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The introduction of BW 7.40 on HANA has resulted in something of a rebirth for BW, and this article summarizes the history, the current solution, and the potential future for this one of a kind solution.

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Learn How Planned Delivery Times Can Optimize Your Procurement Processes

SCMAuthentic and accurate delivery times during which vendors deliver the requisite materials is the key to effective and efficient procurement planning. Key Concept Planned delivery times improve your procurement process by suggesting the most practical and optimal delivery times for your materials. Using this functionality helps you reduce inventory carrying costs while also bringing greater…...

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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.



Give Your Procure-to-Pay the Next Power of Analytics with SAP Spend Performance Management Solutions

BIFinancialsGet an overview of the SAP Spend Performance Management solution and learn about the business case for implementing it. Learn the details about the features of Spend Performance Management. Using a case study example, gain an understanding of Spend Performance Management implementations and lessons learned. Key Concept SAP Spend Performance Management is an SAP BusinessObjects…...

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Understanding the SAP ERP HCM Reporting Landscape Today and in the Future

Gain an understanding of what the SAP ERP HCM landscape looks like today in simple, clear terms. Learn, from the author’s experience, where SAP ERP HCM is headed in the future, and how you should be planning to meet these new challenges. Key Concept Cloud-based technology is software that is not locally installed on a…...

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Danielle Larocca
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Danielle Larocca is currently the Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management for EPI-USE Labs. Previously she was the Executive Vice President of Operations/Chief Knowledge Officer at a technology start-up. She has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in multi-national business, business process re-engineering, and project and people management. Danielle is an expert on SAP Human Resources (HR) and reporting and has authored four best-selling books on SAP. She is a regular speaker at numerous conferences around the world on topics such as HR, technology, change management, and leadership. She is an official SAP Mentor, a global designation assigned to less than 160 professionals worldwide, who serve as influential community participants in the SAP ecosystem. This group is nominated by the community and selected by the SAP Mentors’ Advisory Board to keep SAP relevant. Danielle also serves as an expert advisor for SAP Professional Journal.



Manual Provisioning of Non-SAP Roles Using SAP Access Control

SAP Professional JournalLearn how to minimize multiple access requests by configuring SAP Access Control so that you can manually provision access for non-SAP applications. Key Concept Transaction code SPRO is used for setting up SAP Access Control configuration settings. You execute SPRO to integrate non-SAP Remote Function Call (RFC) connections with the logical file path…...

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What SAP NetWeaver Gateway Means for EWM

Discover how new technologies such as mobile and wearable devices, combined with business-critical data, contribute to process optimization. Learn how SAP Gateway enables secure connectivity of external systems and devices using an example from SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM) and SAP extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM). Key Concept The introduction of an open and standardized…...

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Speed Up Development with the SPI Framework

Akash Kumar describes the Service Provider Infrastructure Framework (SPI),which is an application and user interface (UI) technology layer that is developed in integration with Floorplan Manager (FPM). It helps developers to build timeless software and to code without thinking too much about the back-end code. Key Concept Service Provider Infrastructure Framework (SPI) is a Model…...

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Akash Kumar Manager, EY
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Akash Kumar is an author, speaker, and techie for emerging and disruptive technology topics with a focus on Intelligent Enterprise. He is currently working as Manager with EY and has more than 11 years of experience in innovation, presales, project management, product development, capability development, and SAP implementation and support. He has supported multiple customers as architect in digital transformation by migrating from old to new technology such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Analytics, implementing new business model on AI/ML, IOT, Blockchain, etc., and even business process simplification and automation by implementing RPA, Celonis, etc. He is the author of PlanViz: Improving SAP HANA Performance (SAP Press) and Building and Extending SAP HANA Live Views (SAP PRESS). He has a bachelor's degree in computer science and holds numerous certifications, including Scrum Master, Agile, SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Activate, and SAP S/4HANA.



Contract Lifecycle Management: Comparing Ariba and SAP

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 transparency on the terms on which the relationship was built. Even the best framed contracts are of little use if nobody is familiar with them. Several large global conglomerates have realized the importance of creating transparency and accessibility of contracts to all internal stake holders.

Globalization has opened up lot of possibilities for procurement but has also increased the complexity of contracting process due to a variety of legal requirements across the globe.

With increasing competition, even being an industry leader, no longer provides the insulation from market fluctuations. Organizations are caught unprepared with extremely volatile market and price hikes that makes it re-think its contracting strategy and timelines.

What constitutes a good solution?

In such a diverse and complex landscape, having a good contract management solution (People + Process + Technology) serves as a good starting point. With plethora of tools available in the market, it is important to qualify the right solution / vendor that has the right organization fit.

Typically, most solutions claim to offer comprehensive contract management capabilities and features. But, here is a list of basic features that will help to qualify a vendor / solution and will serve as a good starting point.

• Does the solution offer full contracting process and lifecycle – contract drafting, review, negotiation, repository, compliance tracking and administration?
• Does the solution support both buy-side and sell-side contracts?
• Does the solution have a simple and intuitive interface for quicker user / supplier adoption?
• Does the solution have provision for upgrade and is it scalable?
• Does the solution offer seamless integration with the other procurement applications and ERPs in my landscape?

CLM Adoption not just CLM Implementation

The goal of any CLM implementation is to achieve 100% paperless environment, one central repository for all buy-side and sell-side contracts, supplier driven contract collaboration, cycle time tracking and reporting, managing compliance and continuous improvement. However, instead of opting for a big bang implementation which promises all the features and functionality, an incremental approach is required for successful adoption and for the overall success of the project.

For an organization that looks to implement its first CLM tool, the following approach will help in realizing incremental benefits and easier user adoption.

Phase 1:

Enable a basic repository of legacy contracts
CLM tool in place for authoring contracts with standard clause library

Phase 2:

Integrate with Word for collaborating with reviewers and end users
Clause level workflow and approvals are enabled
Enable substitute clauses, alternate clause library

Phase 3:

Enable red-lining and document comparison and store it in the tool
Integrate with Sourcing application for streamlining contract creation
Enable contract compliance by integrating with ERPs / Procurement tools
Business intelligence and advanced analytics are enabled

Phase 4:

All buy-side and sell-side contracts are centralized in one repository
Suppliers driven contract collaboration
Cycle time tracking and continuous reporting
Streamline contract management process with various sourcing and procurement strategies/methods

Ariba and SAP CLM Comparison


SAP Contract Lifecycle Management or Ariba Contract Management?

Both SAP Contract Lifecycle Management and Ariba Contract Management provides the functionality and capability to achieve the above incremental benefits. Clients who look for intuitive user interface and collaboration with suppliers on the cloud usually opt for Ariba contract management while the clients who want tighter integration with their ERP systems and SRM system look for SAP CLM.

The future releases that is expected to close the gap between these solutions promises to deliver better integration capabilities with cross-platform / cross-solution enhancements and better UI which would potentially drive down the total cost of ownership. However, it has to be seen at an amplified level as to how these functionalities sit in the overall product strategy of SAP and Ariba.


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Dynamically Generate a Formatted Representation of Internal Tables for Output

SAP Professional JournalUse this table introspector utility class to dynamically generate a formatted representation of internal tables at run time, with support for subsequent output to various formats. Key Concept The ABAP Run Time Type Services (RTTS) library is an object-oriented framework that allows type information on existing objects to be deduced via Run Time…...

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