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April 14th, 2014 by Heather Oebel

A Cause of Delivery Errors – Similar Street Names

I never paid much attention to address prefixes and suffixes until I moved to the Pacific North West.  Among the Seattle area streets you can easily find yourself at the corner of 132nd and oddly enough – 132nd!  The official street names for one particular intersection in Kirkland, WA is 132nd Ave …


April 11th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Using Data to Manage Your Inventory Levels

Demonstration of “understocking”. Recently one of our customers asked us to clarify what we meant by “understock” and how one can use Winshuttle Query to help address understocking. The term “understocking” refers to maintaining an insufficient quantity of inventory for the demand. While organizatio …


April 11th, 2014 by Chad Bates

Heartbleed Bug Resolution -Password Change Needed- Winshuttle Help Center

Heartbleed Bug Many of you have heard of the Heartbleed Bug security vulnerability that affects OpenSSL cryptographic software library. In simple terms, this bug opens a hole in the HTTPS SSL security protocol which allows stealing of information that you thought was protected. The only customer fac …


April 10th, 2014 by Kristian Kalsing

Get Started with Master Data Governance – At Collaborate ’14

This week we at Collaborate ’14 we’re having great conversations with Oracle customers on how to improve the quality of their master data. Lots of people have been coming through the booth for demos, but we’re also giving a talk tomorrow as part of the session program. This will be a good session to …


April 7th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Kill the ‘Not Invented Here’ Attitude – For Maximum Results

Rob Enderle, CIO.co.uk writer, makes reference in his Enterprise IT resolutions for 2014 to his reading of the Healthcare.gov review. It used the example of the wheelbarrow as being exemplary of the ‘not invented here’ mindset that some people have with respect to new and different ways of doing thi …


April 7th, 2014 by Chad Bates

How Can We Serve You Better? We’re All Ears

Talking about listening is one of those topics that just sounds funny. As ironic or counter intuitive as it might sound, this post is all about listening. So, in a format that does not allow for initial feedback, I need to tell you something. I genuinely want to listen to what you have to say. Winsh …


April 2nd, 2014 by Clinton Jones

The Rise of the Robots in the Back Office

At the SAPInsider Financials show, in Orlando, this past March, my colleague and I conducted a small experiment with a small number of conference delegates. To determine attendees opinions on what automation means to their work and how they viewed the importance of automation in the context of their …


April 1st, 2014 by Bernard Haddad

SAP and Salesforce Integration – There’s now an easier way

We’ve noticed more SAP customers are choosing Salesforce to both improve their sales follow-up activities and better inform their sales managers of their results and forecasts. In addition to managing sales efforts, Salesforce offers quite a few customer service features, which flags when follow-up …


March 30th, 2014 by Chad Bates

Winshuttle’s Obvious (because marketing wouldn’t let me call it dumb) Question Contest

For many years, I was a trainer, teaching users how to use software, such as Excel and SAP. To engage the class and help my students learn, I always encouraged my students to ask questions. I began all my classes by informing my students that there are no dumb questions. If they did not know the ans …


March 27th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Finance Transformation – How to Buy Back Time

Patrick Leonard and Fred Hargrove’s Finance Transformation Challenges white paper covers finance transformation. They found that even though business literature on finance transformation is abundant, “most of what is available -focuses on the drivers of finance transformation, the ‘Why,’ the ’What’ …


March 25th, 2014 by Sigrid Kok

Master Data: How to Avoid Issues with the Requestor’s Process

“Paper Trail After Completing US Taxes” by James Morris is licensed under CC BY. This time of year, those of us in the US are scrambling to get our taxes in by the April 15th deadline.  Even if we have someone prepare our taxes for us, we have a lot of preparation to do.  The process can take a larg …


March 21st, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Manual Journals: is your lack of control an issue?

Manual journal entries are considered high-risk transactions for a number of reasons, including their susceptibility to fraud and overriding of controls.  So, with all of the concerns here are some of the important aspects to consider to ensure you have full control over your journal entry process. …


March 20th, 2014 by David Coerchon

Avoid Data-Entry Marathons with Winshuttle

“Marathon Hamburg: Otto (3:18:26)”by Klaus Friese is licensed under CC by By 2.0″ I’m a long distance runner, with over 10 marathons under my belt. Running is my opportunity to clear my head, since I spend a large amount of time training. On my long runs, especially when I reach the 30 kilometers ma …


March 19th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

VA01 Sales Order Creation: How to Avoid Annoying Pop-ups

Anyone who has cut their teeth into working with Winshuttle and SAP has probably come to realize that Sales Order Creation transactions like VA21 and VA01 work differently from transactions like FB50, ME21 or ME51. In the sales order process, just as for procurement and some other areas of SAP, you …


March 17th, 2014 by Kristian Kalsing

Announcing the Workflow Dashboard Beta Program

Winshuttle Foundation includes advanced workflow capabilities that companies are using to optimize internal processes for collecting, reviewing and approving data before it is loaded into the ERP back-end. Often replacing very manual email-based processes, these solutions offer an immediate benefit …


March 16th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Winshuttle Customers at SAP Insider Financials 2014

The SAP Insider Financials 2014 show kicks off in Orlando this week and I am pleased that two important Winshuttle customers will be speaking! Rowan Alaska LeTourneau Technologies 84-S Class Jack-up Offshore Rig First, Andy Hart from Rowan Companies, will present solutions to overcoming common chall …


March 11th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Sticking with Spreadsheets for Budgeting

Our latest survey with ACCA revealed that an estimated 90% of businesses are still using spreadsheets for budgeting and forecasting, despite the inherent risks associated with this tremendously flexible tool. At the same time, more than half the respondents also said that they were happy with the cu …


March 9th, 2014 by Scot Madill

What Should We Do With SharePoint Now?

Until recently being surpassed by Office 365, SharePoint was the fastest-growing server product Microsoft has ever had. According to Microsoft, SharePoint is used by 78% of Fortune 500 companies. Most of us are keenly aware why it has such high popularity, including offering a wide array of features …


March 6th, 2014 by Eric Moore

Powerful Collaboration at SPC14

My third day at the SPC14 proved to be the most productive. I met with several people whom either knew about Winshuttle or simply wanted to learn more. Our conversations were a sharing of ideas and thoughts on the new SharePoint announcements and news. During an hour and half long executive round ta …


March 6th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Is the cloud killing IT departments?

There’s a school of thought suggests that SaaS and the cloud are killing off IT departments in companies of all sizes. It also projects that at least a third of existing IT organization will be left behind to sustain and provide on-site technical assistance à la IT Crowd’s Moss and Roy. While this t …


March 6th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

What You Don’t Know About Your SAP Transactions Is Costly

Recently, I revisited a 2010 SCN blog I had written entitled The right data in the right place at the right time with desktop tools. The discoveries at the time of writing, were made by a colleague of mine based on analysis of Winshuttle customers using Winshuttle Studio and Transaction to load or u …


March 5th, 2014 by Eric Moore

Highlights of SPC 2014 – Bridging Gaps Between SAP and SharePoint

At the close of day two, my general impression of the SharePoint conference so far is: strange timing. The conference comes after SharePoint 2013 has just reached an SP1 milestone, and for an informed attendee there isn’t much to discover. Microsoft has the same focus as last year, on applications, …


March 4th, 2014 by Eric Moore

SharePoint Conference 2014 Takeaways

After the close of first day of this year’s SharePoint Conference I’d like to share my key takeaways.  The key themes of the conference are altering the way we work together to ensure we maximize our efforts. As Bill Clinton, the keynote speaker, took the stage, I assumed he would be speaking about …


March 3rd, 2014 by David Coerchon

Revamp Your SAP Environment to Be Lean & Sustainable

When we speak with customers or prospects, they are often speak fondly of the efficiency of their corporate operations. They have implemented lean management improvements methods for their SAP environments. Their improvements can be measured in terms of costs, time, information improvement, stock re …


March 3rd, 2014 by Jim O'Farrell

Part 2: SAP User Process Analytics

Deepening SAP User – Process Understanding Recently, I wrote about the benefits of focusing transaction analysis on SAP processes such as order to cash, record to report, procure to pay, and material management in a blog post dated February 19th.  The discussion centered on using factors like transa …


February 24th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Which Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) should be used for your finance organization?

Becoming more strategic to the business is an increasingly important aspiration for finance organizations. There is a constant need for commercially astute and sound financial analysis of how the business is doing.  Better analysis with deeper consideration and qualification helps the business strat …


February 24th, 2014 by Eric Moore

SPC14, Winshuttle and the Peanut Butter Cup Effect

I grew up in the 80′s with corny music, goofy movies and ridiculous fashion styles. However, there is something we can learn from an early 80′s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial. Which leads me to our peanut butter cup effect: “Your SharePoint is in my SAP! Your SAP is in my SharePoint!” Today, S …


February 24th, 2014 by Chad Bates

Winshuttle Support Portal Updates

To best support our customers, we’re constantly adding new information to the Winshuttle Support Knowledge Base.  Our authors include a wide range of experts, including our support analysts, services consultants, product managers, or documentation writers. This week we are making changes to make it …


February 21st, 2014 by Tiffani Marsing

Useful Tips to Customize SAP

SAP is the largest business software company in the world. That means, as a new user, you join a diverse and robust global community! Luckily that translates to hundreds of tips and tricks on the internet to help you get the most out of your experience. I’ve short listed a few of my favorite for you …


February 19th, 2014 by Jim O'Farrell

SAP Process and Transaction Process Rules – Identifying process innovations in your SAP environment

Are you interested in identifying usability gaps in your SAP environment?  My colleagues and I have been examining repetitive processes, transactions and data that have emerged from over four years of gathering hundreds of SAP customers’ ST03N transaction data.  If you are “up on” our BVA process – …


February 17th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Five Rules to Maximize Your Data Reporting Effectiveness

Five Rules to Maximize Your Data Reporting Effectiveness What would you say is the most important commodity to any company’s success? I would argue that data is the most vital commodity to any company’s success. In fact data is probably the main reasons your company implemented an ERP solution like …


January 13th, 2014 by Israel Rosales

The Heavy Cost of Dirty Data And How to Clean It Up

I would assert that if asked- most companies agree that clean Master Data is incredibly important to their success. In a previous post we pointed out the importance of Master Data and the need to educate employees on the role of clean data. If all companies understand that Master Data is vital, why …


January 9th, 2014 by Clinton Jones

Strategic Finance – The new call to order

As we close the book on 2013, it’s time to take stock of what’s ahead for the coming year. The prevailing mood seems to be cautious optimism: the economy continues to improve and companies are becoming more confident about pursuing new opportunities. For finance groups, this means continued transiti …


January 8th, 2014 by Jim O'Farrell

Eli Lilly, Six Sigma and Winshuttle’s Business Value Assessment

  Recently, David Lane, SAP Lead Architect with Eli Lilly, delivered an excellent overview of how he led his team to drive process innovation within their order to cash team.  The significant message here was how David weaved the quantitative results from the Winshuttle BVA with qualitative results …


January 3rd, 2014 by Clinton Jones

The Automation Paradox – Proceed with Caution

In this new year of 2014- we are living in an automation paradox. The ability to automate processes doesn’t always provide the optimal and desired results.  We have the ability to automate many processes, but how cautious do we need to be? A recent article appeared in the IEEE spectrum on “the autom …


January 3rd, 2014 by Jim O'Farrell

New insights related to “SAP process improvement forecasting”

With 2013 winding down, our product marketing team had an opportunity to analyze usage trends leveraging insights gained from Winshuttle transaction logs. This process entails analyzing and segmenting SAP transactions by industry using metrics such as transaction complexity and time savings to highl …


December 31st, 2013 by Israel Rosales

“Crawl-Walk-Run”: Improving Your Master Data Step by Step

In the previous post, we discussed how to determine the current status of master data in your organization. We also introduced a progressive, three-step “crawl-walk-run” strategy to elevate your master data to the next level. Here, we will walk through this process using a real-life example from an …


December 30th, 2013 by Heather Oebel

Design Patterns – how they help you save a lot of time

We bet we can guess one of your biggest business headaches without even surveying you. By listening to our thousands of customers we’ve heard the same issue – coming up over and over again; manual processes! These manual processes are slowing down how responsive workers can be, not only due to data …


December 30th, 2013 by Kristian Kalsing

Reduce Time-to-Market for Consumer Packaged Goods

If you are a regular grocery shopper, you’ll notice there are often new products on the shelf. Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies are constantly bringing new products to market. One way they are trying to stay ahead of the competition is by reducing the time-to-market. Being first to market wit …


December 26th, 2013 by Mervyn George

What are the Components of a Perfect SAP End-User?

I recently spent a day with a data manager at an Oil and Gas industry company. Observing this data manager provided an ah-ha moment, that I hadn’t thought of before. What skills are necessary for the perfect SAP end-user? The focus of the day was to design and simplify their automation of their vend …


December 20th, 2013 by Jim O'Farrell

NatSteel uses “Secret Sauce” to reduce material creation processing by 30%!

  Heading into the New Year is always a great time for all of us to pause and reflect on progress made over the last 12 months. Many of us are reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, what we are working on and looking ahead to the excitement that lies ahead for 2014! What’s so exciting about 201 …


December 17th, 2013 by Clinton Jones

Why you are not worried about SEPA and IBANs

  I have been scratching my head about the concerns of the upcoming SEPA and IBAN conversion deadline. Although the deadline, February 1st, 2014, is quickly approaching, a large number of attendees to a recent Winshuttle Webinar  revealed that they have yet to put their final SEPA and IBAN conv …


December 17th, 2013 by Clinton Jones

Defy the Spreadmart Wave – Accurate Data at Your Finger Tips

You know the old saying that “Knowledge is Power”? While I still believe that it is absolutely true today, the ability to access mass amounts of data has created a new issue.  There is now an overabundance of data and often company “knowledge” is inaccurate. How does your company handle your data? A …


December 5th, 2013 by Israel Rosales

How to Accelerate your Master Data Maturity

How to Accelerate your Master Data Maturity In my previous blog post, “What is Your Current Data Maturity Level”, we described the 5 levels of master data maturity. The level descriptions allow you to determine your companies’ Master Data Maturity Level. It’s evident that company’s maturity levels v …


December 2nd, 2013 by Clinton Jones

How to Use Excel for Budgeting with Effective Results

In today’s business climate, Finance departments are expected to place an increasing amount of effort into the budgeting process. The increasing pressure to manage rolling budgets and preliminary results are indicated from our Winshuttle ACCA survey. Almost 90%, of more than 1500 respondents, contin …


November 21st, 2013 by Israel Rosales

What Is Your Current Master Data Maturity Level?

In the previous post, Master Data as an Asset, I noted the importance of handling your master data with the respect it deserves—that is, as a valuable asset. The first step to improving your organizations master data is to identify your maturity level. After all, we need to learn how to walk before …


November 20th, 2013 by Clinton Jones

ACCA Winshuttle Global Budgeting & Planning Questionnaire 2013

Founded in 1904, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification.  ACCA is one of the largest and fastest-growing global accountancy bodies with 154,000 members and 432,000 students in …


November 15th, 2013 by Clinton Jones

Custom Development vs. “Off the Shelf” COTS Software

Chances are high you’ve likely made a significant investment in your ERP and back office systems. Yet changing business environments require you to either build additional infrastructure or buy a 3rd party product.  It’s necessary to in order to expand integration capacity or to update the front end …


November 11th, 2013 by Vikram Chalana

Heroes at the Winshuttle User Group 2013

Winshuttle turned 10 this year and we just wrapped up a gathering of almost 400 customers, partners, and employees at the Winshuttle User Group (WUG) conference. The event was an unqualified success! The location — Coronado Island in San Diego — was outstanding, the logistics were impeccable, and …


October 23rd, 2013 by Israel Rosales

Master Data as an Asset

Frequently, we find that our customers have a clear challenge: bad quality in their master data. However, most of the time the affected company is only aware of the consequences and not of the real source. An example: Company X from foods distribution sector paid last year 2 million USD in penalties …