What Did Members of the SAPinsider Community Contribute in March?

We covered SAP S/4HANA migration topics, how to improve customer experience, several ways to optimize your supply chain function, and considerations for deploying SAP to the cloud.

 

SAP S/4HANA migration will impact your SAP roles and authorizations

Michael Kummer says that many project managers tasked with leading SAP S/4HANA migrations don’t fully understand the impact this process will have on their existing role design and user authorizations. “That’s because with SAP S/4HANA, SAP has made significant changes to the business suite’s data model, resulting in thousands of changes to authorization objects, transactions, applications, and modules.” Kummer’s article walks us through these changes and provides best practices, as well as lessons learned.

COVID-19 requires shifts in planning methodologies for supply chains

Articles from our experts and contributors in March talked about important planning strategies that may need to be implemented now more than ever, including planning around make-to-order (MTO) manufacturing. In his article on this topic, Venkata Ramana Nethi teaches readers how to effectively manage MTO planning processes and avoid workarounds on month-end closing. He also provides guidance for managing material requirements planning exception messages in SAP and insights into aggregate inventory management in Part I and Part II of his two-part series.

Rajat Agrawal covers the niche area of agriculture commodities in supply chain and how to integrate SAP Trader’s and Scheduler’s Workbench and SAP Transportation Management to deal with market dynamics and changing contractual positions. He also documents risk management strategies for the manufacturing industry.

Improving customer experience

In this digital age, improving the user experience for customers as well as employees is a priority for many organizations. Dr. Marco Sisfontes-Monge provides four steps for working with SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Microsoft Office, MS Excel, and VBA to improve end-user experience.

No one-size-fits all approach for HR in times of pandemic

Human resource departments have also been tasked with navigating changes due to COVID-19. For one, “HR’s workload has increased significantly and the resources and budget required for projects that are typically lower priority than others at companies is no longer available,” says Luke Marson. Read his article to understand what HR can do to manage impacts of the pandemic and what SAP and SuccessFactors’ partners are doing to help its HCM customers.

Moving to the cloud?

Finally, Sachin Ghorpade provides the top 10 considerations for deploying SAP in public cloud. No. 1 may surprise you.


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