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Automation with SAP

a line of water bottles in productionEffectively automated processes keep a business streamlined and efficient. Along with the many other business benefits of SAP, automation is one of the largest advantages that comes from the ERP software. SAP’s automation tools allow for increased visibility, a modern and adaptive workforce, and a simplification of processes that allow a business to run smoothly, without delay. Here’s some more information about automation with SAP...  

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When to Upgrade to ERP

Vector of finger hitting pro buttonIn a business’ maturation cycle, there comes a point of growth where a company must make a jump from small to midsize business. Before this can happen, though, it is going to require an audit of internal processes and systems that may or may not be slowing down the prospective growth of the business. In today’s marketplace, to remain competitive, this is probably going to mean that an adoption of enterprise resource planning software (ERP) is going to be required. How do you know when it is time to take this step, though?  

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Business Data Benefits with SAP

A business man holds dataThere are numerous benefits of utilizing real-time, integrated ERP at the heart of your business operations. However, one of the most complex aspects of managing business growth is handling the massive amounts of data that a midsize business will begin to accumulate. Pretty soon, you’ll need entire divisions dedicated to just managing the logistics of your company’s data. However, using enterprise resource planning software (ERP) like SAP will enable your business simplify its data processes, saving you enormous amounts of money in IT costs.  

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Wrapping Your Head Around SAP’s Growing Cloud Strategy

cloud2As the cloud becomes the primary model for both IT and line-of-business professionals around the world, a certain amount of refinement and fine-tuning is a healthy part of the process. In other words, now out of its infancy, the cloud is growing up.
Highlighting this trend, SAP announced the results of a global survey conducted with Oxford Economics that showcases the fact that the cloud business model has not only become mainstream – indeed, over two-thirds (69 percent) of businesses surveyed expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years – but that companies are increasingly shifting from using the cloud for productivity and efficiency to specific business benefits like innovation in supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, professional services, life sciences, talent management, collaboration and analytics.
"The cloud is a very powerful model in which to operate," said Don Whittington, CIO of ASR Group, who participated in an in-depth interview about the company's use of cloud computing. "It is one that lets us eliminate rote work – such as matching orders and balancing books – and enable employees to become more analytical. They can use their time to look for ways to better the business." In late 2014, Oxford Economics surveyed 200 executives from around the world and compared the results with the same survey fielded in 2012. Respondents work for companies headquartered in 11 countries, including the United StatesBrazilGermany and China, and comprise C-level executives, business-unit heads, and IT and operations executives representing banking/capital markets, retail, consumer products and telecommunications industries. The findings reflect that companies with meaningful experience working in the cloud remain enthusiastic about its potential to reinvent their businesses – and in fact, many say it already has. Key findings of Oxford's study include: Cloud strategy is more than here, and SAP is investing heavily:  Just about all (99 percent) of survey respondents say cloud computing is part of their company's business strategy today. More than two-thirds (69 percent) of businesses expect to make moderate-to-heavy cloud investments over the next three years, and they also plan to increase their migration of core business functions to the cloud. In fact, within three years, nearly all respondents say that innovation, R&D and supply chain will be "somewhat or mostly" cloud-based. Cloud has a transformative impact:  In the follow-up survey in 2014, nearly one-third (33 percent) of respondents said the adoption of cloud computing has had a transformative impact on their business performance. This reflects a sense that cloud adoption and the changes that come with it are inevitable for businesses. To this point, greater investments are expected across lines of business in coming months and years. Big Data is getting bigger:  Real-time use of Big Data is also growing in strategic importance, with 59 percent saying they use the cloud to better manage and analyze data, anytime from anywhere – a 10-percentage-point increase over 2012. "As we've long believed, the cloud is far more than a means to lower total cost of ownership; it's a platform for doing business in entirely new ways," said Rob Glickman, vice president, SAP Cloud and Line of Business Marketing. "These survey findings confirm the trend. Early cloud adopters are now seeing strong returns on their initial investments, and they can feel satisfied that their strategy of embracing the cloud is now proving to be extremely beneficial to their business." Navigator, SAP's top global partner for small-midsize cloud solutions has adopted the cloud in a big way. With more than 100 cloud customers, as well as leading the industry on vertical solutions and innovations, Navigator is a trusted partner, working to make every customer a best run business. Navigator hosts weekly live demos of SAP's industry-leading cloud product.  Click here to register.  

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SAP Business ByDesign Update – November 2015

With the global marketplace changing and growing more complex every day, SAP is continually adding new, industry-leading functionality to its already robust SAP Business ByDesign offering.  The video below will show you just some of the most recent, available enhancements to ByDesign, and what you can do with them:

  • Automatic renewals of contracts
  • Easier creation of service quotes
  • Quickly add fields when working with journal entry vouchers (JEV)
  • More complete overview of project tasks
To see more of enhancements like this, and to see Business ByDesign in action, join our weekly, live web demonstration occurring every Friday at 11:00 AM EST.  Register here.

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BioDerm Relieving The Pressure With SAP Business ByDesign

How do you know when software is hampering your growth?  One clue is that you find yourself doing manual workarounds to key business processes.  Another is that you can’t get the answers you need without an act of Congress (and we know how rare those are these days). That’s what happened to BioDerm Inc., a Largo, Florida-based medical device company.  Because the company operated two different databases – QuickBooks for financials, warehousing, and manufacturing and Act! for CRM – Byron Dyke, BioDerm CFO, found himself spending three weeks after biodermthe close of every month just reconciling inventory and getting financials out.  “We tried importing records into QuickBooks,” he says, “but it really didn’t work very well.”  The company had no budget for IT hardware, software, and staffing. So they looked for a cloud-based ERP application.  That search led them to SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Partner, Navigator. One Solution for Everything “SAP Business ByDesign came up as the one solution that would handle everything we needed to handle,” says Dyke.  “It’s got the marketing capabilities, it’s got the CRM capabilities, and the inter-company capabilities.  There was no other product out there that had that kind of coverage.” The Advantages of the Cloud For BioDerm, a cloud-based ERP was essential.  “The cloud has several advantages,” Dyke says.  “It’s much less expensive, much less hardware-intensive, and much less labor-intensive to implement.  And you can get so much more value for your money than trying to put in a huge networking system, and hiring an IT staff.  We have basically one person that handles all of SAP Business ByDesign.” Faster and Easier Since using SAP Business ByDesign, BioDerm has doubled its revenue.  Financial statements are now generated two days after the close of the month.  And inventory management is far easier.  “It’s been a pleasure not to have to go out and do physical inventories, and to not have to go in and edit spreadsheets of data,” Dyke says.  Perhaps the most important benefit is that BioDerm employees trust that the information they receive is accurate and up-to-the-minute. And they use that information to make better decisions.  “The disciplines that SAP puts into SAP Business ByDesign are just invaluable,” Dyke says. What’s Holding You Back? If you’re not growing as fast as you’d like, take a look at your software.  Does it support you or thwart you?  Does it provide the answers you need to make key decisions?  If your software comes up short, perhaps it’s time for a change – to SAP Business ByDesign.  Join SAP for the 4th Annual SAP Business ByDesign Users Conference, October 11-14 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. To learn more and how to register, visit http://sapbydesignconference.com

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Cloud ERP Showdown to Heat Up with SAP Business ByDesign on HANA

*The following was adapted from Gartner's VP of Research, Robert Anderson, responsible for covering ERP for service industries and financial management and accounting applications*  

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How to Choose the RIGHT ERP for Your Small-Midsize Business

To grow and maintain a competitive edge, more and more companies are finding themselves needing to invest in better internal systems in the form of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.  

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