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To illustrate the capabilities, here are quite a few free resources which may help you with some issues in Finance and Business Intelligence (BI, BW).

 

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Various application tools used for SAP Upgrades

While SAP is a fully inclusive and integrated platform which considers all aspects and facets of business applications, it may sometimes be necessary, and even imperative for SAP user – clients to introduce, enforce and deploy upgrades. The business functioning environment may have changed, due to vertical integration, or even due to business mergers, amalgamation and takeovers, and thus, it now becomes necessary to conduct and enforce new SAP Programs and Upgrades to suit the new demands of business. It could either be in terms of complete overhauling of existing platforms or may be in line with software and other kinds of upgrades, depending upon the scope, level and intensity of changed business environment. Read the rest of this entry »

SAP opens its software under GPL

SAP is one of the largest software corporations in the world. It ranks at the same level as such giants as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft.

SAP mostly operates on the corporate market: its most widely-known software is its ERP system. Recently SAP also moved to in-memory database areas with HANA, and also acquired a lot of companies in mobile and other market segments.

One of the products that SAP offers is their database MaxDB. This is an entry-level database management system, compatible with their ERP product among other applications. There was a time when MaxDB was available under GPL license. It is no longer so, as of release 7.6.

However, SAP announced on the 1st of April 2014 another strategic change in their licensing model. Not only MaxDB, but a whole set of other SAP applications, including ERP system, will be GPL-licensed.

If you are not aware what GPL license is, I can give you a simple example: this is the license that allows Unix, Linux and other software to be free and open to everyone. Free as a beer and free as freedom.

SAP Expert welcomes this change and hopes that SAP and SAP eco-system will only benefit from this wise decision.

Before you start ranting… please note – this article was published on the 1st of April 2014… don’t be silly ;-)

 

10 simple steps to move Tax Codes between SAP clients and systems

SAP Expert recently wrote about the mechanism that allows moving configuration objects between clients in the SAP system and between the systems themselves.

This mechanism, the Transport System, is used for almost all the objects in SAP. However, there are some exceptions that require “special treatment”. One of them is Tax Codes.

SAP Expert believes there are at present no SAP Finance-related blogs, sites, or other resources that have reference to the tax code transport procedure. It is now SAP Expert’s turn to write about it. Read the rest of this entry »

Poll results for most expected SAP Expert articles

SAP Expert announced a poll recently about the articles that would be most interesting for you, the readers.

It is time now to announce the results.

In total, 13 people cast their votes.

  1. The most votes got the “SAP technical advice” option – 11 out of 13 people want to see more of them.
  2. The second place got the “SAP career advice option” with 9 votes.
  3. The third place holds the “Interview” option with 7 votes.

Here is the diagram of the votes.

poll results

I would like to thank all those who dedicated a bit of their time to help improve the site. SAP Expert will take your requirements into consideration. You can follow the blog to get fresh articles quicker.

In the meantime, I’d like ask you to give me ideas about the people whom you’d like SAP Expert to interview. Names, positions, probably contact details – all would be useful. Even if you want to be interviewed yourself – it can be considered. You can do this either in comments below, or contact SAP Expert via other methods.

SAP Transport system explained (for dummies)

Aligning objects in different systems is one of the most challenging aspects of having a system landscape with several systems in it. SAP Expert previously wrote about a method of aligning SAP master data objects like Cost and Profit Centres or GL accounts.

The generic tool in SAP that allows movement of configuration between the systems is Transport System. Usually changes to configuration objects are only allowed in the Development system. Each change is then recorded in the Transport Request. Initially each modifiable transport request only contains links to the objects. These links may help you to monitor the history of changes. Read the rest of this entry »

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