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Overview

A new edition of this book is now available, ISBN-10: 0137142846 ISBN:13 9780137142842

Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours, Second Edition is the perfect tool for learning one of the most sophisticated enterprise solutions available today. Designed to being with the basics, you will become acquainted with the entire SAP system, from navigation to creating your own reports. You'll also cover:

  • Implementation tools and methodologies
  • NetWeaver
  • ECC 5.0
  • Designing Screens and menus
  • Reporting
  • Integration with Microsoft Office
  • And more
Written by leading SAP consultants with over 20 years of combined experience, this easy-to-understand tutorial is ideal for getting up and running with SAP quickly and efficiently.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672328220
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

George W. Anderson, a senior SAP Basis Consultant and Project Manager for HP's Consulting and Integration Services organization, specializes in implementing and optimizing HP and other technology vendor' platforms for SAP's customers. An 8-year veteran of numerous successful implementations, upgrades, and other SAP engagements, he is a certified SAP Technical Consultant and PMI Project Management Professional. A frequent speaker at SAP technical and user conferences and events, George is also the author of SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation (2003) and mySAP Toolbag for Performance Tuning and Stress Testing (2004).

Danielle Larocca is a certified SAP consultant and programmer. She has 15 years experience writing technical documentation for SAP and competitive products. She has certifications from the SAP academy in seven areas, including the basis system, manufacturing, human resources, and ABAP programming. She has been writing documentation for SAP and other enterprise systems for several years.

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IntroductionIntroduction

Welcome, and thank you for picking up this latest edition of Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours. Inside these pages you will find six newly renovated SAP parts and 24 hours of instruction refocused to better teach the SAP newcomer. My colleagues and I have spent a considerable amount of time aligning the content with what a person new to SAP needs to know up front, and we've done this from several different perspectives—the information technologist, the end user, the project manager, the wannabe SAP developer or programmer, and the business professional.

We have organized each hour (or chapter) around one of several common themes, beginning naturally with introductory materials useful in helping most anyone understand the underlying technology, business basics, and various SAP implementation roadmaps. Next, we cover SAP's products and components in detail, laying the groundwork for the next part of the book, which covers implementing SAP. By addressing SAP deployment from project management, business, and technology perspectives, we have strived to give our readers enough real-world breadth and depth to make the book a truly useful guide. Additional SAP technical considerations round out this breadth and depth, followed by a section focused on end users: how to log in, use the various SAP interfaces, customize the interface, and execute common business functions such as reports and queries. The final part of the book concludes with materials designed to help our readers land a job in SAP, including pointers to readily available Internet-based and other resources.

Though necessarily broad, our new approach accomplishestwo things. First, it gives the new reader an opportunity to understand all that SAP comprises, particularly with regard to the many changes we've witnessed in the world of SAP since 2005. Second, the third edition makes for less jumping around from hour to hour, and is therefore an easier read. If your company has just announced it is deploying SAP, or you have just joined a company using SAP, you'll find it easy to navigate the book and quickly come up to speed. For example, end users may want to first read Parts I and IV before focusing their attention more fully on Part V, whereas technologists might prefer to focus their attention fully on Parts II and IV. Meanwhile, decision makers and project managers might find Parts II and III most useful, and SAP hopefuls might turn immediately to Part VI for advice aimed at breaking into the SAP workforce.

For you, our reader, picking up this book represents an assertive step forward. You are going with the market leader, the model of endurance, and the preeminent technology frontrunner and enterprise solution enabler. As a result, after about 24 hours of reading, you will possess a solid foundation upon which to build greater capabilities or even a career in SAP. Your knowledge foundation will be broad, certainly, and in need of further bolstering before you're an expert in any sense of the word. But the great thing about your decision is simply that you'll know what you know and have a handle on what you still need to learn. You'll know where you want to go, and be smart enough about it to navigate a roadmap and career of your own choosing. That good sense alone will be enough to get you on the road toward making something new happen in your career, maybe even your life. And in the meantime, your 24 hours of investment may serve you well in your current employment position, too. Armed with insight, skills, understanding, and a broad sense of the big picture facing most every company in business today, you will no longer look at business applications and the technology solutions underpinning those applications in the same way again. You'll be wiser and more able to contribute to a greater extent than previously possible from several different perspectives, ranging from business and application expertise to technology, end-user, and project management insight. You'll be a "SAPling" in the broadest sense of the word.SAP's Journey

SAP has come a long way since this first edition of this book was published in the heyday of R/3. In the last several years alone, we've witnessed an explosion in both technology and business applications, the frontlines of which SAP has arguably pushed harder than any other software company. Certainly, SAP's competitors and partners have provided great incentive to the developers and executives over in Walldorf, Germany. But with a revamped suite of core offerings surrounded by new products and new enabling technologies, SAP's stable of contemporary business solutions is unparalleled. And the company remains a model of both evolution and revolution. SAP may be found in 46,000 different firms around the world, ranging from multinational corporations to government entities, small/medium businesses, and everything in between. SAP has successfully engaged what is often termed the "mid market." That is, SAP is no longer only the best solution provider for big companies; it's also the best solution for the rest of the industry. Armed with state-of-the-art development tools, a focus on really delivering on the promises of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and the willingness to reinvent how business does business in our new world, SAP is making it easier and easier to, well, do SAP.What's New, and Who Should Read This Book?

Like its predecessors, this book is divided into 24 chapters, or "hours," that can each be completed in about an hour. This book covers everything you need to become well acquainted with the core SAP products and components that are often collectively referred to simply as SAP. The book is organized to provide visibility into key facets of SAP terminology, usage, configuration, deployment, administration, and more. As such, it is necessarily general at times rather than exceedingly detailed, although a certain amount of depth in much of the subject matter is purposely provided where deemed critical to further your understanding. The book serves as several intertwined roadmaps as well. In this structure may be found the book's true value—the content herein is broad enough to paint a picture most anyone can understand, yet deep enough to provide more than an introduction to the subject matter along several different paths or routes. And the flow of material moves along the same lines, from general to specific, from SAP products and components to post-implementation support and use, and from project management planning and preparation to project realization.

Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours begins with the basics and terminology surrounding SAP, SAP NetWeaver, and what an SAP project looks like, and from there begins the process of carefully building on your newfound knowledge to piece together the complex world of SAP. The pace of the book is designed to provide a solid foundation such that you may grasp the more advanced topics covered later in the book. In this way, the novice may quickly realize what it means to plan for, deploy, and use SAP, in the process unleashing the power that comes with understanding how all the pieces of the puzzle come together to solve business problems. With this understanding also comes an appreciation of the role that SAP's various partners play with regard to an implementation project—how executive leadership, project management, business applications, technical deployment, and system end users all come together to create and use SAP end-to-end.Organization of This Book

From the basics surrounding what SAP comprises and the technologies underneath it, to understanding and developing business and technology roadmaps, Part I, "Introduction to SAP," gives you a foundation. Part II, "SAP Products and Components," revolves around SAP's products and components, from the groundwork provided by SAP NetWeaver to SAP's core ERP product, its Small/Medium Business (SMB) offerings, and finally SAP's full-featured SAP Business Suite. Part III, "Implementing SAP," then turns to implementation matters, providing project management, business, and technical roadmaps after setting the stage with SAP's development tools and methodologies and how SAP leverages SOA in the real world. The technical concentration in Part IV, "SAP Technical Considerations," brings together what we've been told over and over again by new technologists looking for an introductory SAP book—how to install SAP, how to integrate it with Microsoft's ubiquitous Office offerings, how to manage and maintain the system, and finally what it means to upgrade or enhance SAP once it's in production. Part V, "Using SAP," brings us to the world of using SAP, from logging in, to customizing SAP's display, printing, creating reports, and executing queries. Finally, Part VI, "Developing a Career in SAP," concludes as stated earlier with what it takes to develop a career in SAP.

All told, this latest edition of Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours serves as an excellent launchpad for using and managing SAP in the real world of business and IT. To test and reinforce your knowledge, each hour concludes with a case study and related questions. The questions provide you an opportunity to put your newfound hours' knowledge and understanding to the test as well as into practice. And with the answers to the questions found in Appendix A, "Case Study Answers," it will be an easy matter to verify your newfound knowledge.

From all of us at Sams, we hope you enjoy and get a lot out of the third edition of Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours!Conventions Used in This Book

Each hour starts with "What You'll Learn in This Hour," which includes a brief list of bulleted points highlighting the hour's contents. A summary concluding each hour provides similar though more detailed insight reflecting what you as the reader should be walking away with. In each hour, any text that you type will appear as bold monospace, whereas text that appears on your screen is presented in monospace type.

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Finally, the following icons are used to introduce other pertinent information used in this book.

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Note - By the Way presents interesting pieces of information related to the surrounding discussion.

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Tip - Did You Know? offers advice or teaches an easier way to do something.

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Caution - Watch Out! advises you about potential problems and helps you steer clear of disaster.

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Each hour concludes with a case study germane to the hour's materials. By providing an hour-specific situation involving a fictional company called MNC Global Inc., the questions (and follow-on answers found in Appendix A) provide the reader with real-world reinforcement.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

What's New in This Edition.

Who Should Read This Book.

Organization of This Book.

Conventions Used in This Book.

I: SAP INTRODUCTION.

HOUR 1: Introduction to SAP NetWeaver and ECC.

Overview of SAP

SAP System Architecture and WebAS

ESA and mySAP ERP

SAP ECC

HOUR 2: SAP Basics.

Session Basics

SAP GUI Basics

HOUR 3: Database Basics.

Database Structure

Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)

Database Concepts

HOUR 4: Customizing Your SAP Display.

Which SAP GUI Is Right?

The Customizing of Local Layout Button

New Visual Design Selection

Clipboard Selection

Font Selection

Status Field's System Information Icon

HOUR 5: Navigation in SAP.

Performing Tasks Using Menu Paths

Performing Tasks Using Transaction Codes

Using the Clipboard

Creating Screen Prints from SAP

Printing in SAP

HOUR 6: Screen Basics.

Understanding and Using Fields

Screen Objects

II: IMPLEMENTING SAP.

HOUR 7: Implementing SAP: Resources and Timelines.

Assembling the Project Team

Training the Project Team

HOUR 8: Implementation Tools, Methodologies, and the IMG.

ASAP-AcceleratedSAP

Newer SAP Implementation Tools and Methodologies

The SAP Implementation Guide (IMG)

Different Views of the IMG

IMG Basics

HOUR 9: Implementation Lessons Learned.

Strategic Business Lessons Learned

End User Lessons Learned

Technology Lessons Learned

Implementation Process Lessons Learned

III: SAP PRODUCTS AND COMPONENTS.

HOUR 10: SAP NetWeaver.

SAP NetWeaver-A Working Definition

SAP NetWeaver Past and Present

The Evolution of SAP NetWeaver

HOUR 11: SAP ECC and R/3.

SAP R/3 Versus ECC

Core SAP Business Modules

mySAP ERP Financials

mySAP ERP Human Capital Management

mySAP ERP Operations

mySAP ERP Corporate Services

HOUR 12: SAP BI, KW, and MDM.

SAP Business Intelligence

SAP Knowledge Warehouse

SAP Master Data Management

HOUR 13: Other Enabling Technologies.

SAP Enterprise Portal

SAP Exchange Infrastructure

SAP Mobile Infrastructure

SAP xApps

IV: SAP TECHNICAL GUIDE.

HOUR 14: Technology Overview.

Application Architecture

Basis Tools

Work Processes

HOUR 15: System Administration.

Monitoring the System

SAP Authorization Concepts

HOUR 16: Systems and Performance Management.

What Is Performance Management?

Sources of Performance Data

Specific CCMS Transactions for Managing Performance

Analyzing Performance Data

HOUR 17: ABAP Dictionary and Repository.

Database Tables

Structures and Includes in the ABAP Dictionary

Exploring the ABAP Dictionary

Client Dependence and Independence

What Table and Field Is This Stored In?

SAP Repository Information System

The Repository Information System Window

HOUR 18: Designing Screens and Menus.

SAP Screen Painter

SAP Menu Painter

Menu Painter Object Components

V: USING SAP.

HOUR 19: Reporting Basics.

Reporting Tools

General Report Selection

HOUR 20: Reporting Tools in SAP (SAP Query, InfoSet Query, _Ad Hoc Query, and QuickViewer).

The Structure of the Query Reporting Tools

Query Groups

InfoSets

Administrative Decisions

SAP Queries

Understanding the InfoSet (Ad Hoc) Query

Understanding the QuickViewer

HOUR 21: SAP SCM, CRM, PLM, and SRM.

SAP Supply Chain Management

SAP Customer Relationship Management

SAP Product Lifecycle Management

SAP Supplier Relationship Management

HOUR 22: Integration with Microsoft Office.

SAP and MS Office Integration Architecture

Quick References

Mendocino Review

VI: SAP SUPPORT.

HOUR 23: Support Overview.

SAP Solution Manager

SAP Service Marketplace

Accessing Extended Help

The SAP Support Team

HOUR 24: Additional SAP Resources.

Professional Resources

Internet Resources

SAP Conferences

Employment and Career Opportunities

VII: APPENDIXES.

APPENDIX A: Quiz Answers.

Index.

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Preface

Introduction

Welcome to the newly updated Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours, your teach-yourself guide to learning one of the most sophisticated and far-reaching set of enterprise solutions available on the market today. And congratulations—you've been paying attention. Over the last few years, we have seen software packages become popular overnight, fading back into obscurity just as quickly. Through every storm that the dot-com bubble, tragedy of September 11, period of global recession, and unparalleled growth of the Internet era mustered, though, it's been impossible not to notice how one company and its products consistently stayed the course. That company is SAP, and its most popular products and technologies are mainstays throughout much of corporate America and indeed the world—R/3, NetWeaver, mySAP ERP, Business Warehouse, Advanced Planner and Optimizer, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Portal, and much more. In fact, upwards of 30 products or technical components make up SAP's stable of software solutions today. It is hard to believe that merely a few short years ago, there were only two.

SAP is nothing if not revolutionary. Since 2001, we have witnessed something remarkable, almost unbelievable. The market leader in its industry looked inward and evaluated its core competencies, looked outward at its competitors and paid attention, and then made the necessary adjustments to maintain its market leadership. It didn't shrink back and "rightsize" around one or two things it did well, or waffle back and forth between leadership visionaries and their predictions of the future. Instead, faster than a ship its size has any business doing, SAP modified course headings without ever straying too far off course. SAP navigated the whole best-of-breed debacle, charted a wide path around the "sell services, not products" trend, embraced Java instead of circumventing it in favor of its own legacy development language, and all the while sped full steam ahead toward a vision of always-on, always-accessible, and eminently adaptable enterprise computing.

Yet, on a number of fronts, SAP remains a model of evolution as well as revolution, explaining at once why this company claims leadership in nearly every market in which it competes. SAP is not content to leave well enough alone. It's not content to hang its hat on market share and product award laurels that, immediately following product announcement, only begin to age at Internet speed. SAP's product design philosophy, its attention to underlying architecture models, and most of all its customer focus, has created the third largest software company in the world. SAP is not afraid to embrace new technologies and computing models, or to embrace new ways of getting work done. NetWeaver proves this: SAP has taken the specialization and integration it has done so well, and added adaptability and agility to the mix. Boldly claiming that the future belongs to Web Services and the rapid adaptation of business processes that such technology enables, SAP has given the world a platform that is not only immediately useful, but ready for the long haul. And its boldness will serve SAP well, especially in light of the fact that SAP is equally concerned with maintaining support for legacy technologies.

Today, SAP AG is the market leader in enterprise application software based on client/server and more recently Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) or more precisely Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) technology—the latter of which is SAP's take on SOA. As the number one vendor of standard business-application software in the world, SAP AG's products are used by thousands of companies across more than a hundred countries, from multi-national global entities to small/medium business concerns determined to succeed in a global marketplace. And with solutions spanning industry verticals, SAP is also the undisputed leader in providing comprehensive solutions for companies of all sizes and within all industry sectors.

Picking up this book represents a confident step in the right direction. You are going with the market leader, the model of endurance, the preeminent technology frontrunner and enterprise solution enabler. As a result, after about 24 hours of reading, you will possess a solid foundation upon which to build greater capabilities or even a career in SAP. Your knowledge foundation will be broad, certainly, and in need of much bolstering in one direction or the other. But the beauty of the whole thing is that you'll be aware of these directions—career options and choices that will enable you to grow and manage your own career in a direction of your choosing. You'll know where you want to go. That alone is enough to get you on the road toward making something happen.

And in the meantime, your 24-hour investment will likely serve you well in your current employment position, too. Armed with insight, skills, understanding, and a broad sense of the "big picture" facing nearly every company in business today, you'll no longer look at computing solutions and the people who use and manage them in the same way again. That will make you a valuable asset to your employer, and perhaps the envy of your co-workers.

What's New in This Edition

Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours is divided into 24 chapters that can each be completed in about an hour. This book covers everything you need to become well acquainted with the core SAP products and components that are often collectively referred to simply as SAP. The book is organized to provide visibility into key facets of SAP terminology, usage, configuration, deployment, administration, and more. As such, it is necessarily general at times rather than exceedingly detailed, although a certain amount of depth in much of the subject matter is purposely provided where deemed critical to further your understanding. In this structure may be found the book's true value—the content herein is broad enough to paint a picture most anyone can understand, yet deep enough to provide more than an introduction to the subject matter. Certainly, more detailed books abound; use this book as a stepping stone to those various other texts dedicated to SAP architecture, implementation, programming, configuration, administration, performance tuning, and so on.

Who Should Read This Book

Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours begins with the basics and terminology surrounding SAP, SAP NetWeaver, and ESA, and from there begins the process of carefully building upon your new knowledge to piece together the complex world of SAP. The pace of the book is designed to provide a solid foundation such that you understand the more advanced topics covered later in the book. In this way, the novice may quickly realize what it means to plan for, deploy, and use SAP, in the process unleashing the power that comes with understanding how all the pieces of the puzzle come together to solve business problems. With this understanding also comes an appreciation of the role that colleagues and partners play with their regard to SAP—perspectives of SAP end users, system administrators, business planners, will ultimately make more sense as you work your way through the book.

Organization of This Book

Thus, from the basics surrounding SAP, to implementation planning and system navigation, to creating your own SAP reports and using the many different SAP components that make up NetWeaver and mySAP business suite today, this book is ideal for people at all levels of education, experience, and familiarity with SAP. Combined with its real-world examples, along with figures, tables, graphics, and actual SAP user-interface screenshots, Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours serves as an excellent launch pad for using and managing SAP in the real world of business and IT.

To test and reinforce your knowledge, each hour concludes with a Q&A, and Quiz section. These sections provide you an opportunity to put your newfound knowledge and understanding both to the test and into practice. And with the answers to the quiz questions found at the back of the book, it is an easy matter to verify your knowledge and hone in on particularly troublesome topics.

Finally, most hours include an Exercises section as well. Specifically, for those hours that are user-focused or that lend themselves to real-world application, a set of open-ended exercises are designed to get you familiar or comfortable with a particular area. There's no wrong answer when it comes to these exercises (indeed, there are no answers provided); instead, the knowledge you gain as you work through the exercises helps you build upon the foundation provided that hour.

I hope you enjoy the updated Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours, and learning the new world of SAP. Good luck and regards!

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Tip - A Did you Know? offers advice or teaches an easier way to do something.


Caution - A Watch Out! advises you about potential problems and helps you steer clear of disaster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Very broad, somewhat deep

    This book is an ideal starter for beginners in SAP: users, 'techies', and system admins. It gives a good introduction to SAP across a breadth of areas, including all of the different applications availabel by SAP today. Like ECC, supply chain, data warehouses, exchange, CRM and much more. I like it better than the 'Dummies' approach. It's not full of technical speak, but still provides a substantial and very broad technical background. And I like that I can read any chapter in any order without missing background informtation necessary to understand the chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    like a rainbow that reveals all the colors of SAP

    Reading this book makes SAP very comprehensible. It gives you insights on different branches and evolution of SAP. For a career path on SAP this serves as a bridge that will connect you to SAP dimension as if you already have access on SAP.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I have spent most of my career completely on the MSFT side and s

    I have spent most of my career completely on the MSFT side and several years actually on the Compound (LC1/ Las Colinas, TX0 working
    in or for the the Mother Ship-Microsoft. So last year when I made the jump to the Dark Side-SAP, boy, was I a fish out of water, a sheep in
    dangerous pastures. From the ground up, everything was different, the language, the initials, the actual meaning of words and ways of
    doing things. I never thought I would make it on my own, I needed a mentor, a guide, a help to navigate whole new seas of data.

    George is a god-send.  What a treat and treasure to help me in very manageable bites-chapter by chapter - learn and retain the skills to ensure success  in the SAP world.I most heartily recommend this read if you are new to the SAP world  wanting to transition over to the oldest and fastest growing ERP system in the world.  Invaluable find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    As someone who comes to SAP from an Oracle and Peoplesoft perspe

    As someone who comes to SAP from an Oracle and Peoplesoft perspective it was really helpful to see how Mr. Anderson adds a perspective of the SAP users that I have found to be very accurate of the prevailing opinions of SAP. If you are looking for something that gives you the relevance and working business knowledge of SAP you'll find this book invaluable. While I come from a sales perspective, I believe business and technical users can gain a broad understanding of SAP in a short investment of time. Nice job!

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I just want to say thank you for the insights I learned in your

    I just want to say thank you for the insights I learned in your book. As someone who is new to the industry, this really helped me understand the nuances of the SAP world, and helping me understand the core reasons of why many of my new employer’s targets choose SAP over alternatives, such as Oracle or legacy systems. SAP ERP is definitely intimidating to understand looking from the outside in, so it was very useful to have your book as a resource.

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