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Streamline and Automate SAP ERP Financials Processes with Financial Close Management Software

Q&A with Susan Parcells and Michael Gilmartin of BlackLine

A big area of concern for SAP customers in finance — where questions commonly arise — centers on managing financial and accounting processes in SAP ERP systems. Automating a company’s account reconciliation, closing, and other financial processes can greatly simplify tasks and save employees valuable time and energy. During a recent SAPinsider Online Q&A, BlackLine’s Director of Finance Transformation Susan Parcells, and Michael Gilmartin, Director of Solutions Consulting, at BlackLine, answered questions and provided tips and best practices on automating and streamlining financial processes. 

The following is an abridged version of some of the questions fielded. The full transcript is available at SAPinsider Online at bit.ly/StreamlineWithBlackLine.

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How to Use Collective Processing with Business Criteria to Create a Shipment Document

The creation of a transport (shipment) document represents a very important step in the distribution chain. Generation of this document is based on numerous factors. Learn how using collective processing can help you save time when creating a shipment document. Key Concept Collective processing allows the generation of documents (shipment documents). This functionality enables you…...

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An Analysis of Simplified Sourcing on SAP S/4HANA

Learn the differences between the material requirements planning (MRP) source of supply determination in SAP ERP and the simplified sourcing logic introduced in SAP S/4HANA. Key Concept Source of determination is the process of selecting a source of supply. This process can be executed by material requirements planning (MRP) when a replenishment proposal is created…....

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Deploying SAP HANA in the Cloud

Integrated Infrastructure Means Simplified Adoption and Quick Time to Value

Want the benefits of SAP HANA but don't have the resources to maintain the database on site? Then you're not alone: Many companies are considering deploying SAP HANA in the cloud to leverage real-time capabilities without expending resources to manage the system. Through Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), SAP customers have the benefit of an integrated infrastructure that brings networking, storage, and computing into a single console, providing greater visibility into their systems. See why and how customers are deploying SAP HANA in the cloud and learn about:

  • Success stories from SAP customers running on Cisco UCS to achieve maximum efficiency
  • Service profiles that standardize configuration for a one-click provisioning process
  • How IT can be a strategic adviser to the business, rather than a cost center

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Quick Tip: Understanding the Inter-Modular Relationships of the SuccessFactors Competency Model

Competency is an important attribute of all aspects of a talent-driven process. This quick tip provides an overview of the different parts in a talent-process chain in which competency plays a role. Once you understand the interrelationships of this attribute, its characteristics can be catalogued into a single unified process.

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New SAP BusinessObjects Functionality Streamlines Data Migration

Follow this consolidated procedure to migrate SAP BusinessObjects from its source data center to a target data center environment. Easily understand what’s required for an SAP BusinessObjects migration. Key Concept SAP BusinessObjects BI (also known as BO or BOBJ) is a suite of front-end applications that allows business users to view, sort, and analyze business…...

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How to Remove Special Characters and National Character Errors from Your PMW Files

Learn how to activate conversion modules to eliminate national characters or remove special characters from your payment files. Understand how to add your own characters for exclusion in addition to standard features. Key Concept Special characters such as # and / can cause payment files to fail. Certain national characters such as æ and ö…...

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What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 SP02?

Learn about the latest updates to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 that are included in Support Package 02. Although this is not a new product version, there are many interesting and useful new updates, and detailed instructions for how to use these new components. Key Concept SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio is SAP’s flagship product when…...

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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.



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