SAP Insights | March 2021

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SAP Insights | March 2021

From Data & Analytics, to Security & Privacy, to Business Process Optimization and Risk & Compliance, we have you covered!


5-Part Webinar Series

Enabling Your Financial Transformation Journey Leveraging SAP Solutions

According to Protiviti’s 2020 Finance Trends Survey, the Office of the CFO is crucial to driving digital transformation. Financial planning/analysis, strategic planning, profitability reporting, and data security and privacy are highly ranked finance priorities. These activities deliver the analysis and insights that businesses count on to make critical decisions. But where do you start?
Join our 5-part SAP webinar series to learn how our Phase 0 approach and a well-designed roadmap can enable your finance transformation journey while exploring how SAP solutions can improve your processes, productivity, user experience, operational performance and, most importantly, your profitability.
  • Apr 1 | 11:00 am ET Analyzing Your Finance and Operational Performance with SAP Analytics Cloud Planning
  • Apr 15 | 11:00 am ET Optimizing Processes and User Experience with SAP Fiori
  • On-Demand Phase 0 - Preparing for Your Financial Transformation Journey with SAP
  • On-Demand Executing Your Finance Transformation with SAP S/4HANA Finance
  • On-Demand Protecting S/4HANA Finance with Emerging Security and Control Technologies

6-Part Webinar Series

Key Controls in the SAP Procure to Pay Process

Take part in our 6-part webinar series on and learn how to identify and mitigate control weaknesses in Procure to Pay access controls, Segregation of Duties controls, application (configuration) controls and data-driven controls.

Topics Include:

  • On-Demand Introduction to SAP Control Environment
  • On-Demand Vendor Master Date Maintenance
  • On-Demand Purchasing
  • On-Demand Delivery and Receipt
  • Apr 6 | 10:30 am ET Invoice Processing
  • Apr 13 | 10:30 am ET Vendor Payments


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2021 CIO Perspectives: Strategic Business Priorities and the SAP Agenda

Enterprise CIOs are leading their companies through pandemic-era business disruptions on multiple fronts today. New technology initiatives are being accelerated by urgent business needs for greater IT resiliency and flexibility to respond swiftly to supply chain challenges, emerging customer demands, and a volatile market. This SAPinsider Executive Research report takes the pulse of CIOs and IT leaders from organizations across the globe in order to assess their top priorities in 2021 and their plans for investments in key technologies such as SAP S/4HANA, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and adoption of cloud technology. This report also analyzes the strategies, tactics, and technologies they are employing to meet those priorities as well as the approach they are taking to manage their most critical staff resources and project teams as they navigate the COVID-19 era.



Why Now is the Best Time to Move to HANA 2.0 - Part 1: The Advantages

In Part 1, we review what can be gained from the move.

With a new release of SAP HANA on the horizon, many of our customers have been faced with pressure to upgrade their existing HANA 1.0 systems to a more up-to-date version. In this blog post, Protiviti will discuss the reasons for upgrading to HANA 2.0 system, the risks of not upgrading and the benefits an upgrade can bring.


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Bots are Better: Improving SAP Compliance Testing Processes...and More

Robotic Process Automation (RPA), when deployed correctly, can significantly expedite what would otherwise be heavily time-consuming tasks. When applied to SAP Basis testing, almost the entire data extraction aspect of the testing process can be automated. Not only does deploying an automated solution for testing increase efficiency and quality, it also frees up time for employees to focus on value-add tasks rather than redundant, repetitive activities.


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iPlan: How to Accelerate SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning Implementation

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is a critical process in every organization to drive results and performance is a critical process in every organization to drive results and performance. In this blog, David Bath describes how using a template-based implementation approach with iPlan will accelerate any SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) for planning implementation.


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Automatic Predictive Forecasting in SAP Analytics Cloud

Protiviti's Chris Hickman describes why a demo is imperative to choosing a toolset.

"One of my favorite things about being a consultant is demonstrating toolsets to both existing and potential clients. But what sets a toolset apart from the competition and how can a business use it to their advantage?" Read this blog post to find out more!


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A Modern Take on Data Visualization with SAP Analytics Cloud

Augmented analytics is a process in which actionable insights can be derived using artificial intelligence and machine learning through simple interfaces such as natural language queries. To put it in simpler terms, ask a question and get an answer! All that is needed is a platform such as SAP Analytics Cloud and a good data model.


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The Role Data Plays in an SAP S/4HANA Move: Key Steps to Sustaining Value

Data quality and SAP S/4HANA migration seem to be distantly connected topics and hard to convince that they do depend on each other quite significantly. In this blog, let us examine why it is important to take a critical look at data quality before embarking on a large transformational journey such as S/4HANA or any other digital transformation that may be planned.


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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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