|Get the Reporting You Want on the SAP NetWeaver
Improving business performance is a key driver in most companies. For
SAP customers, you are either moving toward or have already made a wise
investment in SAP NetWeaver as the platform to enable managing your business.
Cognos can help you achieve your business performance goals by leveraging
and extending these investments.
In partnership with SAP — and with deep, SAP NetWeaver certified
integrations to SAP Enterprise Portal, SAP Business Intelligence (SAP
BI), and the SAP Web Application Server, three technology components of
SAP NetWeaver — Cognos can extend and enhance the value of your
investment, resulting in:
- More users leveraging the value of all the information available
from SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), the core product of
SAP BI, for decision-making
- Self-service and increased reporting flexibility for non-power users
- Ability to amortize your overall business intelligence investment
over a larger number of users
- Most importantly, your ability to run your business intelligently
by providing SAP BI insights to the right users, at the right time,
in the right format
A key to achieving these results is to extend reporting capabilities
and improve managed reporting performance seamlessly in the interface
your employees use today — the Web browser and enterprise portal.
By helping employees at all levels to create, format, and access business
reports, you expand the reach and impact of the information available
within SAP BW. Standardizing on a single set of reporting tools improves
the adoption and usefulness of the business information. It also avoids
costs stemming from duplicated training, maintenance, administration,
additional servers, and redundant support. This helps to lower TCO and
deliver faster ROI.
When implementing third-party reporting products, SAP customers require
a solution that meets SAP’s stringent integration and certification
requirements and augments SAP’s BI capabilities. Cognos ReportNet
has garnered this integration certification.
Certified Enterprise Reporting Powered
by SAP NetWeaver
Cognos ReportNet delivers global-scale enterprise reporting
leveraging SAP BW information. Cognos’ reporting software lets you
create, modify, and distribute any report your company requires —
invoices, statements, weekly sales and inventory reports — over
What’s more, Cognos ReportNet is one of the first enterprise applications
to be certified as Powered by SAP NetWeaver for its integration
with SAP NetWeaver, SAP’s open integration and application platform.
To achieve this status, Cognos successfully completed the certification
tests for deployment of Cognos Dispatcher Service — a component
of Cognos ReportNet — on SAP Web Application Server. This certification
extends Cognos ReportNet’s existing SAP certified integration, which
includes Cognos Driver for BAPI (certified for SAP NetWeaver for integration
via OLAP BAPI) and pre-packaged iViews (certified for SAP NetWeaver for
integration via SAP Enterprise Portal).
These certifications ensure that, when implementing Cognos ReportNet
with SAP NetWeaver, you gain:
- Confidence and integrity of results by leveraging your investment
in security, business content, and business rules, including hierarchies,
multiple languages and currencies, and more
- Time savings and simplicity with a seamless, easy portal experience
for your business users to get the information they need in a familiar
- Reduced costs and simplified maintenance by utilizing your existing
IT environment to deploy the reporting — from using the SAP BW
application for as much of the query processing as possible, to deploying
the reporting solution on the Web Application Servers already in place
The depth of technical integration and the Powered by SAP NetWeaver
status combined enables this value and gives you peace of mind with no
rework and no duplication of infrastructure.
Specific Benefits of Cognos ReportNet with SAP NetWeaver
“SAP BW customers looking to standardize on a single set of tools
for their reporting should look very seriously at Cognos ReportNet,”
confirms Colin White, President and Founder of the analyst firm BI Research.
“It offers excellent support for SAP BW through SAP-certified BAPI
integration, sound MDX language capabilities, and exploitation of the
customer’s existing SAP BW data and business rules.”
Cognos ReportNet brings benefits to SAP customers running SAP NetWeaver,
and specifically SAP BI, by building on the capabilities already available
in SAP BI in two key areas:
Cognos ReportNet delivers expanded functionality for reporting, featuring:
- Packaged SAP-certified iViews, which allow users to access reports
through SAP Enterprise Portal
- Web access to reports and reporting tools, with ad hoc reporting
and drag-and-drop functionality available from a browser
- Adaptive layout capabilities, for easy, intuitive report creation
- A range of formatting options, from simple to highly formatted “pixel-perfect”
- A metadata model to simplify the user’s view of the data and
enable cross-InfoProvider and cross-functional reporting off heterogeneous
With Cognos ReportNet, any user can build a simple report in an intuitive
way, with tables, cross tabs, graphics, ad hoc filters, and calculations.
You don’t have to define “absolute positioning” of each
report object — instead, you can simply drag and drop report objects
onto a blank page.
With these capabilities, you can create more sophisticated reports,
whether they are managed reports, production reports, one-time ad hoc
reports or interactive, daily production reports. You can combine multiple
elements on a single page, and include multiple logical pages, statement
layouts, multi-query compound report pages, or embedded dynamic objects
in a single report. You can include prompts, embedded links, or “live”
windows with external Web applications conditional formatting and layout,
or even Web content and drop-down menus that appear when the user scrolls
over product data (see Figure 1).
|Formatted Report Linked to Related Information and Web
Cognos ReportNet also draws on the multilingual and global business
rules in SAP BW. Using a single report, ReportNet will automatically recognize
a recipient’s browser settings (country and language) will display
the metadata and report content in any SAP BW-supported language, using
the correct date formats, currency, and other localization specifics.
Report recipients will appreciate Cognos ReportNet features such as report
scheduling, distribution, and “bursting” for bringing fast
performance for managed reporting, efficient accessibility, broad information
sharing, and accurate data updates to their reports.
Because Cognos ReportNet can schedule reports to run at off-peak hours,
it can save the resulting report (formatting and all) for access at the
user’s convenience, with appropriate security permissions.
Bursting is the ability to execute a large report once, divide the report
into the appropriate segments, and distribute those segments to the intended
recipients — something of particular value in production-level reports
such as Web invoicing. Bursting ensures network and processing efficiency
because the data is read only once. Scheduling bursted reports for off-peak
hours leads to additional efficiency in production reporting. This information
can then be distributed by sending the actual report in HTML, or as a
PDF, via e-mail, or to a printer.
Business intelligence solutions must answer three fundamental questions:
How did we do? How are we doing? Where do we go from here?
To extend the ability to share the answers to these questions with your
entire company, look to broaden your reporting capabilities and drive
business performance improvements. Easy-to-use reporting on SAP NetWeaver
with Cognos ReportNet is one way to make this a success.
For more information, please visit www.cognos.com/sapinsider.
To learn more about SAP NetWeaver, visit www.sap.com/netweaver.
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Your Data Quality Efforts Using
Inside SAP NetWeaver
Director Global Alliances,
How good is the quality of the data behind your business decisions?
Consider especially the critical impact of accurate business partner
information when it comes to:
- Risk Management — Understanding and managing total risk
exposure and aggressively collecting on high-risk accounts
- Sales and Marketing — Effectively determining your most
profitable customers and the optimal prospects to target
- Supply Management — Understanding the amounts being spent
with suppliers to better negotiate terms
The quality of the information to support decisions in these areas
doesn’t just affect the outcome of these decisions —
it directly impacts the profitability of those decisions.
How do you not only access high-quality master data, but also ensure
that it is consistent across your application systems?
Ensure Consistent Business Partner Data for Your Entire
SAP System Landscape
Utilizing D&B within your SAP NetWeaver landscape can help you
integrate quality business information centrally in your SAP system
landscape. D&B has over 160 years of experience in collecting,
aggregating, and enhancing data to transform it into quality information
that drives profitable decisions. By employing D&B data in SAP
Master Data Management (SAP MDM) as well as leveraging SAP Exchange
Infrastructure (SAP XI) — both components of SAP NetWeaver
— you can be confident that your decisions are based on quality
How Are D&B
Content and Services Used in SAP
There are two options for integrating D&B data into your business
partner master data with SAP MDM. To simply enhance current business
partners stored in the Master Data Server (MDS) of SAP MDM, you
would take a file-based approach. This manual process allows you
to exchange data files with D&B and upload the data received
from D&B to the MDS in SAP MDM.
If you need to connect in real-time to D&B to determine a
business partner’s DUNS Number or to retrieve D&B online
data products, you would use SAP XI. The data retrieved from D&B
is stored directly with the business partner master record and can
be shared across the enterprise.
You can utilize D&B data within each of the three scenarios
available with SAP MDM:
- With Content Consolidation, you can populate
the D&B DUNS Number into your transaction systems. During
record matching in SAP MDM, this allows you to perform a match
based on a unique key to identify duplicates within your Business
Partner and/or customer master file.
- Master Data Harmonization allows you not only
to populate the D&B DUNS Number, but also to search the D&B
database for new Business Partners to ensure duplicates are not
created in your transaction systems. You then push the D&B
data to your client systems.
- Central Master Data Management allows you
to employ the first two scenarios and then create all new Business
Partners within SAP MDM utilizing D&B data.
Not only do you enhance consistency and reduce the potential for
duplicate records throughout your SAP landscape, but by leveraging
D&B processes within your SAP MDM system you will be confident
that your database contains comprehensive, quality business data
to support more profitable decision-making.
For additional information, please contact your local D&B sales
representative, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit www.dnb.com/sap.
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|Lighthammer and SAP Deliver Real-Time Manufacturing
Performance Improvement (MPI)
Director of Marketing,
For any enterprise, remaining competitive in a tough, global economy
requires a commitment to continuous improvement along with the latest
information on which to base critical business decisions. With geographically
diverse production facilities, value chains, and demand chains, manufacturers
face a tough challenge in collecting and assimilating information.
Manufacturers employ dashboard and performance improvement initiatives
to deal with the tremendous pressure to cut costs, improve quality, and
increase responsiveness in their operations. But often the data required
to generate metrics and measure the impact of these initiatives is locked
up in a myriad of applications and databases from multiple suppliers.
And the volume of data required can paralyze an organization without an
adequate platform to deal with it.
The MPI Solution: The Intelligent Way to Boost Manufacturing
To meet these challenges, Lighthammer, one of the leaders in Enterprise
Manufacturing Intelligence software, created Manufacturing Performance
Improvement (MPI), a composite application built on the SAP NetWeaver
platform. MPI is designed to allow SAP customers to implement manufacturing
dashboard, lean manufacturing, and six sigma programs quickly and with
a high degree of success.
Lighthammer’s MPI is a platform for improvement applications that
generates alerts based on real-time plant-floor information from multiple
processes, lines, and plants throughout your enterprise. MPI connects
to and aggregates data across the manufacturing landscape, providing greater
operational visibility. Users gain access to real-time information based
on both plant and enterprise applications simultaneously, without
the need to replicate any data. With this unique platform, users can share
manufacturing and quality information across the supply chain.
Real-Time Access to Manufacturing Data
MPI leverages Lighthammer’s unifying data access services to connect
to virtually any source for manufacturing data — whether it is control,
time-series, maintenance, quality, or other data — from all major
vendors, including legacy applications. With MPI’s
wizards, users easily define metrics, alert
thresholds, and corrective actions.
Of course, rapid event notification and responsiveness to alerts are
requirements for improving performance. So MPI provides a role-based,
browser interface to display metrics and alerts. Users can investigate
alerts by drilling into a metric’s source data and can take action
to resolve the issue. MPI captures a user’s response for future
analysis. Users may analyze actions to determine the most successful responses
to be used in defining best practices. Rapid notification and response
to alerts are required to improve performance.
MPI on SAP NetWeaver enables subject-matter experts anywhere in the
organization or its value chain to work together to solve problems through
the SAP Enterprise Portal. Actions may be taken in any mySAP Business
Suite application to resolve a problem rapidly — and, of course,
the sooner a user responds to a problem, the smaller the impact of that
problem on the business.
Better Data, Improved Decision-Making, Greater Value
Manufacturing information architectures are
typically compilations of off-the-shelf and
homegrown applications, each serving its
own valuable purpose. To extend the value
of each of these individual systems, companies
need an approach that can link their content
together, rather than replicating it. Providing
up-to-the-minute information about the current
conditions and capabilities of manufacturing
activities enhances decision-making across
the company, but even more dramatic results
are achieved when enterprise data is linked
with plant/manufacturing data.
To learn more about MPI, please visit Lighthammer at www.lighthammer.com/MPI.
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|Mind Your Content
How Merant Collage Extends SAP NetWeaver with Built-In Web Content Management
Director of Strategic Alliances,
An SAP Enterprise Portal is ideal for aggregating all types of information
from a people-centric perspective and providing a unified interface that
spans applications and users across the enterprise.
But to make your SAP portal solution effective, content must be kept
fresh, relevant, and timely. This can only be achieved when you make it
easy for domain experts to update the portal content themselves.
Remember, your contributors aren’t particularly interested in the
mechanics of getting content into HTML and seeing that it’s deployed
to the right locations at the right time. You need a contribution engine
and content management process, accessible from within the SAP environment,
that anyone can use.
Enhanced Web Content Management for Even Greater SAP NetWeaver
Web content management with Merant Collage can dramatically reduce the
time, resources, and risk of error involved in getting fresh content to
your SAP Enterprise Portal. It breaks through the webmaster bottleneck
so that more people can post their own content, and it makes it even easier
for IT staff to manage portal infrastructure.
With the combination of SAP NetWeaver and Merant Collage, organizations
- More effective Web site collaboration across organizational boundaries
- Increased Web maintenance productivity while maximizing the value
of existing infrastructure
- Fewer incidents of lost or erroneous data resulting in legal or financial
For example, a large paper company in the eastern U.S. recently selected
an SAP NetWeaver/Merant Collage solution specifically because it offered
the ideal integration of Enhanced Web Content Management and portal technology.
The solution was selected above 13 other contenders for the portal implementation.
Merant Collage won on points of ease of use, quick implementation within
the SAP NetWeaver environment, and indications of realizing clear ROI
in the very near future.
Why Merant Collage Is the Choice for SAP Customers
Merant Collage has an open, standards-based J2EE architecture that is
easily implemented in your existing environment. With Powered by SAP
NetWeaver status, Merant Collage integrates seamlessly into the SAP
NetWeaver stack right out of the box (see Figure 1).
It can be deployed on the SAP Web Application Server and accessed directly
through the SAP Enterprise Portal via a prebuilt iView to provide robust
capabilities for updating, contributing, and publishing content and other
digital assets directly within the portal environment.
|Architecture of Current Merant Collage/SAP NetWeaver
Integration, Along with Additional Solutions Planned for Future SAP
Merant Collage makes it possible for IT staffs to integrate enterprise
content from both SAP and non-SAP sources — leading to increased
productivity, efficiency, and collaboration across the extended enterprise.
Collage’s intuitive end-user interface, strong task management,
workflow, and content contribution engine integrate easily with common
desktop applications such as Microsoft Office and Macromedia Dreamweaver.
What’s more, SAP Enterprise Portal users do not have to leave the
portal environment to access Merant Collage and contribute content or
manage their Web pages. Using SAP iViews, users can retrieve, search,
and contribute information to or from the Collage system, enabling content
to be easily added, managed, and retrieved via the portal (see Figure
2). Automated workflow and task management in Collage can even
“push” personalized tasks to portal users — which keeps
|Merant Collage’s Inbox iView Supports Content
Management Directly from the Portal
As a result, your organization gains better control to expedite the process
of contributing to and maintaining Web sites, including contributions
from both technical and non-technical users who may be the domain experts
for the content.
Doing More with Less: A Shared Vision
Merant Collage supports the SAP vision of using SAP NetWeaver to help
companies reduce cost and leverage existing investments in heterogeneous
With Merant Collage and the SAP Enterprise Portal, you can ease the
burden on IT, assure the integrity of your Web sites during frequent changes
and updates, and create more effective portals with fast, fresh content
updates. Content owners are empowered to do more of their own “webmastering”
within the convenience of the SAP environment, the IT team achieves enhanced
control on content with less overhead, and your organization achieves
faster time-to-Web with fewer errors and delays.
The Collage integration to SAP is just the starting point. Merant’s
other change management applications for developers are also planned to
integrate appropriately into the SAP NetWeaver stack in the future. Working
together with SAP, Merant will continue to help organizations streamline
the development and change management of assets across the entire IT ecosystem,
regardless of the underlying infrastructure.
For more information on Merant Collage, please visit www.merant.com/
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Your Company’s Profitability
Through Smarter Pricing Metreo Smart Pricing
Suite for SAP NetWeaver
To predict and quickly react to changing market conditions that impact
your profitability, internal analysis can only take you so far. You must
understand what drives your customers’ buying behavior — and
know when to let your competitors take the business you don’t want.
Metreo Smart Pricing Suite puts a strategic focus on
how prices are set, negotiated, and managed. Metreo’s pricing solution
builds on the value of your SAP investment, allowing companies to achieve
greater profitability through smarter pricing. It is SAP NetWeaver certification
that will enable Metreo to integrate seamlessly with the SAP Enterprise
Portal, so that users can leverage Metreo’s Smart Pricing Suite
for optimal price setting, consistent price execution, and powerful price
analytics — all to dramatically improve the profitability of each
NetWeaver enables SAP customers to realize a lower TCO by enabling them
not only to more quickly and cost-effectively deploy the Metreo solution,
but also to leverage the Metreo solution along with the data in their
existing SAP systems to significantly increase their profitability by
as much as 18%. In fact, one Metreo customer, a Fortune 500 manufacturing
company, has reported more than a $20 million increase in margins in a
Metreo’s Smart Pricing Suite adds precision and profitability
at all three stages of the pricing process (see Figure 1):
|Metro Smart Pricing Suite Integrates with the SAP NetWeaver
Price performance measurement and improvement
opportunity scenarios leveraging SAP’s
consolidated financial information from various
parts of the enterprise.
Price planning and customer segmentation using
the wealth of SAP transactional data to better
understand the products customers want and
the price they are willing to pay for those
products, resulting in improved financial
Price execution for faster and more profitable
customer deal evaluation and negotiation at
For more on how to reap the full benefits of your investments in SAP
with the Metreo Smart Pricing Suite, visit www.metreo.com.
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|SAP NetWeaver and NRX VIP
Driving Operational Excellence at Conectiv Energy
Vice President Alliances,
NRX Global Corp.
Capital-intensive organizations have embraced business process improvement
initiatives that enhance asset reliability and availability — both
important contributors to Return on Assets (ROA). SAP customers searching
for ways to optimize assets through improved maintenance processes should
consider NRX VIP.
Enhancing and Extending EAM Functionality
VIP is a composite application built on the
SAP NetWeaver platform. VIP enhances and
extends Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
system usability and functionality by providing
users with a single, role-based point of
access to a collaborative, transactional
workspace. Critical functions and information
from multiple plant systems are brought together
into this one workspace, allowing users across
the maintenance, operations, engineering,
and supply chain functions to share information
and seamlessly execute processes.
built a new plant utilizing state-of-the-art automation technology,
and the NRX software complements this with state-of- the-art information
—Howard Ward, Plant
Manager, Conectiv Energy
Conectiv Energy is a power generation company operating in a very competitive
energy market in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Recognizing that effective
maintenance processes are key factors for success, Conectiv turned to
NRX’s VIP, built on SAP NetWeaver, for its newly commissioned $600
million power-generating facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Immediate Access to Current and Comprehensive Asset Information
To effectively utilize SAP’s Plant Maintenance (PM) module, Conectiv
needed to prepare its equipment and material data as part of the PM implementation
process. Conectiv’s OEM suppliers and contractors had delivered
volumes of documentation to the new plant during construction. The manuals
contained critical information such as equipment Bills of Material and
exploded parts diagrams used in the maintenance work management and supply
chain processes. Conectiv will use VIP’s
Asset Data Management functionality to reduce
the costs and complexity of digitizing, cleansing,
integrating, and synchronizing this information
with SAP Plant Maintenance functionality.
Improving Usability to Increase Productivity
Plant workers spend significant time waiting
or looking for information. Conectiv realized
that VIP could significantly reduce this nonproductive
time, allowing workers to spend more time maintaining
equipment and planning jobs. Conectiv’s critical equipment information resided in disparate
applications that were the domain of a small group of power users. “Each
of our plant applications fulfills a specific and specialized role,”
said George Muller, Manager Information Technology Business at Conectiv
Energy. “These largely operate as individual silos — without
the benefit of a hub to integrate them. VIP provides improved efficiency
with a role-based interface that both integrates applications and provides
electronic asset content that is structured and actionable with these
applications.” VIP includes prepackaged
and tailored views for key functional roles
including plant managers, operators, planners,
schedulers, craftsmen, engineers, and procurement
By making asset management functions directly accessible to a broader
range of users, organizations can spend more time on actual proactive
maintenance activities — activities that can inevitably improve
asset reliability and availability, as well as ROA.
For more information on the SAP and NRX relationship, visit www.nrx.com
and www.sap.com, or contact
the author of this article at +1 416 306-3387 or email@example.com.
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NetWeaver & SEEBURGER Ensure that
Your Business Partners Are Fully Integrated
into Your Business Processes
Director of Business Development,
Over the last decade, those companies that have managed their core business
operations the most efficiently and effectively have gained competitive
advantage and garnered a higher percentage of market share. We’re
seeing a renewed emphasis on core applications and back-office processes
in financials, human resources, and purchasing, among other business areas.
However, as market leading companies have managed to focus on business
fundamentals — providing a quality product or service to the consumer
in a timely fashion — they have also realized that, in a real-time
economy, the underlying technology is a key to their competitive advantage.
As companies expand into global marketplaces, as products become more
complex, as consumers demand quality products in a shorter time frame,
an organization’s ability to manage the informational flow becomes
extremely important. Integration technology can populate this information
across the organization, as well as through the extended supply chain,
where economies of scale mean more noticeable return on investment. The
fundamental technology that market-leading companies have used for over
20 years to exchange critical information such as purchase orders, invoices,
and delivery forecasts is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). In 2004,
this has not changed.
All of this might sound familiar, but the shift is in where and how you
use the business content you gain from this integration. Internal and
external collaboration solutions are no longer just simply toolsets that
facilitate translation, routing, and communication — they are core
components of your IT landscape that are critical to your operational
planning and, ultimately, to your bottom line.
reasons point in favor of investing in the SEEBURGER EDI Adapters.
We decided in favor of the SEEBURGER solution because we are convinced
by SEEBURGER’s enduring relationship with SAP, the rich technical
functionality of their solution, and the documented ease of integration
with SAP NetWeaver (SAP XI). The ease of configuration combined
with the professional and responsive implementation team ensures
that we have the right long-term EDI solution.”
—Pete Dukelow, Director
of E-Business, BreconRidge Manufacturing Solutions
With the introduction of SAP NetWeaver, SAP has brought internal and
external integration and collaboration into their core functionality.
SEEBURGER has partnered with SAP to provide both EDI adapters and industry
expertise in the area of EDI. What does this mean for SAP customers?
- With the SAP NetWeaver infrastructure, you have the ability to reduce
the number of information hand-offs and potential failure points between
applications and trading partners
- You gain long-term stability and reusable business content throughout
SAP applications, with offerings that will still be relevant as your
IT landscape grows and changes
- You can more easily integrate a range of trading partners with enablement
solutions, which drive higher ROI for your business processes
Often with best-of-breed integration solutions, the data passed between
your organization and your partners did not always find its way into your
back-office to help shape strategic planning or operational decision-making.
And while full integration of your extended supply chain is the goal,
it has typically been difficult to truly integrate all your trading partners
— especially smaller partners. SAP NetWeaver and SEEBURGER can help
on both counts.
Partners, Long-Term Success
SEEBURGER is a longstanding partner with SAP.
Since 1995, over 1,000 SAP customers around
the globe utilize SEEBURGER’s solutions
to solve external integration issues. Our worldwide
consulting organization has core competencies
in the area of trading partner integration
regardless of industry or geography, and our
solution has stayed the path to ensure our
customers’ ongoing success:
- Certified for all versions of
SAP R/3 3.x and SAP R/3 4.x
- EDI-certified since 1996
- ALE-certified since 1998
- SAP/XML-certified since 2000
- Provider of EDI Adapters for SAP
Exchange Infrastructure since 2003
Business Content Without Boundaries
Wherever electronic collaboration takes place, organizations achieve an
initial ROI from automating manual processes; however, further benefits
come from using this business content throughout the application landscape.
This is the role that SAP NetWeaver plays, with components such as SAP
Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), SAP Enterprise Portal (SAP EP),
and SAP Suppler Relationship Management (SAP SRM). Examples of benefits
- Business intelligence — With SAP NetWeaver,
you can combine business content from your extended supply chain and
combine it with the analytics functionality of SAP BW for integrated
supply chain and exception management reporting
- Supply chain management — Using SAP Enterprise
Portal, you can access Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) functionality
via a portal interface
- Supplier relationship management — With SAP
SRM, you can provide one interface, including portal access, traditional
EDI, and XML collaboration, to all suppliers for 100% supplier enablement
is pleased to expand our relationship with SEEBURGER to ultimately
extend the functionality of the SAP Exchange Infrastructure. Our
customers will benefit by more easily building integrated processes
with their business partners in an efficient, reliable, and secure
manner, whether the integration is based on existing EDI technology
or emerging Internet standards.”
Member of the Extended Management Board, SAP NetWeaver
Enabling Smaller Trading Partners
Organizations have always been challenged when trying to integrate 100%
of their trading partners. Smaller organizations faced technical and economic
barriers to enter this collaborative environment in the past; however,
newer technology solutions are now available to the market. Unfortunately,
many larger organizations have not implemented these offerings for their
smaller trading partners, so inefficiency and manual process gaps still
exist through much of the extended supply chain. To close these gaps,
SEEBURGER provides flexible solutions such as:
- WebEDI — Browser-based access allows partners
to manage their document exchange
- Hub & Spoke — A spoke provides translation
and communication to the hub, as well as supports basic integration
with a supplier’s backend application
- Paper2ERP — Automated processing made possible
for paper-based documents by converting inbound faxes into a usable
data format such as Flat File, IDOC, or XML, with the help of innovative
recognition and crosschecking technology.
Continuity in a Tumultuous World
In a business climate where change is the
only constant, it’s important
to know that SAP looks out for its customers’ needs — including
visionary solutions to ensure that your business partners are integrated
into your business processes. Decision-makers face many choices when looking
at integration solution providers, and we have all seen the rise and fall
of best-of-breed integration solutions. For long-term success, you need
vendors who will be beside you every step of the way and who will still
be in business when the dust settles — experts
like SAP and SEEBURGER.
For more information on SEEBURGER’s solutions for SAP customers,
or visit www.seeburger.com.
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Real-time Performance Management (RtPM)
Business Package Delivers Enterprise-Level
SAP Enterprise Portal Users
Director of ERP Integration,
One new strength of the SAP/OSIsoft partnership
is its ability to offer SAP customers vital information from more than
400 different sensor-based systems and IT agents as part of their SAP
Enterprise Portal through SAP-certified interfaces. OSIsoft has had a
partnership with SAP since 1996, delivering standard, certified interfaces
to SAP manufacturing modules PP-PI, QM, and PM. OSIsoft’s RtPM (Real-time
Performance Management) provides customers with a platform for data collection,
analysis, distribution, and visualization. Now OSIsoft delivers these
RtPM data iViews to SAP NetWeaver with the Real-Time Performance
Management Business Package (RtBusinessPackage).
To quickly react to changing business conditions, take corrective action
before operations go off course, and maximize strategic opportunities,
companies need visibility into real-time data generated across your organization.
But how do you capture, access, and distribute this business-critical
operational and enterprise-level information?
Now, SAP and OSIsoft customers have the ability to see their entire
enterprise in one portal view. With the RtBusinessPackage, OSIsoft brings
its real-time data platform to SAP Enterprise Portal, part of SAP NetWeaver,
SAP’s open application and integration infrastructure.
To support proactive business decisions, OSIsoft’s RtBusinessPackage
uses KPIs from SAP and manufacturing to drive improved performance in
asset utilization, supply chain management, and product life cycle management,
and then delivers that information to SAP portal users through collections
of iViews. Figure 1 displays a collection of graphics,
trending, and event iViews from the RtBusinessPackage. In this case, the
focus is on operational, plant systems information, but the data could
just as well represent network traffic and IT performance management,
or inventory and geographic distribution of that inventory — any
time-based data scenario.
|OSIsoft Data in SAP Enterprise Portal iViews
RtBusinessPackage is part of the OSIsoft RtPM platform, which includes
RtBaseline to gather data from sensor-based systems and IT agents and
RtAnalysis for calculations, alerts, and event management. With iViews
for use across all SAP Enterprise Portal roles, the RtBusiness Package
offers graphics, trending, alerts, and event notification, as well as
supporting iViews for OSIsoft-certified manufacturing products, to reach
users across your enterprise. With a real-time view into your organization,
you have tools to drive collaboration and intelligent actions for improved
operational and enterprise-level decision-making.
For more information on OSIsoft, visit www.osisoft.com.
Please direct specific questions on OSIsoft’s offerings for SAP
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|SAP Integration Certified Data Quality Solution:
Trillium Software Brings Data Quality Functionality to SAP R/3, mySAP
CRM, and Other SAP Solutions for Postal Validation, Duplicate Check,
and Error Tolerant Search
Vice President of
Marketing for Trillium Software,
A Division of Harte-Hanks
Organizations have invested in SAP solutions to gain a holistic view
of their logistical, financial, and informational processes. SAP provides
unmatched functionality to integrate these operational processes and enable
intelligent business functions. For these systems to be truly effective,
the underlying data must also be of the highest quality: cleansed, standardized,
enriched, and linked.
Data quality is critical during conversions and migrations, as well
as ongoing real-time operational processes. Common problems with business
partner or address data include:
- Incorrectly fielded data
- Data containing typing or user errors
- Non-standard designations
- Invalid postal information
- Duplication of master records
The Trillium Software Data Quality Connector for SAP solutions greatly
reduces development and implementation costs by intelligently cleansing
business partner and address data in SAP solutions through parsing, standardizing,
linking, and processing global data to accurately cleanse and link data
using localized country-specific rules. The Trillium Software System (Version
6.0) has achieved SAP’s integration certification status for both
Duplicate Check/Error Tolerant Search (BC-BAS-DES) and Postal Validation
Specialized components of the Trillium Software System provide SAP users
and administrators integrated functionality that improves data at
its source in both batch and real time. Because the Trillium Software
Data Quality Connector for SAP solutions is implemented as a Business
Add-In for both SAP R/3 4.6 and SAP Web Application Server 6.20 or higher,
any SAP application subscribing to SAP’s Business Address Services
(BAS) framework can take advantage of Trillium Software functionality.
SAP Web Application Server is the technology stack of SAP NetWeaver, SAP’s
open application and integration platform.
By improving the data quality of your
business partner and address data, you’ll
gain some exciting benefits:
- Data that conforms to SAP standards
- Standardized, enriched, and correctly
linked database records
- Increased efficiency in matching
customer records with the local postal
- Increased billing efficiency with
valid billing addresses
- Increased marketing efficiency
by eliminating duplicates
- Increased business intelligence
and reporting accuracy
- Decreased time to process orders
and de-duplicate customers
How It Works
The Trillium Software Data Quality Connector for SAP solutions works as
either a batch or real-time process. The batch connector allows SAP administrators
to cleanse data “in place” without unloading or reloading
the database. The real-time connector cleanses data at the point of entry
during users’ “create” and “change” transactions
(e.g., Create Customer, Create Vendor, Create Partner). The connector
is implemented at the SAP R/3 or SAP Web Application Server layer for
availability across the entire SAP environment, and can be customized
and configured through a set of extensible business rules files, as well
as through customization transactions available in the SAP IMG.
Trillium Software can also be implemented outside of BAS to cleanse, standardize,
enhance, and link business data such as material master data. The Trillium
Software System lets data quality be integrated at every data touch point
in your organization — call centers, sales staff, customer support,
and the Web.
For additional information on Trillium Software’s participation
in the SAP Software Partner program, visit www.trilliumsoftware.com/sap
or contact us for more details at SAPInfo@trilliumsoftware.com.
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|SAP and Vendavo Help SAP Customers Price
More Effectively, Turning Pricing Insights into Profits
SAP customers are always looking for ways to leverage their investments
and deliver more value to their businesses. One of the areas garnering
a lot of attention lately is more effective pricing.
While pricing is recognized as a critical driver in improving corporate
net margins — by anywhere from 10% to 60% — many obstacles
hinder companies’ efforts in achieving these gains:
- Executives lack visibility into what is driving good and bad pricing
- Business and pricing analysts cannot identify problem areas or opportunities
- Companies lack the tools to execute better pricing decisions
|Executive Dashboard, One of Many Views in Vendavo’s
That’s why Vendavo has become an SAP xApps partner. Pricing Analytics,
a composite application from Vendavo, brings together relevant data from
across the mySAP Business Suite, provides users with a highly interactive,
visual, and intuitive interface (see Figure 1), and delivers
powerful pricing analytics that bring pricing data alive:
Full integration into SAP NetWeaver provides pricing collaboration and
decision-making across the mySAP Business Suite
Technology executives leverage their existing SAP investments and the
SAP NetWeaver platform to deliver more value to the business
Executives gain real-time visibility into what is driving good and poor
pricing performance across every aspect of the business
Business and pricing analysts leverage unique pricing-specific analytics
to pinpoint opportunities to dramatically improve net margins
Pricing Analytics by Vendavo complements the powerful tools provided
by SAP NetWeaver. Vendavo’s unique analytical frameworks for pricing
decisions also complement the ability to integrate, analyze, and disseminate
relevant and timely information provided through SAP Business Information
Let’s look at some examples of how a company might use Pricing
Analytics by Vendavo.
Pinpoint Where Pricing Is Costing You Profits
Executives, such as general managers and
senior VPs, intuitively know that their profits
vary widely by customer, product, region, and
so forth, but cannot really pinpoint where
those “leakages” are or how
they are occurring. With Pricing Analytics by Vendavo, the answers to
these questions literally jump out. In fact, many companies are surprised
to find that “star” customers
are actually money losers while other, less
visible customers are solid performers.
are surprised to find that “star” customers are actually
money losers while other, less visible customers are solid performers.
The same may be true for some account managers or regions that consistently
“blow away their numbers” yet are actually blowing a hole
in profits. Ditto for product lines, customer segments, and channels.
With Pricing Analytics by Vendavo, these business users can leverage the
rich information from across the mySAP Business Suite and improve their
Look to SAP and Vendavo to Help Achieve More Effective Pricing
Beyond the analytics component of Vendavo,
several joint SAP and Vendavo customers
are leveraging the price recommendation and
negotiation capabilities of Vendavo to extend
SAP’s price administration and quote/contract
management. With this end-to-end solution,
the insights gained from the pricing analytics
drive price recommendations and empower sales
teams to make every negotiation more profitable.
This integrated solution combines the best
of both companies: innovative pricing technology
and proven applications that SAP customers
rely on to run their businesses day in and
Price recommendation and negotiation are where “the rubber hits
the road” for better pricing in business-to-business environments.
The key to higher profits is empowering those who are making the pricing
decisions in the front lines: your sales team. First, take the insights
from analytics and turn them into guidance on how every transaction should
be priced. Then, armed with this guidance, empower sales teams and executives
to negotiate multiple pricing elements in real-time.
No longer do sales teams and executives have to rely on back and forth
emails, phone calls, spreadsheets, and “gut feel” to review,
evaluate, and respond to special pricing requests. Target prices and terms,
deal economics, improvement suggestions, and the impact of every trade-off
are crystal clear. Companies can be more responsive to customers —
for example, pricing more aggressively when the overall terms of the deal
warrant — and still improve the bottom line.
solutions from SAP and Vendavo are
already delivering bottom-line benefits
to SAP customers. The strength of
the integration between SAP solutions
and Vendavo is the ability to deliver
a seamless solution for effective
price management to SAP customers
in industrial manufacturing, chemicals,
high-tech, distribution, and other
gained from pricing analytics drive price recommendations and empower
sales teams to make every negotiation more profitable.
With Vendavo’s SAP certified integration between Vendavo and SAP
R/3 4.6, these recommended and negotiated prices can be seamlessly uploaded
to the mySAP Business Suite, where these prices and conditions are recorded
and applied to the company’s transactions. These transactions are,
in turn, the foundation for the Pricing Analytics composite application.
The result for SAP customers is that everyone, from the general manager
of a business to an account manager on the front lines, can now price
more effectively and deliver higher profits to the bottom line —
and for technology managers charged with making the most out of the company’s
SAP investment, the assurance that the solution comes from a proven SAP
For more information on Pricing Analytics by Vendavo, please visit www.sap.com/
solutions/xapps/partners/applications/pricinganalytics.asp or www.vendavo.com/
pricinganalytics.htm, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call +1 650 213-0452.
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Simplified Tax Calculations — Now
Available Via SAP NetWeaver
Chief Technology Officer,
Tax professionals can now process sales, consumer use, and value added
tax (VAT) with greater efficiency and accuracy than ever before, thanks
to Vertex’s new generation of web-enabled tax calculation products,
which have been certified to run on the SAP Web Application Server —
part of the SAP NetWeaver integration and application platform —
and have achieved Powered by SAP NetWeaver status.
Vertex Sales Tax, Vertex Consumer Use Tax, and Vertex
Value Added Tax are part of the new O Series
family of solutions, and are designed to make managing tax processes less
complicated and less time-consuming. A new generation of tax calculation
products built on the common architecture of Vertex’s Transaction
Processing System, the O Series is the result of a combination of the
latest technology, comprehensive tax research, and Vertex’s extensive
experience as a provider of tax software solutions across a transaction
O Series’ use of object oriented Internet technologies such as
Java, HTML, XML, and SOAP provides greater deployment and integration
flexibility. At the same time, a centralized Tax Service Engine allows
for easier integration with leading financial and billing applications
and provides cross-platform operating efficiencies for companies running
on more than one system.
With the recent SAP NetWeaver certification of Vertex Central —
Vertex’s graphical user interface (GUI) — users can now confidently
install and deploy Vertex O Series on the SAP Web Application Server.
Vertex Central provides an HTML user interface for Web browser access
(see Figure 1), and this GUI interacts with the Vertex
O Series core system to handle the user’s tax calculation configuration.
In the end, Vertex O Series solutions on SAP Web Application Server
help customers reduce costs associated with necessary tax processing by
centralizing and leveraging the technology. As a member of the SAP Software
Partner Program, Vertex continues to work with SAP using open standards
to develop advanced tax products deployed on leading platforms such as
For more information on the Vertex O Series family of tax solutions,
or call +1 800 355-3500.
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