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The following articles are written by SAP experts, contributors from the SAPinsider Community, and SAPinsider’s skilled team of editors and research analysts. From technical guides to thought leadership pieces, these articles contain essential insights to help SAP customers solve day-to-day challenges, understand what types of decisions organizations need to be making, and receive lessons learned from other SAP customer experiences.

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    By Dr. Marco Sisfontes-Monge

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    An Introduction to DataOps: A New Approach to Acting on Large Volumes of Information Faster and More Effectively

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    Are You Ready for SAP S/4HANA? The Time Is Now

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    Operational Excellence: Achieving S&OP Success

    The majority of companies that have implemented S&OP do not have a fully mature process in place, leaving gaps between a company’s current S&OP process and what is possible. Many report they are “going through the motions,” lack executive support, struggle with end-to-end integration of their supply chains, and continue to operate in functional silos. Arguably, the biggest…
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    Taking AI from Buzzword to Reality

    For many companies, determining where and how to apply artificial intelligence (AI) technology for business gain can be an elusive objective as leaders grapple with understanding its complexity. Viakem, an 81-year-old specialty chemicals manufacturer based in Mexico, recently completed a successful AI initiative to support its HR function. As part of the initiative Viakem’s CIO…
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    Leverage SAP Integrated Business Planning for Forecasting

    Robust is a difficult term to define. It’s something that is useful for the organization, something that makes sense. A robust demand forecasting process must be able to handle variances in demand and enable control your supply chain — with the intent of avoiding situations where you have 1,000 days of inventory or are missing…
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    A Beginner’s Guide to Spend Analysis

    By Shashi Jina, Research Director, SAPinsider and Kumar Singh Research Director, SAPinsider This article is the first in a series of five articles that will explore the fundamental and strategic aspects of spend analysis. While the imperatives today are more focused on providing enhanced products and services to customers, there is no denying that controlling…
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    Building Best in Class Sales & Operations Planning Teams

    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, SAPinsider It is All about Teams A highly collaborative process like Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is all about the team. How you design your core S&OP or Integrated Business Planning (IBP) team may end up determining the magnitude of the effectiveness of your S&OP process. The approach suggested in…...…
  6. Video: Sanofi Streamlines Thousands of New Business Roles in User Access Management Update

    At the same time that Sanofi was working on COVID-19 vaccines, it was also migrating from SAP ERP Central Component System to SAP S/4HANA. This was an ambitious undertaking considering the unique economic environment, the firm’s multinational reach, and the heavily regulated nature of the pharmaceutical industry. As part of this effort, the company updated…
  7. Evolve Your Manufacturing Execution System (MES) into a Digital Twin- in the Cloud

    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, SAPinsider   What exactly is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)? You will find a plethora of definitions of Manufacturing execution systems. But to put it in the simplest possible way, MES systems are computerized systems that help with the following three aspects in a manufacturing environment: Tracking…
  8. Five Stages of Disruption: A Digital Supply Chain perspective

    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, SAPinsider                                                     A disruptive technology will not be “disruptive” during all stages of its life While every other provider, vendor, and “expert” is shouting about digital…
  9. Workflow Extensions With SAP Business Technology Platform — Your Highway to the Cloud

    It is fascinating to witness the differences between how organizations handle workflows within their business processes and business process management operations. One organization may have a straightforward process with standard use cases and related business applications. Another organization may handle workflows very differently related to how they manage activities and the individuals contributing to the…
  10. A New Era In Analytics: SAP BusinessObjects and Journey to the Cloud

    Over the last three decades, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise has amassed an immense userbase. As a leading solution for enterprise and ad hoc reporting, users continue to rely on the software to compile large amounts of data into universes for analytical modeling and report against it. However, as changes in the market occurred and the needs…