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Architecting EDI with SAP IDocs, my new book from SAP Press, has been out now for a couple of months.

So am I laughing all the way to the bank, raking in the royalties, fending off calls from the Today Show to do a guest spot …

Hardly. Hollywood isn’t exactly banging down my door, even though the book is the tender story of an imaginary studio founded by a make-believe legendary mogul — Darryl Q. Fernhausen — who found love and mohitos through his film noir genius for making B movies.

Today, Acme Pictures, Fernhausen’s unlikely business, is implementing an SAP EDI system to support its business of selling its movies of questionable value and even less virtue to big box stores across North America.

So we follow the whole process, from start to finish, Blue Print to Integration Testing and even post-production support.

This week I’d like to share with you a sample chapter that SAP Press provided in the hopes that somebody — anybody — will actually buy the book and read it.

So please … download chapter 8 today — with the tantalizing title “Building the 850–ORDERS Inbound” — and settle into a comfy chair and leaf through it. You can download chapter 8 from:

It’s the first in a series of chapters that presents functional and technical specifications for interfaces in the order to cash cycle.

Chapter 8 provides details on a number of issues that typically come up in an EDI inbound PO interface into SAP including:

  • Mapping the 850 X12 PO to the ORDERS IDoc
  • SDQ processing
  • VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) and the X12 852 (Point of Sale and store level inventory)

And so on … I don’t want to give away too much. It might spoil the ending for you. Besides, I just got a call from my agent. Do I smell a movie deal? Talk to me baby! Of all the stars in Hollywood, who do you think would make a great Darryl Q. Fernhausen?

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