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The above quote inspired me to write this piece of writing… I know I’m new but one day I like to be Expert like you.

 A newbie starts navigating SAP

I’m a newbie and have just started exploring SAP. My main interest is HR applications. I started to read the available documentation on SAP system and thought to share my experiences with those who share the same profile as mine. I’ve learned the very basic which is to get familiar with SAP GUI structure.

He logs on to the system and get to know many things

 

To logon to a backend (Development, Quality, Production or Sandbox) system, we need to know the

1)      Client

2)      User and Password

A client, is a kind of allocation in a System where we could have different data. It’s like a partition in a PC where C and D drives are similar in sense of their structure but we store different data there.  

User & Password are used for identification to logon to a system and the password is masked with asterisks. These are created by System Administrator.

When we logon, we see the SAP Easy Access screen according to our ROLE. ROLE in SAP Environment means the same as elsewhere i.e. to get into a Finance Department of an Organization and perform Finance related activities I must have a Finance Role. Similarly to work in SAP Modules, we’ve to have some specific ROLE. We can have multiple ROLES.  

Screen Layout is very appealing

The screen is divided into following parts:

Elements

 Description

 Illustration

Menu Bar

Giving us the options to select functions… It’s like a Meals menu in a Restaurant giving options to choose the meals. SAP Easy Access Screen Menu offers the Functions instead of Meals 🙂 

 

Standard Toolbar

Specifying the Tools to perform common actions such as Save, Print, Search etc. It’s not too different with our toolboxes we have at home where we have screwdriver, plier, hammer etc. The toolbar in SAP offers its own set of tools. The Toolbar here is like a Toolbox 🙂

 

Title Bar

A name plate of the application, It shows the Name of Application we use within SAP.

 

Application Toolbar

The difference between Standard and Application Toolbar is like common and specific toolboxes. The common toolboxes we’ve at home contain commonly used tools while specific toolboxes usually with workers have their work related tools. So application toolbar here would mean the Application specific tools.

 

Status Bar

The bar to see the current situation of system; the warning messages for example appear here.

 

 

In between the “head and feet” of the SAP Screen, there’s a “Body”. Its place where we perform application specific activities and it may contain Fields, Tabs, Radio Buttons, and Check Boxes etc…

 

 

 

While exploring the SAP menu, There’s difference between SAP and User Menus. SAP Menu displays all the applications while User Menu shows only those which are Role related. Another good thing to select the transaction and save it as my favorite transaction. Various options to call an application; from SAP Menu, User Menu, Favorites and Command Field.

 

To close Microsoft applications just by clicking “X” button and same with SAP but it has many ways to close the application;

1)      Menu Bar > System > Log Off

2)      Command Field > /nex

3)      Alt + F4

 

 

It’s good enough to know navigating the SAP Screen, the rest of functionalities would be known by practicing more and more.

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  1. Julius von dem Bussche
    Dear Sammar,

    When I try to do this on my system it says “Name or password incorrect. Repeat logon”?!?!

    When I hit Enter again, it says “Fill in all required entry fields”.

    When I click on the message, it says “This function is not possible”.

    How did you do this, guru?? Please give step-by-step procedure 😉

    Cheers,
    Julius

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    1. Malik Sammar Iqbal Post author
      Hi Julius,

      Guru? Hmm I’m still looking around to know whom did you call Guru 🙂 

      About the messages

      1) Try CORRECT name / Password
      2) FILL IN the fields
      3) LEAVE the impossible function

      😉 Sammar

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    2. Malik Sammar Iqbal Post author
      Hi Julius,

      Guru? Hmm I’m still looking around to know whom did you call Guru 🙂 

      About the messages

      1) Try CORRECT name / Password
      2) FILL IN the fields
      3) LEAVE the impossible function

      😉 Sammar

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        1. Julius von dem Bussche
          According to the tatoo on the body, the mouse has it’s heartbeat between the 8th and the 9th stars.
          So… I used ‘INIT1234’ and it worked.

          @ SAMMAR: Good luck and keep your chin up, also when handling tickets from technologically disadvantaged endusers in your future SAP career. In that you have made a good start and show talent as well as patience 😉

          Cheers,
          Julius

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  2. Nigel James
    Hey SAMMAR,
    It seems that you are very new to this. Whilst your enthusiasm is welcome, it would be great if you blogged about something other than logging on to SAP. I am sure with an MBA to your name and some HCM/HR experience you could make some comment that would enrich our lives for reading it. I am guessing that 99.9999% of the 2 000 000 people on SCN would know about logging onto SAP and do it 20 times a day without thinking about it. Indeed they may even have SSO in which case they wouldn’t be logging on at all.

    I am looking forward to your next blog. First blogs can be tricky as you find your feet. I would encourage you to think about your next blog and perhaps even do some searching on SCN to see what topics have been written about, which topics are of interest to readers and which topics you can add value to SCN with.

    Kind regards,
    Nigel

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    1. Malik Sammar Iqbal Post author
      Hi Nigel,

      Thanks for the comments. It was my first attempt and I’d surely research further prior to my next blog.

      I think this blog could be for those 0.0001% beginners like me 🙂

      I don’t know how relevant it would be share my ‘Business’ experiences but anyways I’ll try to relate these with SAP as soon as I go further.

      Regards,
      SAMMAR

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  3. Vijay Vijayasankar
    As a non-native speaker of English, it was not easy for me to get started as a blogger. So – kudos on getting started.

    Now that you have crossed the most difficult step – it is time to do some serious homework before second blog. You might want to run a few topics by someone who has done this before, to get a feel for what the community might appreciate hearing from you. And spend some time reading the popular blogs here to get an idea of what works.

    I also noticed you work for Seimens. There is an amazing guy who works for Seimens and is a great blogger. His name is Richard Hirsh. Dick might be able to give you some good advice too.

    Looking forward to your next blog.

    Cheers
    Vijay

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    1. Malik Sammar Iqbal Post author
      A starter as I said in my blog, it was my first attempt and I’m happy to see there’s a wide readership on SCN. I started to read the blogs and developed a sense that I could share my opinions as soon as I proceed with SAP further.

      Yes, I recently joined Siemens and trying to build my professional network. I hope I’ll get to know the Gurus gradually on SCN.

      Regards
      SAMMAR

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  4. Dewang TRIVEDI
    Hi ,

    welcome to the community …. nice to see your enthusiasm … keep it up …

    Go through the blog archives to get a broader view of what all contents are already available and how best you can contribute to the community ….

    looking forward for your next one ….

    Cheers ,
    Dewang

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  5. Dewang TRIVEDI
    Hi,

    Nice to see your enthusiasm and effort to start as a blogger …..

    keep it going and do go through the blog archives to know what all contents are available and how best you can contribute ….

    looking forward for your next one ….

    Cheers ,
    Dewang ….

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    1. Malik Sammar Iqbal Post author
      I’m going through the relevant blogs and trying to learn from others’ experiences. I’m working on the next topic – basically my recent learning and will be posting the content soon.
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    1. Malik Sammar Iqbal Post author
      Being new I’m sure I’ve lot to do to improve; you’ve referred to my blog as creative and funny. Do you’ve some suggestions to improve? Please share so I could improve further.
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