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This started out on Twitter as a rant about verbing nouns, but very quickly turned into verbing SAP transaction codes. I thought it would make a good item for the Coffee Corner on Friday afternoon, but it seems to have developed enough of a life of its own to be let loose early. Here’s the initial twitter discussion:

  1. Of all the nouns you could verb, why did somebody have to do it to “Facebook”?
  2. @steverumsby interestingly, you never hear people use “SAP” like this Q: “Where is the paper invoice?” A: “Don’t worry, I’ve SAPped it”
  3. @pixelbase If I ever hear somebody saying that, I can’t promise they’ll be able to do it a second time…:-)
  4. @steverumsby Q: “have you SAPped the sales opportunity yet?” A: “Apologies, but I was busy netweaving this morning’s deliveries”
  5. @steverumsby I suggest a hash tag for this: #SAPspeak
  6. There is actually existing, real world #SAPspeak already: “I’ve MIGOed these deliveries. “
  7. @pixelbase @steverumsby It’s not so bad for invoices – I MIROd that yesterday. But how do you pronouce ME23n?  #sapspeak
  8. @skeohan ME23N is an “Enjoy”(remember?) transaction. Therefore : “I enjoyed that Purchase Order for you, Sue”. #SAPspeak
  9. @pixelbase @skeohan This could go on all day – FB50 – “I enjoyed that journal entry” – #SAPSpeak or accounting speak cc @steverumsby
  10. @pixelbase @skeohan I hope you have SMARTFORMed it as well. #SAPspeak
  11. @koehntopp Q is though, will #fiori have an impact on #SAPspeak ?  “I’ve fioried the invoice”. “Cool, you’re a star”.
  12. @pixelbase @koehntopp “Just wait a minute while I Lumira that data.”
  13. @skeohan @pixelbase I wonder if we could persuade anyone to take down their “Goods In” signs and replace them with “MIGO” signs? #SAPspeak

(Aside – has anyone figured out how to do a proper Storify embed on SCN. The above really isn’t as pretty as the original.)

Have you seen anybody actually doing anything like this? What other #SAPSpeak can you come up with?

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      Author's profile photo Frank Koehntopp
      Frank Koehntopp

      That totally has T-Shirt potential for TechEd...

      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby
      Blog Post Author

      One for Susan Keohan , perhaps?

      "Your workflow has gone wrong? Let me SWPR that for you."

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Actually, I sweee-2-freak more often than swippper.

      What about mnemonics?  When I first went to SAP boot camp (5 weeks of intensive training, back in the mid-90s) the instructor had us memorize 'Rich boys kiss plenty' so we would never forget the name of the invoice header table. And since I hated the BDC recording transaction so much, I came up with my own 'Sh*t head Data Base' - which may not make sense, but dang, I can remember that transaction!

      Author's profile photo Steffi Warnecke
      Steffi Warnecke

      Never heard something like that before with SAP-stuff!

      But I muss confess, I love "verbing nouns". And turning them into adjectives, too. 😳

      If you mumble enough, every tcode could be used, I guess. In writing, I wouldn't spell it in my mind when reading SWPR. ^^

      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby
      Blog Post Author

      I did once hear our helpdesk person talking a very infrequent user through the process of running a report. After helping the user fill in the selection parameters, to get them to execute it she said, "Now you clock and tick it."

      No, really. Apparently we don't execute reports we "clock and tick" them.

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      I do like that!!!  I will start implementing 'clock and tick' right away.

      Author's profile photo Astrid Gambill
      Astrid Gambill

      We had a similar icon in a previous system and the instruction was to "click the tick".

      Author's profile photo Tom Van Doorslaer
      Tom Van Doorslaer

      I sense an opportunity here for #SAPSpeak translators.

      But it looks like it's still aimed at transactions way too much.

      We should move away from transactions. Maybe we should think of portalizing and WebuLizing while we REST our activities via a Sup'ed-up mobile app.

      Author's profile photo Akshay Gupta
      Akshay Gupta

      How does this sound, "I SPAMmed & SAINTed my SAP Application Server" and then "after SPAMming and SAINTing, I was good to go and do the PATCHing" 😏

      Poor Application Server 😛