A Guide to Business Suite on SCN
SAP Community Network (SCN) is a place to gain and share knowledge and expertise on SAP technology, engage and collaborate with peers, and build your reputation as an SAP professional. We host a number of tailored communities, called “spaces”, where members can contribute and evaluate content, find and post answers to questions, and engage and build a reputation in the community.
Admittedly, given the complexity of the software landscape, it isn’t always easy to find the right content, or to know where to post your innermost thoughts about a new product release. Some spaces are vast and over-arching – such a SAP Business Suite or SAP HANA and In-Memory Computing – while some are more specific to a certain audience, product, or technology – such as SAP for Retail or SAP Cloud for Financials.
Call it the Goldilocks challenge, walking into SCN and finding the “just the right” space.
Given the vast array of topics and products related to Business Suite, maybe a signpost could help those who are lost in space find their way. To that end, the purpose of this document is to provide a basic directory of spaces on SCN related to SAP Business Suite.
There, you can contribute and engage with content and other professionals. If you’re looking for more of an understanding about the products and solutions themselves, I provide links to related pages on SAP.com.
SAP Business Suite
I’m not here to tell you what it is. For that, you can read (or skip) the boilerplate blurb, or better yet visit SAP.com to learn how to drive your business in real time.
Integrated enterprise applications delivered with SAP Business Suite software enable enterprises like yours to execute and optimize business and IT strategies. SAP Business Suite enables you to perform essential, industry-specific, and business-support processes with modular solutions that are designed to work with other SAP and non-SAP software.
I’m here to tell you not what it is, but where it is.
The big announcement in January was of course the option for customers to run Business Suite on HANA. To talk about SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, you’re already in the right place. Going forward, this is the place to contribute, query, and interact on higher level discussions concerning Suite software running on the in-memory platform.
If you’re strictly interested in the SAP HANA platform, head over to the SAP HANA and In-Memory Computing space. Or, if you want access and resources for a hosted HANA sandbox system, check what’s available in the SAP HANA Developer Center.
Community tends to converge around core products, and there are many in this realm. While seasoned SCN members already follow their “go to” spaces and bookmark the useful resources in those spaces, it’s worth taking a look at how Business Suite conversations unfold on SCN.
There are several active “collector” spaces, such as CRM, EAM, or ERP, that are available for general discussion about the solution. And beyond that, as you can see from the examples below, you can drill into any number of key areas to talk nuts and bolts.
- Customer Relationship Management – Besides the overarching CRM space, there are several additional spaces to go for specific queries:
- CRM for SME; On-Demand CRM for SME; CRM Marketing; CRM Sales; CRM Service; Interaction Center; Business Communications Management; Web Channel; CRM WebClient UI – Framework; CRM Master Data & Middleware; CRM Mobile Apps; CRM People-Centric User Interface; CRM Upgrades and Enhancement Packs; SAP Demand Signal Management
- Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM)
- Real Estate Management; Environment, Health, and Safety Management; Manufacturing Performance Management; Enterprise Governance, Risk, and Compliance
- Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP ERP)
- It goes on and on!
- SAP ERP Financials
- SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)
- Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM)
- Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM)
- Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM)
- Sustainability & CSR
The best way to get to these spaces (and there are many) is through the top level navigation on the site, under Solutions.
SCN hosts industry-specific spaces for you to share and find industry-specific knowledge, best practices, and processes. General thoughts and queries may be posted to the main Industries space, though the industry-specific spaces will be more suitable to most.
And of course, visit SAP.com to learn more about software designed specifically for different industries.
SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions
In addition to the main Business Suite, you can follow the SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions space for news and information about rapid-deployment solutions supporting SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. Learn more about RDS on SAP.com.
SAP Business One
In the SAP Business One Application space you can exchange knowledge and connect with peers about every aspect of your company – from sales and customer relationships to financials and operations. Note that we have focused spaces on System Administration, Reporting and Printing, Partner Solutions, and SAP Add-Ons.
Go to SAP.com for information about business management and other SME software solutions.
SAP Business ByDesign is a fully integrated on-demand business management solution designed for small or midsize businesses that that want the benefits of large-scale business applications without the need for IT infrastructure. Get an overview of SAP Business ByDesign on SAP.com, or get started in the SAP Business ByDesign space.
Lines of Business
SCN offers the LoB view as well, if you’re looking for business application spaces related to HR, finance, etc. Just use the top level navigation above. You can visit SAP.com to learn how SAP can support your lines of business.
Leave a breadcrumb along the way
No matter where you post, tagging your content with appropriate user tags will help surface your content in related spaces. For example, if you apply the tag “sap_hana” to a blog written in the Business Suite space, it will be displayed in the Related Content widget in the SAP HANA space.
You can see examples of Tags associated with this blog just below.
Finally, if you want to save yourself the trouble from having to find your way through this blog in the future, I summarized the information in a table in the document Directory of Business Suite Spaces on SCN.