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Interoperating Platforms: What is Interoperation & why should I care?
May 15, 2018

Interoperating Platforms: What is Interoperation & why should I care?

If you read my “Don’t Wait, Integrate” and “Go Native AND Integrate” blog series, then welcome to the sequels.  Unlike most sequels, these won’t be just a rehash of the originals.  There is so much new ground to cover!  Platform evolution, cloud commerce and middleware, indirect access, and IoT are on the minds of many IT professionals these days.  In this initial post, I plan to reframe the integration problem in terms of interoperation. 

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, SAP Solutions

Tags: Go Native, Integration, Dynamics 365

How SAP PLM Supported a Move to the Variant Configurator [ASUG Presentation]
May 14, 2018

How SAP PLM Supported a Move to the Variant Configurator [ASUG Presentation]

Hear the story of how SAP PLM positioned The Harris Products Group (Lincoln Electric) for its variant configurator (VC) implementation. The presentation delves into relationships between engineering data used in SAP PLM and that used in VC, as well as best practices and implementation tips.

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events

Tags: ASUG, Configuration, SAP

Changing Characteristics
Apr 12, 2018

Changing Characteristics

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you have to go back and change things after you’ve gone several miles down the road.  Characteristics can be one of those things. I have a tendency to create characteristics as simply as possible.  I make them CHAR unless there’s a real reason not to.  I only make them as long as the longest value I currently have...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Tech Tips + Tricks

Jan 05, 2018

Characteristic Simplicity

Characteristics are one of the fundamental building blocks of Variant Configuration.  As building blocks they have to interact with all the other objects in the system; classes, materials, tables, and dependencies.  In creating them it’s always best to make them as simple as possible (but no simpler).  This gives them a flexibility that can be exploited throughout the model.

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

May 31, 2016

Scalability -- Preventing and Mitigating Problems in Complex SAP Models

“A man’s got to recognize his limitations” – Dirty Harry "All limits are self-imposed” – Icarus Scalability is the ability of a model to grow in size and complexity, using the same design, without sacrificing efficiency.   It is...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, SAP Solutions, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

SAPPHIRE 2016 Reflection: Digital Transformation
May 30, 2016

SAPPHIRE 2016 Reflection: Digital Transformation

“Digital Transformation” was the primary theme of the 2016 SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference, with SAP reinforcing the slogan “Run Live, Run Simple.”  After attending the conference a few weeks ago, I would like to share my insights from the event.  While...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights, News + Events

Tags: SAP

May 28, 2016

ALE Configuration in SAP LO-VC (Part 2)

In this part of the series we’ll focus on creating the distribution model and assigning message types related to Variant Configuration. By now, you should have your User, Logical Systems, and RFC connections configured from Part 1 of this blog series, via preliminary steps 1 through 3. As...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Configuration, SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

May 04, 2016

ALE Configuration in SAP LO-VC (Part 1)

ALE (Application Link Enabling) is a means in which to transfer data between logical systems in SAP. This tool is used across many modules for sending master data and is especially common within the Variant Configuration world for transferring model dependencies, classification, user interfaces,...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP, Tech Tips + Tricks, Variant Configuration

eLogic Accelerates Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SAP ERP Integration with Scribe Software
Mar 23, 2016

eLogic Accelerates Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SAP ERP Integration with Scribe Software

With eLogic's Scribe Insight-based vertical integration accelerator, the firm can spend less time hand coding commonly-requested integrations, and more time mapping out custom data models to win new business and grow existing accounts.  The product enhances the ability of manufacturers...

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, SAP Solutions, News + Events

Tags: Integration, Manufacturing, Microsoft, SAP

Features & Benefits of Scribe Insight for Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Jan 07, 2016

Features & Benefits of Scribe Insight for Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

We help many of our customers integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM with other systems, including SAP.  The integration tool that we use most frequently with Dynamics CRM is Scribe Insight from Scribe Software. Below are some key features and benefits that make Scribe Insight...

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, SAP Solutions

Tags: Integration, SAP

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