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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 Backpedals Its SaaS Forays -- By Design or Under Duress?


Let me start this blog post with a huge disclaimer: I have no intentions of wilfully beating up on SAP whatsoever! Sure, the enterprise applications titan has lately been embroiled in an intellectual property lawsuit with archrival Oracle over improper use of support data through its TomorrowNow third-party support (recently discontinued) subsidiary. As if this wasn't enough, SAP is being

sap or  story; why not offer SAP Business ByDesign to whomever might want it, big or little (e.g., Salesforce.com has customers with nearly 30,000 users, while the newcomer Workday just signed Flextronics for a mind-boggling 200,000 on-demand seats )? 4) The vendor has meanwhile seen some neat SaaS product that it might just acquire, rather than to develop things from scratch. At least, that was the genesis of SAP Business One ( formerly TopManage ) and SAP MII (Manufacturing Integration & Intelligence , Read More

SAP for Consumer Products: SAP Trade Promotion Management


The pressure to generate demand for consumer products is constantly increasing. Whether managing customer relationships, achieving increased sales, or introducing new products, the area of marketing expenditure is complex and prone to error. That’s why you need a solution drawing together all the activities needed to analyze, plan, sell, execute, validate, and evaluate your products in a closed-loop process.

sap or  for Consumer Products: SAP Trade Promotion Management The pressure to generate demand for consumer products is constantly increasing. Whether managing customer relationships, achieving increased sales, or introducing new products, the area of marketing expenditure is complex and prone to error. That’s why you need a solution drawing together all the activities needed to analyze, plan, sell, execute, validate, and evaluate your products in a closed-loop process. Read More

Emerging SAP Retail Solution: SAP Ganges, Powered by HANA


Many people may not know that 40 percent of the word's retailers are located in India—about 9.8 million retailers, many of them small one-person businesses, supply the whole nation. These businesses face many challenges: stock-outs, supply, pricing, and competition. And they are feeling the pressure of managing their inventory levels and their ability to anticipate demand.

sap or  interesting to see whether SAP Ganges can inspire productivity or compliance.   In any case, with this retail network it is now in theory possible to maximize the business potentials of millions of retailers in India. See SAP’s video on SAP Ganges—Making Retail Flow Faster . Read More

SAP Bolsters NetWeaver's MDM Capabilities Part Four: SAP and A2i


The A2i acquisition will in the short term bring together two complementary e-commerce products that should help retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers manage and sell their products to other companies and customers on-line.

sap or  them to open a SAP BW developer workbench or have to study the metadata or databases. For that reason, the A2i acquisition will in the short term bring together two complementary e-commerce products that should help retailers, manufacturers and suppliers manage and sell their products to other companies and customers online. Namely, as also seen with recent Click Commerce ''s acquisitions of Allegis and bTrade (see Click Commerce Acquires Allegis ), the Comergent ''s acquisition of Profile Systems , the Read More

The Future of the SAP Economy—A Book Review of SAP Nation


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sap or  other words, has the SAP economy peaked and in decline (following the trajectory of the Roman, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian empires)? Or perhaps, with astute “adapt and evolve” maneuvers, the SAP nation can be as strong as the US economy is despite the challenges posed to it by the economies of, for example, China, the European Union, India, and Brazil?   In enterprise software terms, those new “economies” and challengers would be the likes of Workday, Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Plex, Kenandy, Read More

SAP Delivers More RDS Offerings to Speed Up HANA Adoption


SAP has announced the release of three new rapid-deployment solutions (RDS) for companies implementing the recently unveiled SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. These solutions are making innovations like SAP HANA more accessible to enterprise customers looking to boost their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) operations with real-time analytics

sap or  Speed Up HANA Adoption SAP has announced the  release of three new rapid-deployment solutions (RDS) for companies implementing the recently unveiled SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA . These solutions are making innovations like SAP HANA more accessible to enterprise customers looking to boost their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) operations with real-time analytics. The three RDS apply the analytical power of SAP HANA to ERP, covering SAP ERP for Read More

It Is Possible - SAP And Baan Strange Bedfellows


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sap or  Is Possible - SAP And Baan Strange Bedfellows It Is Possible - SAP And Baan Strange Bedfellows P.J. Jakovljevic - July 19, 2001 Event Summary What may have seemed impossible not so long ago, happened on July 3 - two former ERP foes have entered into an OEM relationship. SAP Portals, Inc. , a provider of enterprise information portals and business intelligence products and wholly owned subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), the leading provider of business software solutions and Baan, the recently resurrected Read More

SAP Jam


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sap or  Jam SAP Jam brings together several types of social collaboration including social networking, collaboration with external participants (customers, recruits, partners, vendors, suppliers), structured collaboration for problem solving (business tools to strategize, rank items, enabling groups to weigh in on options, etc.), and business process integration. This combination of features enables businesses to seamlessly bring social into any process: social learning, social opportunity management, Read More

SAP and VMWare Expand Collaboration to Bring Support for vSphere in HANA


SAP and VMWare will now offer another deployment architecture for SAP HANA. During the SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Madrid, SAP announced the upcoming availability of SAP HANA on VMWare vSphere 5.1 for testing and development. SAP's customers will have the ability to provide instances of SAP HANA in virtual machines faster, use advanced datacenter capabilities of VMware vSphere such as Dynamic

sap or  for vSphere in HANA SAP and VMWare will now offer another deployment architecture for SAP HANA. During the  SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Madrid , SAP announced the upcoming availability of SAP HANA on VMWare vSphere 5.1 for testing and development. SAP''s customers will have the ability to provide instances of SAP HANA in virtual machines faster, use advanced datacenter capabilities of VMware vSphere such as Dynamic Resource Scheduling and vSphere vMotion, and more easily configure their testing and Read More

SAP Versus Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne: Anatomy of a Decision


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sap or  taking a look at SAP ERP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne as potential solutions. But how do you properly compare them against your company''s special needs? The answer may lie in the responses JD Edwards customers gave as to why they selected EnterpriseOne over SAP. In the white paper Anatomy of a Decision: SAP versus Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne *, you''ll learn about the cost, flexibility, functionality, and complexity considerations that eventually won companies over to EnterpriseOne. And how Read More

SAP Announces SAP 360 Customer


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sap or  Announces SAP 360 Customer SAP announced its latest business solution, powered by HANA , called SAP 360 Customer, during the SAPPHIRE NOW – SAP TechEd event being held in Madrid. The solution aims to move beyond traditional customer relationship management (CRM) and provide organizations with the neccesary capabilities for improving one-on-one customer interactions in real time. SAP calls out the three key components of 360 Customer as real-time insight, real-time interactions, and real-time Read More

Projected Cost Analysis of SAP HANA


In September 2013, SAP commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a cost-based analysis to examine the potential cost savings and reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) that enterprises may realize by deploying HANA. This report provides a framework for users to evaluate the potential financial impact of HANA on their organizations.

sap or  Cost Analysis of SAP HANA In September 2013, SAP commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a cost-based analysis to examine the potential cost savings and reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) that enterprises may realize by deploying HANA. This report provides a framework for users to evaluate the potential financial impact of HANA on their organizations. Read More

SAP Gets Serious with SAP HANA and Mobility


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sap or  Gets Serious with SAP HANA and Mobility Yesterday in San Francisco, SAP held a press conference to make two (perhaps three) major announcements about its strategy for the data management and mobility spaces. These announcements unveiled big-time movement in two major IT areas: data management and mobility. SAP HANA and Sybase At the press conference, Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board for Technology and Innovation, spoke about SAP''s roadmap for integrating Sybase and SAP''s strategy over Read More

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sap or  for Midsize Businesses. We''re Not Too Big. Think SAP''s Industrial Manufacturing Solutions are too big, too difficult, and too expensive? Our 30,000 midsize customers beg to differ. Companies like yours get powerful, proven solutions that are developed with industry specific functionality, live in as little as sixteen weeks, and delivered with fixed, affordable pricing. Smart solutions that save you time and money. That''s no myth. With more than 30,000 companies under $1 billion and over 80 percent of Read More

The Biggest SAP Product Launch in a Quarter Century and What it Means to ERP


SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP's next-generation business suite, is being touted as the company's largest product development undertaking since the launch of the venerable client/server SAP R/3 offering in 1992. TEC's principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes an in-depth look at S/4HANA in his latest product note, including the advances made with the new product and how they result in the solution's promised simplicity, speed, and flexibility. SAP's release event left him with lots of questions though, and he explores how current customer migration will work and what challenges users and SAP may face in S/4HANA adoption and deployment.

sap or  Biggest SAP Product Launch in a Quarter Century and What it Means to ERP SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP''s next-generation business suite, is being touted as the company''s largest product development undertaking since the launch of the venerable client/server SAP R/3 offering in 1992. TEC''s principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes an in-depth look at S/4HANA in his latest product note, including the advances made with the new product and how they result in the solution''s promised Read More