SAP Insights | January 2021

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SAP Insights | January 2021


Data-Driven Solutions Create New, Innovative Connections to Enhance Operations

Like all businesses, wholesale and distribution organizations found themselves trying to manage sudden and extreme disruptions to their operations in 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19. For many, supply chains faltered as domestic and international vendors shut down just as demand was ratcheting up, particularly for consumer goods.

The challenging environment forced wholesale and distribution organizations to review their suppliers and transport facilities and networks. It also delivered a clear message: Beef up digital business capabilities to boost efficiency and competitiveness, or risk failure.

See how opportunistic companies immediately recognize the importance of digital transformation in this blog.


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Enhancing Customer Experience and Driving User Adoption with SAP Fiori

As organizations continue to develop and refine their digital transformation roadmaps, a central component of the transformation revolves around Intelligent ERP deployment. While SAP announced that its end of support for ECC 6.0 was pushed to 2027, customers continue to formulate strategies for shifting their business systems to SAP S/4HANA. The extension provides customers the opportunity to further refine their approach and ensure the organization is appropriately prepared to manage and minimize the disruption.

While the main drivers of a digital journey remain focused on enhancing the customer experience (CX) through popular channels such as marketing, product selection and supply chain efficiency, there are additional avenues of transformation, such as user experience (UX) that are often overlooked.


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Common Pitfalls of ERP Implementations: A Project Risk Management Perspective

Industry research reports have shown that 70% or more of ERP implementations fail. A poorly executed project can create many risks including budget overruns and delayed timelines which can negatively impact financial performance. Our team collaborates with the business and system integrator (SI) to identify high-risk areas and raise considerations such as:

  • Does the project have the right level of sponsorship to succeed?
  • Has the business defined the vision for future state business processes?
  • Have the impacts of changes to the business been assessed?

Protiviti’s Project Risk Management advisory services, along with a robust managed support model, provide technical and business resources to support the implementation of large-scale digital transformations and coverage of day-to-day business operations.


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Taking a Test Drive of SAP Analytics Cloud Report Design

When I talk about SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), one question that I am asked quite often is “How do I get my Web Intelligence reports into SAC?” My answer is typically that you can’t. SAP Analytics Cloud is a very broad product with a plethora of capabilities. While modernized data visualizations are one of the strengths of the platform, paginated transactional report development is not. Due to this limitation, we have always suggested the hybrid approach between SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Analytics Cloud. This makes it possible to keep existing Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports hosted in the SAP BusinessObjects platform and then augment those transactional reports with modern data visualizations in SAP Analytics Cloud Systems (i.e., SAP Analytics Hub) to help seamlessly move between the two.

In 2021, the roadmap for SAP Analytics Cloud states that classic transaction reporting design is coming.


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Take a Look Back at Our Top Performing Blogs of 2020!

Upgrading to GRC 12 - A Race Against Time!
It seems as if we are in a constant race against time to ensure our software stays within the mainstream maintenance window – most notable as of late is the sunsetting of SAP ERP (ECC) 6.0. While organizations may be at varying steps on their S/4HANA journey, we encourage them to not lose sight of their GRC application reaching the end of its mainstream maintenance.


Effectively Managing SAP Security Risk in the Modern World
The global landscape has changed in light of COVID-19. As companies quickly transitioned to a remote workforce, the need for remote access and application access increased — along with the risk of cyber threats. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to practice good security hygiene.
In a recent webinar, “Effectively Managing SAP Security Risks in the Modern World,” now available on demand, we talked about the need to resist the temptation to downgrade or bypass standard security and change management practices, particularly with the increasingly remote workforce. Over 64% of the attendees at our webinar indicated that 75–100% of their workforce is now working remotely.


Cloud Enablement for SAP Analytics
With the release of SAP BusinessObjects 4.3 in June, this summer is the perfect time for SAP customers to rethink their overall analytics strategy. SAP BusinessObjects (BOBJ) remains the most powerful enterprise reporting solution on the market. With the addition of SAP Analytics Cloud, customers can now create a hybrid solution that leverages the business logic of universes with the AI/ML-driven insights and predictive analytics of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).


How to Integrate Automated Controls in a Hybrid Agile SAP S/4HANA Implementation
Many organizations have now started their journey to SAP S/4HANA or are currently in the midst of an implementation. It is important to integrate controls early in the implementation, rather than going through the effort of trying to incorporate these after go-live. This is referred to as a “design in” approach, opposed to a “retrofit” approach. Controls are integrated throughout the implementation and design decisions are augmented with real time controls input. Controls are verified with a specific focus in testing and training and confirmed with post go live reviews. With a “design in” approach there are less manual control activities, which reduce the burden on business stakeholders, and also the opportunity to leverage testing cycles already planned as part of the implementation to avoid additional effort from testers. Although this can be a cost investment in the beginning, over time it will save the company money in the long run by utilizing a risk-based approach to cover the applicable compliance requirements.

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