The fundamental question that many people ask before implementing SAP S/4HANA and deploying Fiori apps is “why?”. The option of using Fiori apps has been available for a while now, but the question as to why these new apps should be used usually doesn’t pop up until an SAP S/4HANA migration is planned.
Data collection and the subsequent analyses are important, complex processes; it’s difficult to imagine modern business processes without data analytics. To address customers’ specific needs, customer data is analyzed, material inventories are recorded automatically, and entire work processes are scrutinized to squeeze out efficiency gains. Important data collection also takes place within the SAP landscape, for example, with SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics. The check logic in the authorizations deserves special attention here.
In its S/4HANA release, SAP follows a strategy of process simplification and greater usability, among others. At the technical level, new layers such as the SAP Fiori Front-end Server, SAP Fiori launchpad, and SAP Fiori apps were created. The authorizations of these objects require particular attention to avoid nasty surprises as the project progresses. One specific pitfall is the changed file structure on the new application server.
SAP offers a consolidated data object, the business partner, to simplify the management of sensitive master data for customers, suppliers, and employees. This simplification also poses dangers, however. Therefore, all companies that plan to migrate to SAP S/4HANA should familiarize themselves with the business partner concept ahead of time.
Last year came to a very pleasant end, as we won the award for “Top Identity and Access Management Solution Provider in Europe 2021”. The December issue of Enterprise Security Magazine reported extensively on our IAM solution and about the innovative features that make our software so unique. We interviewed Mr. Kempf to find out more about the software solution and the current technology trends.
For SAP experts worldwide, data display tools like the Data Browser (SE16), Quick Viewer (SQVI), and Query Start (SQ00) are basic components of their everyday work. They have become accustomed to using selection screens, variants, and ALV functions in the output lists of the Data Browser. In this post, we’ll show you examples from the SAP authorization system that illustrate less well-known possibilities for finding what you need in large datasets through the skilled use of wildcard characters during selection.
Many companies are currently faced with the task of converting their SAP systems to SAP S/4HANA, because their ERP maintenance will be discontinued in the foreseeable future. Project planning usually only takes technical and organizational aspects into account, however; crucial security topics aren’t given enough priority. As a result, the implementation of the authorization concept and adaptation of the authorization roles often end up at the end of the line.
Hardening measures for the handling of SAP standard users are an integral part of the SAP security and audit guides. Doesn’t everyone already know that? Only at first glance. Consulting practice has shown that the implementation of these protective measures is a regular, major challenge for businesses of all types and sizes.
User experience and modern user interfaces are becoming increasingly widespread. Even SAP now offers solutions like SAP Fiori, which is based on contemporary operating systems. Another helpful, reliable tool for generating custom user interfaces is SAP Screen Personas. This software product is simple to use and can be customized to users’ specific needs.
A survey was conducted during an ITOK expert talk on the greatest challenges for SAP security in March. It revealed that over half the participants see such challenges in the area of roles and authorizations. The integration of the authorization concept represents one of the core activities during SAP S/4HANA implementation and is a frequent reason for the failure of such projects as a whole. But how can you handle conflicts like resource bottlenecks, shifting priorities for subprojects, changes to tasks, and testing?