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.
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.
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|
|Special Processes in Procurement ++||TSCM52, TSCM50||SCM520||TSCM5e|
|Valuation and Account Determination +||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM550||TSCM5e|
|Configuring Master Data and Enterprise Structure ++||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM550||TSCM5e|
|Configuring Logistics Invoice Verification +||TSCM50||SCM515|
|Configuring Inventory Management +||TSCM52||SCM510|
|Material Requirements Planning +||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM525||TSCM5e|
|Purchasing Optimization ++||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM520||TSCM5e|
|Physical Inventory +||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM510||TSCM5e|
|Experience from Implementation +||TSCM52|
|Master Data and Enterprise Structure ++||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM500, SCM520||TSCM5e|
|SAP Overview and Solution Manager +||SAP129, SM001,
|Procurement Process ++||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM500, SCM520,
|Inventory Management ++||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM510||TSCM5e|
|Logistics Invoice Verification +||TSCM50, TSCM52||SCM515||TSCM5e|
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 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:
- Customizing Materials Management Processes in SAP ERP (2nd Edition)
- Materials Management with SAP ERP: Functionality and Technical Configuration (3rd Edition)
- SAP Solution Manager (3rd Edition)
I wish good luck to any individual who is interested in sitting for the exam!
&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:
- Go to SE16N, as usual, and type the table for which you want to make modifications.
- Instead of typing
&SAP_EDITin the command field, type
/Hand press “Enter” key to activate debugging.
- Press F8 key to enter the data browser for the above table.
- While in debugging mode, enter the two variables GD-EDIT and GD-SAPEDIT and press “Enter” key.
- For each variable, click on the change button, change the value to an uppercase “X” and press “Enter” key.
- Press F8 key to exit debugging and enter the table in change mode.
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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. 10.40.248.21).
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.
<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.
- Declare and instantiate the WshShell object:
Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
- 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
- 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.
- Open the command prompt by navigating to Start → Run and by typing “cmd”.
- Go to the \SAP\FrontEnd\SAPgui directory (in Program Files), through the command prompt.
- Create the necessary value in Windows registry by typing:
An information message will appear.
- Open the registry editor, in order to access Windows registry, by navigating to Start → Run and by typing “regedit”.
- Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SAP\SAPShortcut\Security registry key.
- Change the value data of “EnablePassword“ from 0 to 1.
- Close SAP Logon and open it again, in case it was open during the whole process.
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.
- SAP GUI 7.20 on Mac OS X Mountain Lion
- SAP GUI 7.20 on Windows XP SP3 (through “Like a Mac” mode of Parallels Desktop 7)
- BEx Analyzer on Windows XP SP3 and Excel 2010 x86 (through “Like a Mac” mode of Parallels Desktop 7)
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.