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From Push to Pull: Deutsche Börse Group’s Approach to Digitization, Process Redesign, and Defining Sustainable User Journeys

Executive Q&A with Lars Bolanca, Head of Corporate IT

If you only try to force change from the top, you will not be able to build sustainable results. Many CIOs fall into a common trap when trying to drive their transformation projects – implementing too much too soon without getting enough support from their teams and line of business stakeholders.

In this article, Lars Bolanca, Head of Corporate IT at Deutsche Börse Group shares the company’s multi-year project and explains how they prioritized innovation within its core processes, starting with basic functions such as purchasing and travel expense before moving to customer-facing and more complex initiatives like Financial Core.

Read the article to:
- Know about the SAP and other cloud-based solutions that Deutsche Börse relies on as part of its journey;
- Learn how the company renovated its existing infrastructure and process landscape; and
- Understand how turning innovation initiatives from push to pull can be useful to gain support for innovation, align user journeys with demand, and achieve process standardization across the business.

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Leverage SAP S/4HANA - PPDS Block Planning Functionality to Optimize Production Schedule Considering High Priority Customer Anticipated Demand

As supply chains evolve in complexity, manufacturing processes are becoming more complex as well. Evolving customer demands, proliferating SKU portfolios, increasing product design complexities, and the need to reduce manufacturing cycle time, are all adding to the complexities in the manufacturing world. A typical plant today manufactures a wide gamut of products, sometimes leveraging the same production line, for a large portfolio of customers. The manufacturing planning hence becomes an optimizing act that incorporates both operational planning (like manufacturing capacity planning) as well as tactical planning (like setup time optimization, route flows etc.). So inherently, the complexities of manufacturing end up spilling into complexities of manufacturing planning as well. And with that comes the need to leverage tools and functionalities that can help manage these complexities better.

Block planning is one such feature in SAP production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PPDS), that can help manage manufacturing planning complexity better. While SAP S/4HANA PPDS can help build an optimized schedule based on setup optimization, lead time, and other factors like alternate work center consideration, tool availability, planned machine shutdowns, etc., Block Planning functionality helps in the pre-assignment of resource capacity to produce a group of products with similar characteristics. Block Planning functionality can thus help businesses serve their customers better by prioritizing high-priority customer demand and can improve production yield and efficiencies by reducing changeover time.

Read this article to be able to:
- Understand the building blocks to enable block planning functionality
- Know how to define the blocks and transfer the data to PPDS
- Learn to update PPDS – Optimizer profile to enable block planning functionality

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Leverage Bank Account Management for Payment Signatories based Payment Approvals

In today’s global and dynamic business environment, treasury departments are faced with the daunting task of managing and controlling large sets of bank accounts across diverse geographies. Some of the challenges include maintaining optimum bank structure, managing large portfolios of bank accounts and signatories, and maintaining relationships with banks. Applying the right degree of automation as well as simplifying processes is essential, according to the author of this article, Chirag Chokshi, in order to enhance efficiency.
To help the treasury department align business processes and provide control to process owners, SAP has revamped its cash & liquidity management functionality with the advent of SAP S/4HANA. Organizations that take advantage of this functionality can increase the efficiency of their payment approval process. This article explains the requisite configuration and house bank account master data needed for the Bank Relationship Management signatory-based payment approval process.

Read this article to be able to:
- Simplify the payment approval process in an SAP S/4HANA environment using SAP Fiori;
- Understand a step-by-step configuration to implement the bank account management module in SAP S/4HANA; and
- Receive an explanation of house bank master data.

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The Future of Enterprise Procurement

The future of procurement lies within the digital landscape. Not only do the benefits of its implementation greatly outweigh the costs, but they also result in very profitable returns. Digital procurement clearly demonstrates that it is far superior to manual procurement methods within the context of efficiency alone. Despite the rising popularity of digital procurement, it has not completely taken hold in many corporations to date. While many leading organizations have taken the initiative to implement such technologies and have seen nothing but success, many others are still sitting at the fundamentally early planning stages of their strategies of implementation. This raises the question: how sustainable is digital procurement in the long term?

The most successful means of digital procurement in the corporate world, according to the author of this article, Saravanan Narasimhan, is through early involvement. While there are examples of late-stage implementation in business, many have trouble aligning the necessities and demands. This thinking aligns with a popular concept in the private sector: upgrading is significantly more beneficial than introducing a new technology- an idea better known as digital transformation.

Read this article and learn:

•Why digital procurement may find itself to be a successful system of transaction within the business-vendor interactions.
•Why the return on investment for digital procurement greatly outweighs the cost of initial investment.
•What is the future of digital procurement and how it will evolve going forward?

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How to Build a Resilient and Efficient Supply Chain With Robust Sales and Operations Planning Using SAP IBP_S4HANA

Part 1: Organizational readiness

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) helps companies estimate the demand for their products/services at an aggregate volume level using some form of forecasting method and incorporating inputs from the sales and marketing teams. Many organizations, in their race to embrace technology, ignore a key ingredient for the successful implementation of their S&OP: organizational readiness. Drawing from deep experience in implementing S&OP across diverse industries, the author of this article, Ulaganathan Balakrishnan, outlines key steps that organizations should take in the preparatory phase before any system implementation.

Read this article and learn:
- An overview of sales and operations planning (S&OP) and the significant role it plays in any organization;
- Common challenges that organizations face when implementing a S&OP process; and
- A detailed framework to help you execute a successful S&OP plan.

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Connecting a Custom SAP UI5 Control to OData Services

SAPUI5 offers a large set of controls but sometimes the requirements for a developer go beyond the scope of the existing controls. An example of such advanced cases is when you want to edit and annotate PDF files using a SAPUI5 application. The SAPUI5 Custom control approach allows a developer to create a bespoke SAPUI5 control such that it is compatible with the SAPUI5 framework. This is a series of articles consisting of three major parts. The first part shows a sample application that demonstrates the use of the new custom control. The second part demonstrates how the WebViewer control is wrapped as a SAPUI5 custom control. The final part involves the development of a set of OData services that allows to read and update PDF files on the server from my SAPUI5 application.
In this article you will:
• Explore the SAPUI5 application with custom control.
• Know how to create and modify the SAPUI5 Custom Control.
• Learn to connect the custom control to OData services.

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Creating and Modifying a SAPUI5 Custom Control

SAPUI5 offers a large set of controls but sometimes the requirements for a developer go beyond the scope of the existing controls. An example of such advanced cases is when you want to edit and annotate PDF files using a SAPUI5 application. The SAPUI5 Custom control approach allows a developer to create a bespoke SAPUI5 control such that it is compatible with the SAPUI5 framework. This is a series of articles consisting of three major parts. The first part shows a sample application that demonstrates the use of the new custom control. The second part demonstrates how the WebViewer control is wrapped as a SAPUI5 custom control. The final part involves the development of a set of OData services that allows to read and update PDF files on the server from my SAPUI5 application.
In this article you will:
• Explore the SAPUI5 application with custom control.
• Know how to create and modify the SAPUI5 Custom Control.
• Learn to connect the custom control to OData services.

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Building a SAPUI5 Application with Custom Controls

SAPUI5 offers a large set of controls but sometimes the requirements for a developer go beyond the scope of the existing controls. An example of such advanced cases is when you want to edit and annotate PDF files using a SAPUI5 application. The SAPUI5 Custom control approach allows a developer to create a bespoke SAPUI5 control such that it is compatible with the SAPUI5 framework. This is a series of articles consisting of three major parts. The first part shows a sample application that demonstrates the use of the new custom control. The second part demonstrates how the WebViewer control is wrapped as a SAPUI5 custom control. The final part involves the development of a set of OData services that allows to read and update PDF files on the server from my SAPUI5 application.
In this article you will:
• Explore the SAPUI5 application with custom control.
• Know how to create and modify the SAPUI5 Custom Control.
• Learn to connect the custom control to OData services.

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Best Practices for Migrating SAP S/4HANA

With SAP ending support for Business Suite 7 effective 2027, businesses have six years to migrate to SAP's S/4HANA platform, an upgraded iteration offering advanced analytics and a consolidated approach to ERP systems. The migration requires extensive planning on everything from mapping out the time for migration, the method of implementation, and realizing what exact business value there is to be unlocked. Join us as Dr. Steele Arbeeny, Chief Technology Officer of SNP addresses the most common concerns.
In this article, you will:
Explore best practices for managing an SAP S/4HANA migration.
Get guidance on how to begin the migration.
Gather insights on the biggest roadblocks and challenges.
Learn to develop a strategy for mitigating challenges associated with migration.

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