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In today’s complex Professional Services environment, one of the most critical aspects of achieving project profitability is Effective Project Management and Profitable Resource Management (PPM).
Ok, I admit it. I have big feet (although they seem just the right size to me for me). I wear a size 14, U.S. or size 48 here in Spain. Have you ever tried to buy a size 48 in Spain? Good luck with that! Apparently, I am special, like the Prince of Spain, who also is tall and has to have his shoes specially made. What does this have to do with the concept of Efficient Consumer Response? Well, having worked with Business Intelligence and Supply Chain Management systems within the Retail and Manufacturing sector for years now, it occurs to me that not once have I ever been able to convey to the shoe manufacturers that I both want to buy their shoes and that I couldn’
In today's SAP consulting market, many SAP clients and consultants both need and prefer to work remotely. For the consultant, remote consulting offers the possibility of avoiding nights away from home. For SAP clients, remote SAP consulting offers the benefit of reduced logistics costs. What's not to like? Are there any mistakes to avoid or SAP Consulting Best Practices to follow when operating in these environments: Our experience tells us that there are technical, Project Management, Consultant and SAP Client Mistakes and Best Practices to be aware of:
Col. John Boyd, was a USAF Fighter Pilot, and the developer of the OODA loop, or Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. He, along with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, who developed the PDCA Plan, Do, Check, Act loop, used statistical analysis to lay the foundation for much of the core business process improvement concepts in use today. The key element of both of these concepts is the loop or feedback information that runs through the loop. Today's highly integrated, global, always on enterprises can benefit highly from taking a look at these loops within their enterprise and redesigning them avoid these mistakes.
Many enterprises have a difficult Business Planning process. Though they may have been in business for decades, in many cases, they are suffering from one, some or all of the following symptoms of a poorly performing Business Planning process-and many don't know they are making these mistakes.
In order to achieve high profitability, companies must focus on pain points that are costing them money. Some of the the causes of low profitability are caused by:
High performance enterprises need to identify their 'Pain Points' when designing and implementing what is known as an Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) system. You should ask yourself whether your enterprise is suffering some or all of the following symptoms by asking the following questions when doing enterprise EPM diagnosis.
These testing techniques are not just for SAP Webi Dashboards of course. They apply to software testing in general and have been tried and tested across hundreds of development projects.
No matter which type of SAP project you are planning to undertake, you will eventually be faced with the task of data migration. You must avoid the following mistakes.
SAP Webi Dashboard
Are you about to embark on a SAP EPM Strategy Management development exercise? Then you should remember to ask or get answers to the following questions.
How SAP’s Edison Ideation Program Could Help with Economic Offset Programs
SAP GRC GTS (Global Risk & Compliance, Global Trade Services) require that you have highly evolved, perfectly executable processes.
SAP has a powerful Global Risk & Compliance module to support virtually all Global Trade Services (GTS) process. Given the ever growing level of global trade, you need to avoid the following mistakes to ensure success with your global ventures.
In part one of this 2 part Supply Chain Performance Management guide, we provided you with 20 steps to take on your road to SCPM performance management perfection. To reach SCPM Nirvana, you will also need to implement these 17 steps as well, and continuously seek new opportunities to enchance your Supply Chain.
Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) requires the successful management of many simultaneous processes. In part one of our guide to SCPM we present 20 Best Practices for you to implement today!
Just about every organization spends a large proportion of their money on external parts and services. For example, a typical major airplane manufacturer will procure up to 80% of the parts that go into one of their airplanes from external sources. With global supply chains being the norm, manufacturers must be, and indeed, are critically concerned with getting the best deal on every dollar spent anywhere along the supply chain. You need Best Tools and Best Practices, along with time to walk down the learning curve to achieve this. Here are those best practices.
SAP has many Business Planning solutions, including SAP BPC (Business Planning & Consolidation), SEM BPS (Strategic Enterprise Management, Business Planning & Simulation), Business Intelligence, Integrated Planning, and as well, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). Each SAP Business Planning product provides different planning capabilities and most companies do not use all of them. However, there are some common Business Planning Best Practices you should be aware of when selecting and implementing any of these solutions.
Here is part two of our Ultimate Guide to improving profitability management using SAP Profitability Management tolls and techiques.
Want to improve your enterprise's Profitability Management? You have to get just about every process right, every time. Here is part one of our Ultimate Guide to the Best Practices for improving profitability using SAP and Business Process Management improvements.
There you have it. 17 key Best Practices to implement today in your organization to achieve World Class performance. Not sure where to start? How about with reporting?
Accomplishing the preceding steps can be complicated, but the SAP Strategy Management solution provides a strong foundation to support you throughout the exercise and subsequent on-gling follow-up. A great place to start this process is with a Reporting Strategy Development exercise.
Ever have a project complete late? Ever wonder why it completed late, even though you took hero level efforts to get it done on time? Are you familiar with the queuing model? The queuing model predicts an infinite recovery period when your project resource utilization rate approaches 100% percent. In short, the harder you beat the horse, the less likely it is to arrive on time!
We often hear that SAP BW is just a reporting system. Though it is certainly a reporting tool, it is also a full fledged data warehouse, and a central part of many other SAP tools, like APO or CRM. If you last touched your BW system at the turn of the century, i.e. 2001-2003, you may need a lot more of SAP's Business Warehouse’s capabilities. Why?
Do you want to make highly effective and user friendly SAP Webi Dashboards? For a seemingly simple tool, designed as a simple dashboarding tool, we have found several mistakes to avoid and Best Practices to implement deploying your Webi Dashboard.
Do you want to avoid looking dumb as a SAP BW Query designer? We all do, and to help you avoid that fate we recommend you avoid the following commong mistakes when building Queries:
When trying to Master SAP Business Warehouse, it is as much about knowing what to do as it is about avoiding mistakes. Don't make the following mistakes:
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