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Wolfgang Knobloch of IBM on Innovations in the Cloud

In this video, Wolfgang Knobloch, SAP Offering Manager for IBM Cloud, explores the new features coming to IBM Cloud, including integrated managed service offerings for SAP applications, on-demand SAP HANA appliances, and more. Katie Farrer, THINK Leaders Producer: I’m Katie Farrer here with Wolfgang Knobloch. He is the SAP Offering Manager for IBM Cloud. Thank...

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Manage Promotion Planning in SAP APO

Learn how promotion planning can be configured in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) to model special events or promotions separately from the normal forecasting process. Follow a step-by-step procedure to configure and run the associated master data objects, run simulations, and interpret the results. Key Concept Promotion Planning is a special feature provided…...

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HR Connections: Mike Timm on Streamlining Payroll Processing

  Mike Timm, Founder and Managing Partner, Integrated Consulting Group, discusses the SAPinsider HR 2016 Vienna event, SAP Payroll Control Center functionality, and streamlining payroll processing in the latest installment of HR Connections. This is a slightly edited transcript of the discussion: Ken Murphy, SAPinsider: Hi, this is Ken Murphy with SAPinsider and this is…...

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How to Trigger SuccessFactors Onboarding from SAP ERP HCM

Learn the steps for extracting and transferring employee pre-hire data from SAP ERP HCM to SuccessFactors Onboarding to complete the on-boarding process. The integration scenarios discussed use SAP Process Integration (SAP PI) as the middleware. Learn how to transfer the employee pre-hire data in a secure way, automatically, thereby avoiding having to upload data manually…....

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Live from SAPinsider Studio: San Diego Gas & Electric on Mitigating SoD Conflicts

Paul Malin, Financial Systems Client Support Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric, joins SAPinsider Studio at the SAP GRC 2016 event to discuss San Diego Gas & Electric’s journey to upgrade its GRC system. Ken Murphy, SAPinsider: Hi, this is Ken Murphy with SAPinsider. I’m at the SAPinsider GRC event 2016, in Las Vegas,…...

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SAP's Business Intelligence Strategy and Roadmap: Latest Functionality and Future Direction

View this session in its entirety from SAPinsider’s BI2016 conference. Blair Wheadon, GM of Data Discovery at SAP, provides an up-to-date guide to SAP’s BI and analytics portfolio, including new and planned functionality, and product convergence strategy roadmap. Come away armed with the ability to make smart investment decisions around your organization’s future business analytics program,…...

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What went wrong? 7 Steps to Breathe New Life into a Stalling S&OP Process

View this session in its entirety from SAPinsider’s Logistics and SCM2016 event. Learn the most effective ways to revitalise your S&OP process, including tips to extend upon the functionality you already own and the criteria to use when considering new technology options. You will: Understand how to assess your current S&OP process objectively in order…...

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6 Questions to Ask Your Cloud Service Provider Before Moving SAP to the Cloud

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 requirements, plan your migration, and execute. Before you take the plunge, ask yourself these six basic questions:

1. How do you assure performance?

Many CSPs will not or cannot provide service-level agreements (SLAs) around performance. Companies looking to move their mission-critical SAP workloads to the cloud must have confidence that the systems will perform in the cloud as well as they do on premises — if not better. Understanding how the CSP will manage potential “noisy neighbor” issues is an important component to consider when choosing a provider.

2. What is the billing methodology?

One of the advantages of cloud deployment is the flexible billing when compared to old, managed hosting models. Some clouds charge based on the resources allocated, but offer the option to shut down systems when not in use to limit costs. A small number of providers take this a step further and offer true consumption-based billing, similar to how the power company bills per kilowatt used.

3. Where are your data centers located?

The end-user experience should always play a role in the decision making process. It is critical that the perceived performance does not decrease when moving systems to the cloud. Latency is a concern whenever moving systems off premises. Some applications are highly resilient to latency, but others require multiple round-trips during communication sessions. Having data centers in advantageous locations is important when choosing where to host cloud workloads.

4. When can you start a migration?

An SAP migration is a complex, time-consuming process. Customers can be more confident in a CSP that has the expertise and experience of migrating SAP workloads to the cloud, and can trust their recommendations.

5. Who are your customers?

It is important for CSPs to provide a list of reference customers that include enterprises of similar scope, size, and motivations. Knowing that Global 2000 companies run their production SAP S/4HANA systems in the CSP’s environment can be reassuring for prospective customers.

6. Why are you different than others in the space?

Knowing what, if anything, separates one CSP from another is important because this will help you to understand what additional value can be gained by moving to the cloud. Spinning up VMs or allocating more storage on demand are table stakes for most CSPs. Others specialize in the SAP world and have purpose-built clouds to ensure that SAP HANA runs as expected and SAP has the uptime and performance assurances required for mission-critical applications. Additionally, a small number of CSPs focus on innovation in the SAP world.




How to Apply Two Advanced Features of BusinessObjects Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office, to BusinessObjects Design Studio

Learn about the integration between two key SAP BusinessObjects tools: BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office, and Design Studio. Specifically, two features, calculations and conditional formatting, are not in Design Studio natively, but are enabled when you integrate them with BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office. Key Concept BusinessObjects Design Studio is positioned as a…...

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Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.