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SAP R/3 Business Blueprint: Understanding the Business Process Reference Modelby Thomas Curran
Synopses & Reviews
Let SAP's R/3 change the way you think about business engineering
This book is a businessman's bible about business process design. Using SAP's leading enterprise software product R/3 as a backdrop, it is the first book to explain the structure and content of common business processes that management deals with on a daily basis.
The authors paint the future of business process change by giving the reader the terminology, content, and technology behind an evolving standard for enterprises in the new age(the business blueprint. Here is a collection of process and object descriptions that are the basis for streamlining your company in the future. The book explains how to understand the process content of systems like R/3 and apply it to your company.
Most business software is applied on top of existing structures, to mimic old-fashioned methods and procedures. R/3 allows users to design and model processes all along the value chain, crossing functional and organizational boundaries, to achieve true integration.
SAP R/3 Business Blueprint uses three main sections to present this paradigm in a style that is accessible across the organization:
Developed by an international team, SAP R/3 Business Blueprint draws on nearly a decade of client/server history in organizations around the world to present a complete, inside look at this powerful tool for enterprise-wide business engineering.
Book News Annotation:
Offers a collection of process and object descriptions for streamlining a company, showing how to understand the process content of software systems like R/3 and apply them to a company. A section on business engineering sketches the big picture for high-level decision makers, a section on process design details R/3's applications to functions such as sales and production, and a section on architecture, framework, and tools provides technical information for IS professionals.
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This book, written by R/3 experts from SAP, shows how to successfully analyze and implement business process reengineering using the R/3 software package.
SAP, the leading vendor for client/server software in the large system marketplace, has now created a package called R/3 for smaller companies. This book, written by R/3 experts from SAP, shows how to successfully analyze and implement business process reengineering using the R/3 software package. Covers the benefits of business process reengineering, how companies are using client/server in their reengineering efforts, the architecture of R/3, the R/3 Reference Model, the uses of the R/3 blueprint, business scenario models, and the market for client/server application development tools. For application developers and programmers working in client/server environments.
The complete business and implementation guide to SAP™ R/3™!
In order to gain the maximum value from SAP™ R/3™, you need to understand the rich business framework embedded in R/3™ and know how to implement it within your unique organization.
The revision of this best-selling classic does both: documenting the deep process knowledge built into R/3™, helping decision-makers understand its benefits and offering start-to-finish guidance for R/3™ implementers organization-wide. Newly updated to reflect R/3™ Release 4.5, this book delivers:
You won't find a clearer guide to SAP™ R/3™. You'll discover how key components of R/3™ link together, how they integrate the entire enterprise, and how to keep deriving business benefits from R/3™ long after it's been installed.
About the Author
' THOMAS A. CURRAN is founder and President of Component Software (Cambridge, MA), which produces front office applications for the enterprise. Curran worked for five years as technology strategist and product manager for SAP™ AG and has guided numerous projects for clients worldwide.
ANDREW LADD, Ph.D., is a professional writer and communications consultant. He teaches at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and serves as Director of Communications for Component Software, Inc. Ladd has written extensively on the ERP market and its impact on the modern enterprise.'
Table of Contents
I. BUSINESS ENGINEERING.
1. Business Engineering and Enterprise Optimization.
Significance of Business Engineering. Principles of Business Engineering. Elements of Business Engineering. Requirements for Successful Implementation of Business Engineering. IT Implementation Issues. Effects of Integration of Information Technology. Evolution of Information Technology. Client/Server Technology. Benefits of Client/Server Technology. SAP™ and Client/Server Technology. Beyond Business Engineering. Continuous Engineering. Supply Chain Management. Desktop ERP. Conclusion.
2. The Business Blueprint.
Pros and Cons of Business Blueprints. General Design of the R/3™ Blueprint. Focus of the R/3™ Blueprint. Event-Driven Process Chain Methodology. Describing Complex Business Processes. Ordering Toner. Recruiting a New Employee. Planning a Seminar. EPC Methodology and Viewpoints in the R/3™ Reference Model. Reference Model Viewpoints—Car Dealership. The Component Model—What Happens? The Organizational Model—Who Does What? The Data Model—What Is Needed? The Interaction Model—How Do Company Models Interact? Summary.
3. Configure to Order.
Standard Software Implementation Issues. Mapping with the Business Blueprint. Redlining the Blueprint. Extending the Business-Process Design. Conclusion.
II. PROCESS DESIGN.
4. Value Chain Thinking.
The Value Chain Principle. R/3™ and the Value Chain. Overview of Part 2: Value Chain Thinking.
5. Sales Logistics.
Standard Order Handling Scenario. Mailing Campaign Processing. Sales Activity Processing. Customer RFQ Processing. Customer Quotation Processing. Standard Order Processing. Delivery Processing. Goods Issue Processing for Stock Material. Billing. Contract Handling and Scheduling Agreements. Third-Party Order Handling. Customer Consignment Stock Handling. Cash Order Handling. Rush Order Handling. Make-to-Order Sales Order Handling. Assembly-to-Order Sales Order Handling. Empties and Returnable Packaging Handling. Returns Handling. Decentralized Shipping. R/3 Sales Logistics Summary.
6. Production Logistics.
Production by Lot Size. Processing of Sales and Operation Planning. Demand Management. Material Requirements Planning (Single-Item MPS). Creation, Release, and Execution of Production Order. Repetitive Manufacturing. Make-to-Order Production. Process Manufacturing. Project-Related “Engineer to Order.” Quality Management for Goods Receipt from Production. R/3 Production Logistics Summary.
7. Procurement Logistics.
Procurement of Stock Material. Material Requirement Planning. Requisition Processing to Stock Material. Processing of RFQ Issued to Vendor. Vendor Quotation Processing. Purchase Order Processing for Stock Material. Goods Receipt Processing. Procurement of Consumable Materials. Procurement of Consignment Materials. Procurement of Subcontract Work. Stock Transfer Processing. External Services Management. R/3™ Procurement Logistics Summary.
8. External Accounting.
Vendor Handling. Vendor Master Record Processing. Vendor Invoice Processing. Down Payment Release. Automatic Payment. Manual Payment. Customer Processing. OTA Vendor Processing. Creditor Subsidiary/Head-Office Processing. General Ledger Processing. Special-Purpose Ledger Handling. Consolidation. R/3™ External Accounting Overview.
9. Organization and Human Resource Management.
Recruitment. Creating a Search. Tracking the Search Process. Job Description. Employee Application Processing. Confirming the Application Receipt. Preliminary Personnel Choice. Personnel Processing. Employment Agreement Offer Processing. Applicant Status Check. Preparation for Employing the Applicant. Rejection of Offer. Applicant Pool Administration. Putting an Application on Hold. Rejection of Application. Business Event Handling. Business Trip Management. Time Management Handling. International Payroll Processing. Salary Administration. Benefits Administration. Personnel Planning and Management. R/3 Procurement Logistics Overview.
10. Business Planning and Controlling.
Cost Object Controlling. Production Order Preliminary Costing. Production Order Simultaneous Costing. Period-End Closing and Final Costing. Profitability Analysis. Profit Center Accounting. Overhead Cost Management. R/3™ Business Planning and Controlling Summary.
11. Capital Asset Management.
Planned Plant Maintenance. Maintenance Plan Processing. Maintenance Plan Scheduling. Maintenance Call Processing. Maintenance Order Creation and Processing. Maintenance Order Release. Maintenance Order Execution. Maintenance Order Completion Confirmation. Maintenance Order Settlement. Damage-Related Maintenance Processing. Project-Based Maintenance Processing. Cash Management. Budgeting. Fixed Asset Processing. Leased Asset Processing. R/3™ Capital Asset Management Summary.
12. Finance Management.
Treasury Management. Fixed-Term Deposit Processing (Money Market/Foreign Exchange/Derivatives Trading). Product Type Selection. Fixed-Term Deposit Processing. Rollover. Correspondence. Settlement in Treasury. Netting Processing. Posting Approval in Treasury. Posting in Treasury. Accrual. Key Date Valuation. Realized Profits/Losses. Treasury Master Data Scenario. New Security Management. Treasury. Treasury Information System. Cash Management. Market Risk Management. R/3™ Finance Management Summary.
13. Customer Service.
Field Service. Recording and Processing Service Notifications. Opening and Processing Service Orders. Service Order Release. Service Order Completion Confirmation. Technical Results Recording. Resource-Related Billing and Invoice Processing. Service Order Settlement. Long-Term Service Agreements. In-House Repair Processing. Replacement Part Delivery Processing. Notification Receipt and Processing. Evaluations. R/3™ Customer Service Summary.
III. ARCHITECTURE, FRAMEWORK, AND TOOLS.
14. Architecture of the R/3™ System.
R/3™ and the Distributed Environment. The Three-Tier Client/Server R/3™ Architecture. Benefits of the R/3™ Three-Tier Client/Server. Interprogram Communication. Middleware Transaction Management. Rationale for Distributed Business-Process Integration. Capabilities of Application Distribution in R/3™. Tools for Application Distribution. Model-Based Application Distribution. Distribution Reference Model. Using the Business Blueprint for Application Integration. Conclusion.
15. R/3™ Framework and Infrastructure.
Background of Business Integration. SAP™ Business Framework. Configuration of Enterprise Applications. Rationale for the Business Framework. Repository as Integrating Factor. Business Processes. Business Objects. Data Models. Object-Oriented Interfaces. Business Components. Enterprise Application Development. ABAP/4 Development Workbench. Development Workbench Features. Conclusion.
16. Business Engineering in R/3™.
R/3™ Business Engineer Overview. Business Engineer and Streamlined Implementations. Modeling the Distributed Enterprise. Application Components. Session Manager. Enterprise Organization. Using the R/3™ Reference Model. Business Object Model. Object-Oriented Data Model. Business Process Model. Workflow Model. Guideline for Implementing R/3™. Project Management Procedure Model. AcceleratedSAP™. The Roadmap. Tools. R/3™ Services and Training. Phase 1: Project Preparation. Phase 2: Business Blueprint. Phase 3: Realization. Phase 4: Final Preparation. Phase 5: Go Live and Support Continuous Change. Workflow and Personnel Organization. Open Repository Interface. Business Engineer: Future Vision.
17. Next Generation Enterprise.
What Is Internet ERP? Next Generation Application Components. The Industry Reference Model, Process Configuration, and Vertical Markets. Supply Chain Optimization, Planning, and Execution. Enterprise Application Integration. Business Object Integration Model. Business Process Integration Models. Electronic Commerce. Desktop ERP: Automating the Way People Work. Improved Browsers. Desktop ERP. Autonomous Software Agents. Conclusion.
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