Monday, 2 May 2016

SAP Bows to Excel

Around 5 years ago, I was asked to build a reporting platform in SAP, more specifically Profitability Analysis.

The input superficially provided, was in the form of an Excel Workbook, a PowerPoint Presentation, a Word Document as well a PDF Document, plus a few words followed by a "GO and DO IT".
So, I went and DID IT.

In pursuit of verifying the uploaded take-on data, as a way of performing a detailed comparison in every respect by robustly interrogating the data,, I designed and built an Excel Workbench which essentially replicated the functionality built into SAP.

Among other things, tables were looked up and Pivot Tables used. Not really powerful in design or usage, but well able to enable the performance of the above task.

When I presented my SAP upload verification results to the General Manager for sign-off, he simply said, can (i.e. cancel) SAP, use this Excel solution; for all they wanted were the reporting results in an easy to trace, manage and produce digital manner/vehicle.

And, so ended the SAP implementation even though fully built, functional and ready to go.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Art of Writing

Writing is an art form unto itself. The most beautiful websites can easily be rendered diminished by unimaginative writing.

For example, the following sentence...
  • Xxxx is a leading specialist business that focuses on enabling organisations to fully exploit the benefits of enterprise mobility.
might be replaced by a more stylized flowing rendering as follows...
  • Xxxx is a leading business specializing in focussing on enabling organisations fully exploiting advantages of enterprise mobility.
What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Due Diligence

In any experiment, good comprehensive due diligence, relative to the nature and scale of the endeavour; before, during and after; is highly recommended.

Of course, retrospect will ultimately determine the merits of an idea. After all, you don't know what you don't know until you know it. At the same time, you won't know until you have tried.

On the other hand, shooting oneself in the foot to confirm whether it hurts or not, is counterproductive not to mention counterintuitive.