Website Update: Chatbot

I recently wrote a ‘first impressions’ piece on the SAP Conversational AI chatbot platform. As part of my research, I created a basic implementation of the SAP CAI chatbot on my website. I’ve been learning quite a bit and wanted to share some information on what I have accomplished.

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SAP Conversational AI: First Impressions

Create an intelligent, chat-based interface and integrating it with your SAP backend to collect and serve information to any user? This would have sounded like science fiction a few years ago, but this is the promise of SAP Conversational AI. Read on for my first impressions.

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SAP Sales Order Delivery Status vs Overall Delivery Status

If you’re writing an ‘Open Orders’ report, chances are you are intersted in the delivery status of your Sales Order.  You man have noticed that there are two delivery statuses (stati?) found on the Sales Document Header and Item level: “Delivery Status” and the “Overall Delivery Status”. What do these statuses represent?  Read on to learn more about the SAP Sales Order Delivery Status fields.

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SAP Subcontracting PO Delivery Setup

Subcontracting is a critical process for many organizations, and from an SD consultant’s perspective it’s quite unique.  Let’s take a closer look at the handoff from Purchasing to the SD Delivery.  Read on for more about the SAP Subcontracting PO Delivery Setup.

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SAP: Your own S/4 HANA system?

I’ve previously written a four part guide on how to install your own ECC 6.0 IDES server. This has by far been my most popular series and I think it speaks to the importance for consultants to have a readily available reference system. Many consultants have access to test and demo systems through their employer, but many consultants do not have this luxury or would simply prefer access to a private system for their own use. S/4 HANA introduces a new challenge to do-it-yourself-ers because of its hefty hardware requirements (and price tag). If you are interested in running your own SAP S/4 HANA system, I’m going to run down a few options that may be within reach.

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SAP SE16n Table Display: Use it Like a Pro

For consultants and power users, viewing SAP table contents is a necessity.  I use the SAP SE16n table display transactions daily to sift through records while analyzing data issues, finding example records,  or simply finding that Sales Order I created months ago in a client system.  I nearly always rely on SAP’s SE16n transaction for these activities for a variety of reasons, but during a recent client meeting, I learned that there appears to be some hold-outs who still use the older SE16 transaction.  If you choose not to use SE16n, or are simply not aware of its capabilities, read on for my top 6 reasons to become an SAP SE16n Table Display fanatic.

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SAP Delivery Quantity Fields Demystified

Picking, Packing, Shipping… Seems straightforward, right? But when you introduce batch splitting and factor in product availability issues, reporting against delivery quantities can be a challenge. But there are some interesting fields that exist under the hood that can help you build a more powerful report. I have previously demystified Sales Order Date fields.  This time, let’s dive into SAP Delivery Quantity fields.

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SAP: How to find Best Practices Baseline Content for ECC 6 (ERP607)

Search Google for “SAP Best Practices” and you will quickly find SAP’s Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) website. On that site you will find a wealth of information relating to S/4 HANA, S/4 Cloud, Hybris, and Analytics among other things. But what if you need to reference Best Practices content for ECC 6.0? Read on to find out where to find the Best Practices Documentation for what’s quickly becoming an SAP legacy product.

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SAP: First Impressions of SAP Fiori 2.0

I’m currently in the midst of two SAP S/4 Hana projects — one conversion from ECC 6, and one implementation.  Both projects have given me ample exposure to SAP’s S/4 Hana system and the new Fiori front end.  Is the newly polished SAP Fiori 2.0 interface ready for prime time?  Read on for my first impressions.

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SAP: Exploring Backorders (Part 2) – Rescheduling

In Part 1 of this series, I provided a basic definition for backorders, highlighted some standard tools in ECC to report on backorders, and recommended some high-level approaches to resolving backorder problems.  In this article, I address one of the main tools for automating the process of re-balancing material confirmations:  V_V2.

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