Archive for January, 2014

+10.000 people have downloaded our Apps

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Two years ago, when Provide HCM decided to create its new business line for SAP mobility , everybody had doubts about the usefulness of mobility in business . Today, two years after the adventure started, mobility has become what market experts call Commodity, i.e. something that any software product should offer.

The Statistics speak for themselves , Provide HCM mobility applications, have been downloaded by more than 10,000 people in over 300 countries and have been connected to more than 700 SAP installations. Browsing on the statistics of the downloads, and without doing large studies, gives us clear information about the preferences of SAP mobility users, for example, on mobile platforms per countries: Android sweeps in India & USA , while iOS does it in UK & Australia . Moreover, we found that the SAP consultants are on the wave on what refers to devices:

SysMonitor Stats

Also, mobility applications that Provide HCM offers are divided into two groups, HR applications and Netweaver applications, and here we also feel this difference between countries and platforms using our applications , for example, Apple users prefer HR related applications.

For us these data ( > 10,000 people using our apps!) are a big success, which has been consolidated by :

  • Free applications without messy middlewares: Right…. yes! they are free! except for SysTransport Pro that releases and imports SAP requests, providing a strategic and independent functionality. The applications run on any SAP system ( > 6.0 ) , this was the priority , to eliminate installation and testing barriers. Inside our app catalogue, there are applications running under SAP Gateway Platform (Middleware), but they have lower acceptance among the general public.
  • Constant Support: A lot of people contacted our support team asking for installation topics or problems, and we can say after all, that we have given a quick and efficient service to all the people who have contacted us which has made our applications stronger and better.
  • Customer Development Requests: At this point, statistics turns important again: the vast majority of requests that we have received ( ad-hoc adaptations for safety, appearance , functionality … ) comes from small / medium size customers, from any industry , but who are developing their business in countries that are in strong technological growth and also have a different “point of view” like Russia , Saudi Arabia, Mexico , Singapore , India and USA among others. These customers show us they are really committed to invest their resources in mobility.

To learn more about our mobility applications please check Google Play/ Apple Store or website Mobile Apps



SAP, towards Self-Healing system

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Despite it seems that all SAP efforts and resources are involved in new developments such as Cloud integration or Big Data, there are initiatives to improve the maintenance procedures of our traditional ERP products. The new developments announced by SAP Software Life Cycle Management are a proof of it:

-ANST Tool: Stands for “Automated Note Search Tool”, This application identifies problems in SAP Netweaver ABAP Transactions, looks up into the “SAP notes” database the last corrections released for the functionality tested and finally applies the required changes.
-Updating of the Dictionary Objects via SNOTE: The developers of standard SAP software have been demanding this functionality as much as SAP customers did, since every change in the ABAP dictionary requires a manual preimplementation. These manual changes have to be written by the SAP development teams and implemented by customer’s staff. This is something cumbersome and error prone for both parties.
-Correction Packages: SAP wants to introduce a new way to release functionality to complement the support packages and notes. According to SAP information, it will be used to release objects that were not included in a release note (such as an XML Transformation).

In Provide we think these are three valuable threads, since they shows SAP is committed with its installed customer base. We are willing to test and use the ANST Tool developed by our estimated Carlos Martinez Escribano, of the SAP Support Team based in Spain.

Will be our SAP systems capable to detect and solve SAP updates automatically in the future? How these tools will manage the customer repairs? Could be dangerous for an open source system to be self medicated? We will keep track of it.


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