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How to Optimize SAP APO Capable to Match for Process Industries

Learn how to meet key design challenges in the process industry for supply planning and how to overcome these challenges when the preferred engine for implementation is SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO) Capable to Match (CTM). Key Concept Generating a supply plan considering material and production capacity constraints is crucial to effective supply...

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Implement a Three-Pronged Approach for Successfully Managing Training Compliance in SuccessFactors Learning

Efficient management of compliance training is a critical need for many organizations looking at best-of-breed learning management systems. Discover how three SuccessFactors Learning tools can improve organizational training compliance through automated administration, at the same time reducing historically high HR administrative efforts and associated costs. Key Concept In SuccessFactors Learning, assignment types are used to…...

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How to Implement Execution Steps Using the Standard XSteps Library

Learn how to download, install, and use the standard Execution Steps (XSteps) library to create process instruction (PI) sheets. Learn how to use the standard XSteps to create a basic example to create a PI sheet to post a confirmation for a process order. Key Concept Process instruction (PI) sheets are the default option in…...

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Dolby Delivers Emotionally Charged Experiences with Next-Generation SAP HANA Database

Dolby Laboratories, a leader in audio, video, and voice technology, has always been on the technological cutting-edge. But when it came to internal business intelligence (BI) solutions, Dolby had room for improvement. Lengthy delays, data redundancy, and lack of agility hampered the company from deriving insights as fast as it wanted. Learn about Dolby’s journey to real-time, easy-to-use BI via SAP Business Warehouse 7.5 powered by SAP HANA. Discover how Dolby is leveraging the SAP HANA platform to transform its BI environment for dramatically faster performance, broader adoption, and immediate answers to the most pressing business questions.  

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8 Simple Steps for Creating a Successful Dashboard (Part 1): An Overview

Increasingly, business users are requesting that dashboard designers provide compelling data visualizations that outline the overall situation of a company, while at the same time demanding that this be done more quickly. This leaves less time to gather the requirements, come up with the correct data, and develop a great design. Learn how to streamline…...

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MEET THE EXPERTS

Ingo Hilgefort
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Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.



Behind the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark

On July 4, 2016, SAP, on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council, certified (Certification number: 2016035) the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark (BW-AML Benchmark) where Hitachi now ranks first for the 2 billion initial record load, see the results here.

For those of us at Hitachi, these results are no surprise. Hitachi’s converged platform, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), has been providing SAP HANA customers with a platform designed to meet the performance demands of the most data intensive environments. Our customers are witness to our commitment to delivering the highest performance systems, accompanied with highest reliability and availability available in the market.

Now you may ask, who would need to run 2 billion records and does this have a real world use case in an SAP BW environment? With massive explosion of data, and customers running databases in petabyte ranges, the answer is yes. A BW environment is very query intensive. There are nightly extracts from ERP that are loaded into the system as well as other source systems. When talking about huge databases the amount of data that is stored in BW can quickly skyrocket.

Take the retail sector for example an environment where we’ve seen big interest in our SAP HANA solutions for customers like Target Corporation, SPAR and Dennis Department Store. This $22 trillion industry with some retailers having hundreds of millions of customers on a weekly basis. It isn’t hard to imagine these retailers requiring the processing of billions of records at speeds that allow them to make business-relevant decisions in an environment where they face fierce competition every day. More and more retailers are using real time analytics to make smart business decisions so they can stay ahead of their competition. Everything from customer’s buying patterns, previous purchases, and inventory management are data that they need access to in real time. Real time access to data allows retailers to maximize every customer interaction. With the power of the SAP HANA platform, customers can access data that they could not previously access economically and in real time and Hitachi’s UCP is just the high performance converged platform they need for this environment. Hitachi’s end-to-end SAP HANA offerings provides customers with a full range of platform solutions including managed services from oXya and consulting services from HCC.

Performance and speed of business are critical for any customer that is going through digital transformation – where most initiatives drive increasing waves of new data to manage – and adopting the SAP HANA platform as one of the means to thrive. When they need to run their business in real time, customers need the peace of mind to know that the underlying platform will perform to the highest degree to meet the most demanding workloads. With Hitachi’s UCP for SAP HANA converged platform, we’re confident that this can be achieved quickly and simply while providing the customer with the highest ROI in the industry. In SAP’s words, Run Live, Run Simple. And with Hitachi’s UCP for the SAP HANA Platform, customers can make it a reality with an end-to-end solution that has proven its world-record performance.

SAP-AML Benchmark Result Details
The SAP BW Advanced Mixed Load (BW-AML) Standard Application Benchmark performed on June 24, 2016, by Hitachi in Kanagawa, Japan, with a total of 2,000,000,000 records, was certified by SAP on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council on July 4, 2016 with the following data:

Benchmark Phase 1
Number of initial records 2,000,000,000
Configuration:
Operating System, DB Server SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Operating System, Application Servers SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Database SAP HANA 1.0
Technology Platform Release SAP NetWeaver 7.50
Database server Hitachi Compute Blade 520XB3, processors / 96 cores/192 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E7-8890 v4, 2.20 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 60 MB L3 cache per processor, 1024 GB main memory

This latest world record from Hitachi was achieved using an everyday 4 socket server that can be found in most customer data centers today. It will deliver customers the performance they need for their environment without the added complexity or cost.

SAP and Hitachi are strong strategic partners and over the last few years Hitachi has made some significant investments to create an entire eco-system around SAP.  This benchmark shows the results of this partnership. This collaboration has only gotten stronger since the release of SAP HANA and we have been there with SAP since the beginning of this journey. Both companies are helping customers make their digital transformation journey a reality.

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Lessons Learned from the First Customer Implementation of SAP Cash Management Powered by SAP HANA

With the numerous changes involved in an SAP HANA implementation, a detailed explanation is required to have a good understanding of what has changed from doing an implementation strictly in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). Learn the different components and various deployment options for running SAP Cash Management on SAP HANA. This article includes details…...

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Celanese Finds a Perfect Fit in the IBM Cloud

Specialty Materials Company Moves SAP Landscape Off-Premise

With 40 SAP systems, 213 interfaces, and 30TB of data across development, test, and production environments, Celanese — a specialty materials company based in Texas — knew it needed a way to decrease its annual SAP operational costs. By partnering with IBM and leveraging IBM Cloud Managed Services for SAP, the company was able to migrate its SAP data center and transition away from a capital expense model. Learn how Celanese reduced operational costs by over 50%, increased flexibility for delivery of the SAP platform and operations, and improved service levels for its managed infrastructure.

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Selecting Suitable Delegates for Critical Staff in SAP ERP HCM

Learn how to embed standard SAP ERP HCM master data, such as requirements, restrictions, work centers, tasks, and profile-matchup results, in your SAP ERP HCM Delegation Application. Using an example of safety and trainee workers, learn how to enhance your Delegation Application to determine the most appropriate delegate when personnel who are considered to be…...

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