The 21st century has driven technological advancements at a fast pace and an increasing number of innovations cater to an ever-growing set of niche demands. These demands are driven by businesses seeking an increasing set of granularized reports that provide decision makers with the necessary information to meet the challenges of a dynamic market.
SAP ERP has created a single ecosystem for enterprises to bind together all cross-functional departments including accounting, personnel, inventory, sales, finance, logistics, human resources, and other complex business functional areas towards a common goal. Deploying SAP involves the laborious process of bringing together multiple systems across cross-functional business areas and migrating data from a host of non-SAP systems to the SAP system using a variety of tools. This massive exercise of integrating the SAP systems with a plethora of legacy and third-party applications will fail in its ambition if they do not address the vast diversity across protocols, systems, and business functions. Data analytics is changing the landscape of information management and if the SAP system does not address this, it will mean that the SAP system will act as a stand-alone system failing in its core concept of unified system architecture.
A well-integrated SAP solution enables the CXOs who come with little experience or knowledge about SAP to gain valuable insights that drive decision making. It is only possible to work through the complexity of this enterprise system by automating its various functionalities. If you want SAP standard reports to bring the power of viewing, monitoring and managing company performance with an ease of use, resulting in increased productivity and profit you will need to look at various third-party tools that can aid in,
- Automating the consolidation process
- Reducing the load on IT resources
- Enhancing the ability to generate ad-hoc reporting
- Running SAP on your mobile device
- Automating day-to-day data maintenance and migration of your SAP systems without needing to write any programs
- Reducing costs and cycle times
These are the challenges that push the boundaries of SAP automation.
The following offerings help reduce the complexity to make your SAP automation smoother.
- Innowera’s Process Runner.
- Excel4app’s GL Wand & Reports Wand.
- SmartShift Technologies SAP Solutions.
Innowera Process Runner
Anyone who has used SAP ERP or has been part of an SAP integration engagement will understand how challenging data handling can be for users. T-codes, reports, tables, screens, LSMW etc., are just the start. As you begin to drill down further data becomes more complex and requires considerable resources in just doing the necessary analytics. Designed for business users, the Innowera Process Runner is a data loader and extractor tool that integrates Excel with SAP, making SAP data migration simpler, faster, and more efficient. With a three-step process, Innowera Process Runner automates the use of SAP transactions, business APIs, reports, and screens, boosting your business across the entire SAP landscape. The ready to run samples from the cloud and tips and tricks, makes you a proficient SAP user.
Generating reports has always been a struggle for the users of an SAP system. It is frustrating because data in the SAP standard reports is not readily available and is usually not in the format you expect it to be. SAP tools are not easy to use, error prone and time consuming. You cannot always create an SAP query every time you need to work with an SAP Excel report. Excel4apps leverage your Excel skills, eliminate data versions, and give you real-time information in the format you need. This real-time and drilldown Excel-based financial reporting and inquiry tool, extracts live data from SAP tables and helps you to work with SAP Excel reports. This Excel-based solution makes it easy for decision makers to obtain and analyse information, so they get the right information in an easily digestible format when and how they need it.
Custom code represents one of the biggest challenges in transforming your SAP landscape. At its core this means setting up the ability to read and write data that is moving between SAP and the non-SAP entities. SmartShift’s patented automation tool transforms hard-to-manage custom code to behave like standard SAP ABAP code, reducing risks, costs, and cycle times by providing code quality and removing obsolete code, thus addressing performance issues that lie at the heart of any SAP ECC or S/4HANA system. A simple extract, analyze, test & deploy process is followed that is automated by about 90%.
Technological advancements are happening at a pace like never-before in the history of computing. Cloud and edge computing is playing an integral part in how enterprises function, to respond to rapidly changing dynamics. In this highly-charged connected world, SAP cannot hope to provide more than an overarching umbrella. They are increasingly dependent on nimble and focused solutions that not only ease integration but also provide value by eliminating complex, cumbersome, manual, and a redundant way of working.
With advancements in data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, organizations are looking at the promise of intelligent automation. Rather than just collecting, collating and disseminating data, organizations are studying the promise of the computer that can use advanced algorithms to make better decisions. This need to allow computers and by extension automation to take on more roles, enable increased efficiency and while at the same time giving employees more bandwidth for value-added tasks. Automation is at the core of how SAP solutions are gearing to meet the challenges of real-time data analytics, reduced latency, and instantaneous report generation.