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Enterprise Performance Management & Strategy management (EPM-SSM)

Most multinational companies face the same issues and challenges when answering business requirements. The most common challenges faced are:

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Projects Portfolio Management (SAP PPM)

In many organizations today, the management of project execution is performed with other frequently unintegrated solutions. This can lead to problems as redundant data is stored because project stakeholders work in different applications. Integration gaps lead to time wastage and cause information losses making it difficult to get a clear overview of current status of individual project and overall project portfolio.

As a result of the above SAP has come up with the SAP PPM solution.

SAP PPM is a part of the SAP PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) suite from SAP. SAP PPM is the combination of SAP Resource and Portfolio Management (SAP RPM) solution and the Collaboration projects (cProjects) solution.

Organizations can use three key SAP applications to manage projects effectively and extensively:

  • With Project System (PS) component of SAP, one can efficiently monitor projects, which includes management of project costs and revenues.
  • With SAP cProjects, one can efficiently manage phase based development projects. This enables project management throughout the entire product development process, supporting development, consultancy and IT projects. This provides improved structure, scheduling and visualization, operative planning and execution. It helps to collaborate with various groups, both internal and external including procurement and thus improves on resource efficiency.
  • With SAP RPM, one can manage strategic aspects of portfolio management, monitor project status which includes resource information and manage entire project portfolio. One can align resources, budgets and activities which enables regular and timely monitoring of portfolio performance, improved decision making, avoiding bottlenecks and easier resource forecasting

These solutions seamlessly integrate with one another to give optimal management tools. The effective project and portfolio management function allows one to obtain information from different project management, HR, finance and time recording systems. Hence one can monitor and coordinate all projects in the enterprise by optimal use of valuable resources.

SAP PPM has strong interfacing with other modules. Some of the modules SAP PPM interfaces with are SAP HR, SAP CO, SAP BI and SAP PS. Some of the main functionalities of SAP PPM include portfolio management, project management, capacity planning, financial planning, staffing, reporting and generating metrics.

SAP PS

SAP PS is very strong in the area of logistics where it is used as a comprehensive, integrated solution in project management, with many varied functions for controlling and monitoring projects. However in other industries, SAP PS is only used for cost controlling. There is also a close linkage also to the SAP DMS (Document Management System)

SAP Contracts Life Cycle Management (SAP CLM)

Contracts are one of the most important documents in an organisation. Contracts are used for many different purposes from procurement to sales to employment and real estate. Your organisations contracts are significant to the daily operations, because they represent all the business relationships throughout the enterprise.

To ensure that your organisation gets most out of their contracts and limit risk exposure, it has to be ensured that the contract terms and conditions are met and that the contract is based on the approved legal language.

The contract lifecycle management process is the process of managing the complete lifecycle of contracts in an organisation.

The contract lifecycle management process can be categorized into three main categories:

  • Creation & Adjudication of the Tender/Bid
  • Creation of the Contract
  • Visibility & Storing of the Contract in a Central repository
  • Performance Management

[A] Creation Issues

The traditional contract creation process is not well structured, because in most companies the best practice processes are not available or not visible to all the users. Central repositories for pre-approved clauses and templates are not available and therefore users face the problem that they don’t know if they are using a template which is the most up to date version or worse don’t know that a template at all exists. The above mentioned issues translate into a manual, paper intensive processes which are time consuming and can expose your company to increased legal risk, because the contracts are not authored based on preapproved clauses and templates.

If contracts are negotiated outside of a system the audit trail is missing and no visibility is available which clause changes were requested by the external party and which was the state of negotiation at certain point in time.

The conventional contract creation process lacks the sufficient controls to detect that an important clause was changed during contract creation or contract negotiation and if unapproved maverick clauses were used by bypassing the pre-approved language of the clause library.

Approval histories are challenging and companies have no visibility who approved a contract and the approval process is only enforced by business processes and difficult to monitor.

[B] Visibility Issues

After the contract is created and authored the contract should be stored in a repository.

The contract creation process can be time consuming and it might take months to get the contract negotiated and approved. Many Organisations don’t have a central repository for their contracts and therefore have only limited visibility into their existing contracts. A lot of money is spent to author and negotiate a contract with the most favorable terms and conditions and at the end the contract ends up on someone’s desk and the authorized users in the organization are not able to gain access.

Due to the lack of visibility, multiple contracts are negotiated with the same supplier for the same product or product category and the enterprise is not able to leverage their procurement power. In addition, the lack of visibility of the signed contracts leads to a lack of visibility regarding the financial and legal commitments out of the signed contract.

Due to the lack of a central repository companies have a poor renewal management, because they are not able to monitor their ‘evergreen contracts’ and no sufficient alert notifications are available. As mentioned already in the previous chapter, the missing audit trail capabilities leads to an inability to track the regulatory compliance.

[C] Performance Management

The performance management is where the previous negotiated terms and conditions of the contract are used in an execution system in form of an operational contract which serves as a source of supply.

Most customers don’t have integration between the legal contract which was negotiated with the supplier and the operational contract which is used as a source of supply – kind of a vehicle to execute the legal contract in an operational system. This missing link between the legal contract and the operational leads to compliance issues and will expose your company to legal risks if the purchasers don’t have any visibility into the negotiated terms and conditions.

Your company might pay higher prices because the previous negotiated prices are not available for the purchaser and the discounts are not applied correctly.

Now that you know about the contract lifecycle management process and the customer pain point, the next part we should investigate how to overcome those pain points by how to implement a contract management solution.

Lejara Global Solutions have the necessary skills to transform your Contracts Life Cycle processes and also Implement SAP CLM solution to alleviate all the challenges listed above. Contact our specialists at info@lejara.co.za

SAP Sustainability Solutions (SAP SuPM - Carbon emissions reporting)

Corporate sustainability as “adopting business strategies that meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders today while sustaining the resources, both human and natural, that will be needed in the future.”

Safeguard your people, products, and assets with sustainability management software from SAP. Our solutions can help you boost profitability with reduced energy consumption, faster product development, and safer workplaces. Plus, protect your brand and reduce risk – while providing transparency to all stakeholders.

With our sustainability performance management software, you not only automate data collection for credible reporting, but also improve business performance by cascading strategic goals and providing insight across the organization. The result? Sustainability becomes a business driver, not just a stand-alone reporting effort.

SAP HANA

SAP HANA is a modern platform leveraging the power of in-memory technology. Because SAP HANA lets you analyze large quantities of data in local memory, the results of complex inquiries and transactions are available whenever you need them. You can immediately update plans, run simulations and execute business decisions based on real-time data. You no longer have to choose between speed and granularity, and you can overcome the traditional constraints of separate systems for transactions and analysis. There is almost no data preparation and staging costs, and you can deliver information at high speeds to support broad and deep analysis.

Because SAP HANA brings together online transactional processing and online analytical processing into a single in-memory platform, it delivers across all five dimensions without the need for trade-offs:

We assist with the following calibre of resources:

  • Deep: Complex and interactive questions
  • Broad: Big Data
  • High speed: Fast response times
  • Real time: Recent data
  • Simple No preparation

SAP ERP, powered by SAP HANA, provides innovations accessible in the context of your system landscape, delivered along with system landscape simplification.

Powered by SAP HANA’s real-time technology, SAP ERP allows you to run your entire business in real-time for:

  • Smarter business Innovations
  • Faster business processes
  • Simpler business interactions

SAP ERP on SAP HANA gives you the ability to:

  • Respond quickly to changing market requirements for higher responsiveness
  • Deliver personalized offers in real-time for new customer experiences
  • Connect in real-time to machines and devices for delivering superior customer service
  • Empower employees with real-time insights for higher engagement

SAP HANA has completely transformed the database industry by combining database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in a single in-memory platform. The platform also provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial, and business analytics -- all on the same architecture.

This makes it possible for applications and analytics to be rethought without information processing latency, and sense-and-response solutions can work on massive quantities of real-time data for immediate answers without building pre-aggregates. Simply put -- this makes SAP HANA the platform for building and deploying next-generation, real-time applications and analytics.

Mobility

Enterprise mobility software solutions give your workforce the freedom to handle critical tasks and make decisions in real time – no matter where they are. In modern days the ability to stay connected and in contact with management and operational teams provides a competitive advantage over organizations without the same capability.

Lejara has developed mobile solutions that Empower and engage your employees, customers, and stakeholders in new and innovative ways using mobile software from SAP and bespoke solutions developed internally.

Our mobile solutions span across the following:

  • Assets Management
  • Supply Chain & Procurement
  • Sales & Distribution
  • Production Planning
  • Stock take & Cycle Counting
  • Human Resources Management & Leave Management
  • Sustainability Reporting

SAP ECC Modules

Lejara has extensive experience deploying the traditional SAP Modules. We take pride in the fact that out consultants in the new dimension products are skilled SAP ECC consultants who’s functional and technical expertise has been augmented with additional training in the new dimension products arena.