21 years along with SAP


Who am I?

Twenty one years ago I was on the plane heading to Brussels.  A four weeks IBM SAP Consultant course was about to start. Today I have made a long career as a certified SAP Fico professional. I have worked as consultant, controller and in corporate IT.  Reinventing the wheel is the one thing that has astonished me most. SAP courses and online documentation were never detailed enough. They provided the frame,  but Google, trial and error and colleagues the specifics. Most of the documents answer the question WHAT,  not HOW. Or WHAT DOES IT MEAN? SAP Best Practice Documents were an exception. Finally detailed configuration instructions. The knowledge is in the consultant's head, binders and private files. When they quit or retire, this knowledge is lost.  These pages serve as my knowledge transfer to you desperate googling for SAP Materials. I have started with reporting documents, but there is more is to come.  

    Over the years SAP has changed and evolved many times. Now it's time for a big jump. It is the beginning of HANA era. My last project was a HANA/Fiori implementation, where my role was CO consultant. There were some challenges related to Fiori, but the CO behind that was the same as before. The database change was not visible to users. Experienced SAP users will have no problem to move over to HANA. Also the old familiar menu could be found. SAP has extended their end-of-support deadline from 2025, but staying behind and clinging to the past will eventually cost you in lack of support and higher maintenance costs. In case you own a huge data storage dating from go-live over twenty years ago, you should also give serious consideration to data archiving as first step of your HANA-migration plan.        

All this information is free.

If you value my effort, please make a donation to UNICEF.


Where is SAP now?

The SAP user interface has changed during the years from a gray screen to sky blue and Fiori boxes. Behind the “icing” the system feels pretty much like it always did. The changed tables and table structures (faglflext, acdoca, etc) don’t mean much for the users.  They can continue as before. Often without training, other than in the initial implementation project that was years ago. This trend seems not to change. The skills deteriorate gradually, when new users are virtually on their own. User instructions, if there are any, are not updated since initial implementation. I am not against authorizations, but find it odd that IT decides what controllers can do with the system. If they are entitled to the information, they should be allowed to have access to it. This is often prevented, when IT blocks transactions they don't even know. Companies pay millions for integrated erp systems and then prevent the use of it.

Many SAP customers work with the traditional SAP ERP system. They may have updated the technical system to latest versions, but the applications are in their original state. Not all customers have new general ledger, know what document splitting is, or run new asset accounting. Not all customers have BW, BO and BPC. And most certainly the majority will not be running S4HANA applications for a long time. This creates a dilemma. SAP and SAP consultant companies and individual consultants all invest in the new. In the early days of SAP you could trust your system in the hands of almost any certified consultant. Today you should know more of the background of the consultants. Have they even seen a configuration like yours? If not, they could damage your system. Same goes for documentation.



?php echo $value->post_title; ?>

Ritva Vierula
CEO, Senior Consultant SAP FICO

Sap Professional since 1996

From people I don’t know, I accept only invitations with a personalized message.

Recruiters, don’t bother. I have reached my “Best before date" and am not available for projects.