A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Wellesley Information Services, LLC (Publishing division) to author a book on SAP Financials. I was to propose a topic and write a proposal for their consideration and approval, which was done. The title of the proposed book is “SAP Financials: Integration with Other SAP Modules”. However, two unrelated events happened that made it impossible to proceed. One was that the editor assigned to me has a family health emergency; the other is that I got involved in setting up a company and got so busy that I could not continue with the project. However, I had already written two chapters of this book, before I became totally absorbed in the setup of this company. In this and subsequent series of blog posts, I wish to share with you the work done so far (starting from the Overview), with the hope that I will be motivated to complete the book, ones I am able to spare time for it.
We live in a world where decisions are made fast and on real-time, because of the constantly disruptive changes that characterize the digital age. Organizations are streamlining their business processes to allow for seamless business process flow and real-time decision-making.
SAP provides organizations with a highly integrated, process based enterprise solution that allows for seamless business process flow and real-time decision-making.
Suffice to say that, for any organization to have the real value for money for solutions built on SAP Platform, it must ensure optimal integration of implemented modules to allow for seamless process flow, transaction processing and real-time reporting.
Whether we are talking about Procurement, Production, Sales and Distribution, Human Capital Management and other organizational processes, they do not end except in Finance.
Despite this known fact, most SAP Implementations are guilty of Project Implementation Teams acting in silos, with each team concentrating on the modules they are responsible to deliver. Only to come to a point that the individual solutions are successfully delivered, but the necessary integrations to SAP Financials are not adequately addressed.
Either this may be because the Project Teams have not paid sufficient attention to the integration details or they do not have sufficient competence to effectively handle them. Another reason might be that the teams do not understand the end-to-end view or the big picture of the total business requirements.
The unintended consequence of this is that valuable organizational time is spent in reconciling the various SAP modules to SAP Finance. Financial closing cycles are prolonged and consequently, the Organization experience delays in production of vital financial reports and analytics.
In the constantly disruptive changing business world, that will mean any information coming from such a system will lose its value at best, or such information will be outdated with no value whatsoever.
This book discusses the integration of SAP ERP Financials solutions to other SAP Modules, to serve as a reference guide to SAP Consultants and Project implementation teams.
The book delves into the subject of SAP Financials integration to other SAP Modules with financial relevance. Chapter after chapter, it discusses, in a simple language, and with ample illustrations in form of screen shots, the integration of other SAP modules to SAP Financials.
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