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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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SAP for Chemicals Functionality
SAP has been delivering on its chemicals industry strategy by expanding its capabilities for manufacturing and supply chain management, broadening its composite

sap sd  sales and distribution ( SAP SD ) capabilities, which entail order processing, free goods, returns processing, returnables processing, tank trailer processing, third-party order processing, rebates handling, customer consignment processing, internet sales (only for the R/3 Edition ), and drums handling. The product safety scenario helps companies comply with national and international regulations for product safety by providing material safety data sheets (MSDS). The active ingredient processing

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction


Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the complexities of this master vertical and the steps SAP has taken to address them. The ensuing candid discussion with the SAP Retail Industry team sheds some light on SAP’s strategy with regard to the retail industry.

sap sd  market. Before the acquisition, SAP occasionally used well-known R/3 components such as MM (Materials Management) , SD (Sales and Distribution) , and Warehousing for the retail industry. One of the most visible changes after the acquisition was a top-down menu, where users could add additional functionality, data, and additional organizational units to the standard SAP R/3 components. A number of new pilot retail customers were signed around the world in the next couple of years, and with their input the Read More

Standard Benchmark on Hewlett-Packard ProLiant Servers


In August 2006, Microsoft conducted a Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 standard distribution benchmark to measure the performance and scalability characteristics of the application in a simulated distribution scenario. This benchmark exercised core accounts receivables scenarios around order entry through invoicing, in addition to procure-to-pay processes around purchase order creation through receiving of goods. We look at the methodology and results.

sap sd  focus on TCO. The SAP certified Sales and Distribution three-tier standard application benchmark , using SQL Server 2005 and Windows Server 2003 running on HP and Intel hardware, delivered record-breaking results with 93,000 concurrent users. Source : Microsoft Resources Related to Standard Benchmark on Hewlett-Packard ProLiant Servers : Benchmark (computing) (Wikipedia) Standard Benchmark on Hewlett-Packard ProLiant Servers Standard Benchmark is also known as : Standard Benchmark , Benchmark , Read More

SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy


It appears as though SAP feels confident now that its software solutions outside of its core ERP can stand on their own and attract new customers.

sap sd  Part 4: SAP's Strategy SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 4: SAP's Strategy P.J. Jakovljevic - August 7, 2001 Event Summary   During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE , on June 12-15, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, released a spate of upbeat announcements in its effort to portray itself as a reformed vendor of choice for all aspects of e-Business, including planning and collaboration. As an illustration thereof, SAP cited that its Read More

SAP Thrives On Competitors' Plight, In Part


SAP announced upbeat results for Q2 2001 and reconfirmed the positive outlook for the rest of the year amid the bloodbath of many of its competitors. However, negative license revenue growth in the US, a likely cascading economic slowdown from the US to other markets, and net profit restatement owing to the investment in money burning Commerce One, may give rise to a careful scrutiny and moderate caution.

sap sd  Competitors' Plight, In Part SAP SAP Thrives On Competitors' Plight, In Part P.J. Jakovljevic - August 17, 2001 Event Summary SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions, announced strong sales and profit performance for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001. In Q2 2001, revenues increased 24% over the same period last year from EUR 1.5 billion to EUR 1.85 billion (See Figure 1). Net income in the quarter grew up 78% to EUR 424 million compared to EUR 246 million a year Read More

Has SAP Become a PLM Factor to Be Reckoned With?


You have probably heard of SAP’s recent blockbuster acquisitions, but did you know about the vendor’s fervent in-house innovation and newly developed products for SCM and PLM sectors. In his recent article, TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close look at the continuous product and service innovation at SAP and discusses the key products and development strategies with SAP PLM solutions managers. Read more.

sap sd  SAP Become a PLM Factor to Be Reckoned With? Even at the recent SAPPHIRE NOW 2011 conference, it became apparent that much of SAP ’s innovation has lately come from its blockbuster acquisitions of Business Objects and Sybase . The major headlines of the conference were along the lines of in-memory analytic applications ( SAP HANA , anyone?), mobility, on-demand/cloud applications, and so on. But SAP has also been doing a boatload of tacit and less publicized innovation in-house. At the event, we learn Read More

SAP Takes HANA Enterprise to the Cloud


SAP has announced SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, taking the logical but no less important step of taking its SAP HANA platform to the cloud, giving organizations a new deployment option for the in-memory platform. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service will enable organizations to run mission-critical instances of SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management

sap sd  Enterprise to the Cloud SAP has announced SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service , taking the logical but no less important step of taking its SAP HANA platform to the cloud, giving organizations a new deployment option for the in-memory platform. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service will enable organizations to run mission-critical instances of SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and Netweaver Business Warehouse solutions in the cloud, powered by HANA. SAP Read More

SAP Run Better Tour: Unwired


My TEC colleague Aleksey Osintsev and I recently made our way to the last stop of the SAP Run Better Tour in Montreal to get a taste of what SAP was cooking up in terms of improvements and strategies for 2011. I was hoping for some developments regarding mobile technology and support. Did I get my fill? Let’s just say I was still feeling a bit peckish when I left. Here’s the lowdown on SAP’s

sap sd  last stop of the SAP Run Better Tour in Montreal to get a taste of what SAP was cooking up in terms of improvements and strategies for 2011. I was hoping for some developments regarding mobile technology and support. Did I get my fill? Let’s just say I was still feeling a bit peckish when I left. Here’s the lowdown on SAP’s mobile strategy. I was pleased to hear that SAP is viewing the integration of personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, into the workspace as an actionable Read More

The "S" in SAP Doesn't Stand for Security (that goes for PeopleSoft too)


During the course of product evaluations for a customer, the Technology Evaluation Center has uncovered a potential security hole in SAP R/3's three-tier architecture. SAP has revealed that they expect the database or third party products to handle security between the application server and the database server. If the client does not take these extra measures, the master password for the SAP database instance travels over the network in the clear, and can be captured. PeopleSoft has the same issue.

sap sd  S in SAP Doesn't Stand for Security (that goes for PeopleSoft too) Event Summary During the course of product evaluations for a customer, the Technology Evaluation Center has uncovered a potential security hole in SAP R/3's three-tier architecture. SAP has revealed that it expects the database or third party products to handle security between the application server and the database server. If the client does not take these extra measures, the master password for the SAP database instance travels Read More

Multipurpose SAP NetWeaver


The capabilities of SAP NetWeaver and its peer service-enabled platforms, which were originally transaction and integration platforms, have lately been expanded to include composition and business process-oriented capabilities, such as master data management and business process management.

sap sd  SAP NetWeaver Event Summary It is amazing to see so many similarities (albeit with the inevitable handful of nuanced differences) between SAP , IBM , Microsoft , and Oracle 's approaches to worldwide domination of the enterprise applications market. One similarity is these vendors' attempts to deliver a service oriented architecture (SOA)-based platform for their existing and prospective customers, and to entice their partners to build ever-growing ecosystems upon these (see SOA as a Foundation Read More

SAP ERP Market Analysis for SMB'S


As you'll discover in SAP ERP for SMB, SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small and midsized businesses including a SaaS-based version called...

sap sd  As you'll discover in SAP ERP for SMB , SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small and midsized businesses (SMBs)—including a SaaS-based version called SAP Business ByDesign. In this Aberdeen market analysis , you'll also learn about the major trends and drivers in the ERP SMB market, and how SAP ERP solutions are helping SMBs streamline and standardize their processes and operations—with functionality so robust that even larger corporations are buying in. Learn how working with the world’s Read More

SAP HANA: From Database to Platform


At the end of 2009, SAP launched SAP HANA, an in-memory, column-row based database management system with capabilities within both OLTP and OLAP environments. In June of 2012, SAP announced that HANA had become the fastest growing technology in the company’s history. In this report, TEC Senior BI and Data Management Analyst Jorge García gives an overview of the history, functionality, and benefits and challenges of SAP HANA, and explores SAP’s strategy for the product and its place in the in-memory processing product space.

sap sd  the end of 2009, SAP launched SAP HANA, an in-memory, column-row based database management system with capabilities within both OLTP and OLAP environments. In June of 2012, SAP announced that HANA had become the fastest growing technology in the company’s history. In this report, TEC Senior BI and Data Management Analyst Jorge García gives an overview of the history, functionality, and benefits and challenges of SAP HANA, and explores SAP’s strategy for the product and its place in the in-memory Read More

SAP Announces Investment in Catalyst International


ERP giant SAP AG announced on September 1 that it had acquired nearly a 10% stake in warehouse management system (WMS) vendor, Catalyst International Inc.

sap sd  Investment in Catalyst International SAP Announces Investment in Catalyst International S. McVey - September 1st, 1999 Event Summary ERP giant SAP AG announced on September 1 that it had acquired nearly a 10% stake in warehouse management system (WMS) vendor, Catalyst International Inc. In return, Catalyst will drop its NT platform development plans, and provide customer training, consulting and product customization services for SAP Logistics Execution System (LES), at its Supply Chain Execution (SCE) Read More

SAP Becoming a (Legal) Polygamist


SAPMarkets, the US dot-com spin-off of German ERP leader SAP AG, is partnering with Commerce One to build and sell software for online trading exchanges. This announcement comes only a month after its partnership with Nortel Networks for CRM product offering. SAP, owing to this alliance, has a chance to put content behind its extensive recent advertising campaign for mySAP.

sap sd  Becoming a (Legal) Polygamist SAP Becoming a (Legal) Polygamist P.J. Jakovljevic - July 21, 2000 Event Summary According to the press release from June 14 at SAPPHIRE 2000 Las Vegas, the annual SAP Americas customer conference, SAP AG, the leading provider of inter-enterprise software solutions, SAPMarkets Inc., the SAP subsidiary dedicated to delivering mySAP.com marketplaces, and Commerce One Inc., the leader in global e-commerce solutions for business, announced a preliminary agreement to jointly Read More