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In this book we look at a sampling of automation opportunities that exist in the SAP world using standard tools and settings. In this survey automation in the context of SAP refers to the use of any standard SAP tool, program, function, option, or configuration setting that eliminates the need for manually entering information (the use of LSMW programs as an example), or streamlines the analysis process (for example the Electronic Bank Statement).
In discussing these alternatives we will divide them into the following categories for convenience:
1. Standard tools
2. Standard processes
3. Configuration options
4. Advanced methods
5. External packages
6. Legacy Systems Migration Workbench
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Automating SAP

By Lawrence Compagna, C.P.A.

First edition copyright 2017 by the Candco Corporation

ISBN: 978-1-365-83335-9

Published by Lulu Press, Inc.

Dedicated to my mother for always encouraging me, Madison for showing me how to be creative, Conrad for the intellectual stimulation, and to Wyatt, who forever inspires me

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Preface

The SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) is a German software package used extensively by the world's largest organizations for accounting, financial control, production control, human resources, material management planning, and many other facets of business' operation. For those readers who do not know SAP stands for Systems, Applications and Processes in data processing. ECC stands for Enterprise Central Component. The predecessor of the Enterprise Central Component was R/3, and before that it was R/2. The origins of the SAP ERP system date back to 1972 when it was founded as a mainframe software system. In 1992 they developed their client server based ERP program and have dominated the marketplace since then. The hallmark of SAP is the tight integration of its core business suite. This core product is based on industry best practices.

When I use the term partner, implementation partner, consultant, consulting firm, advisor, integrator, or systems integrator all of these terms should be considered synonymous. All of these terms refer to a third party firm hired to assist an organization which has a license for SAP in making changes to it or using it.

Lastly, when I use the term the business, I am referring to any organization (both private and public sector) that is implementing, modifying, or upgrading SAP. This term will never be used to denote the implementation partner that is advising and assisting the business with their implementation. Furthermore the term implementation is used to denote any major SAP project (with an arbitrary budget of over $1 million). This encompasses re-implementations, enhancement projects, module deployments, end-to-end deployment of an entire new business process, and upgrades.

In all discussions, changes to the SAP ECC (SAP Enterprise Central Component) are central to the discussion.

Background

The success of the world's third largest software retailer, SAP AG, cannot be denied. As of 2012 there were 44,000 installations worldwide of its flagship software SAP Enterprise Central Component, in some of the biggest organizations: 3M, Kraft Foods, and Colgate Palmolive are but a few of the members of the Fortune 500 that run this brand of ERP. On the public sector side the Government of Canada, the US Army, and the State of California are a few examples of massive entities that run the SAP.

Thumbing through the 1,887 success stories on SAP's website you will encounter names such as Citrix, Proctor and Gamble, and the University of Kentucky. Time and time again the stories document gains in productivity, customer service, and a positive return on investment.                                                     

SAP is the most common