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Less IT is better IT for Salesforce and Excel users

By Bernard Haddad on August 14, 2014

Let’s say you are an account executive using Salesforce while you are travelling for work. What are your options if you need to update your sales activity?  It would be easier to download your accounts into MS Excel to document your activity, comments and next steps.  However, how are your going to update your contacts and activities when you return to the office ? Are you honestly going to re-type all of your data, copy and paste task by task, contact by contact?  You could submit a request to your IT department to create a program to upload your activity from your spreadsheet… Read more »


h8 How to Become a Master Data Hero – Part Four: Usage

By Eric Moore on August 13, 2014

Greetings, I am back again with part four of my five part series: How to Become a Master Data Hero. In this part, we will explore usage and test management. Now that you have designed your solution, you will need to test it in a given environment. The following advice should help clarify your thinking about solution testing and help you improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your testing. It is helpful to think about testing in terms of five essential elements: A test strategy that tells you what types of testing and the amount of testing you think will work best at finding… Read more »


pulse Monitoring the Pulse and Rhythm of Your Business

By Clinton Jones on August 11, 2014

Athletes know it’s important to constantly monitor their vital signs, manage pulse rates and breathing to optimize for peak performance. Business managers also know that the business also has a daily pulse and periodic rhythm. To optimize financial performance the vital signs must be measured and analysed in the business just as they are in athletic sports. To do this you need the right tools for capturing the vital signs and the right tools for analyzing them. Where an athlete would turn to a heart rate monitor the financial accounting team recognize the importance of maintaining comprehensive data in the… Read more »


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 »


h8 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 »