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From idea to success Why Building In SAP Doesn’t Always Make Sense

By Clinton Jones on July 16, 2014

There is a school of thought that believes the idea of building workflows on systems outside of SAP is all about dodging SAP licenses–but in reality, this is not the case at all. The argument against building workflows within SAP falls into a number of broad categories: users, data, organization and development. Let’s use the example of a purchase requisition. The decision to build this within or outside of SAP often comes down to who participates in the process. I often use the argument that the person who sits at reception, or a factory worker, has processes that are bound… Read more

How to Become a Master Data Hero – Part Three: Designing

By Eric Moore on July 9, 2014

In parts one and two on How to Become a Master Data Hero, we explored the personas and their unique use cases for proposed solutions. When I mention a “solution,” I am referring to a web-based form. It is not unlike what you would experience when purchase something online; whether it’s travel or clothing, the buying experience is very similar. With a Winshuttle solution, you are able to put forth a web-based form to create a better user experience when interacting with SAP. To initiate the design phase, we need to identify and define the constituents and artifacts that make… Read more

Salesorder6 When to Automate Your Sales Orders – and How

By Mervyn George on July 8, 2014

I recently hosted the Logistics & HR track at the inaugural EMEA Winshuttle User Group in Brussels. My original assumption was that sales orders are seldom automated in the SAP world. This is because order-to-cash (or, in contrast, complaint-to-refund) processes differ significantly and are configured in ways that force different system behavior. Here are three examples of how the sales orders across differ: A 30% pricing discount for staff sales at a Fast Moving Consumer Goods company is introduced automatically – a result of pricing procedure determination. Retail cash sales orders at an Apparel and Footwear company might not involve… Read more

Students taking a computerized exam Teach Your Children About The Power of the Electronic Spreadsheets

By Clinton Jones on July 1, 2014

Much has been made of the inherent risk in using spreadsheets for critical statistical functions within business. A lot of the research has been undertaken independently by academics as well as by the European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group (EuSpRIG) in conjunction with the End-Users Shaping Effective Software (EUSES) consortium. Unsurprisingly the main known risks of spreadsheets cover a broad range of challenges, including human error through deliberate manipulation and general management. Nearly 90% of all spreadsheets contain accidental calculation errors, according to IT Management professor Ray Panko. With close to a billion Microsoft Office users across the globe, it is… Read more

BeFunky_Worker Network Data2.jpg How to Become A Hero-Part Two: Use Cases

By Eric Moore on June 28, 2014

In my last post, I covered the various personas of a company–the representation of the goals and behavior of a hypothesized groups that interacts with SAP. In this post, we will explore those personas and their common, yet varying, use cases. A use case is a list of steps, typically defining interactions between a persona and a system, namely SAP, to achieve a goal. In most cases the goal for each persona varies greatly. It is important to remember that each persona will approach solving their SAP problem through their own use case(s). Oftentimes, this leads to the lack of… Read more

The SAP Quiz Hey, Software Developers are fun too…

By Acacia Krebs on June 26, 2014

Created by five former IBM employees in 1972, SAP has grown to become the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer with more than 66,500 employees and more than 253,000 customers worldwide. If you’re a user of SAP, you know how vast this software is; too big, in fact, to ever learn it all. When I joined Winshuttle 6 years ago, I had no idea what SAP ERP meant. And when I was given an overview of how Winshuttle integrated with SAP, I felt like I was in a Peanuts cartoon…”Wah, Wah, Wah…” What? We developed this SAP Quiz as a… Read more

metal industy factory indoor How Dirty Data Costs You More

By Israel Rosales on June 23, 2014

Every day, we encounter customers who are attempting to manage their large data sets. During my conversations with them, I am always reminded that nothing is more important than ensuring that your master data is properly managed. Just imagine the number of material codes required to build a massive cruise ship. I would argue that large boats are one of the most complex manufacturing scenarios existing today. There is nearly no other project requiring a larger list of materials than what is required to build a ship. In most cases, a cruise ship requires over 50,000 unique material codes: Structure… Read more

businessman point on business process The ERP Paradox in Supply Chain Management Processes

By Israel Rosales on June 18, 2014

Since the early 1990s, most companies have gone through significant transformation to implement big ERP systems, such as SAP or Oracle. This change was typically driven by finance, in order to have more robust IT systems. Of course, it was not only implemented for financial reasons. In most cases, these companies ended up moving all of their disperse systems to an integrated ERP system. However, a paradox came with the ERP implementation: What was supposed to be a system to increase efficiency and competitive advantage turned out to be a system that required a huge amount data input from end-users,… Read more

Data Governance White Paper What is the difference between Data Governance and Data Stewardship?

By Kristian Kalsing on June 16, 2014

In the last couple of years companies are starting to realize the importance of data governance. Terms like “data governance” and “data stewardship” are often thrown around without clear definitions causing confusion. Without a clear understanding of what these terms actually mean, it is difficult to act on challenges faced in those areas. Data Governance is the policies, procedures and rules that govern your data. Data stewardship is the implementation of those policies, procedures and rules. It’s important to emphasize that the implementation doesn’t refer to only the tools. Data stewardship impacts people, processes and technology. Download this free white paper… Read more

Increase Big Data’s Value with Monitoring Systems

By Clinton Jones on June 10, 2014

For a portion of my career I worked in the transportation and logistics industry. I was responsible for working with a couple of technology vendors to track vehicles and articles of inventory or equipment. This concept of the real-time location system, or RTLS, became popular as an industry label in the late 1990s and actively began to be used at events like ID EXPO. The technology effectively required a matrix of RFID tags, transceivers and, in particular, the instrumentation of heavy equipment in facilities with transponders and other sensors that communicated back to a central hub and data store. A… Read more