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Iron Out the Wrinkles in Your Rate Calculations

Learn how to smooth the process of creating rate calculation formulas using SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) enhancement package 6. Key Concept Variable rates are any type of rate that changes on a predefined schedule. Variable rates can be either market defined rates, such as Intercontinental Exchange London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) rates, or internally...

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A Quick Guide to Help You Select the Right Presentation-Layer SAP BI Tool

Discover more about the options and advantages of various presentation tools in the BusinessObjects portfolio. Learn tips and ideas for how to select an appropriate tool for your needs. Key Concept The Report-to-Report Interface (RRI) (also referred to as the jump-to report functionality) allows a user to analyze required key performance indicators (KPIs) for a…...

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Report Design with the SAP APO Demand Planning Add-In for Microsoft Excel (Part II)

Learn how to format a report created using the SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) demand planning add-in for Microsoft Excel using the SAP Enterprise Performance Management (SAP EPM) formatting functionality. Key Concept The SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) demand planning add-in for Microsoft Excel is partially based on SAP Enterprise Performance…...

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A Quick Guide Comparing Employee Central Time Off and SAP ESS/MSS Leave Requests in Core Hybrid Deployments

See a high-level comparison of common features of SuccessFactors Employee Central Time Off and SAP ERP HCM employee self-service leave request applications. Key Concept The leave request/time off process helps companies manage their employees’ time away from work. This process includes employee and manager self-services (ESS and MSS), such as an employee’s ability to request,…...

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Report Design from Start to Finish with the SAP APO Demand Planning Add-In for Microsoft Excel

Learn how to create reports in the new SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) demand planning add-in for Microsoft Excel from scratch. Follow a use case to help you understand the prerequisites for using this functionality. Key Concept The SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) demand planning add-in for Microsoft Excel provides a…...

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Exploit Demand Planning to Forecast Dependent Requirements in SAP APO

Learn the process flow of an SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) forecast with bills of material (BOM). Follow a step-by-step procedure to release a forecast and interpret the results. Key Concept Demand Planning (DP) in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) helps to generate forecasts based on historical values. Forecasting is generally done…...

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Dynamically Replace or Update a Script Logic File and Execute It in ABAP

Using SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC), version for NetWeaver and an ABAP Business Add-In (BAdI), you can dynamically change the content of the script logic file before you run it. Therefore, you don’t have to maintain multiple similar static script logics. This reduces maintenance efforts. Key Concept A Data Manager package executes business logic…...

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No, Your SAP HANA-Based Data Center Is Not as Simple as a Toaster

Learn how to set up business continuity in SAP HANA with high availability, disaster recovery, and backup/restore concepts. This overview shows the challenges of managing SAP HANA-based applications in the data center. Key Concept In thinking about high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) in SAP HANA, you need to distinguish between planned and unplanned…...

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Why SAP HANA or S/4HANA? Key Enablers That Will Drive Value to Your Business

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 your SAP landscape with this centralized, streamlined business suite run on the in-memory SAP HANA platform. Yes, this sounds great. But what does it actually mean for your business? What are the real benefits that can be realized with this new, revolutionary ERP?

The IT community recognizes S/4HANA’s potential as a driver for reducing the TCO based on the savings from reduced databases, the speed, simplifications, and consolidation opportunities. From a business perspective, however, the question remains: How can our business experience real value from an SAP S/4HANA implementation? This “so what” question is a topic that HCL Technologies often discusses with its clients. Not just about what SAP S/4HANA is, but what is the real value from a business perspective — why should our clients take this leap?

HCL has identified key enablers that will create value from SAP Suite on HANA and S/4HANA. HCL has developed a value-based program from our in depth analysis of the new technology and the feedback from our clients to make their HANA journey non-disruptive and outcome based. HCL helps clients migrate to Suite on HANA and S/4HANA to start realizing the initial benefits offered by the speed and simplification that is inherent with the new technology. The migration will then unlock the enablers to allow businesses to realize the real high-value drivers through an agile approach. This approach allows businesses to take on these drivers in small sprints and thereby fund each project off the value realized from the previous project and, in essence, reduce your initial direct investment and limit the impact on internal resources.




HCL has broken out the enablers into the following key areas:

  1. Speed/agility for faster access to your data with agile tools. SAP S/4HANA’s agility allows companies to do more with the data as well; for example, a finance team can run batch jobs in real time, meaning no more waiting for jobs to finish. The ability to run in real time will allow users to run jobs multiple times if needed to refine results.
  2. Operational reporting with SAP HANA Live and SAP Lumira. This gives businesses the ability to report directly from the native ERP system database and hence avoid data export delays that could bring your data integrity into question. With SAP HANA Live and SAP Lumira, you have the ability to report in real time with improved visibility to make faster decisions.  Additionally, standard available HANA predictive analytics tools allow for better and faster decision making support. Users can once again be allowed to create their own queries to extract data as needed, something that in general is restricted in non-HANA databases.
  3. Productivity is enhanced through the new Fiori SAP UX , now powered by SAP HANA, as the new user interface. Yes, you may point out that Fiori is not new, however the speed and processing power provided by HANA has unlocked Fiori’s full potential. This benefit goes across SAP SoH HANA and SAP S/4HANA and provides real-time KPIs that give users access to multiple transactions from a single app. Transactions are not only processed with less clicks and screens to be populated, but can also be role based and customized to further enhance the user experience.
  4. Cross-functional transparency, a benefit of SAP HANA as well as SAP S/4HANA, means a more seamless workflow. The ability to work cross-functionally and access information in different areas of the system further enables real-time analytics and insights into data across the enterprise.
  5. Simplification, which is a benefit more specific to SAP S/4HANA and is particularly important because it reduces issues with reconciliation and instead fosters a single source of truth. Transactions from FI and CO are now stored as a single line item thus improving the reliability of the data across functions.
  6. Digitalization is the final enabler to mention. SAP HANA and the Fiori UX provides the horsepower and flexibility to form a solid foundation to develop and implement a digital strategy. HCL provides end-to-end digital solutions to drive value, improve productivity, drive innovation, and dramatically improve your user and client experience.

Traditionally, innovation and transformation are associated with long, painful, and let’s not forget, expensive programs. HCL’s Agile Benefits Creation approach delivers benefits in shorter agile sprints that is aligned with a client’s internal resources and funding with minimal disruption. HCL evaluates your critical and high volume processes and will help build a business case that drives value through these enablers.

Read Part 2 of this blog, “Drive Benefits and Future IT Projects with an Agile Approach to SAP S/4HANA,” to learn more about how to achieve maximum benefits from a migration to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA.

For more information on HCL’s SAP practice, visit www.hcltech.com/systems-integration/sap.

Or to contact HCL, email integrated.applications@hcl.com.