“If Mars and Venus are standing in one line, then the update of customer information will dump between 2:43 and 2:44pm for aquariuses, but only if your cubicle is facing south and forgot to walk your dog in the morning.”
“Solution: Improve your outstanding skills in facial expressions and buy a dog.”
A nearly undiscovered path of reporting humourous “features” (There are no “bugs”, there were never “bugs”, there will never be “bugs” and I don’t know how to spell bugs – text of a bumper sticker seen on the car of an SAP-developer) is another TLA (three letter acronym) called OSS.
Original SAP Software?
Oracle Sales Slump?
As far off from the right answer, as SAP screens are pretty. The right answer is:
Online Support System
Now that we have taken this hurdle, what can you do with it? E.g. posting a question on April 1st (no joke) with the following issue (ripped from the OSS by courtesy of Mario Herger):
Question from April 1st 1998, 06:12:79 Jens S.
At each login to an R/3 system a popup displays the expiration date of the SAP R/3 licence ( 31.12.9999 ). My question is now: do we have to extend our contract with SAP in order to use the system after this date?
In preparation of the pending millennium change (9999==>10000) it is unclear, which R/3 release will cover those requirements. Please inform us about that, so that we can start in time with a project.
Thank you very much in advance
Berlin, April 1st, 1998
M. Consulting AG
Response from April 1st 1998, 07:00:09 Stefan S.
- Dear Mr. S.,
In its 26 year history SAP has always shown vision and was always anxious to support their customers with their project planning. I am sure you will understand that in this case we reserve the right to have some planning insecurity.
For the afore mentioned millennium change we require the R/3 release ET/12.0 (ET=extraterrestrial). A direct upgrade from ET/11.0 to ET/12.0 is not planned, because ET/12.0 experienced huge changes in the modul “matter-transmission”.
The changes requested by the Intergalactic Committee in the area of Planet Management and Comet Distribution will already be included.
A separate extension of the contract between your company and SAP is not necessary. If you paid the yearly maintenance fee, the software will be beamed to you in a timely manner.
We put your question for follow up for Q3 9999 and will get in contact in time with your successor for detailed questions.
Stefan S. (Scotty)
R/3 Future Release Planning
- Dear Mr. S.,
More anecdotes can be found in the Humour@SAP weblog series.