Saturday, April 10, 2010
Nasze kondolencje dla rodzin tych, co zginęli w katastrofie. Cześć ich pamięci!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
For the full response you have to go to this SAP source
...no one is faulting BI for not providing an 'competitive advantage'...
Because it's suspended between r/3 and a spreadsheet, both having a strong and vocal user base.
...Why has BI not been a resounding success for many customers?...
Competition, SAP BI (OLAP?) is only one of many BI tools. The most obvious competition are (now Oracle) Essbase and the MS Excel pivot tables. I also think that the end users never really understood the difference between OLAP and OLTP and have been asking to have both in one.
...is it realistic to expect a 'plug and play' BI?...
No, it's not realistic, especially for exponentially increasing data volumes.
...This has lead to one central accumulation of data about their customers, suppliers and processes...
In many environments, SAP is not the only ERP system being used, but is shared with mainframe, Oracle, small vendor, and the host of internally written applications.
...they generated ABAP Code from Transformations that were created as Y or Z Programs in the R/3 systems...
Just another bolt-on application, one of many that live off r/3.
...most were waiting for SAP to solve this problem...
I think the opposite is true, customers never waited and implemented alternative OLAPs, their financial analysts ignored it altogether and have been maintaining reporting data manually in their spreadsheets.
...Since then, SAP BW has not changed much...
It changed a lot, we got better performance, the user interface has improved and most of all it's all connected through the web.
...Unlike SAP R/3, SAP BW is not an out of box product...
Yes, it is standardized very much by having business content.
...Transaction processing can be standardized, but Reporting requirements vary significantly across companies...
Agreed. The end users will ask for the world if IT lets them.
...But without a formal structure that SAP customers were used to, bad designs started propping up...
Agreed, flexibility comes at a price. It's hard to correct mistakes made early in the process. Many customers were used to their legacy reports and they just wanted them the same way without adjusting their work around it. Accountants don't appreciate reengineering as that's only a burden on the work they have been doing for years and some of them wouldn't survive due to new skills being required.
...a badly designed extractor, data store design or transformation is very unforgiving. Bad design shows its rear–end either in nightly wakeup calls or long query times...
Agreed, after millions spent on training on r/3 there wasn't any fuel left for BW. My training was only for 2 days out 20 total and the instructor didn't have a clue.
Thursday, February 25
my apologies to all those who didn't get the page served...the outage was for up to one day...but the page should be fine now. Embarassed.
try seeing me here
February 07, 2010
dropping words that trickle down
and hoping to deliver message
who can see it and who can read it
running through the busy space
January 30, 2010
i would like to drop a few words about small business in the internet. this is quickly becoming critical as all the information that a person ever produces is available to everyone and for the posteriority instantly. there is a hope in obscurity, but it's no guarantee that what once was unnoticed suddenly won't gain popularity and with it many comments, not all necessarily justified. it's so easy to make an off-the-cuff remark, but it's so much more difficult make it go away. so, back to the small business in the internet. it will obviously have to do with communicating with customers and vendors through the internet and since investment in security infrastructure is not practicable for small entities, all the actions have to be necessarily transparent, including the less gratifying ones. my idea of small business is to sell services to larger entities but not retail. internet will provide a niche and an instant verification of my past successes and failures to form a balanced view for the existing and new customers and they can be judges and comment on this or other statement made here and stored on some server associated with my name. if u are not bored by reading so far, let me know and i can add more, but for now these are just the few words that come to mind when writing about the small business in the internet.
October 24, 2009
feel free to leave comments about which contains the list of IFRS documents which i have found useful for the SAP consolidation offering SEM-BCS. when are we going to see us sec publish their own version?
November 10, 2009
Proszę, jakie sympatyczne zdjęcie.
Pozdrowienia od przyjaciela.
November 11, 2009
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you can leave your comments here regarding this SAP Notes list and this sdn log entry
or add your own comment using the link below.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
i must agree with most of commentators that Cloud has a place, but is not going to replace corporate data centers any time soon. most of the advantages that Cloud offers like ubiquity, availability, ease of use are geared toward consumer, but not necessarily business user. there will be a winner of the cloud hype cycle which is a company we never heard of before but the big beneficiaries are also HP, IBM, Oracle, and SAP, which remain invisible to the retail customer, but provide the infrastructure of today's corporate IT and eat most of their budgets. none of the small players has a chance to make it before being gobbled up. when was the last time you saw apple computer in the data center, provided you cared to have a peek? you can tell me your answer on my cloud and i promise no thunderstorms.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
727776 has also spawned the following notes:
1080686 - Upgrade to SEM-BCS 6.0 - infrastructure enhancements
1033848 - Consolidation monitor: Problems with compound of chars
1017100 - BI Content for ERP 2005 Enhancement Package 2
988080 - Data model settings for assets/liabilities
943366 - Data inconsistencies in SEM-BCS
822993 - FinBasis: Synchronization deletes BW hierarchies
727786 - FinBasis: Changes to 0FISCYEAR/0FISCPER/0FISCPER3
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
your marketing research at Gartner in the late 90s made me want to try SAP, and i have never looked back. i did try netsuite, but didn't see anything beyond functionality of quickbooks. this may have changed since they went public, but it has always been oracle's attempt to resuscitate their financials package.
i don't know of any other financial packages that can better handle currency translation, except maybe for internal IBM mainframe based system. i want to be convinced that netsuite can come even close.
SAP also allows its customer accounting departments and system integrates stay in business and make money off of it. Microsoft does something similar with excel, imagine the hours spent on tying all those spreadsheets with their tabs, lookups, outlines, and pivot tables. i don't think oracle database consultants are all that different or IBM's igs folk. i think SAP is already competing with the new-age integrators by making its applications truly living on the web: srm, bi explorer, but also the embedded gui. if you want to do sap on the web today, you definitely can.
amazon and google may look inexpensive to the end user to navigate, but there is huge infrastructure behind them. with the huge end user base they are able to exert pricing power to get better server farm deals than single proprietary corporate data centers. some of the traditional data centers are not in the most expensive locations. customers are not paying for standard sap but for the vendor of the last resort in case their custom objects don't upgrade. any production sap outage involves a lot more than sap itself, but includes all other usual suspects like IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and others.
SAP is not spoiled by sdn, it benefits from an early investment, by staying open and providing rich functionality for their consultants. it also takes risk by allowing content that is not always flattering to the host. i'd rather see SAP spend maintenance contract dollars on sap notes, wikis, and blogs, than on sponsoring articles in business press that are superficial and don't really add value to its users.
sap has outages, just like any company out there, but as i wrote above, it very often involves other vendors and may be a result of corporate it rolling out an upgrade to another corporate tool like a portal. the sheer number of sap notes, now over 1,000,000 can be looked at as acknowledgment of an error, but also a solution to it. solution manager takes care of the corporate notices.
so, what is the biggest netsuite implementation? how many global fortune 100 use it as the mission critical application? how many of their overseas subsidiaries use it?
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