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SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer (SAP EA Designer) lets you capture, analyze, and present your organization's landscapes, strategies, requirements, processes, data, and other artifacts in a sharedenvironment. Using industry-standard notations and techniques, organizations can leverage rich metadata and use models and diagrams to drive understanding and promote shared outcomes in creating innovative systems, information sets, and processes to support goals and capabilities.

 

SAP EA Designer supports consuming your content through:
•    Browsing diagrams and model objects online.
•    Exporting diagrams as SVG images or printing them.
•    Generating reports on your diagrams and model objects.
•    Running an impact analysis.
•    Posting comments to diagrams and model objects.

  • SAP EA Designer supports the creation and editing of the following kinds of diagrams: 
  • Business Process - Business process diagrams help you identify, describe, and decompose business processes. SAP EA Designer supports:
       - BPMN 2.0 Descriptive, which provides a small subset of objects suitable for business process design and analysis.
       - BPMN 2.0 Executable, which includes all the standard BPMN 2.0 objects, and is aimed at technical modelers and those who are reverse-engineering from SAP BPM or Eclipse BPMN2 Modeler.
  • Database - Physical data models help you analyze and optimize the structure of your database. You can reverse-engineer any supported database to create a physical data model. Generation to SAP HANA, directly to the catalog, or to Web IDE via HDI is also supported. 
  • Enterprise Architecture Diagram - Enterprise architecture diagrams help you analyze and document your organization, its functions and processes, the applications and systems that support them, and the physical architecture on which they are implemented.
  • Process Map - A process map provides a graphical view of your business architecture, and helps you identify your business functions and high-level processes, independent of the people and business units who fulfill them.
  • Requirements List - Requirements documents display a hierarchical list of written requirements.

 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:01

SAP HCI

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Recent technology changes have developed a strong inclination towards migrating to cloud solutions. SAP HANA Cloud Integration falls under PaaS - Platform as a Service provided by SAP for customers to integrate their processes and data between on-premise and cloud. SAP HANA Cloud Integration is a cloud-based platform that capacitates the integration of business processes and data. It serves as a middleware with secure connection between the source and target systems. Business Process and data integration can be accelerated using the available On Demand solutions for  C4C, SAP Ariba, SAP Success Factors to name a few.

SAP HCI being a cloud platform, nitty gritty pertaining to conventional on-premise platforms like hardware requirements, installations or maintenance is not required. Each customer connected to SAP HCI is assigned a dedicated tenant with dedicated memory and resources. SAP HCI offers pay-as-you-go subscription for customers.

SAP HCI provides web user interface for design, configuration, monitoring of data integration and process integration flows. The entire communication, security and encryption handling is maintained by SAP in SAP HCI. SAP HCI offers further capabilities such as open API's for self-services, hybrid deployment options, additional certifications and integration with SAP Solution Manager. SAP HCI has been focusing on multi tenancy, data isolation, horizontal scalability, automated failover and rolling software updates.

SAP HCI - PI

SAP HANA Cloud Integration- Process Integration focuses of integration business processes within the organization that are in cloud and on-premise. SAP HCI offers packaged solutions that are readily available which makes it easier to integrate the business processes .The standard integrated packages can also be copied and customized based on the customer needs.

SAP HCI-DS

SAP HANA Cloud Integration- Data Services is an ETL [extract, transform, load] load for data migration across cloud and on-premise systems through secure access. Data never persists in SAP HCI but piped over secure channel from source to target. SAP HCI-DS is delivered with pre-packaged content available for target applications like Sales and Operations Planning[S&OP].


 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:14

SAP and IOT

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The Internet of things (stylized Internet of Things or IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items which are embedded with electronicssoftwaresensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. In 2013 the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as "the infrastructure of the information society. The IoT allows objects to be sensed and/or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart gridssmart homesintelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.

SAP offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). This in-memory IoT platform can help quickly develop, deploy, and manage real-time IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The IOT platform can be used to automate processes at the core and connect to almost anything at the edge of an enterprises’ network.

  • Harness the core capabilities of SAP HANA – such as geo-spatial processing, series data, and location services
  • Manage and monitor remote devices while gathering real-time insights
  • Create next-generation, real-time, machine-to-machine and IoT applications
  • Develop IoT solutions for various line-of-business and industry use cases

The transforming qualities of IoT related to business models and process is so important that it will be one of the biggest growth factors for companies in the coming years. Countless studies and different figures predicting its impact on the economy and market growth back up the expectations SAP has set up together with the Boston Consulting Group. SAP believes that the IoT market will grow to a value of several hundred billion within just a few years. From an economic point of view, this serves as enough justification for the $2.2 Billion investment SAP has planned for the Internet of Things.

Areas that would benefit the most from IOT

The greatest impact of IOT will be seen in Manufacturing and Logistics. Being able to pinpoint the location, condition, and characteristics of any product, machine, and means of transport at any given point in time will radically change business processes. There will be a “digital twin” to every physical product, which replicates the life cycle of the actual product in digital form and constantly updates the product status, allowing us to draw conclusions on its usage in real time. This is very important for quality assurance, as defects can be detected much earlier than they are now. This also allows developers to rectify reoccurring defects and manufacturers to simplify and accelerate their processes.

Predictive maintenance has already become so common that it is considered the norm in today’s manufacturing scenarios. In the future, systems will be able to “learn” without human input through machine learning. The accumulated information is transferred to an asset management system that collects the lifecycle data of the machines and devices in a network. These developments will change business models to the core. Today, customers already pay according to how many flight hours an engine runs (“Power by the hour”) and companies produce customized products (“Manufacturing as a Service”). They offer services in place of machines. In Logistics, keeping track of the products (“Track & Trace) is rapidly gaining importance, while RFID chips are used more and more in production, factory, and transportation. The transportation chain is also becoming more transparent.

Autonomous systems such as robotics are taking over new tasks and interacting directly with business systems in storage, logistics, and production. The IoT and autonomous systems can relieve and support the human task force significantly.

SAP takes a deep dive into the Internet of Things with these three powerful offerings, namely,

  • Asset Intelligence Network
  • Autonomous Systems in Production and Logistics
  • Digital Twin

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