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Chapter 2: ERP System – The Key Enterprise Application

Organizations create and deliver value in the form of a product or service, which they offer to consumers or to other organizations. For example, manufacturing organizations create tangible products such as cars,
batteries, and electronic devices, while other organizations create
intangible ‘‘products’’ or services such as insurance, healthcare, and
consulting. Regardless of the type of organization, however, the product or service is created via a business process—a sequence of interconnected tasks or activities that take a set of inputs and convert them into the desired output. 


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Part 3: SUSE and The Future of SAP Data Centers 

SAP’s vision for helping its customers succeed with digital transformation is comprehensive. It’s a vision that is supported by a digital core—with SAP S/4HANA at the center—and the power, speed, and agility of the SAP HANA database and SAP Cloud Platform for ongoing innovation. But in a digital economy, no single company is an island. To deliver the full value customers expect, companies need to collaborate across the value chain. It’s for this reason that SAP has partnered with SUSE for SAP HANA-based deployments.  


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Part 2: Driving Digital Transformation with SAP 

If you’re a traditional company encountering the demands of the digital economy for the first time, the biggest challenge you face is the issue of complexity—both in the way your business is organized and the way the technology environment that supports it is structured. With its now-familiar slogan, “Run Simple,” SAP has put complexity squarely in its cross hairs. As a company, SAP has proven itself to be a thought leader on the issue of complexity, and it has revamped its portfolio of offerings to help SAP customers simplify their landscapes and drive innovation at the levels of business models, business processes, and work. 


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Part 1: Digital Transformation in a Digital Economy

For all its hype—and for all the marketing agendas on which it depends—the digital economy is a very real phenomenon. While it may have started the day the first person connected to the Internet, today we’ve reached a critical mass where digital modes of interaction dominate enough spheres of activity. This chapter explains the digital economy, and how businesses choosing to ignore it do so at their own peril.


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Chapter 6: Master Data Creation Using Screen Programming

This chapter is about master data creation using a screen program. We are starting screen programming for managing master data, but at this level we are using a simple screen design and very basic screen elements. We will design screens for site master data, site assignment to a user, and article master data. While in the development process, you will get an understanding of the different screen elements and the flow logic of screens. You will experience the creation and use of a selection screen and learn about screen validation by applying different input checks that restrict use to ensure the correct values are entered in screen fields. Details on dealing with the database for reading, creating, and modifying records and how to create transaction codes are included. At the end of this chapter we will go through the process of attaching a search help to any field on general or selection screens.


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Chapter 4: SAP User Management

This chapter introduces SAP user management. You will learn about preinstalled users in SAP NetWeaver Application Server (AS) ABAP and their responsibilities, and how to change the password of any user, lock or unlock a user, create new users, and copy new users from an existing user. We will also create roles for assigning transaction code authorizations to users.


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Chapter 5: Introduction to the ABAP Data Dictionary and Managing Data Dictionary Objects

In this chapter we start our point of sale (POS) project development. This chapter provides an overview of the ABAP Data Dictionary and its different objects (e.g., data elements, domains, structures, tables [database tables], views, search helps, and table types [internal table types]). We will then go through the process of creating all the main ABAP Data Dictionary objects that we will use in the development of the POS project in the following chapters. Finally, we will learn how to change or delete ABAP Data Dictionary objects.


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  • Chapter 7: Phase Four: Transition

    In the final phase, transition, we go through what you can expect at go-live, followed by lengthy discussions regarding service level agreements, operations process training, and transition to cloud operations. We talk about intricacies of system stabilization and monitoring. Finally, we explore the options for business continuity and security

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  • Chapter 6: Phase Three: Build

    In the third phase, build, we walk through developing proofs of concept for your project. The chapter discusses how to take advantage of a provision-shared infrastructure, as well as strategies for building and testing that infrastructure. There is an examination on how to build and mitigate databases and applications, as well as planning the phase cutover. It also looks at automated provisioning and automated services.

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  • Chapter 5: Phase Two: Model

    The second phase of moving SAP to the cloud, model, contains an overview of the second half of onboarding to the cloud. It examples infrastructure requirements and design and walks the reader through the process of developing a workload analysis. The chapter discusses application and business process discovery as well as operational run books and migration strategy.

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