The Legal Side of Digital – 5 compliance must-knows

Just some week ago, our CFO not only approved the requested budget amendments for our Digital initiatives, she also really bought into those. But today, there’s trouble in paradise. The auditors had confronted Shirely with three major compliance issues. Shirley M. Fairybank therefore freed up time to sit down again with Jeff C. Brightlight, member of the Digital Leadership Team in $8.5B Fictious Ltd.

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Digital Transformation – Who needs a CFO…

Managing and containing IT cost was always far more important than investing in new digital technologies, Jeff C. Brightlight states. A bit of an issue for him as Jeff was recently tasked by the Chairman of the Board to develop the Digital services and products that would keep Fictious in business over the next years. So now Jeff, as a Divisional CIO in $8.5B Fictious Ltd, found himself in a devilish quandary about whom to listen to, his boss or the Chairman? How much needed is CFO buy-in for Digital initiatives anyway, we asked Jeff?

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SAP Master Data Governance (MDG) is a master data management solution to centrally create, change, and distribute, or consolidate master data across the entire enterprise system landscape. When browsing through the documentation on the latest 9.0 release (26 Sept, 2016) it speaks of ECC6.08 as a basis, no mention of S/4HANA.

So clients wondered: does MDG9.0 work on on-premise S/4HANA? Well, according to SAP Note 2214181, MDG8.0 works on S/4HANA OP 1511. So… now… we’re awaiting an update of this note to get confirmation MDG9.0 was successfully tested on S/4HANA OP 1610.

Digital Transformation – How to get from Big Data to Big Impact?

To the moon. If you’d put all digital information on cd and stack them, the stack would tip the moon. Five times, mind you. And that actually was in 2013, while the amount of data is doubling every three years. Today, we’re talking to Jeff C. Brightlight again, Divisional CIO at 8.5$B Fictious Ltd. He had noticed how the large internet corporations, the Digital Natives, make excellent money with the huge amounts of data scattered around the net, Big Data. As a member of the Digital Leadership team in Fictious, he went looking for the gold hidden in their data. How, we asked Jeff? Continue reading “Digital Transformation – How to get from Big Data to Big Impact?”

Bye, bye SAP BW on HANA. Hello ‘new’ BW/4HANA. A concise impact assessment.

One of our current clients has been pushing forward the migration of SAP BW to HANA time and again. They got lucky it seems – as per 7 September, 2016, SAP BW on HANA is officially succeeded by BW/4HANA 1.0 (who said no more BW because of HANA??). In terms of capabilities, BW/4HANA appears not to be too different from BW7.5 SP4. But SAP stresses it is a new product. Probably that is because SAP wants to be in a position to charge you extra.  Anyway, time to review the impact on your internal SAP strategy and roadmap. Here’s how.

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Jeff’s Journey towards a Digital Business


Jeff C. Brightlight (37) is a Divisional CIO at $15B Fictious Ltd. As requested by the Board Jeff and his team embark on a journey towards a Digital Business. They discover the importance of adjusted Governance and Delivery Models, a cross-domain Leadership Platform, progressed Talent Development, and a fit-for-purpose IT landscape. For the latter part Jeff has himself updated by his Enterprise Architect Anton d’Entamico on the Digital Core PoC, covering AWS, SAP HEC, SAP S/4HANA 1511, Central Finance (cFin), SAP MDG, and SAP HCP. What’s the role of sexy Cindy, assistant to the Board? Will Fictious survive as a business in the Digital arena, and, will Jeff win his much-desired CIO of the Year award…?

View the story here and let me know what you’d like to have Jeff explain further.

– Mendel

Is remediation part of a Solution Architecture?

What the heck is remediation anyway, you might wonder? That at least was the reaction I got a few times during earlier projects. But when I explained to the CIO of a brewing giant why and how remediation should be part of a Solution Architecture, he said ‘that would be the first time I see it done right’. So, what does it cover?

Let’s start with what remediation is anyway. Simply put: if you develop a new IT solution to replace an existing one, you need to ensure it functions properly within the remaining existing IT environment and IT governance structures. Sounds easy but there is much more to it than switching off a box and/or rerouting interfaces!

Obviously, the way as to how remediation is approached can vary from project to project. But to my opinion, remediation accountability stretches across:

  • Due Diligence, to understand as-is (also used for other purposes);
  • Solution Architecting the retained environment, in relation to the new solution;
  • Designing, building, and testing the retained environment.

In other words it identifies the adjustments that need to be made to retained IT applications including custom developments, data structures, and application security. Next, it covers the underlying technical infrastructure: the systems landscape, the technical platform, UI’s, the Data Centre infrastructure and network changes, including infrastructure security – pertaining explicitly to the retained applications.

And that’s not all. The remediation accountability includes Vendor Management and/or Legal aspects – for example identifying the licenses and contracts around service management, application management and infrastructure management that need to be terminated.

The remediation function in a project typically supports:

    1. Solution Architecture, by providing architectural input
    2. Service Introduction, to enable this function to take care of retained-side legal matters
    3. Integration Testing and User Acceptance Testing of the functionality, for as far the retained side is concerned
    4. Solution Deployment

The objective of the remediation work is to understand all the IT-related impact the new solution has and to safeguard a coherent IT landscape and IT Governance model after go-live of this new solution.


9 must-knows before implementing… S/4HANA Finance

When talking to the VP of Enterprise Architecture in a Swiss-based manufacturer back in April ’15, he told me he was quite confused with all the recent SAP marketing around S/4HANA, SAP Simple Finance (oops, now S/4HANA Finance), HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) and the user interfaces that come along with all this like Fiori. He was looking for the big picture, the real no-nonsense one.
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Meet with Mendel during one of our events!

Some great events coming up! Our Agile SAP Experts Forum is scheduled for 26 November 2016, next on 3 December Mendel Koerts will be speaking at the Dutch SAP User Group (VNSG) conference on ADM about ‘The Role You Play in Digital Business Transformation’ and finally on 7 April, 2016, Mendel will be a speaker at the VNSG conference on Digital Business Transformation, again in the Netherlands. But you may also meet with him in Barcelona (ES) during SAP TechEd or in Heidelberg (DE), during the CCoE Info Forum. Here’s how you can contact us.

9 must-knows before implementing SAP Simple Finance (sFin)

When talking to the VP of Enterprise Architecture in a Swiss-based manufacturer, he told me he was quite confused with all the recent SAP marketing around S4/HANA, SAP Simple Finance, HANA Enterprise Cloud and the user interfaces that come along with all this like Fiori. He was looking for the big picture, the real no-nonsense one. So…shutterstock_112746598

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