Optimise and Accelerate

Introduction
Drs. G.A. de Roest RE and M.A.P. op het Veld MSc RE
In times of economic crisis, when the focus is primarily on cost reduction measures, it seems only logical that many organizations will tend to postpone investments. However, in some lines of business, such as the automobile industry, the very opposite is taking place. Although this industry – like any other – is feeling the serious consequences of the current economic climate, considerable investments are being made with regard to new technologies. Over the past few years, this line of industry has continued to invest in efforts to improve the combustion engine and, at the same time, in further innovations in [Continue]

Master Data Management: "From frustration to a comprehensive approach"
M.A. Voorhout , A.J. van der Staaij MSc and S. Swartjes MSc
'What exactly is the output of master data management?' It is a question more and more organizations ask themselves when investing in ERP. Master data management is a relatively new and at the same time comprehensive and complex area of interest. How to make sure that financial and organizational costs and benefits are weighed up carefully?

SAP Basis Security — the crown jewels exposed
Drs. Tom Schouten RE and Ir. Jeroen Kunis RE
Numerous new risks have been introduced by the implementation of ERP systems such as SAP. Research and practice have shown that these risks are often mitigated to an insufficient degree. The lion's share of these neglected risks and attendant vulnerabilities can be resolved relatively simply.

Continuous Auditing & Continuous Monitoring (CA/CM): How to Overcome Hesitation and Achieve Success
L.A. Scherrenburg MSc RE, K. Klein Tank MSc and M.A.P. op het Veld MSc RE
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Access Control Applications for SAP
Drs. I. Spruit MSc, A.M. van der Zon MSc and J.G. Schutte MSc
Access Control applications for SAP are increasingly used for the management of access rights within SAP. This article examines the benefits of these applications and states a number of success factors for the implementation of 'integrated' Access Control applications.

A Structured Approach to Reducing SAP Complexity
A.A. van Dijke and R. Scheele
Unrewarded complexity in your SAP environment hurts. Organizations that manage complexity in their SAP environment adequately can become more agile and cost effective.

Creating Business Value with SAP HANA
Drs. B. Coolen RE and A.K. Boor MSc
SAP HANA, a new BI/database product for analyzing large amounts of data, has received much attention of late. In this article we explore the potential of SAP HANA, stating concrete examples of how HANA can be utilized with a view to generating value.

ERP in the Cloud
Sebastiaan Eilander MSc and Tijs Willebrands MSc
Cloud computing is no longer a hype. To many organizations it is a way to save costs by outsourcing the procurement and management of software and hardware and buying them as services. Now that a variety of IT services has become available in the cloud, the time has come for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Or hasn't it?

SAP Competence Centers en route to 2020
A.S.M de Goeij MSc RE and T.C. van Dijk BBA
SAP Competence Centers are expected to ensure that the existing complex SAP environments are stable and available at the lowest possible expense. In addition the business community expects new innovations to be available as soon as possible, if not sooner. This article describes the area of tension and the priorities for a SAP Competence Center for the years to come, on the way to the year 2020.

Successful multi-country ERP definition and deployment
Delivering actual harmonization and efficiency gains
E.M. Peeters MSc RE and O. Schouten MSc
Multi-country ERP solutions are promised to deliver cost savings and quality gains by harmonizing processes and technology. Realizing these benefits is challenging and can easily result in disappointments. Generally, half of the ERP deployments fail in achieving objectives in terms of time, quality and cost, in many cases due to various organizational causes. In this article practical experiences of successful projects are shared, pitfalls are addressed and drivers for success are identified.