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Author's profile photo James Marland

Who Buys a Phone with no Sim card?

Your Digital Core —which could be S4, ECC or even an off-brand ERP— runs your enterprise. Finance, Sales, HR, Procurement and Supply Chain with tight integration between all the modules. Now that’s fine for a Journal Voucher or Stock Movement, but most business transactions touch an external trading partner: a customer, supplier, contractor or bank.

Here’s the shocker. Traditional ERP systems, do not have Native connectivity to the outside world.

That’s like the situation of having a brand new iPhone with no Sim card.

No-one is going to drop $1000 if you can’t access the outside world. Before we look at the solution, lest look at how companies are struggling to do this today.

The current state of the art

A large number of documents into and out of an Enterprise are on Paper. And even if not physical paper, then often a poor quality scan or hard to decipher PDF.

Much buying still happens by phone, but this is especially true for re-scheduling, confirming an order, query a shipment or checking the status of payment. And every phone call has to go through an expensive call centre.

EDI was a good step forward, but it is reliant on technologies that are decades old, and is slow to roll out. Most small suppliers, the ones you need to add innovations in your product line, they have never heard of EDI and have no capability to set it up.

Both scanning and re-keying are error prone. And most re-keying takes information that was already in another computer somewhere, often the supplier’s. And paper gets lost, PDFs get sent to the wrong person. Data Entry gets backed up, so when a supplier indicates that a shipment will be late, this introduces latency into your planning, with knock-on effects such as stock-outs or hyper correction.

Data Entry clerks, scanners, off-site archiving, document management software are all expensive.

You can’t run an Intelligent Enterprise on Analogue Data

But most importantly, we are trying to run an Intelligent Enterprise here. How intelligent can it be when most of the data never enters the enterprise at all; and if it does is late and often wrong. What kind of actionable intelligence can you derive from that?

What is we could change all of this? Sweep away these old techs, and get access to digital data without the complexity and poor adoption of EDI?

Introducing the Digital Supplier Network

The Digital Supplier Network from SAP gives your ERP system, be that ECC or S/4 immediate access to the Trading Partners in your supply chain. One digital connection powered by the Ariba Network, which is proven to be mature, scalable and secure.

And better, there’s already millions of suppliers enabled many of whom you’re already trading with, others who are waiting to share innovations with you.

The Network has business rules on it that you can set to filter out transactions which would cause exceptions. Meaning the supplier gets a chance to fix the transaction: saving time on both sides.

With machine-to-machine communication latency is eliminated. When a supplier sends an Order Confirmation from their dispatch system, it can be sitting in your S/4 system just a few minutes later.

Rapid Deployment by the SAP Partner Community keeps implementation times down, and because many suppliers are already transacting, integration and testing costs are cut as well. Native SAP Technologies, built on SCP and wired right into S4 or ECC, cuts the TCO cost compared to alternatives, such as developing and running your own portals.

Digital Data drives the Intelligent Enterprise

So much data can flow into the Business Technology Platform that you can start firing up intelligent technologies around machine learning. For example, there are fields in SAP Plant Maintenance, relating to vendor promised delivery dates which are never typically updated: now they are automatically populated, leading to whole new intelligent scenarios.

120+ smart business rules means that contract compliance, price tolerance can be set by procurement teams, and invalid documents from suppliers get screened out.

Manual processes in Accounts Payable can lead to a high number of late payments. That’s bad for business and bad for your reputation. One of our Australian customers say they have improved on-time payment of small suppliers from 19% to over 90% by connecting with them digitally.

Furthermore, quick invoice processing and data accuracy, minimises wrong or duplicate payments, while improving accounting processes and overall financial visibility for treasurers trying to manage cash.

Having a Digital connection to suppliers allows you to manage risk in your business. You can react more quickly to potential shortages, and set up quality management protocols, as well as monitoring slipped shipments from suppliers. And with encryption and other high-end security protocols you can reduce the risk of data theft when your critical data leaves the four walls.

If your enterprise could gain from better supply chain visibility, improved cash flow and reduced risk, get in touch with a DSN Deployment Partner.

This blog is about a 4 minute read, in that time 20 companies will have joined the millions already there. Its 2020, the age of the Intelligent Enterprise, I mean, who gets a phone without a Sim card.

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      Author's profile photo Michael Maguire
      Michael Maguire

      Thanks James...No one is better at distilling the value of our new solutions in clear terms and analogies that everyone can understand...."Ahhh, I get it!" the reaction we all are looking for !

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Interesting comparison. But no one buys a SIM card from Apple or Samsung. You buy the phone you like and then get a SIM card from the service provider you like. But here you buy "core ERP" from SAP and then buy another product from SAP too. That's convenient, eh? 🙂

      Author's profile photo Joachim Rees
      Joachim Rees

      The question "Who Buys a Phone with no Sim card?" resonates with me.
      And I say: Well, why not?!

      A modern smartphone is so much - a VideoPlayer, a Podcast/Music-Player, a camera just to name a few.
      You can get stuff on and off it by connecting it - with a cable - to you PC.
      No Sim card needed!

      ...and if you want "connectivity" from time to time - there are resources available in many places, WiFi being the most obvious one!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I buy and most people 99% buy phone without sim card because they buy sim card from the operator not from the OEM of the phone. Same with SAP.

      Agree with Joachim Rees these devices are used w/o sim too and applies for SAP as well in the same context.

      Why not compare Ariba and other SAP add-ons as bloatwares that work for some and not for others on a confused Android like ecosystem where the core OS is awesome and have a great developer community, ref to ECC and S/4 and the ABAP dev community.

      The bottom line is buy Ariba and EDI is bad and old, well isn’t that ridiculous – EDI is still the backbone of global transactions and of course cheaper than bloatwares like Ariba, I sometimes don’t understand the level to which the products are exaggerated .


      Disclaimer- I am a SAP certified professional and wrt the relation with SAP, as a developer I have expressed my personal opinion. This has nothing to do with any company I may be working for or any entity and I am not endorsing them or answerable to them. I have expressed personal opinion as a free human being and I have that right.