Sep 12, 2013

Applying the best of ourselves to the task at hand…

Vince Lombardi, a prolific American football coach (gridiron for some of you) once said “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand”. Understanding how Winshuttle wins and how we lose, provides invaluable insights into the way we conduct our business. And gives us the opportunity to continue to improve our ability to apply the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Our product marketing team recently conducted 24 interviews with SAP clients –… 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

Apr 25, 2011

SAP self-service for ERP

When self-service solutions and SAP are mentioned together, many SAP people think of human resources or SAP HCM ESS/MSS solutions. However, many scenarios beyond HR find employees and corporate partners having a reliance on SAP power users in order to complete their work tasks. Rather than having to go through these power users, couldn’t tasks (including and beyond HR) be completed more efficiently by empowering employees, suppliers and partners with access to SAP via self-service applications? In the early 2000’s there was a big information technology initiative entitled “Business to Employee – B2E” that attempted to address this broad-base approach… Read more

Mar 16, 2011

The Winshuttle Top 10 SAP TCode Process Improvements

Ever thought – “What are the most popular transactions for Winshuttle?”; “Which companies are like us and what are they doing with SAP and Winshuttle?” To start to answer some of these questions, let’s take a look at some of the key findings of our recent log file analysis. A couple of interesting findings – PA30 (Maintain HR Master Data) emerge into the top 10 use cases from 33place in 2010. Also, FBL5N went from 95place to one of the top 5 transactions in 2011. This reflects the power of this transaction for not only looking up data but using… Read more

Mar 2, 2011

If it’s not bad development, is it bad requirements gathering?

How often haven’t we looked at a piece of software and considered that piece of software to be a piece of junk? It doesn’t do what it says on the tin or it doesn’t solve my problem. When prodded a little further, one quickly determines that the critique is actually more around the behavior of the software artifact itself and not the fundamental premise upon which the software was developed, in other words, the requirements. Comments like, doesn’t show more than ten characters tells me for example, that the developer didn’t consider a scenario for more than ten characters, probably… Read more

Jan 30, 2011

ERP Usability – A Brief Overview

ERP Usability? What’s the fuss? Where did ideas for ERP usability evolve from? Sometimes we see these terms and really don’t have an idea where they came. Since I have been digging into this a little bit recently as part of my ongoing studies, I thought I’d discuss some of the basic principles of technology acceptance and how these principles come into play as it relates to ERP usability. Although research on ERP usability has been around and evolving for quite a while, the issue is still critical and clearly ERP usability is still a challenge with enterprises worldwide. With… Read more

Jan 28, 2011

Why you don’t need to fear GUI Scripting

Sometimes the old stand by’s never die, or at least are still around when you need them. This blog post is about the oft forgotten, seldom understood method of scripting called SAP GUI Scripting. In 2008, Winshuttle added the ability to use this gem from days gone by to transactionSHUTTLE version 8. We ran into a number of customer situations that could be resolved with GUI Scripting, but couldn’t be done with Batch or Non-Batch Input Mode. We wanted to help our customers who had major business pains with these transactions, so our snap development team got to work on… Read more

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