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  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 11:47 pm on 07/10/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Best Practices, ERP, RDS,   

    What SAP rapid deployment solutions can do for the midmarket 

    With the rapid-deployment solutions (RDS), SAP wants to make it easier for small and midsize enterprises (SME) to take on large-scale IT projects. We look at a solution for planning in SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM).

    Lacking both the personnel to carry out large-scale IT projects and the financial resources to implement them, small and midsize enterprises often end up postponing projects, or canceling them altogether. But with the help of so-called rapid-deployment solutions, companies should be able to change this situation, at least in the ERP space, say SAP and its partner ITML GmbH. Relevant, pre-defined best practices for SAP Business All-in-One ensure that the rapid-deployment solutions are well-suited to the needs of small and midsize enterprise customers.


    Individual functionality

    Rapid-deployment solutions are available for a wide range of applications. Each one is made up of the following components:

    Software: preconfigured standard software from the SAP portfolio for specific business processes
    Services: predefined services for implementation and training, with a fixed price and service scope by ITML
    Content: pre-developed content, such as SAP best practices and templates for specific usage cases, and tools for implementing the solution
    Enablement: manuals and training materials to increase user buy-in
    The rapid-deployment solution for advanced production scheduling in SAP SCM enables customers to add detailed scheduling functions to their ERP solution quickly and with very little effort. This is based on the MRP-based detailed scheduling scenario and combines the SAP ERP planning processes with detailed scheduling functions from SAP SCM (Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling).

    Planned orders created in SAP ERP are placed in the optimal sequence for production using the large number of scheduling functions and strategies available in SAP SCM. It is also possible to use the Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) Optimizer to determine the sequence, taking into account predefined parameters.

    In order to reduce the workload for detailed schedulers, SAP SCM offers a function that uses individually defined exception messages to keep the scheduler’s focus primarily on critical situations. Less critical products are planned automatically. The scheduler then decides whether to initially store the results as a simulation or to pass the changes on to production when scheduling is complete. The results of detailed scheduling in SAP SCM then flow automatically into the current scheduling situation in SAP ERP and the production process begins.

    Source: sap.info

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 1:10 pm on 23/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , EHP, ERP, , , ,   

    SAP Certified Application Associate – Procurement with SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 

    SAP Certified Application Associate – Procurement with SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 (exam code C_TSCM52_66) is part of the SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM) direct procurement curriculum, which provides the tools and techniques to optimize processes such as purchasing, inventory management, invoice verification, external procurement, services, pricing, forecasting, reporting, cross applications and customizations.

    Since it is based on EHP6, the latest Enhancement Package currently available for SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0, it includes all the latest improvements and innovations. Indicatively, new business functions have been introduced in order to meet business requirements in the Materials Management component, such as Procurement Process for Commodities, External Release for Purchase Requisition and Self-Service Procurement. Content from all the previous Enhancement Packages of SAP ECC 6.0 has been incorporated in the C_TSCM52_66 exam. The direct links for the release notes of each EHP version (for Materials Management), are: EHP1 (core), EHP2, EHP3, EHP4, EHP5, EHP6.

    SAP recommends “combining education courses and hands-on experience to prepare for your certification exam as questions will test your ability to apply the knowledge you have gained in training“.

    The duration of the exam is 180 minutes and it consists of 80 questions. According to the introductory screen of the exam, the passing score is 59% and the answer given to each question should be totally correct in order to get the marks, even in the case of multiple-answer or fill-in-the-blanks questions. Information on negative scoring is not included though (but I assume it does not apply). The scheduled exam dates are update regularly on the exam‘s page.

    The areas covered at exam are listed below. The “+” (plus) sign, next to the topic, refers to less than 8% weighting, while the “++” (double plus) sign refers to 8-12% weighting. This can be translated to around 14 and 18 questions, respectively, out of 180 in total.

    Topic & Weighting Way(s) to attain
    Primary Alternative Other
    Special Processes in Procurement ++ TSCM52TSCM50 SCM520 TSCM5e
    Valuation and Account Determination + TSCM50TSCM52 SCM550 TSCM5e
    Configuring Master Data and Enterprise Structure ++ TSCM50TSCM52 SCM550 TSCM5e
    Configuring Logistics Invoice Verification + TSCM50 SCM515
    Configuring Inventory Management + TSCM52 SCM510
    Material Requirements Planning + TSCM50TSCM52 SCM525 TSCM5e
    Purchasing Optimization ++ TSCM50TSCM52 SCM520 TSCM5e
    Physical Inventory + TSCM50TSCM52 SCM510 TSCM5e
    Experience from Implementation + TSCM52
    Master Data and Enterprise Structure ++ TSCM50TSCM52 SCM500SCM520 TSCM5e
    SAP Overview and Solution Manager + SAP129SM001,
    TERP01, TERP02
    SAP01 TSCM5e
    Procurement Process ++ TSCM50TSCM52 SCM500SCM520,
    Inventory Management ++ TSCM50TSCM52 SCM510 TSCM5e
    Logistics Invoice Verification + TSCM50TSCM52 SCM515 TSCM5e

    Some broader knowledge on SAP, SAP ERP, SAP Solution Manager and ASAP methodology is also required, which is also part of the official training material.

    The 4 core books, of the primary way to attain, are listed below. Up until now, 095 is the latest version and the C_TSCM52_66 exam has the same version of books with the (older) C_TSCM52_65 exam, which is based on EHP5.

    Procurement I
    Part 1
    Procurement I
    Part 2
    Procurement II
    Part 1
    Procurement II
    Part 2
    Procurement Process, Master Data Sources of Supply, Source Determination, Processing Purchase Requisitions, Invoice Verification Inventory Management Additional topics in system configuration
    645 pages 619 pages 579 pages 331 pages

    These 4 books (version 095) include a total of 174 questions distributed among 28 units/chapters, which are more than enough to prepare for the exam. In addition, for anyone interested, sample questions for the C_TSCM52_66 exam can be found here.

    As regards to the SAP IDES system, which complements SAP Training programs, according to SAP Notes 1761605 and 799639, the installation package for IDES ECC 6.0 EHP6 was released just recently (Q4 2012).

    Additional reading material, related to the exam‘s topic areas, includes:

    Frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning several areas of SAP Training, can be found here.

    I wish good luck to any individual who is interested in sitting for the exam!

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 8:17 am on 22/10/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP,   

    SAP’s Supply Chain Management line of business: overview video, eBooks and solutions 

    Supply Chain Management overview video
    eBooks: Supply Chain Planning and Collaboration, Supply Chain Execution
  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 2:20 pm on 10/10/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP   

    Activate &SAP_EDIT in SE16N (SAP ECC 6.0 EHP6) 

    In SAP ECC 6.0 EHP6, the function code &SAP_EDIT, which enables the change mode of transaction SE16N, is deactivated (SAP Note 1420281) due to security breaches that were detected. In order to activate it (temporarily), follow the steps below:

    1. Go to SE16N, as usual, and type the table for which you want to make modifications.
    2. Instead of typing &SAP_EDIT in the command field, type /H and press “Enter” key to activate debugging.
    3. Press F8 key to enter the data browser for the above table.
    4. While in debugging mode, enter the two variables GD-EDIT and GD-SAPEDIT and press “Enter” key.
    5. For each variable, click on the change button, change the value to an uppercase “X” and press “Enter” key.
    6. Press F8 key to exit debugging and enter the table in change mode.

    For anyone interested, there are two relevant SAP Notes: 1446530 and 1525586.

    • Jose 6:45 pm on 03/11/2014 Permalink

      Thank you very muuuuuuch !! it helped!

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 8:58 pm on 05/10/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP, TeamViewer, VBScript,   

    Access to SAP ERP via TeamViewer VPN 

    Accessing a SAP ERP system using TeamViewer VPN, for establishing a virtual private network (VPN) between a local computer and a remote server (partner), is a relatively simple and cheap method. The major prerequisite for the use of TeamViewer VPN is that TeamViewer is installed on both sides with the option “Use TeamViewer VPN“.

    It has to be noted at this point that TeamViewer VPN assigns its own IPs for both the local and the remote computer, in the form of 7.x.x.x, and that communication is only possible between these 2 IPs. Thus, you cannot ping the IP of another remote computer, either if this is in the form of 7.x.x.x (assigned by TeamViewer) or in the usual form (i.e.

    The parameters for using TeamViewer VPN from command line are:
    TeamViewer.exe -i <ID> --Password <Password> -m vpn, i.e.
    TeamViewer.exe -i 12345678 --Password welcome -m vpn
    Password is an optional parameter. However, if it is not entered, you will be asked upon each connection.

    The parameters for opening SAP GUI from command line, so as to create a direct TCP connection, are:
    sapgui /H/<Server IP>/S/<Port No.>, i.e.
    sapgui /H/
    <Server IP> refers to the 7.x.x.x IP assigned by TeamViewer on the remote computer, which remains the same as long as TeamViewer ID doesn’t change, and <Port No.> refers to the SAP ERP system’s port number (i.e. 32xx, 33xx).

    In my case, I had to simplify access because of more than 10 SAP ERP systems under the same project. As a result, I wrote a script file using VBScript that uses TeamViewer VPN to establish the required connection and open SAP GUI for connecting to the respective SAP ERP system. This step is fairly easy, so I suggest using it in similar scenarios, since you do not need to always look for the connection parameters.

    The only object that needs to be used is WshShell, so as to make use of the Run method to run each application in a new Windows process. The 3 basic steps for writing the script are:

    1. Declare and instantiate the WshShell object:
      Dim objShell
      Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    2. Run the TeamViewer application (using the Run method) to establish VPN connection:
      objShell.Run """C:\Program Files\TeamViewer\Version6\TeamViewer.exe"" -i " & strTeamId & " --Password " & strTeamPass & " -m vpn", , True
      strTeamId” is the TeamViewer ID and “strTeamPass” is the TeamViewer password
    3. Run the SAP GUI application (using the Run method):
      objShell.Run "sapgui /H/" & strSysTvIP & "/S/" & strPortNo, , True
      strSysTvIP” is the remote computer’s IP (7.x.x.x) and “strPortNo” is the system’s port number

    Due to corporate licensing, in order to establish the necessary VPN connection I used v6.0, instead of the latest v7.0 of TeamViewer. However, there is not any key difference in the procedure described apart from the installation directory, which needs to me modified accordingly. For further information regarding TeamViewer VPN, you can refer to the manual of either v6.0 or v7.0.

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 4:01 pm on 19/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP, Registry,   

    Enable password saving in SAP Logon for Windows 

    Even though password saving, in SAP Logon for Windows is disabled by default, this can be enabled following the steps listed below:

    1. Open the command prompt by navigating to Start → Run and by typing “cmd”.
    2. Go to the \SAP\FrontEnd\SAPgui directory (in Program Files), through the command prompt.
    3. Create the necessary value in Windows registry by typing:
      sapshcut -register
      An information message will appear.
    4. Open the registry editor, in order to access Windows registry, by navigating to Start → Run and by typing “regedit”.
    5. Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SAP\SAPShortcut\Security registry key.
    6. Change the value data of “EnablePassword from 0 to 1.
    7. Close SAP Logon and open it again, in case it was open during the whole process.

    Relevant SAP Notes: 146173, 103019

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 3:33 pm on 15/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Databases, ERP,   

    Basic Tables of Material Master Data on SAP ERP 

    The entity relationship diagram below illustrates the basic tables of Material Master Data on SAP ERP.

    In order to simplify the diagram, only the primary and foreign keys have been included. For the same reason, MANDT (client) field has been omitted from all the tables.

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 10:08 pm on 09/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP, MS Excel, MS Office, Parallels, Virtual machine   

    Working with SAP GUI and BEx Analyzer on Mac OS X and Windows 

    BEx Analyzer is not currently available for Mac OS X, in contrast to SAP GUI. Thus, the only way to run BEx Analyzer is through a Microsoft Windows operating system.

    In my case, after having created a virtual machine, on Parallels Desktop 7, using Microsoft Windows XP SP3 x86 and Microsoft Office 2010 x86, I installed version 7.20 of SAP GUI, along with BW 3.5 AddOn on it.

    Based on information provided by SAP Notes (1442028, 66971, 1393114, 1410878, 1322923), 32-bit versions of Windows and Office products were installed. Even though BW 3.5 AddOn works on Excel 2010, it is compatible only with its 32-bit version. In addition, version 7.20 of SAP GUI was chosen since the latest version (7.30) does not currently incorporate BW 3.5 AddOn. Regarding the operating system, Windows XP were just selected because of the lower hardware requirements compared to newer versions of Windows.

    The virtual machine was set up using “Like a Mac” mode of Parallels Desktop 7. The key characteristic of this mode is that it makes Windows programs appear on the screen similar to Mac OS X applications, while the Windows desktop is hidden.

    The following screenshot was taken from a private set up of SAP ECC 6.0 EHP5 using Oracle Database 11g (, in order to illustrate the three applications, from the left to the right:

    The double red lines (symbol of Parallels Desktop) that are noticeable at the right side of the dock (at the bottom), on both the icon of SAP GUI and Excel 2010, indicate that these applications run on a virtual machine.
  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 10:38 pm on 13/06/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP   

    SAP Press on iPad 

    SAP Press bookstore hasn’t yet released an iPad application for its readers. However, there is at least a way of doing so, through its website.

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 6:16 pm on 25/05/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ERP, YouTube   

    SAP’s official anniversary video for celebrating 40 years of innovation 

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