Jun 18, 2012

Create fit-for-purpose workflows for your Excel data files

Customers who have been using Winshuttle Transaction with Winshuttle Central have for a long time been able to take advantage of the out-of-the-box governance workflows, ensuring that upload scripts and Excel data files are reviewed and approved before being used against any production instances of SAP. This has effectively allowed companies to deploy Winshuttle and realize the benefits more widely across the business, without compromising IT governance requirements. With the release of version 10.3, Winshuttle has extended the workflow capabilities for Winshuttle Transaction and Excel-based scenarios. These additional capabilities are delivered by adding Winshuttle Workflow and Winshuttle Designer to the… 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

Feb 28, 2012

Workflow Reporting and Auditing

Visibility into business process history and performance is critical for every business implementing Winshuttle Workflow. For every action taken in every workflow process, audit information is available allowing you to provide comprehensive logs and reports in order to comply with auditing requirements. The same database of workflow activity can be used to create reports and dashboards providing insights into the overall performance of the business unit or single individuals. For example, it is common that shared service departments have service level agreements (SLAs) that they are committed to. You can build dashboards which measure actual performance against these SLAs. Winshuttle… Read more

Jan 4, 2012

5 New Year’s resolutions for your SAP environment

With the arrival of 2012, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make some suggestions for business users of SAP to improve their SAP ROI and increase operational efficiency when working with SAP. And so here they are! Collaborate – if your SAP environment has been in a productive state for several years now, you may have made that investment in SAP workflow but at the same time you might have held off on implementing workflow in SAP due to the perceived complexity and costs. 2012 should be the year that you reevaluate what you are doing with workflow in your… Read more

Dec 2, 2011

What is so great about Winshuttle Workflow for SAP?

I’ve had a lot questions about Winshuttle Workflow and why is it different/better than other workflow and Business Process Management (BPM) tools. My answer – It connects the process driven data to SAP without programing. Here’s what I mean… The functional business groups want more control over its processes. Many processes are cemented in legacy system controlled by IT and/or 3rdparty service provides. The business wants to rapidly change these processes and re-harden them without the traditional cost of custom programming. In a given business process, there is typically a minimum of three technology layers that need to be changed… Read more

Dec 1, 2011

Populating picklists on forms

When developing a forms and workflow solution, you regular need to populate so called picklists (a.k.a. dropdowns). It is a common task when developing forms with Winshuttle Workflow where you are typically collecting data for SAP. A key requirement in most scenarios where data is collected for SAP is to guide the user through inputting the right values. This can be achieved by limiting the user’s choice with picklists rather than presenting free-text fields. Often these picklists need to be populated with values from SAP. Driving values directly from SAP means less maintenance on the form as changes in SAP… Read more

Sep 28, 2011

BUAD – Empowering the people in waves

Back in January 2011, Mark Driver of Gartner wrote on BUAD or Business Unit Application Development. The blog post outlined a new research report from Gartner on the topic and in particular best practices. Those of you most familiar with Winshuttle and the Winshuttle product suite will know that historically Winshuttle has been very attractive to BUAD scenarios for several key reasons. A low impact application installation footprint An Intuitive and quickly usable application set Portable, robust and durable automation scenarios that work the way users work It is no surprise then, that Winshuttle boasts over 1200 customers in many… Read more

May 11, 2011

Streamlining global operations using Winshuttle Central

Global organizations seek to simplify and standardize common business processes in an effort to reduce risk, optimize the use of resources and ensure consistency. IT administration, data management, and transactional processing are crucial functions of any global organization and a single view of the company is a likely and frequent vision for stakeholders. Winshuttle Central provides the capability to add the essential governance platform to IT administration, data management and transactional processing tasks. This begins with Central’s ability to act as an online, centralized repository of all data upload and data extraction scripts, data templates, online forms and processed data… Read more

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