SAP professionals as well as business consultants have a great role in building a formidable business. While SAP professionals like developers works on the technical side of a business, there are times where the problem can never be solved by the SAP developer. The requirements may not be clear which is sent to the developer or the software was not tested properly.
Nevertheless, there are two challenges in checking of SAP to one’s business. The technical error and the business error. When we speak of the technical error, it involves about mapping and configuration settings of PI. If these two fails this can also result to failure of communication. For instance, we would like to send a message to a vendor say, “Mr. Smith”.(I’m referring to the data input) and is not appearing on the configuration and mapping settings, tendency is an error message will appear and the message won’t be sent.
For PI, there are also business errors that result to failure of business communication. It can be a communication barrier between the SAP Developers and Business Consultants. Direct communication on both parties are important to meet the standards for PI in a business perspective. In monitoring PI, business consultants and SAP developers should work hand in hand to ensure that the configuration and mapping are in set especially when testing software is being conducted.
For SAP developers and business consultants, SAP PI has a long way to go.
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As a member of the Global Special Interest Groups (GSIG) for SAP PI. We are now working on new SAP products that will help you on your SAP PI Landscape. We are now conducting two surveys. The first one is almost completed and the other survey is on the process of completion. The purpose of two surveys is to gather information to help us build better products for SAP PI.
General survey: http://svy.mk/LYLOmA with focus on near Zero Downtime (Closing End of June). This survey is about what the current status about SAP PI.
PI Requirements Prioritization: http://bit.ly/JpUbBc (Closing soon). This survey is about a prioritization of a large list of requirements. Hopefully you will be able to get your ideas for improvement in the release.
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There are certain situations where a client and contractor may encounter a failed work. As a SAP freelancer, thorough communication and gathering important details for a SAP Project is very crucial so that the end result would be a win-win for both parties. I just remembered a story wherein I was working a project for a client and I misunderstood the requirements that they wanted to achieved.
And so I had to go back to my work and discuss details to them and I found it is not what they are looking. I began to clarify and asked them what they really wanted for their site. It was a search functionality that they were after and the more I probe. They had additional specifications.
Now I learned that working for a SAP client, you need to ask every question you need to ask for you and the client to be on the same page. Normally, asking the nature of their business and processes what they want to implement. Like for example if they want search capability for their site. I could have easily looked on my site at piarchitecture.com for what they have needed since I created some templates and documentations.
Again it is very important to gather and understand information. Critical thinking is a must when it comes to SAP PI projects. As I go along the way of my journey, I will carry this experience and improve my approach in terms of working to client’s specification for future SAP projects.
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I will be hosting a presentation on how to do easy documentation in Belgium. SAPience.be the Belgian SAP User Group is having a meeting on the 29 September 2011. It is the day just after the Global Special Interest Group for SAP PI is having their meeting. It is nice to be able to combine two events with each other.