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How to Integrate Warehouse Processes with SAP TM for a Shipper Scenario

Learn how to set up the integration between SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM), SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), and SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). When a customer places an order to transport a product with pickup from a warehouse, end-to-end process integration between warehouse operations and execution, transportation planning, and the freight settlement (based on...

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Real-Time Operational Reporting with SAP HANA Live

Get an overview of the hundreds of SAP HANA Live (formerly part of the Composite Analytic Framework, or CAF) views that you can use to enable real-time operational reporting and analytics. Using this approach, companies can use standard views directly as data sources for reporting. This approach also enables companies to form an alternative foundation…...

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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Transaction Code PPOME

Gain a detailed explanation of transaction code PPOME, its layout, and the functionalities behind buttons, icons, and menu items. All the information that can be accessed using this transaction is introduced, along with exact access points. Learn how to customize the look and feel of transaction code PPOME based on your company’s needs. Key Concept…...

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Live from SAPinsider Studio: Epson America on BI, Building SAP HANA Business Case

Abishek Uppal, BI Project Leader, Epson America, joins SAPinsider Studio at the 2015 Reporting & Analytics event in Las Vegas to discuss the company’s business intelligence (BI) use and roadmap. This is an edited transcript of the discussion: Ken Murphy, SAPinsider: Hi, this is Ken Murphy with SAPinsider, and I’m here at the SAPinsider Reporting…...

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Protect Critical Nodes in Transaction Code SPRO with Email Alerts

Learn how to generate email alerts on the display or change of any critical node in the SAP Customizing IMG (transaction code SPRO) using an implicit enhancement option. For example, if any user wants to display or change rule maintenance of Bank Communication Management, which is a very critical part of the configuration, the system…...

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How to Design a Planner Workbench for Improving Planning Productivity

The standard SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) interface helps production planners update different planning objects and their parameters effectively, but requires drilldowns and extensive screen navigations. Designing a custom interface to carry out planning is necessary. Learn how to design an interface that can help you improve productivity. Key Concept A Planner Workbench helps you…...

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What New Mandates Mean for Multinationals in Latin America

Governments throughout Latin America take tax collection seriously, and several countries are implementing comprehensive steps to reduce tax evasion, prevent fraud, and maximize their revenues. In fact, Mexico recently withheld more than $384 million in value-added tax (VAT) refunds to three multinationals, including Colgate and Unilever, as it carefully scrutinized their operations. Multinational companies operating in this region need to manage compliance proactively, monitoring trends to determine the next area of operations that will be affected and updating processes accordingly.

Mexico is on the move to collect from multinational organizations, and is using technology to do so. A recent study by Mexico’s tax authority showed that by implementing mandatory electronic invoicing, the Mexico Tax Administration Service (SAT) was able to increase VAT collection by more than 34% in the first half of 2014.  Other Latin American countries are following Mexico’s lead, hoping to close leakage and ensure that monies due to the government are fully collected with the help of electronic invoicing mandates. With tax payments becoming a key target throughout Latin America, organizations need to understand how they will configure their SAP accounting systems in order to survive audits and, more importantly, maximize deductions. 

With VATs averaging 18% across Latin America, multinationals are contending with millions in tax remittances. And with 10 countries in Latin America now enacting electronic invoicing and integrated VAT reporting to ensure they collect every peso, reais, and penny, now is the time to re-examine a regional platform approach to government compliance. This means ensuring that your SAP systems are prepared to face these new realities of 2016:

  • Colombia joins the rank of mandated electronic invoicing. According to its November 2015 announcement, more than 50,000 companies are expected to transition by the end of 2017. Multinationals will definitely be among the first catalog of participants expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Mexico continues its enforcement of eContabilidad reporting. Remember that the teeth of this legislation didn’t take effect until September 2015, and many large organizations had Amparos that allowed them to delay their implementations last year.  It’s expected that further court cases will advance this legislation.  And, of course, there are rumblings of a new CFDI 3.3 e-invoicing standard.
  • Peru has mandated that more than 12,000 companies transition to electronic invoicing, with go-live deadlines in both July 2016 and December 2016.
  • Uruguay has mandated that all companies with in-country revenue greater than $1.5 Million USD transition to e-invoicing and daily summary reports by December 2016.
  • And Brazil, as always, has legislative changes.

Will you be reactive or proactive to these legislation changes? Is your organization fully aware of the effects they will have on your SAP Orders to Cash, Procure to Pay, and Record to Report processes?

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Thursday, February 4th at 2pm ET on the topic of How to manage e-invoicing and tax legislation changes in Brazil & Mexico in 2016 to learn about how to reduce the risk and cost of maintaining compliance, while lowering supply chain costs and improving cash flow across Latin America. The replay will be available via the above registration link post-webinar.

 

Steve Sprague is the Vice President of Product Strategy for Invoiceware International. He is responsible for both product management and e-Invoicing regulatory updates. Over the last 16 years, he has designed solutions for SAP ERP that deliver out-of-the-box compliance for Latin America and European Union e-invoicing and fiscal reporting requirements.

 

 




Cost Benefits of SAP HANA in the Cloud

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 offer. SAP HANA cloud would be the perfect solution, to save your organization money and time on hardware, but still reap the business benefits and boosted performance SAP HANA is sure to deliver.

SAP HANA is more affordable than you think. Many businesses can get apprehensive when contemplating an SAP HANA solution. The servers for onsite enterprise application hosting that are required particularly for SAP HANA appliances, with their optimized processors, optimized memory, and redundant hardware can incur an additional investment. One such solution is to leverage your existing hardware to build a tailored data integration (TDI) solution, but it can be complex and requires additional external support.

It’s important to note that SAP HANA’s Hardware data compression reduces server requirements, cutting hardware expenses altogether. SAP HANA’s ability to dissolve boundaries between transactional, operational, and analytical functions cuts middleware, slashing software costs. On top of that, SAP HANA is easier and less time-consuming to optimize and use than other SAP implementations, which means less money spent on administrative and development. Your mileage may vary based on needs, existing licenses, and other factors, but if you still view SAP HANA as a pricey luxury, it’s time to take another look.

A recent cost-based analysis conducted by analyst group Forrester shows that migrating an SAP implementation to SAP HANA can save money — even on hardware. An average organization would save 37% on the TCO over just 3 years — and that doesn’t even factor in the real time business benefits that SAP HANA provides.

A managed cloud can make SAP HANA even more affordable.  By leveraging the right SAP HANA cloud partner you can actually save even more money when implementing or migrating to SAP HANA. For example, Symmetry’s SAP HANA cloud services can cut costs across the board, saving you up to 50% on hardware, alone. Our partners only pay for the hardware they use, which means you won’t have to stock up on extra hardware for future growth.

Symmetry’s managed IT services can save even more on the design, migration, and day-to-day operation of your SAP HANA cloud. Our SAP-certified team provides a complete range of SAP Managed Services, and boast some of the best customer satisfaction ratings in the industry. We’ll keep your system optimized, stable and secure, leaving your internal IT free to focus on strategic goals.

Symmetry’s cloud disaster recovery services provide further savings. You’ll pay a low monthly rate, covering only the resources used. In an emergency, you could quickly scale up to a backup installation. To have that flexibility with onsite DR, you’d need to build and operate an entire redundant system. And with your cloud disaster recovery safe in our secure data center, your data will be secure even if a flood or fire damages your facilities.

Early adopters will thrive in the SAP HANA cloud. SAP HANA goes way beyond incremental improvement. It’s a blazingly fast system that cuts software complexity, allowing businesses to revolutionize mission critical applications while saving money. Join the Symmetry SAP HANA cloud while your competitors still think it’s just a costly frill. By the time they figure it out, they’ll have some serious catching up to do.

For more information to get started with Symmetry’s SAP HANA cloud solution, request a free quote.




Tips and Best Practices for Transitioning from SAP BW 7.0 to SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA

Learn how to prioritize, implement, and deliver selected SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA capabilities to maximize its benefits to your organization. Key Concept Features such as Eclipse-based querying and design capabilities, SAP HANA Analysis Process (HAP), and Open Operational DataStore (ODS) views are available in SAP BW 7.4 on SAP HANA (Support Package Stack…...

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