American and European Tax Authorities

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  315. 6 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Service Provider Before Moving SAP to the Cloud

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    Moving mission-critical applications such as SAP to the cloud can provide a great return in terms of user satisfaction and fiscal management. For an optimal return, however, you can’t go it alone — you need to carefully consider a cloud service provider (CSP) who can help you maximize your experience by helping you meet performance…
  316. Cybersecurity and Digital Business

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    Amid all the talk of empathy and running live, there was another, subtler theme that occasionally popped up in Bill McDermott’s keynote speech for SAPPHIRE 2016: cybersecurity. While it was far from a main focus of the presentation, cybersecurity reared its head on more than one occasion. McDermott stated early on in the speech that…
  317. Empathy Leading SAP’s Effort to Help Companies Run Live

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    ORLANDO, Florida — Empathy was the main theme emanating from SAP CEO Bill McDermott’s keynote presentation before an announced record-setting crowd of 30,000 attendees at Tuesday’s opening day of SAPPHIRE NOW 2016. The overriding goal for SAP, McDermott said, is to demonstrate an unmatched level of passion, energy, and empathy for the customer. That alone,…
  318. SAPPHIRE NOW Reactions

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  319. Mexico e-Invoicing: Insider Tips for Avoiding Tax Penalties in Procure to Pay

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  320. Full Schedule of SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 Video Steam

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    Join us on SAPinsider Online for a virtual look at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016, with a sampling of key sessions and keynotes streaming live from Orlando.   Starting Tuesday May 17, SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 coverage of the keynotes from SAP CEO Bill McDermott, Hasso Plattner, Rob Enslin, President, SAP Global Customer Operations, and  SAP Executive Board…
  321. Innovate Faster with SAP HANA and Hitachi IoT Solutions

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  322. SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 Coverage

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  323. SAPPHIRE NOW has SAP HANA Platform Content Covered

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  324. Eddie the Flower Guy, the Black Crowes, and Enterprise Digitization

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    A couple of months ago I was driving home from work when my Pandora station took a millisecond too long to buffer, so I tuned to the Attitude Adjustment Hour on WZLX with Chuck Nolan just as “Eddie the Flower Guy” called in to request Thorn in my Pride. While I love the Black Crowes,…
  325. Colombia to Start E-Invoicing Pilot April 2016

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    The Colombia Direccion de Impuestos y Aduana Nacionales (DIAN) is in the process of rolling out electronic invoicing, starting with its pilot phase in April 2016. Over the past few months, decrees legalizing electronic invoicing and specifications defining its processes have been released. All of this will culminate in a large scale rollout, which we…
  326. I Bet the Woz Has Mood Lighting

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  327. Pull up a Chair at SAPinsider Studio

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  328. Simplify and Automate SAP HANA

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  329. Modernize Your SAP Landscape

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    SAPinsider Events has released a second online video series: Modernize your SAP Landscape that was recorded at a series of live events produced by SAPinsider Events and sponsors SAP, SUSE, VMware, HPE, and Intel. This exclusive sequence explores the changing SAP solution landscape and the limitations of traditional client-server architecture to handle new software capabilities…
  330. SAP HANA Security: Preventing the Internal Threat

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  331. Electronic Auditing is Coming to Mexico – Are You Prepared?

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    In a recent interview with CNN Expansion, Aristoteles Nunez, the head of Mexico’s Tax Administration Services (SAT), stated that the Mexican government will begin deploying electronic audits in the second half of 2016. This is a move the SAT has already been gearing up for over the past few years by moving much of its…
  332. SAP HANA Then and Now: A Smarter Way to a System of Insight

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    The recent Forrester Research survey “Evolve Your Business Intelligence To Systems of Insight” defines a system of insight as one where traditional business intelligence (BI), agile BI, and big data converge to “deliver actionable insights necessary to win, serve, and retain customers.” It should come as no surprise to the SAP customer that – as…
  333. Running SAP HANA? What You Need to Know from a Basis Perspective

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  334. What New Mandates Mean for Multinationals in Latin America

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  335. Cost Benefits of SAP HANA in the Cloud

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    A lot of business owners who have already invested in an SAP installation may not think SAP HANA is a viable option for them due to the costs to procure the enterprise class equipment needed to support the powerful in-memory database, but are eager to leverage all of the capabilities that SAP HANA has to…
  336. Why SAP HANA or S/4HANA? Key Enablers That Will Drive Value to Your Business

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    With the announcement of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP has asked its customers to take a leap of faith. Emphasizing the suite’s benefits, SAP has shared with customers how this latest generation of ERP will address their needs — with SAP S/4HANA you can run simple and reduce the complexity of…
  337. Brazil Nota Fiscal – Insider Tips for Procure-to-Pay

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    In my previous article, we discussed the importance of contingency for your orders-to-cash process flow. In today’s blog, I wanted to focus on the importance of end-to-end automation from an accounts payable (AP) perspective. Many companies are not addressing the opportunity that the Brazilian invoicing model creates for AP and inbound logistics teams. While there are unique…
  338. SAP Lumira – An Introduction

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  339. Contract Lifecycle Management: Comparing Ariba and SAP

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    Organizations that look to manage contracts effectively and efficiently have clear-cut agenda. It wants to mitigate financial risk that might arise due to non-compliance of contract and also effectively manage the relationship with vendors, customers and employees who help in creating value. Managing relationships could be a challenging process if there is no visibility and…
  340. SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – A Beginner’s Guide

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  341. Real HANA Performance Test Benchmarks

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    These are some of the major tasks for a BW to HANA migration.
  342. New Tools for Managing Large Tables in HANA and for SAP BW on HANA

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    These are some of the major tasks for a BW to HANA migration.
  343. Tips for enhancing standard SAP ERP HCM Infotypes

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    This HR tip comes courtesy of Sylvia Chaudoir of Deloitte, who is speaking at our upcoming HR 2013 event, 11-14 June in Amsterdam! Get an introduction to enhancing standard infotypes. Step 1: Choose the Infotype to Enhance Enter the Infotype number and press Create All Use the four-digit number, including leading zeros Infotype Version: You may define…
  344. SAP BW to HANA Migration ABAP Diagnostic Tool

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    Many experienced developers are not aware that moving BW to HANA can in some cases result in slower transformations during data loads. Thankfully, SAP is providing a tool to identify areas in your ABAP code that may benefit from an optimization. In this blog we take a quick look at this valuable tool. By Dr.…
  345. Information Operations: The Fifth Dimension of Warfare

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    The US Military recognizes at least five dimensions of warfare for which it is responsible: Land Sea Air Space Information The fifth dimension, information, has direct relevance to enterprise mobility and mobile strategies. In the military conference I spoke at last week, the other speakers taught me the importance of dominating the fifth dimension. It is a…...…
  346. BPC 10 tip: Special considerations for security, roles & user access

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    At our most recent  three-day BPC Bootcamp, Accenture’s Anand Surange shared  his expert advice on securing BPC systems in his session “Critical Lessons for Configuring and Managing Security in Your Planning and Consolidation System.” Anand covered a variety of security concerns, including special considerations and advanced security with BPC 10. Here is a quick tip…...…
  347. SAP NFe – Nota Fiscal Process Overview for Physical Goods

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    The Brazil tax authority, also known as SEFAZ, imposes a defined electronic standard format that all companies must adhere to closely. This “Nota Fiscal Eletronica” (NF-e) format is officially recognized as the sole and only invoice document of record for tax compliance purposes. Basic Requirements Real time integration with Brazilian Tax Authority (SEFAZ) Invoices must…...…
  348. Data tips for Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) in SAP SCM

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    This tip comes from a session by Thomas Brassøe of Implement Consulting Group, planned for the SCM 2012 conference, March 19-22 in Orlando, Florida. In his session “Improve Order Fill Rates and Minimize Inventory Levels and Costs Using Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) in SAP SCM 7.0”, Brassøe notes that “9 out of 10 VMI projects…...…
  349. Altering the standard SAP screen without modifications

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    One of the most prevalent technological trends in recent years has been the increasing importance of user experience. For years, users had to figure out how to travel through menu paths or remembered all kinds of troubleshooting issues. With the proliferation of simpler user interfaces in personal technology, people are now expecting the same kind…...…
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    Currency Translation for Cost Center Reports

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    Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting The cost center reports in SAP are normally displayed in Controlling Area currency. This means that if you have several company codes that have different currencies but belong to the same controlling area, the standard cost center reports will only be displayed in the currency of that controlling area. This is…...…
  351. Creating calculated fields in your report (How to Eliminate Duplicate Line Reporting in Query Tools)

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    Danielle Larocca This weeks’ blog is a continuation from last weeks’ blog which was in response to a question about “How to Eliminate Duplicate Line Reporting in Query Tools“.  You can accomplish single-line reporting in SAP query-based tools such as Ad Hoc and SAP Query in three different ways: 1. By specifying parameters upon selection…...…
  352. 8 steps for setting up Advanced Safety Stock Planning to reduce inventory

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    Tip Doctor, Insider Learning Network. This tip is taken from “How to Really Reduce Inventory with SAP APO Safety Stock Planning Methods” by Matthew Campbell, K2 Professional Services, presented at last year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Management 2011 conference. SAP APO includes methods for safety stock planning. But what are the key steps and best…...…
  353. The 5 Options inside SAP for SAP HCM Reporting

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    Danielle Larocca, Spinifex IT Satisfying your company’s Human Resources (HR) and Payroll reporting requirements is always a challenge, beginning with the assessment process through the selection of the right reporting strategy. Deciding which method is best begins with an assessment of the reporting tools available to you inside SAP. As part of the standard SAP…...…
  354. BLOB, PHIO, LOIO: Alphabet soup in SAP Solution Manager version management

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    Every SAP application has countless acronyms to keep track of, but I particularly enjoyed a few featured in D. Russell Sloan’s latest Solution Manager Expert article. The article details how you can make custom document attributes to improve SolMan reporting. In doing so, Russell explains up front some features of the Knowledge Warehouse, and specifically…...…
  355. A Sample Business Process Hierarchy

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    For those of you who have heard about Business Process Hierarchies (BPH) but never quite knew what they were supposed to look like, here is a great example from D. Russell Sloan, excerpted from his article “How SAP Solution Manager Can Lead Your Company to Business Process Excellence.” The full article originally appeared in Solution…...…
  356. Effortless master data maintenance of your SAP G/L Accounts

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    Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting A very neat way of maintaining G/L account master data is by using the “Hierarchy Display” functionality. This enables you to see all the existing accounts and easily decide which new number to insert or which similar account can be copied. This view has the feel of one of SAP’s “Enjoy”…...…
  357. Analyzing the Automatic Account Assignment of your SAP General Ledger Accounts

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    Paul Ovigele, Ovigele Consulting Ever wondered how you can easily find out where G/L accounts are assigned in the system? The assignment of accounts is made in several tables depending on which module the table represents, so there has never been an easy way to find out where an account has been assigned without going…...…
  358. 7 Tips for Conducting User Access Reviews (UARs)

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    Tip Doctor, Insider Learning Network. Whether you’re charged with protecting employee data, securing financial information, or safeguarding customer data, taking steps to regularly review the users who have access to this data is key. The following tip is from “Lessons for conducting user access reviews of your SAP system” given by James Roeske at Savera…...…