Mar 3, 2014

Revamp Your SAP Environment to Be Lean & Sustainable

When we speak with customers or prospects, they 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 reduction and even working capital turns. However, there is a lot left to desire. After discussing what’s working for them, the discussion naturally diverts on their wish list for their ERP system.  We often hear frustrations on the lack of flexibility, scalability and lack of ease of use, especially for administrative tasks and for data entry. The decision on which ERP… Read more

Mar 3, 2014

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 transaction volume, process complexity, time savings and other metrics as a way to determine SAP business processes to improve.  Now let’s take a further look at these analytics by drilling deeper into the SAP transaction data – and get to the actual user level of analysis.  After conducting thousands of user interviews, value assessments, analyzing… Read more

May 21, 2012

Onsite Observations

As many of you know, part of Winshuttle’s core value is the capacity enablement or productivity gains associated with the variety of ways you can manage SAP data (e.g. data extraction, upload, workflow use cases). Recently, we conducted several onsite value assessment projects where we analyzed SAP transactions, identifying key processes and users. Then we spent 20-30 minutes with each of them to uncover more details about the specific ways they are using the identified processes. This post is really just about some of the observations from these onsite discussions with real SAP users that process business transactions on a… Read more

Mar 27, 2012

Workflow Usability – Assessing Time and Value

In recent blogs, my discussions have focused on the value associated with changing business processes from a workflow usability perspective—for example, the time savings and capacity enablement realized from streamlining a multi-screen material master data update or leveraging the ability to round trip data from SAP, updating in Excel and uploading to SAP. However, there is another significant area of cost savings associated with improving business processes: the original development and ongoing change management associated with business process innovation. So, in this blog and the next one, we will focus on a couple of key areas where this is clearly… Read more

Dec 5, 2011

Confidence intervals and their importance to our value assessment process

Thanks to everyone for their feedback on my recent posting related to our new tools and processes for higher quality value assessments. In fact, there were several requests for a more in depth walk through of what is a confidence interval, why is it helpful and how do you calculate it. So to keep it interesting, please check out the following 9 min. video clip, highlighting a brief background on confidence intervals and their value to the Winshuttle BVA process. As always – keep those comments and questions coming in!   [wp_lightbox_flowplayer_anchor_text_video link=”″ width=”900″ height=”600″ text=”Click here to watch the… Read more

Nov 15, 2011

SAP Process Time Savings Part 2

In a prior blog, I discussed the work that we are doing to improve the confidence in our business value assessment process and metrics. I highlighted an example of ME21N (Create Purchase Order) – the challenges associated with the variability of time savings associated with Winshuttle optimization; and how the use of confidence interval statistics help to identify metrics that provide us with a level of accuracy in our assessments. Of course that was one and only one example, and if you have been reading this series on the BVA process you know that we have over 700 various SAP… Read more

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