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Improve the Usability of Your SAP System User Interface

Learn how to measure the effectiveness of an SAP screen using the example of SAP’s time writing application user interface on the portal. Also learn about the improvements recently provided by SAP with the latest version of Cross-Application Time Sheet. Key Concept An application is deemed usable if it is user friendly — in other...

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Facilitate Flexible, Automatic Alerts as Part of Your SAP System Monitoring

ManagerThe number of monitor tree elements is astounding in the Computing Center Management System. It often leads to an overload of alerts being triggered, so much so that operators simply ignore them, not being able to keep up with the volume of alerts triggered. Examine this issue and define a concise, important set of alerts…....

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The importance of table T77S0 in SAP HCM module (Part I)

SAP S/4HANA offers enterprises tremendous potential to go beyond performance and simplicity and deliver significant business value as part of an enterprise-wide digital transformation, but this approach must be understood, considered and incorporated into

by SAP and Partners SAPinsider - 2006 (Volume 7), January (Issue 1)
by SAP and Partners SAPinsider - 2006 (Volume 7), January (Issue 1)
With Colgate-Palmolive increasingly sharing IT project resources around the world, they set out to improve the way they plan, monitor, and measure global IT resources and turned to an SAP application that enables companies to inventory and track resources, skills, and budgets. The result: improved project planning, management, and reporting as well as reduced IT support costs.
Even with its substantial environmental footprint, The Coca-Cola Company is leading the charge around creating more sustainable business processes. What lessons can the rest of us glean from this experience? Jeff Seabright, Coca-Cola’s VP of Environment and Water Resources, answers this question with seven pieces of advice.
When a South African retail chain, Pick n Pay, felt hindered by insufficient legacy systems, it decided to roll out a full ERP system. This profile highlights the company’s impressive IT modernization project — from building a solution around SAP for Retail to improving performance to learning important project management lessons.
Now managing 40 branded hotels, Stonebridge Companies was fortunate to experience growth — but it also faced challenges in managing that growth. Nasim Mansurov, Vice President of IT at Stonebridge, discusses the company’s search for an ERP system and the back-end process improvements it has seen post-implementation.
With more than 180,000 employees and even more data, Accenture faced a challenge: it needed to securely support its employees with accurate, real-time information. Uncover how the company’s ERP Delivery team met this challenge by building a suite of self-service web applications — and what they learned along the way.
ConAgra Foods made the decision to start consolidating its technology years ago — and today its R&D, financial, order management, IT services, data center, and supply chain management operations all run in the same SAP system landscape. So what benefits is ConAgra Foods reaping by moving to a “single version of the truth?” Find out in this deep-dive case study.
Upgrading to SAP ERP 6.0 was a non-event for Bristol-Myers Squibb, chiefly because of the help it received from SAP Enterprise Support. With insights from Michael DiNovi, the biopharmaceutical company’s Director of Application Services, this profile highlights the biggest benefits the company gained from its support agreement, including better risk management, streamlined IT processes, and greater spend visibility.
For years, electrical products distributor Summit Electric Supply watched its transaction volumes rise and experienced unhindered growth; but in 2004, the company’s aging legacy system began to show signs of stress. This customer profile relates Summit’s journey of evaluating and implementing an ERP system — and the ensuing benefits and the big lesson learned after going live with SAP ERP.
After eight years of using its custom-built spend performance management reporting system, the giant consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive decided to replace it. Uncover not only why the business made the change, but how it did so by implementing SAP BusinessObjects Spend Performance Management to reap impressive benefits — including enhanced reporting, empowered end users, and reduced dependency on IT.
As a military aircraft provider, Lockheed Martin works with suppliers ranging from large technology firms to small, niche companies with limited IT infrastructure. In this SAP customer profile, Lockheed offers insights and tips on successful supplier collaboration, including a look at its decision to implement a portal-based environment in order to make access to its new SAP ERP system as streamlined for suppliers as possible.
Burton Snowboards is not just a snowboard company — it has also expanded into skateboard and surfboard products and, as a result, watched its global network of offices, retailers, and manufacturers grow. But with this expansion, Burton realized that it needed to improve its systems for inventory, supply chain, purchasing, and customer service. Uncover Burton’s inspiring story of preparing for an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0 — and building a strong and “simple, standard, supportable” foundation.
You may know it for its dazzling circus performances, but Cirque du Soleil, at its core, is a business—and it has relied on SAP solutions for the past decade to manage its rapid growth. From accommodating the financial complexities of a global business to keeping up with an increased demand for costumes, SAP solutions like SAP ERP Financials have helped Cirque du Soleil optimize and review business processes while collecting valuable business data.
You may know it for its dazzling circus performances, but Cirque du Soleil, at its core, is a business—and it has relied on SAP solutions for the past decade to manage its rapid growth. From accommodating the financial complexities of a global business to keeping up with an increased demand for costumes, SAP solutions like SAP ERP Financials have helped Cirque du Soleil optimize and review business processes while collecting valuable business data.
To produce its cutting-edge semiconductors and microprocessors, high-tech giant Intel needs the very latest manufacturing equipment — and those tools don’t come cheap. In this article, read how Intel used SAP technology to pay suppliers sooner and dramatically improve its discount capture rate for capital purchases from ~50% to over 95%, exceeding the corporate goal, and resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings each year.
Nu Skin, a developer and distributor of health and beauty products, has employees in 28 different countries around the world. Previously, no centralized HR system existed to collect employee data or provide standardized HR reporting. Now, Nu Skin utilizes SAP ERP Human Capital Management -- and its journey to go-live is one that is truly unique.
Kraft Foods was in the midst of an enterprise-wide SAP implementation and the business realized that the best way to expand the benefits of the company’s SAP rollout was to deploy user-friendly BI applications. See how the business created a four-point plan that has served as their secret recipe for success.
LEGO building blocks have become so popular that the company decided to expand its product line to capitalize on increased growth. To make sure its legacy product development system did not hold them back, LEGO has embarked on an implementation of SAP Product Lifecycle Management, with the transition to the application broken up into four distinct phases.
To ensure employees are properly trained, businesses must provide education through materials, in-person instruction, or online training, as well as make sure employees are up to date on certifications. For General Mills — a business that employs 39,000 people worldwide — this is a tall order. To standardize employee training in the supply chain area, the company implemented SAP Enterprise Learning and RegLearn from hyperCision.
When Grupo Modelo took the step to become a more process-oriented organization, a key objective was to make sure the business processes and rules were consistent company-wide. Standardizing organizational processes would give the brewer more insight into operations, but would also create challenges specifically related to risk management.
Fleet management company ARI manages the entire life cycle and operation of a fleet vehicle for its customers, from up-front specifications and acquisition through resale, which generates a tremendous amount of transactional data. To help ARI manipulate data to spot trends and develop proactive solutions to challenges the data might reveal, the company implemented SAP BusinessObjects Explorer with SAP HANA.
In late 2011, Colgate-Palmolive implemented SAP HANA CO-PA Accelerator as a test project to enhance its profitability analysis reporting. With significant time savings on numerous brand profitability analysis processes, the company then decided to move its business warehouse and trade promotion management solutions onto the SAP HANA platform.
Unilever’s 10-year plan to double its business is ambitious to say the least, and the company knows it needs to do more than simply put additional products on the shelves. Learn how Unilever took the initial steps toward this goal and significantly reduced the time the business spent on month-end financial close processes, financial analysis, and product cost forecasting processes.

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Long-Term Support of Rich Internet Applications: What You Need to Know to Be Successful

Understand the pros and cons of using a Rich Internet Application (RIA). See what’s involved with enhancing these applications and fixing issues when they arise after the initial rollout. Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to the standard SAP CRM WebUI. This is because there are several advantages to using…...

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Boost Your Inspections by Integrating SAP QM with Production Processes

Learn to configure and implement SAP Quality Management (QM) in SAP production planning (PP) production processes. You can use QM for inspection during production, in-process inspection, and inspection of semi-finished and finished goods on a goods receipt against a production order (discrete manufacturing) or process order (process industry). Key Concept Standard solutions and configuration delivered…...

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MEET THE EXPERTS

Jawad Akhtar
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Jawad Akhtar earned his chemical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has 17 years of professional experience, of which nine years are in SAP. He has completed eight end-to-end SAP project implementation lifecycles in the areas of PP, QM, MM, PM, and DMS in the steel, automobile, chemical, fertilizer, FMCG, and building products industries. He also has worked as an SAP integration manager and an SAP project manager. He has been proactively involved in a business development and solution architect role for seven years. He is the author of Production Planning and Control with SAP ERP, it's filled with in-depth infomation on discrete, process, and repetitive manufacturing types. His profile on LinkedIn is at https://pk.linkedin.com/in/jawadakhtar. You may follow Jawad on Twitter @jawadahl. Currently, he is associated with AbacusConsulting as Head of SAP Delivery.



How a Co-Product Differs from a By-Product

Understand the difference between a co-product and a by-product in production processes. Walk through both options and see the pros and cons of each. Key Concept In addition to the main material made during the production process of semi-finished or finished goods, additional products often are produced. These additionally produced materials can either be used…...

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MEET THE EXPERTS

Jawad Akhtar
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Jawad Akhtar earned his chemical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has 17 years of professional experience, of which nine years are in SAP. He has completed eight end-to-end SAP project implementation lifecycles in the areas of PP, QM, MM, PM, and DMS in the steel, automobile, chemical, fertilizer, FMCG, and building products industries. He also has worked as an SAP integration manager and an SAP project manager. He has been proactively involved in a business development and solution architect role for seven years. He is the author of Production Planning and Control with SAP ERP, it's filled with in-depth infomation on discrete, process, and repetitive manufacturing types. His profile on LinkedIn is at https://pk.linkedin.com/in/jawadakhtar. You may follow Jawad on Twitter @jawadahl. Currently, he is associated with AbacusConsulting as Head of SAP Delivery.



Understand the Data Model for Integration between SAP CRM and SAP Industry Specific Solution - Utilities

Prevent data errors by learning how data is replicated between SAP CRM and SAP Industry Specific Solution – Utilities (IS-U), as well as the relationships between objects in each system. Learn several common replication errors between the two systems and how to avoid them. Key Concept The SAP CRM/SAP Industry Specific Solution – Utilities (IS-U)…...

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Spotlight: Fixed Asset Revaluation with SAP’s RAAUFW02 Program

Revaluation of fixed assets is a common business event. Maybe your organization is going through a merger or acquisition, or maybe you are involved in a year-end fixed asset revaluation? Whatever the case may be, you want to make sure that you are following best practices for a fixed asset revaluation. What are the best…...

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Surprising Insights on Leveraging Customer Experience: An Interview with Shaivali Shah

Shaivali Shah explains the surprising results of the 2011 Customer Experience Radar, and how to leverage customer experience in your own business. Did you invest in a loyalty program this year? You might want to rethink your investment: customers taking Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ 2011 Experience Radar survey ranked loyalty programs last among the factors that led…...

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