Thoroughly updated and expanded! Includes new coverage on HANA, the cloud, and using SAP's applications!
In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you'll get up and running with the latest SAP technologies, applications, and solutions. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson strengthens your understanding of SAP from both a business and technical perspective, helping you gain practical mastery from the ground up on topics such as security, governance, validations, release management, SLA, and legal issues.
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common questions, issues, and tasks. Quizzes and exercises help you build and test your knowledge. Notes present interesting pieces of information. Tips offer advice or teach an easier way to do something. Cautions advise you about potential problems and help you steer clear of disaster.
Learn how to...
Understand SAP terminology, concepts, and solutions Install SAP on premises or in the cloud Master SAP's revamped user interface Discover how and when to use in-memory HANA databases Integrate SAP Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions such as Ariba, Successfactors, Fieldglass, and hybris Find resources at SAP's Service Marketplace, Developer Network, and Help Portal Avoid pitfalls in SAP project implementation, migration, and upgrades Discover how SAP fits with mobile devices, social media, big data, and the Internet of Things Start or accelerate your career working with SAP technologies
, Michael Missbach
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Introduction 1 Part I: Introduction to SAP HOUR 1: SAP Explained 7 Overview of SAP: The Company 7 SAP Business Applications 9 Connecting the Dots 11 Summary 14 Case Study: Hour 1 14 HOUR 2: SAP Business Basics 17 The SAP Business Roadmap 17 SAP's Purpose: To Run the Business 19 Other Perspectives: Mapping Business Needs to SAP Applications 23 A Sampling of SAP Business Processes 26 Summary 28 Case Study: Hour 2 29 HOUR 3: SAP Technology Basics 31 SAP Technology 31 What Is the Best Platform for SAP? 37 Memory: Fast but Volatile 40 Storage: Hard Disks and Other Disks 40 SAP System Landscapes 42 Database Basics for SAP 45 Future Developments 47 Summary 48 Case Study: Hour 3 48 HOUR 4: SAP Project Basics 51 Running an SAP Project: The Basics 51 First Steps in Pursuing an SAP Project 52 The SAP Project Lifecycle 54 Organizing a Project by Tasks 59 Organizing a Project by Roles 61 Summary 65 Case Study: Hour 4 65 Part II: SAP Applications and Components HOUR 5: Overview of SAP Applications and Components 69 A Real-Time Vision 69 SAP Business Suite Components 72 SAP NetWeaver Components 75 Small and Medium Enterprises 76 SAP Business One 78 SAP Business ByDesign 79 SAP All-in-One 81 Selecting the Best SME Solution 83 Choosing SAP SME Offerings over Business Suite 85 Summary 86 Case Study: Hour 5 86 HOUR 6: SAP NetWeaver and HANA 87 The Foundation for SAP 87 The SAP NetWeaver Umbrella: Six Areas 88 Bringing It All Together 93 The Business Case for HANA 97 HANA Cloud Offerings 104 Summary 107 Case Study: Hour 6 107 HOUR 7: SAP ERP and Business Suite 109 SAP ERP Business Scenarios 110 Summary 126 Case Study: Hour 7 127 HOUR 8: SAP on the Cloud and New SAP Solutions 129 What Kind of Cloud? 129 SAP's Way to the Cloud 133 Newly Acquired SAP Solutions 136 Summary 145 Case Study: Hour 8 145 Part III: SAP for Business Users HOUR 9: A Business User's Perspective on Using SAP 149 Before SAP Is Deployed: The Business User's Role 150 A Sampling of SAP Business Transactions 153 Summary 159 Case Study: Hour 9 160 HOUR 10: Using SAP's Traditional and New User Interfaces 161 The SAPGUI 161 SAPGUI Elements and Other Basics 165 SAPGUI Navigation Basics 166 SAPGUI Screen Objects 170 Using the Windows Clipboard 172 Additional Legacy Interfaces 172 SAP's New User Interfaces and Tools 174 Summary 178 Case Study: Hour 10 178 HOUR 11: Using SAP ERP to Do Your Job 179 The Four SAP Business Scenarios 179 Other Popular Business Transactions 193 Summary 196 Case Study: Hour 11 196 HOUR 12: Using Other SAP Business Suite Applications 197 Using SAP SRM 197 Using SAP CRM 199 Using SAP SCM 200 Using SAP PLM 202 Summary 203 Case Study: Hour 12 203 HOUR 13: Using SAP for Reporting 205 Types of SAP Reporting Users 205 SAP Business Objects 208 SAP NetWeaver BW Family 211 SAP ERP Operational Reporting Tools 212 Legacy SAP Reporting Options 213 Summary 219 Case Study: Hour 13 220 HOUR 14: Using Simplified Finance and Office Integration 221 SAP Simple Finance Add-On 221 Integrating SAP with Desktop Applications 230 Using %pc to Download Data 231 OpenText Archiving for SAP 239 SAP and Adobe Forms 240 Summary 241 Case Study: Hour 14 241 Part IV: SAP for IT Professionals HOUR 15: An SAP Project Manager's Perspective 245 The SAP Implementation Methodology 245 Introduction to ASAP 246 SAP Program and Project Leadership 251 The Project Team's Subteams 256 Project Team Member Characteristics 260 Project Tools and Other Methodologies 260 Project Closeout 261 Summary 262 Case Study: Hour 15 262 HOUR 16: A Technology Professional's Perspective on SAP 265 Shifting Focus: From Business to Technology 265 Understanding the SAP Quicksizer 270 Beyond the Quicksizer: Measurement-Based Sizing 272 Can Performance Be Guaranteed? 273 Understanding SAP Availability 274 Security Considerations 278 Network Considerations 282 Operational Considerations 284 Summary 286 Case Study: Hour 16 286 HOUR 17: An SAP Developer's Perspective 287 Programming Tools 287 Developer and SAP Methodologies 290 Configuration and the SAP IMG 293 Different Views of the IMG 294 Additional IMG Fundamentals 297 Summary 300 Case Study: Hour 17 301 HOUR 18: SAP Installation and Implementation 303 First Steps 303 SAP Installation Preparation 304 Locating and Downloading SAP Software 306 Infrastructure Readiness 311 Installing the SAP Trial Version 314 HANA on Public Cloud Platforms 316 The SAP Cloud Appliance Library 320 Introducing SAP Single Sign-on 322 Summary 323 Case Study: Hour 18 323 HOUR 19: SAP and the Cloud 325 Forecast: Fairly Cloudy 325 Bringing Together SAP and the Cloud 328 Moving SAP Systems to the Cloud 330 SAP as a Service? 331 Project Monsoon 334 Integrating SAP SaaS Solutions 337 Summary 342 Case Study: Hour 19 342 HOUR 20: SAP System Administration and Management 345 Management Tools 345 Day-to-Day SAP Monitoring 354 Summary 358 Case Study: Hour 20 358 HOUR 21: SAP Enhancements, Upgrades, and More 359 Setting the Stage: Making Changes to SAP 359 Enhancement and Upgrade Terminology 360 High-Level Project Planning 366 Summary 369 Case Study: Hour 21 369 Part V: SAP Careers HOUR 22: SAP Careers for the Business User 373 Types of Business Jobs 373 First Steps: Experience, Training, Networking, and Certifications 374 Other Ideas 379 Preparing for a Business Career in SAP 381 Summary 386 Case Study: Hour 22 386 HOUR 23: SAP Careers for the IT Professional 389 SAP, Its Partners, and Its Customers 389 Types of Available Opportunities 391 Preparing for a Career in SAP 393 Using Your Existing Technical Expertise 394 Working on the Intangibles 396 Summary 396 Case Study: Hour 23 397 HOUR 24: Other Resources and Closing Thoughts 399 Professional Resources 399 Internet Resources 405 SAP Conferences and Events 406 Employment and Career Opportunities 408 Summary 409 Case Study: Hour 24 410 APPENDIX A: Case Study Answers 411 Case Study: Hour 1 Answers 411 Case Study: Hour 2 Answers 412 Case Study: Hour 3 Answers 412 Case Study: Hour 4 Answers 413 Case Study: Hour 5 Answers 413 Case Study: Hour 6 Answers 414 Case Study: Hour 7 Answers 414 Case Study: Hour 8 Answers 415 Case Study: Hour 9 Answers 416 Case Study: Hour 10 Answers 417 Case Study: Hour 11 Answers 417 Case Study: Hour 12 Answers 418 Case Study: Hour 13 Answers 418 Case Study: Hour 14 Answers 419 Case Study: Hour 15 Answers 419 Case Study: Hour 16 Answers 420 Case Study: Hour 17 Answers 420 Case Study: Hour 18 Answers 420 Case Study: Hour 19 Answers 421 Case Study: Hour 20 Answers 421 Case Study: Hour 21 Answers 422 Case Study: Hour 22 Answers 422 Case Study: Hour 23 Answers 423 Case Study: Hour 24 Answers 423 Index 425
Dr. Michael Missbach, Manager of the Cisco SAP Competence Center, focuses on best practices for SAP HANA and other mission-critical applications in public and private cloud scenarios. Earlier, he worked as IT Superintendent for ALCOA. He has also written books on SAP hardware, SAP system operation, adaptive SAP infrastructures, SAP on Windows, and SAP on the cloud. Dr. George Anderson, senior architect and program manager for Microsoft Services, specializes in designing and deploying mission-critical SAP and Microsoft Dynamics solutions. A certified SAP technical consultant, PMI PMP, and Six Sigma black belt, he has also written books on SAP implementation, performance testing, and project management.