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Oct
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In this presentation, Darron Walton, Managing Director of De Villiers Walton and Tim Fisher, Head of SAP Solutions Innovation, Capgemini UK identify the 4 key issues with SAP TPM today and present a vision for how to resolve them.

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10
Oct
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Research released earlier this year by the UK & Ireland SAP User Group has revealed that fewer than 2 in 10 British SAP customers plan to use HANA for Business Intelligence.

Just over half of respondents (51%) believed that SAP has not been clear in communicating its business and data analytics product roadmap to users. 39% stated that they did not know whether the in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA would benefit their organisation’s future business/data analytics strategy. While 42% of SAP users did not know if SAP’s recently announced HANA Cloud Platform would make it more attractive for organisations to utilise HANA technology across their business.

In short, the research seems to indicate that SAP’s customer base is struggling to understand the business case and ROI for deploying the HANA toolset.

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05
Aug
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During a recent project a requirement was identified for directly uploading data from MS Excel into SAP BW. Various options were considered to address this requirement; amongst others:

  • SAP BW IP Planning Layout, which would have been too expensive to develop and maintain.
  • High frequency flat-file uploads, which was deemed too tedious from an end-user perspective.
  • Making a Remote Function Call (RFC) through VBA to a Function Module (such as RSDRI_ODSO_INSERT_RFC) in SAP BW. Even though I have done this before this technique requires the SAP GUI to be installed on the user’s desktop.

Instead I decided to create a Web Service DataSource with Real-time Data Acquisition to stage the data in SAP BW. The challenging bit was creating the client-side VBA to generate the required XML and then to make a call to the SAP BW Web Service. I have previously done bits of this in VBA, but I have never before attempted to make a call to a SAP BW DataSource from VBA.

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26
Jul
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Miller Heiman is one of the world’s most respected sales performance companies. Their Strategic Selling® system helps thousands of organizations worldwide develop comprehensive strategies to win sales opportunities.

Following on from our previous blog, this short movie shows how we seamlessly integrated Miller Heiman’s Blue Sheet and Green Sheet into the SAP Cloud for Customer Opportunity and Activity using SAP's Cloud Application Studio.

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30
Jun
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Posted by on in SAP E-Commerce

Dear SAP WCEM customer,

Like you, we mourned the premature passing of the SAP Web Channel Experience Management (WCEM) solution. We liked it for the same reasons you decided to invest in it and have written about this at length in our WCEM blogs.

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