Poor quality or missing data in SAP can have serious financial consequences for your maintenance operations. Poor equipment performance due to ineffective maintenance plans can cost you dearly in business disruption, wasted labor hours, and even in regulatory fines. Excess spares inventory and expedited parts delivery also add to the real costs of bad data. According to The International Society of Automation, factories lose between 5-20% of their productive capacity from downtime. Efficient plant maintenance operations depend on the quality of your underlying master data, and with SAP, there is a lot of data to set up and maintain and… Read more
While many SAP financial processes are ripe for automation, Winshuttle customers tell us that tackling these 5 improvement priorities enabled them to get some quick wins, prove ROI, and secure funding to continue their automation journey: Speeding up general ledger entries Reducing invoicing traffic jams Improving Master Data accuracy Improving compliance across key business processes Spending less time preparing for audits The question is, how do you make headway on automation when your IT teams have a huge backlog of requests? The good news is that Winshuttle software doesn’t require specialized SAP programming skills, so SAP super users or analysts… Read more
Because Winshuttle empowers business teams to manage their data, we get to see firsthand how everyday data management and process automation challenges can impact organizations in big ways. Creating and updating SAP customer master data records is a good example of how slow, manual processes or poor-quality data can lead to delays in order processing or a host of other downstream problems. The top ten Customer Master Data challenges that we typically see companies face include: Slow, manual create and update processes Duplicate customer records Lack of compliance with business procedures and rules Missing customer data Unstandardized, poor-quality data Managing… Read more
Everybody knows Master Data is important. In fact, in recent years most organizations have agreed that master data is a strategic asset. We also know that when master data is not right, the consequences can be costly. According to Gartner, poor data quality costs organizations an average of $13.3M per year. If we know all this, why is so much master data still bad? And why does it take so long to create and change? Well, there’s a lot of it, and in many organizations only a fraction of the master data is proactively and efficiently managed. Most companies focus on… Read more
If you’re running your manufacturing operations using an SAP ERP system you know there’s a mountain of master data behind each product. But it’s more than just materials. And while materials are the largest and most complex data object involved in manufacturing, is not the only data you need to create and manage—far from it. Depending on whether your materials are made or bought, you’ll also need data like BoMs, routings & recipes, vendors, source lists, costings, pricing conditions, etc. Typical SAP data objects in the manufacturing process Creating and maintaining all that data is a real challenge for many… Read more
Spring has sprung! Along with reacquainting ourselves with the sun and seeing flowers and trees bloom again, many of us will partake in that annual ritual of cleaning our homes. Perhaps some of you got an early start by bingeing Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” on Netflix to finally get rid of that stretched-out Hard Rock Café Cancun t-shirt from spring break or the ticket stubs from that Hootie and the Blowfish concert. When you bag up that unused waffle maker or finally clean the crumbs off your keyboard (possibly with a Brushy!), don’t forget to apply the same principles to… Read more
In this post, learn the distinct differences between master data and application data, and how your organization can improve your SAP data management.
In the upcoming vendor master data webinar, learn how Winshuttle can help you speed up the vendor onboarding process through automated forms and workflow.
For those of you who live in the Northern reaches of our planet, you know how fleeting summer can be. If like a lot of us here at Winshuttle, you live in the Pacific Northwest there are years when summer’s not just fleeting it’s practically nonexistent. That’s why around here when the sun’s out I do my best to be out there enjoying every last ray. One of the ways I enjoy our brief summer with my dog Raven--nicknamed Ray Ray (no pun intended). So how can Winshuttle help you get your job done faster so you can get more... Read more
In this post, learn why it’s best to use a proactive approach to data governance, to ensure your SAP master data is correct the first time.