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Mitigate Foreign Trade Payment Compliance Risk Using the Cockpit for Documentary Payments

Learn how the Cockpit for Documentary Payments can be used to facilitate international customers’ payment compliance, thereby reducing the risk of doing foreign trade. Follow steps to implement the Documentary Payments component in SAP sales and distribution (SD). Key Concept The Cockpit for Documentary Payments provides automated financial documents to facilitate payment guarantee procedures required...

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Cloud Foundry and the Future of Cloud-Native Development on SAP Cloud Platform

Learn what Cloud Foundry is and its impact on the future of cloud-native development and SAP Cloud Platform. Key Concept With production support for Cloud Foundry scheduled with the Q2/2017 release of SAP Cloud Platform (formerly SAP HANA Cloud Platform), it’s important for developers to understand what Cloud Foundry is and the prominent role it…...

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James Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc., and IBM Corporation, where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also the author of Object-Oriented Programming with ABAP Objects (SAP PRESS, 2009), ABAP Cookbook (SAP PRESS, 2010), and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration: A Developer’s Guide (Bowdark Press, 2011). James is also a contributor to Advancing Your ABAP Skills, an anthology that holds a collection of articles recently published in SAP Professional Journal and BI Expert.



Microbattery Powers Up a New Customer-Facing Storefront

Online Battery Retailer Runs Front-End Business with SAP Anywhere

Online shopping has become the new normal – and it’s an important way for small businesses to make their products available to potential customers. But the technology supporting ecommerce is not always easy for a small business to run. This was something Microbattery knew well; its business depends on ecommerce, but the solution it employed to manage both the front and back office for its ecommerce initiative was lacking in the areas of visibility, reporting, and segregation of duties. Microbattery needed a new solution that separated the front office from the back office and gave the company more control over how it managed the customer experience. Learn how Microbattery obtained all this and more with its SAP Anywhere implementation.

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Heidelberg University Hospital Partners with SAP to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Underprivileged Patients

First-of-Its-Kind Mobile App for Cancer Screening Developed with SAP Cloud Platform

Every year, 500,000 women worldwide are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer.  To help prevent this disease, Heidelberg University Hospital developed a project using a biomarker that would help determine if a woman infected with HPV was at risk for developing cancer, enabling early, life-saving treatment for that woman. But reaching women in developing countries to screen them for cancer was a challenge. Learn how Heidelberg University Hospital, in conjunction with SAP’s Design and Co-Innovation Center, built a mobile app on SAP Cloud Platform that enabled the research group to test underprivileged women for cancer and, ultimately, save lives.  

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How AdminaHealth Helps Companies Transition to and Manage Self-Funded Healthcare Plans with SAP Business All-in-One

For many organizations, creating a self-funded healthcare plan for employees is an attractive option for managing or even reversing rising healthcare costs and insurance premiums. With these savings come new complexities, however, as many of the administrative tasks once held by the insurance companies now fall on the organization. Enter AdminaHealth – a company primed to help other organizations take those complexities out of the equation. Learn how AdminaHealth deployed SAP Business All-in-One to help its customers transition to a self-funded healthcare plan and opened lines of communication among all parties, generated automated reports for better visibility, lessened the administrative burden, and reduced healthcare costs for the companies and their employees.

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6 Steps to Adopting a Hybrid Cloud Scenario with Your SAP ECC System and SAP Cloud Platform

Learn about the steps required to get a hybrid electronic bill presentment and payment scenario set up using an SAP-delivered application in SAP Cloud Platform. Key Concept Electronic bill presentment and payment is a process that enables a company’s end customers to view their bills and make a payment in an Internet portal. SAP delivers…...

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Clearing Open Items in SAP Systems: Best Practices for Reconciliation and Automation

Q&A with Michael Gilmartin and Stephen Wolfman of BlackLine

In many finance departments, open items can pile up in the system, slowing down operations with an overabundance of unmatched transactions. These open items need to be matched and cleared as quickly as possible, but for large organizations, that can be a time-consuming and inefficient task. During a recent SAPinsider Live Q&A, this issue was tackled by BlackLine’s Michael Gilmartin, Director of Solutions Consulting, and Stephen Wolfman, Director of Product Management. These experts fielded attendees’ questions on open-item management, automation for open-item clearing, and solutions for simplifying that process. Below is an abridged transcript of the conversation. The full transcript is available on SAPinsider Online at bit.ly/ClearingOpenItems.

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Reducing SAP Licensing Cost and Risk, Including Named Users, Packages, and Indirect Access

License management for your enterprise software can be complex and, at times, expensive. It’s tempting to cut corners or allow indirect users to access the system. But doing so could open you up to liabilities and legal issues that can have a significant financial impact. Learn how you can efficiently and easily manage licenses for your SAP software, avoiding overpayments and reducing license management effort while still adhering to licensing rules.

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Tools for Making Machine Learning Easier and Smoother

Understand the concept of blockchain and explore the services released by SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service that allow users to develop blockchain scenarios.

Learn how to connect a manufacturing execution system (MES) to SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC). Understand common use cases and best practices during the implementation. Learn integration options, avoid common pitfalls, and get help planning a multi-plant system rollout. View corresponding SAP transactions that allow you to review and troubleshoot MES data

See some examples of integration solutions based on SAP-provided replication tools that you can use to integrate SAP and non-SAP applications. The tools support a wide variety of data types (structured and unstructured) and formats (including data streams).

See how to use Customizing Scout, which is part of SAP Solution Manager’s Customizing Synchronization suite. This functionality enables you to compare functional IMG configuration between two systems. These systems must be connected in Solution Manager and should be configured with the necessary authorizations. It is useful especially when manual activity is involved in a comparison of the synchronization, distribution of configuration, and master data differences between two systems.

With the exponential growth of data from multiple sources, using conventional methods for extracting it is time-consuming, costly, and resource intensive. SAP has simplified Multi-Source Universes in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 as an answer to this issue. Created with the Information Design Tool (IDT), a Multi-Source Universe can combine data from SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) with other relational databases, such as Oracle and SQL Server. See how to create a Multi-Source Universe in this step-by-step guide.

SAP BusinessObjects Cloud offers data connectivity to many on-premise and cloud data sources. You can either acquire data into SAP BusinessObjects Cloud or connect to the data source in real time without any replication. Learn how you can use each of the data sources available in SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, then review the use cases and the configuration required for them.

Discover how to apply two extensibility options to modify SAP S/4HANA business functionality.

Two paths lead the way to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). One is the more likely direction.

 Understand the impact blockchain can have on your supply chain.

This alphabetical guide to key artificial intelligence (AI) terminology can help you put AI technology to work. 

Learn about four layers behind artificial intelligence: data collection, data storage, data processing and analytics, and reporting and output.

Blockchain is the next evolution of recordkeeping, perhaps the most significant since the eighth millennium BC.

Learn about several ways to incorporate machine learning into your core functions to streamline your overall business.

See why machine learning is becoming a game changer across all sports and how it can even address the luck factor.

The blockchain has made a big impact on financial industries, but it can also have a positive effect on data and transactions across smart cities.
Artificial intelligence can help your sales efforts in seven ways.

Machine learning capability within an artificial intelligence (AI) platform is where AI is headed.

 

Emerging technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, have had a tremendous impact on the healthcare industry. With greater and more intelligent analytics, diagnostic and predictive healthcare options are improving the quality of life for patients around the world.

Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the emphasis to consumers.

Would you let an AI robot run your business? Deep Knowledge Ventures, a Hong Kong-based life science venture capital company, has already appointed an AI robot to its board of directors. Many companies are already weighing the benefits of leveraging AI-powered robots for more informed business decisions. 

Some of the world's most troubling issues — climate change, the energy crisis, healthcare, and overall safety — are being addressed with emerging technology such as artificial intelligence and big data. Analysts are gleaning more and more insights everyday to help make the world a better and safer place.

With IT working in silos, visibility into operations can be greatly limited. New technology such as machine learning can allow for cross-silo information transfer, enabling IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) to gain a broader view of data.

Review these considerations for using a global template for implementing SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll. Various decisions may positively or negatively affect your payroll implementation.

Why, for right now, deep learning is the best universal algorithm.

Many people are familiar with artificial intelligence, but what happens when the line between machine and biology begins to blur? Biomimicry, machines imitating biological systems, has many implications in the healthcare industry. As the Internet of Things continues to grow, so will the evolution of machine learning capabilities. 

As artificial intelligence becomes more prominent in our day-to-day lives — think Siri, Alexa, and self-driving cars — we need to consider how it can be applied to any industry to increase efficiency and accuracy of business processes. In the end, however, business still requires a human touch to connect with customers and provide the best service possible. 

Keep an eye on the gaming industry to see what artificial intelligence innovation is coming next.

Learn how to leverage a new technique using beacon technology to enhance a customer's overall app experience. Discover new ways to influence how people interact with their surroundings.
Read about three trends that Kevin Gidney of Seal Software expects to emerge in 2017.

While a data lake provides an economical storage option for information, it is not without its set backs. As data volumes continue to grow, it becomes more and more difficult to decipher the insights hidden within. Organizations must perform data discovery and exploratory analysis, in conjunction with analytic applications, to glean true value from their data.

Machine learning has had a tremendous impact on manufacturing today. Whether its service parts demand forecasting, new product introduction, or service parts pricing, companies can leverage artificial intelligence to optimize processes and see immediate benefits.

Millions of data points gathered from artificial intelligence are going to help fight world hunger in many ways, from improved seeds, to better application of herbicides, to analysis of plant diseases.

To be successful, companies must operate with complete transparency and gain the trust of employees and customers alike. But with fake news running rampant, it can be difficult to sift through the noise and get to the facts.

Artificial intelligence has greatly improved business processes and while many experts see its benefits, some are concerned about potential risks it could create. Around the world, business experts are beginning to discuss the considerations around regulating artificial intelligence.

Although generating high-quality, realistic synthetic data for machine learning training applications has become easier, it will never replace human-annotated training data collected in the real world. Find out why humans are still needed.
As consumers continue to show a preference for online shopping, e-commerce businesses benefit from increased revenues. Consequently, traditional brick-and-mortar retail businesses are turning to digital technologies to keep pace with the online retailers. Learn four benefits that predictive analytics can provide for a retail business.
See how the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has created a need for a more robust infrastructure to handle these devices.

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