Recap: ASUG Chicago Chapter Meeting (July, 2017)

July 20, 2017 – Chicago, IL: This past week, GyanSys attended and was one of the sponsors at the ASUG Chicago Summer Chapter Meeting. The event was conducted at The Northern Illinois University, in Naperville.

The Chapter meeting was well attended by around 125 SAP professionals and included organizations such as – Sloan, NEC, Amer Sports, Commscope, Sysmex, Bunn, Zimmer, Grainger etc. to name a few.

Steve Williams (Business Solutions Manager – PLM, Delta Faucet) and Sanjay Una (Sr. Solution Architect, GyanSys) presented a session on – “Simplified SAP PLM S/4 1610 Using Fiori 2.0 for NPD”. The session outlined –

  • Seamless Integration between Teamcenter & S/4HANA SAP PLM for MM & EBOM creation, Change Number & Engineering Record using Middleware T4S
  • Central repository maintained within the SAP system, setting realistic timing and systematic follow-up, and increase speed to market capability
  • Global standard view of the all NPD projects and the individual projects therein, better visibility into project spend & faster response to the need for corrective action

 
 

The session provided a great overview of how S/4HANA 1610 would help Delta Faucet overcome manual processes and disconnects in legacy systems for New Product Development. It was attended by over 35 attendees and helped drive insightful discussions.

Steve Williams (Business Solutions Manager – PLM, Delta Faucet Company) & Sanjay Una (Sr. Solution Architect, GyanSys) presenting the Simplified SAP PLM S/4 1610 Using Fiori 2.0 for NPD. (Click here to access presentation)

 GyanSys give-away: An Autographed Arrieta jersey! The lucky winner was an attendee from the Sloan Company.


Simple Goods Movement in SAP S/4 Using Fiori

SAP has been touting the simplification aspects of SAP S/4 specifically around the Fiori enabled transactions to perform tasks in the system. Anyone familiar with the SAP GUI transaction “MIGO” knows that it is sometimes difficult to navigate and not very visually pleasing to the user.

The Migo Function in Action

SAP Fiori has begun taking the MIGO functions and making them simple, visually pleasing and easy to use resulting in a better user experience for the end user.

Below is an example of a movement of product from unrestricted stock to blocked stock in a simple Fiori transaction.

 

SAP Fiori UI

 

The user in this example, is a warehouse clerk and has access to the Warehouse Processing tiles in the SAP Fiori application. The user selects the Transfer Sock In-Plant tile.

 

SAP Fiori Transfer Stock UI

 

The user is presented with the screen above showing the valid storage locations that the material is extended to within the plant. This is a nice feature as the user no longer has to jump to another SAP transaction to find this data.

Also the stock is showing in the top right corner of the screen. The user in this example, is moving 1 piece from the RAW location to blocked stock in the RAW location. By selecting the Up Arrow next to the quantity 999.00 showing in RAW unrestricted use stock and then selecting the Down Arrow on the blocked stock line for the RAW storage location the user will be shown the popup below where they can enter the quantity to transfer.

 

The user will select the post button and a material document will be created in SAP for the posting.

 

 

The material document number is shown to the user and then the screen below shows the updated stock position that is reflecting in the SAP S/4 system.

 

 

This simple example of a material movement shows how SAP Fiori is simplifying transactions in the SAP S/4 system and creating a better user experience for customers.

Over time we will explore some more features of the SAP S/4HANA 1610 system and also see more examples of the Fiori 2.0 features. SAP continues to develop Fiori applications and by considering an upgrade to S/4HANA, customers can leverage Fiori to simplify their business.

My future blog posts will cover details on how S/4 Fiori handles the most frequently used transactions in core ECC.

I am at SAPPHIRE 2017 in Orlando. If you are attending please stop by to watch our S/4 demos at Booth #1059.

Stan

 

Recap: ASUG Indiana Chapter Meeting (February, 2017)

February 17, 2017 – Carmel, IN: This past week, GyanSys hosted the Opening ASUG Indiana Chapter meeting of 2017. This was a daylong event filled with education, networking and information sessions around key SAP trends.

The event was conducted in GyanSys’ warehouse; which recently went through a complete transformation to a professional grade conference center, with capacity to host over a 100 attendees.

The Chapter meeting was well attended by around 60 SAP professionals across Indiana based organizations such as – Roche Diagnostics, Allison Transmission, Delta Faucet, Aunt Millie’s, Vertellus, Eli Lilly, Bridgestone Firestone, Goodyear, Purdue University to name a few. The key sponsors of the event in addition to us were – Protera Technologies, Clear Software, Monocle Group & Intellicorp.

The sessions focused on evolving trends within the SAP industry. Topics covered included –

  • Customer journey around S/4HANA implementation, migration to HANA and SAP BI 4.2
  • Presentations by SAP on Integrated Business Planning (IBP) – Strategy & roadmap
  • How to deploy SAP Production Applications in the cloud

For the viewing pleasure of those who missed out, following are some photos from the event, with a brief description and link to presentation. (Click here to learn more)

 

ASUG Indiana Chapter Meeting – Welcome Note

ASUG Chapter Meeting Sponsors

Nick Jackson (IT Director, Delta Faucet) & Sean Mawhorter (Supply Chain Practice Director, GyanSys) presenting the Delta Faucet SAP S/4HANA Transformation Journey. (Click here to access presentation)

 


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MRP on SAP S/4HANA: Insight to Action

Material Requirement Planning is a key process in production to maintain optimized level of inventory while producing the product at an expected timeline and cost. SAP has versatile Material Requirement Planning tool which has proved to be useful for years. Competitive markets, increasing inventory costs and improved computing capabilities calls for further improvements within the MRP tool.

These are few challenges with current MRP tool:

  • Long and resource intensive MRP runs imply a periodic and batch process.
  • New Demand and Supply changes make MRP plans immediately outdated.
  • No real time single view for material information and shortages.
  • Requirement to navigate to multiple ERP transactions to evaluate solution alternatives.

 

Improving Manufacturing and catapulting it to the next level will need achievement of the following goals:

 

SAP S/4HANA with its digital core is capable of executing data intensive MRP process at unprecedented speeds. MRP Live (MD01N) optimizes processes to reduce MRP run-time by 10 fold, thereby making MRP FastSimple and Cross Plant.

 

S/4HANA 1610 is not only about the speed of MRP execution but also about providing Smart solutions to manage material shortages and other requirements around MRP. The scope of this blog includes discussions around Fiori Apps available in S/4HANA 1610. Below is a snapshot of all MRP related Fiori apps available with 1610.

 

Material availability can be influenced by several factors like delayed material status, Sales Order fulfillment, change in customer order and several others. The MRP controller should be aware of real time material shortage situation.

 

Manage Material Shortages

 

With S/4HANA Fiori apps the MRP Controller will see all relevant information side by side allowing him to take a quick look and gather meaningful insight to take immediate action.

Below is snapshot of Material shortages for the MRP Planner.

 

This app highlights issues across thousands of material stock situation. MRP Planner has option to check stock requirement list from the same app.

 

Solution doesn’t only show the material shortage situation but also recommend solution with the option of simulating the possible solution and check viability.

 

Insight to action capability of the solution helps resolving the issues before it occurs.

 

Manage Change Requests – MRP

 

Change request can be raised when using app for managing material and uncovered requirement. App for new, requested and answered change request are available on the MRP Planner.

 

Proposed changes can be requested from vendor and status can be updated from Answered to Closed upon response of the vendor.

Email can be sent to the vendor and upon their response, changes to Purchase order or stock transfer order can be applied.

 

Manage Production Order

 

Production order can also be managed from MRP cockpit. Manage Production order app provides the list of your order with uncovered items.

 

Individual production order at app has Stock Requirement list, Component info, Milestone, Material overview and order detail. User can also navigate to fact sheets and back end transactions.

Monitoring Internal and External Requirements:

 

There are separate apps available for Internal and external requirements. The MRP controller can check the coverage of the component required for in-house Production Order, Process order, Maintenance order and network order. Solution recommendations are available for handling shortage situation similar to material Shortages app.

 

Manage external requirement app provides view of uncovered and delayed items required for sales order and STO. App recommends solutions to overcome the situation with preview capabilities.

 

MRP Material Issues: 

 

This app provides view of material(s) for which issues had occurred in MRP execution. Planner can get the information to analyze the issue with material for which problems occurred in the planning run.

 

MRP Scheduling and Key Figures:

 

Planner can schedule MRP from Fiori app and review the status of the MRP execution.

 

MRP Key Figures:

 

Exception handling based on real time data and early identification of issues with different materials improves material flow and reduces lead time of product development.

Transformed user experience for the material planner has great potential to boost Planner productivity. The simplified and insightful Fiori Application provides a delightful user experience to the Material Planners.


GyanSys Inc. Re-Certified SAP Partner Center of Expertise (PCoE)

Carmel, Indiana – GyanSys Inc. recently achieved another milestone in our pursuit of expanding our AMS service offering portfolio to our customers. GyanSys Inc. has received audit re-certification as SAP Partner Center of Expertise. The audit confirmed that the service and support organization at GyanSys supports its customers in accordance with SAP’s current technical and organizational standards.

Currently, GyanSys is supporting Aunt Millie’s Bakeries and Sigma Tau Pharma Source as their SAP PCoE partner to support Level 1 and Level 2 OSS issues. GyanSys is in the process of on-boarding several other customers under this program in 2017. SAP PCoE auditors carried out intensive scrutiny of our service offerings, tools, people & processes. The major areas which were audited include:

  • SAP® Business-All-In-One and Analytics
  • VAR (Value Added Reseller) Documents and interviews for quality of our PCoE service management process and support staff
  • SAP Solution Manager Data and SAP-internal systems for data validation and collection

“At GyanSys we are dedicating efforts to further streamline our processes and set specific KPI measurement standards to evaluate performance. Our focus is on increasing customer satisfaction by providing a sustained and scalable platform.”

Rajkishore Una, President/CEO, GyanSys Inc.


GyanSys Infotech (India) Has Become SAP-Certified Provider of Application Management Services (AMS)

Bangalore, India – SAP auditors carried out intensive scrutiny of GyanSys’ service offerings, tools, people & processes at Bangalore before certifying GyanSys Infotech as a provider of SAP Application Management Services (AMS).

The major areas that were audited include:

  • SAP product experience
  • The quality of our IT service management process (Service Design, Service Transition, Operations & Continual Improvement)
  • SAP Services (Business Transformation, Design Thinking, MaxAttention, HANA Services, Mobile Services, etc.)
  • Network topology and connectivity

“GyanSys is all set to embark on a certified model where different skill sets work together across multiple clients – this could include advisory, roll out & solution expertise, troubleshooting, and operations.”

Muralidhara Sarali, VP – Sales & Delivery (India), GyanSys Infotech (India)

“GyanSys is excited about this accomplishment. It is another milestone in our pursuit of expanding our support service offerings portfolio to our customers. Currently, there are only 11 AMS certified partners operating from India.”

Rajkishore Una, President/CEO, GyanSys Inc.


Should You Consider Upgrading to BW 7.5?

The latest numbers by SAP reveal that approximately of 14-15K customers are running their BW data warehouse  with a third party database such as Microsoft SQL Server, ORACLE, IMB DB2 etc. With the release of BW 7.5, we have the HANA DB underneath and lot of our customers are wondering how exactly they can leverage this and the impact on their current data warehouse.

If you are an existing BW customer (up to 7.3), you might have several questions. Below are some of the commonly asked questions.shutterstock_333225731-[Converted]

  • What are the benefits of the upgrade?
  • Is it relevant if there is a plan to upgrade ECC to Suite on HANA (SOH) or S/4?
  • Is there a role for SAP BW if S/4 Hana is the source system?
  • If a new Data warehouse is being implemented, should SAP BW 7.5 be considered?

BW takes care of SAP security and authorizations, complex hierarchies, non-cumulative data for stock and many other capabilities. In addition, there is a new modelling methodology for HANA called LSA++, which simplifies and accelerates the build and operations of an EDW.

Read on to find out the future of data warehousing at SAP and the role BW within this.

1. Simplified Data Models

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  • New architectures should consider SAP BW and SAP HANA as modeling environment for implementations.
  • SAP BW 7.4 simplifies data modeling by consolidating InfoProviders (see diagram).
  • New InfoProvider adds more flexibility to architecture. For example, CompositeProvider with joins between InfoProviders, also supports temporal joins.
  • Eclipse-based modeling is available for new objects like CompositeProvider, Open ODS View, and (advanced) DataStore object.

2. Leverage the power of SAP BW and SAP HANA

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  • Integration of External Data Structures with Open ODS Views.
  • Build lightweight models without the need to create InfoObjects by using field based modelling. This is useful in rapid prototyping or agile model creation.
  • Open ODS Views allows easy consumption of external data.

3. SAP HANA Smart Data Access for SAP BW

With Smart Data Access (SDA), smaller data volumes can be read directly in HANA modeling views or CompositeProviders without ever persisting it in SAP BW or native HANA. This functionality enables your SAP BW on HANA to become a federated data warehouse. Thus eliminating the need to persist all data directly in HANA

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Smart Data Access:

  • Automatically handles Deltas
  • Enables federated data models to be combined with SAP BW data
  • Enables Big Data scenarios such as integration of HADOOP with enterprise data in SAP BW

4. Real-Time Replication with SAP LT Replication Server shutterstock_190080125-[Converted]

  • Replicate data in real time into SAP BW via the ODQ framework
  • SLT can be used in two modes: scheduled or real-time
  • Multiple subscribers can easily share the same delta information
  • ODQ allows data transfer into InfoProvider directly; PSA can be skipped

5. Efficient Data Management with Dynamic Tiering

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  • SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering enables you to optimize the main memory resource management by using extended tables.  PSA and Advanced DataStore objects, can be set as extended tables. Warm data is moved from Main memory to the extended tables
  • This reduces the consumption of main memory as warm data is stored in disk based storage
  • Usage depends on the object purpose. For example, staging layer objects with rare reporting activities but still in focus for data operations are good candidates for warm data

Conclusion

In order to build an app, data-mart, data platform or database, Native HANA can be used on its own. To build an Enterprise Data Warehouse, the BW on HANA route is recommended.

Thus, with the release of BW 7.5 we have SAP BW as an application-driven approach, and the SQL-based approach just with SAP HANA, without any application like BW on top of it. The combination of SAP BW and SAP HANA enables us to simplify the data modeling processes, increase the agility of the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) and reduce the complexity of the EDW landscape.

With the wide use of Big Data at organizations, it is clear that BW will play an important role in the overall HANA data warehouse, while integrating data from a variety of sources such as S/4, other ERPs, Hadoop, etc.


Bridge Between Hadoop Data and Enterprise Data: SAP HANA Vora

“The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” – Carly Fiorina

Data and fact driven approaches helps increase the overall accuracy of decision making. Having the necessary tools to process data swiftly allows decision making at the right time. Data volume is currently exploding beyond anyone’ expectations and here are some facts suggesting that –

  • DATA volume created in the past two years far exceeds the data created in the history of human race.
  • DATA is growing at the rate of 7 megabytes of new information created every second for every human being on the planet.
  • In a span of five years there will be over 50 billion smart connected devices in the world, all developed to collect, analyze and share data.

Considering the rate at which digital information is being generated from various sources (Mobile, Internet of things, social media), there is a strong need for innovative and effective ways to analyze data.  There is the added challenge of analyzing a combination of big data and enterprise data. In order to achieve the desired effectiveness, this Innovation will need not only the brightest minds with the process expertise but also the support of the right software solution.

Here are some use cases for bringing Enterprise data and Hadoop Data together –

  1. New Product Ideas:

The success of a new product can be ensured with the correct data, right at the time of idea selection. Information about economic factors, market indicators, competitors along with others factors help generate a pattern to indicate the right ideas for the market. Monitoring customer sentiments can increase the overall chances of success. A software solution presenting a platform to generate reports leveraging product ideas from the enterprise system along with indicators from Hadoop is need of the hour.

  1. Fraud Protection:

To prevent fraud before it occurs, make DATA your best friend. There are multiple sources such as firewalls, system authentication, bank transaction, payment, unstructured system data, log files, security systems that provide evidence of fraud. This is definitely a significant chunk of data. Bringing the enterprise and Hadoop data together for reporting can help create patterns to proactively trace and identify fraudulent activities.

There are many more use cases in addition to these pertinent to the world of High Tech, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Finance, and Security

Enter, HANA Vora

The selection of the right solutions for the aforementioned scenarios depends on the 3 V’s of data: VolumeVelocity and Variety. SAP aims at focusing on big data by providing insight with HANA Vora. This enables OLAP analysis of Hadoop data while giving developers the option of bringing right contextual information, by combining Business transaction data and Hadoop data.

Capabilities of HANA Vora include:

  • Use of in memory query engine to analyze big data stored in Hadoop.
  • Ability to combine Big data with Enterprise data to improve OLAP reporting with Hadoop data.
  • Simplification of big data ownership within a landscape by combining SAP HANA and Hadoop data.

In conclusion, SAP HANA Vora successfully bridges the gap between Enterprise and Hadoop data by bringing together highly distributed enterprise data framework.


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Overwhelmed about the different Procurement Solutions on SAP Platform? This simplified guide might help.

Businesses today are seeking higher profits from bottom line cost savings by leveraging sourcing and procurement functions. Forward looking companies are viewing procurement operations as profit centers. They are making procurement a more strategic partner in the organization by strengthening supplier relationships. SAP provides multiple procurement solutions such as Ariba, Supplier Relationship Management and SAP Sourcing.  How does one select the one that best fits the specific organization needs? he decision for selecting an appropriate procurement solution for a customer does not depend on just the functionality offered by each solution but also on various other factors as listed below –

  • Implementation Cost /time-frame
  • Support/maintenance involved
  • In-house knowledge base
  • Scalability
  • Security
  • Industry
  • On-Premise/On Cloud
  • Evaluate existing customization

Listed below are some of the differences between each of the procurement solutions –

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PROS AND CONS ANALYSIS WITHIN EACH SOLUTION

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[Note: Rated on a scale of 1 – 5. With 1 = Lowest and 5 –Highest]

SAP SRM has the ability to seamlessly integrate with ECC, there is no restriction on the level of customization that one can do in SRM and Sourcing as oppose to Ariba. Also, PPS (procurement for Public Sector) which caters to public sector is a strong feature within SRM, which is missing in Ariba and Sourcing. On the other hand, Spot buy is feature which automates the tactical sourcing process within Ariba and is given full stars for its fast ROI.

IN CONCLUSION

The key differentiation is that SAP SRM is an on premise solution that can integrate well with other SAP products such as MDM (for Catalogs), ECC (for follow on documents), and HCM (for the Org. Structure). On the other hand, SAP Ariba is an On-demand solution that has an excellent Supplier Network base. It is continuously expanding along with Spot Buys which usually includes one time/emergency buys which cannot be fulfilled by incumbent suppliers.

The answer to the right solution is not always straightforward and requires deeper analysis into the nature of the organization and the specific business scenarios it is involved in.


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