Book Review: Business Process Integration with SAP ERP
I finally finished reading an awesome book — Business Process Integration with SAP ERP — by Simha Magal and Jeffrey Word and I feel like I can call myself an SAP functional expert now! Before reading the book, I had a good functional understanding of parts of SAP ERP and some technical knowledge of SAP ERP and had read many books on SAP ERP; however, after reading this book, I feel like only now do I truly have the most comprehensive functional overview of SAP ERP. I may not be able to configure an SAP ERP system; but I have a really good understanding of what goes into an SAP configuration and how my business might map to an SAP implementation.
The book is based on the TERP-10 course that the SAP Training team offers; but while TERP10 requires the attendees to spend 10 intense days getting in class or online; this book allows busy professionals to get a similar (albeit, not as deep) overview at their own pace, on their own favorite e-Reader devices (Kindle, iPad, Surface, etc.), at their own favorite location (beach, kitchen, etc.)!
The book looks deceptively small — but once you start getting into it, it gets very intense very quickly. A sample manufacturing company — Global Bike, Inc. — is taken throughout the book and all business processes in that company are clearly described. These business processes are implemented in SAP ERP and the book gives a very good description of how this business maps to SAP. The illustrations throughout the book are very helpful as are the video demonstrations. The video demonstrations showing the SAP transactions complement the text and the graphics very well and solidify the understanding of the business process.
One suggestion to the authors to take this book and its content to the next level would be to make an SAP ERP system available on the cloud with all the configuration and master data. Users of this system will be allowed to complete exercises, such as to complete the entire procure-to-pay process (create a PO, receive good, receive invoice, and pay the vendor), on this system. The practical understanding of SAP ERP that came from such a demo environment would be immense and I’m sure that the readers of this book will be willing to pay extra for access to such a system.
i have been using this book to teach SAP ERP to some of co-workers at Winshuttle and they are really enjoying the book and learning a lot about SAP ERP.