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August 12, 2014 / Editor

SAP Outsourcing: Fears and Myths.. and Facts

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In part one of my blog series I have generally introduced the SAP Outsourcing travellers guide to you. In part 2 I would like to start to fully immerse together with you into the world of SAP Outsourcing.

Just as with any trip to a foreign country, many people begin an outsourcing trip with, above all, two unpleasant things in their luggage: fears and myths. Even if one has done his research and homework, and thoroughly prepared himself, some preconceptions are nonetheless hard to shake off. Only when one finally arrives at his destination can he know for sure whether there is anything to these myths, or whether they are fairy tales.

So before the trip gets underway, let’s take a few minutes to address and deal with some typical “outsourcing fears”, and try to eliminate some negative myths and legends.

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August 6, 2014 / andreasbk

Development Knowledge – Part 1: ABAP Performance Tuning

It’s all in the title: the small addition of “Part 1″ to the title of my first blog post tells you everything you need to know about my plan, which I intend to take forward in future itelligence blogs together with the development team here. Before this, I would like to talk a little bit about the past in this company. We have gathered a lot of expert knowledge about programming with ABAP Objects in the 25+ years of this company’s existence. Meanwhile, I personally have worked for intelligence for more than 16 years. During this time, thousands of requests from various customers have landed on my desk and the desks of my colleagues in the development departments.

Of course there are many enquiries which are variations on the same theme thrown at us by different customers. A smart person is one who holds the answers to them in a database. Fortunately, we soon decided to do just that :).

And that leads me to my actual topic for this blog post: Performance Tuning in ABAP. This is a customer request which can easily be put into the category of “Frequently Asked Questions”. Read more…

July 31, 2014 / Gero Brockschnieder

Blending calculation in SAP with itelligence’s blending AddOn – Part 2

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Businesses are different – we join you!

itelligence’s blending AddOn addresses not only steel foundries with iron or nickel based material grades and alloys, but also firms with a variety of different grades, e.g. on an aluminum or cobalt basis.

Your production orders have so small quantities that it doesn’t pay to melt for each one individually? No problem! Combine as many matching orders as needed to fill the furnace to the desired degree. You are casting parts that are much bigger and heavier than a single fill of the furnace? The add-on addresses this case and gives the possibility to join two or more fills of a furnace in a ladle and use the whole quantity for a single production order. Even the changeover to a similar alloy after a part of the melted quantity has been casted is not an issue. Read more…

July 25, 2014 / Gero Brockschnieder

Blending calculation in SAP with itelligence’s blending AddOn – Part 1

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Will it blend? Admittedly, a Google search for an answer to this question brings to light rather input for lunch break at your desk than serious information for businesses with melting and casting processes. Nevertheless, it is exactly the question that arises several times a day in each and every foundry. The less so, managers think about which contribution an ERP system can provide to this crucial but often shabby-treated (at least from an IT point of view) process step. The blending add-on brings together what belongs together and integrates melting and casting processes in their natural surrounding: the complete production process.

Seamless: Melting and casting in SAP

In many areas of the metals industry, SAP solutions have established as the state of the art. Just as any other businesses, foundries focus on integrated business processes with SAP and accept one of their crucial process steps – the blending calculation – to be carried out in an isolated application far from the main ERP system for lack of a complete and integrated software solution. Read more…

July 23, 2014 / wolfgangmoeller

SAP Automotive Forum – 2. Place in UX Contest for VC/Analytics

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SAP organized a User Experience (UX) contest for SAP partners on the annual SAP Automotive Forum in Leipzig, Germany. This competition was more than aesthetics and user-friendly operation. The applications provide automotive companies a significant added value. Wolfgang Moeller, Global Director Discrete Industries and Automotive at itelligence presented in the name of NTT DATA our solution VC/Analytics, which was funded by NTT DATA R&D fund.

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July 23, 2014 / wolfgangmoeller

SAP Automotive Forum – NTT DATA Germany and itelligence represents One Global NTT DATA

But this year was a bit special, it was the first time that we are collaborating with NTT DATA Germany and exhibit together at one booth. Our slogan was NTT DATA – we fuel your success. The event was a good opportunity to represent us a group. Customers from Europe, Americas and even Japan participate in the event. In many talks at our we could explain our portfolio. We also had a presence on stage with a customer presentation of Britehouse (car dealer implementation), host guiding tours about SAP HANA and Smart Business and also participate successfully in a UX competition (see separate blog). Here some impressions of the event and our stand.

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July 17, 2014 / Mario Luetkebohle

C-SCM and Multi-agent Systems

The idea of ​​this solution is not new. It’s actually pretty old. In literature, the technical design of this method can be found in publications from the year 2006. Again and again, however, research advises that it is currently not feasible for reasons of performance. This opinion seemed like a good reason to try implementing it with HANA.

So for us, it was primarily a question of determining whether a process that to date, for performance reasons, was either infeasible or only had a very limited level of feasibility, could be brought into the realm of feasibility with HANA.

As far as I can see, the evidence shows that we have succeeded.

What’s it all about?

Imagine the following scenario. A Partner A gets a rush order and in his turn passed out rush jobs to two of its 1st-tier suppliers with the request for appropriate delivery promises. These 1st-tier suppliers in their turn contact their suppliers to order various purchased parts or raw materials and for their own planning, they in turn request delivery promises. Read more…

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