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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Why Buy This Book?
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: mySAP ERP in a Services-Enabled World
Part II: Getting Under the Hood: TheUnderlying Technology
Part III: Implementing Change
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Chapter 1
Just What Is ERP?
A Brief History of ERP
Starting with basic applications for survival
Adding to the mix with expanded applications
What Early ERP Did Right
Made businesses more productive
Centralized data all over the place
Provided a bit of integration
Where ERP Had Room to Grow
Focused on transactions
Kept IT busy
Technology presented challenges
Needed to address specific industryrequirements
The New ERP: mySAP ERP at Your Service
Service-Enabled: The Foundation ofFlexible ERP Today
Breaking functionality up for flexibility
Building processes from services
Getting to Enterprise Services Architecture
Exploring the Benefits of Enterprise Services
Starting with standardization
Making applications platform- and vendor-independent
Hiding technology details throughabstraction
Enterprise Services Provide BuildingBlocks
Services integrate applications and people
Where does ESA take you?
Where Does ERP Fit In?
Gaining the flexibility to change
Upping Your Usability
Providing a control center for your work
Taking advantage of work centers
Integrating with Applications You Use Every Day
Going into the office
Taking paper forms online
How Roles Make Life Easier
Defining roles for users
How roles show up in control centers
Self-Service for Productivity
Preconfigured Business Scenarios
Gaining Productivity through Industry-Specific Scenarios
Sharing and Outsourcing
Centralizing functions with shared services centers
Outsourcing the nondifferentiating parts
To outsource or not to outsource?
Making Things Run Smoothly withAutomation
Automation in standard business processes
Using new technologies for data entry
Tapping into the Potential of Analytics
Getting it right
Ineffective analytics: What’s the cost?
Enterprise analytics: The way of the future
Empowering Business People
Embedding analytics in business processes
Making analytics actionable
Outtasking the creation of analytics to the user
Tallying Up the Analytics You Get in mySAP ERP
Analytics in Action
Expediting your budgeting with express planning
Analytics in the plant
Playing by the rules: Compliance challenges
Industries banking on analytics
Creating a Common Language for IT and Business
Syntax, meet semantics
Enterprise services get granular
Enterprise services understand industries
How IT Works in a Service-Enabled World
Developing enterprise software
In walks business content
Using Abstraction to Hide Complexity
The two sides of abstraction
Which database is under there, anyway?
Taking abstraction further
Summing Up the IT Service-Enabled World
So, What Exactly Is SAP NetWeaver?
Making Users Productive
Running an enterprise portal
Some user productivity examples
Enterprise knowledge management
Helping folks to work together
Unifying Data
Managing Business Information
Enterprise reporting, query, and analysis
Planning and analyzing your business
Putting data in warehouses
Integrating processes end to end
Making business-to-business processes work
Enabling application-to-application processes
Business process management
Enabling an RFID infrastructure
Customizing Development
Developing, configuring, and adapting applications
Enabling platform interoperability
Unified Lifecycle Management
Governing Applications
Integrated user and access management
Authentication and single sign-on
Consolidating All Your Systems
User-interface consolidation
Information consolidation
Process consolidation
Adaptive computing
Business event management
Business task management
Service-Oriented Architecture DesignandDeployment
Guided Procedures: Focus on Activity
User-friendly user interface
Guided procedures
Interactive form integration
What Can SAP NetWeaver Do for You?
Unified testing
One platform powering all SAP solutions
It’s just better for customers
Technology and Data: The Great Equalizers
SAP NetWeaver Enables Business Process Evolution
Working with Services
A home for services: The service repository
Finding a service with solution maps
Naming services
A Web Service Description Language Primer
WSDL revealed
An example of WSDL in action
Modeling with Enterprise Services
Modeling basics
Patterns, models, and frameworks
Visual Composer: The modeling whiz kid
Do-it-yourself modeling
ESA Is Open to Working with Other Tools
Microsoft and SAP: Logical bedfellows
PDF forms
Other Web service–compliant tools
Figuring Out ESA Run-Time Architecture
Business protocol interaction semantics
Going deeper: Enterprise service interaction semantics
Now what?
Getting a Handle on the Transactional Behavior of Services
Simplifying Sessions
Seamless Security
Authentication
Authorization
Encryption
Taking a Closer Look at Web-Service Run-Time Architecture
Discovering XI Run-Time Architecture
What Are Composites?
Enterprise services to the rescue
Making a difference in your business
The Nature of Composites
Getting comprehensive with compositeapplications
Integrating content with composite views
Fitting Together Composite Applications
ߜGuide2Result
Guide2Result
Request2Response
Event2Resolution
SAP xApps: Delivering on the Innovation Promise
What do xApps need to work?
Saving money up-front and along the way
Increasing flexibility
Going to market, to market
Zeroing in on your industry
Automating it
SAP xApps bring benefits galore
A Case in Point: SAP xApp Cost andQuotation Management
Examining the challenges
Enter xCQM
xCQM: Making the process flow
xCQM: Architecture
The Composite Team
What Can You Do Today withComposites?
Knowing What to Expect: Covering Costs and Managing Change
The Financial Bottom Line of mySAP ERP
Exploring Costs with a TCO Model
Exploring the SAP TCO Framework
The SAP TCO Model: The key to understanding your costs
Defining costs by category
Tackling the Change Management Challenge
ERP exposes problems to solve them
Everybody is married to the status quo
Change is hard, but the rewards can be worth it
A last few words to the wise
Zeroing in on Business Goals
Understanding Your Industry
Finding a Roadmap
Reviewing the ESA Adoption Program
Why have an adoption program?
Unique customers, unique needs
ESA Adoption: A four-phase approach
Unifying users
A roadmap case study
Getting the Most Out of SAP Solution Manager
Who needs SAP Solution Manager?
Getting the lowdown on what’s in SAP Solution Manager
The SAP Roadmap for ESA and ERP
Embracing SAPNetWeaver
Enterprise Services Architecture adoptedby mySAP ERP
How mySAP ERP Will Change GoingForward
People get even more productive
Giving people more analytical applications
mySAP ERP Financials
mySAP ERP Human Capital Management (mySAP ERP HCM)
mySAP ERP Operations
mySAP ERP Corporate Services
Using Both Generic and User-Specific Roles
Work Lists
Active Alerts
Mobile Scenarios
Voice Technology
Embedded Analytics
RFID Technology
Form-Based Processing
Guided Procedures
Easier User Interfaces
Creating the Framework for Innovation
Composing Service-Based Applications Strategically
Offering Services to Others
Using Services from Others
Using Model-Driven Development Tools
Connecting Analytics to the World
Working with Composite Processes
Utilizing Composite Applications
Collaborating and Sharing Knowledge
Deploying Hardware Efficiently
Your SAP Account Rep
ESA Adoption Help
User Groups
ERP Events
Web Sites
Publications
SAP Partners and the Ramp-Up Program
SAP Developer Network
Solution Manager
Industry Solutions
Glossary
Index
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mySAP ERP For Dummies

mySAP ERP For Dummies

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SAP is the world's leading provider of ERP software and services, with worldwide revenue in 2004 of $9.7 billion and a 57 percent market share among major business application providers; it is one of the world's largest software companies overall ERP is a flexible, open technology platform that helps businesses run more efficiently (and profitably) by providing integrated management of key operations and supply chains Written for IT professionals who find it hard to get through SAP's complex documentation, our book demonstrates how ERP can cut costs, provides a clear overview of how the ESA (enterprise service architecture) model affects ERP, and shows how to implement the new ERP in the real world Topics covered include reducing the cost of an existing IT backbone, using the new ERP to address a company's "pain points" and challenges, and proving the value of ERP through ROI (return on investment) and TCO (total cost of ownership) studies
SAP is the world's leading provider of ERP software and services, with worldwide revenue in 2004 of $9.7 billion and a 57 percent market share among major business application providers; it is one of the world's largest software companies overall ERP is a flexible, open technology platform that helps businesses run more efficiently (and profitably) by providing integrated management of key operations and supply chains Written for IT professionals who find it hard to get through SAP's complex documentation, our book demonstrates how ERP can cut costs, provides a clear overview of how the ESA (enterprise service architecture) model affects ERP, and shows how to implement the new ERP in the real world Topics covered include reducing the cost of an existing IT backbone, using the new ERP to address a company's "pain points" and challenges, and proving the value of ERP through ROI (return on investment) and TCO (total cost of ownership) studies

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