SAP in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself

Michael Missbach / George Anderson  
Sams Publishing
Total pages
September 2015
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Thoroughly updated and expanded! Includes new coverage on HANA, the cloud, and using SAP’s applications!


In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll get up and running with the latest SAP technologies, applications, and solutions. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson strengthens your understanding of SAP from both a business and technical perspective, helping you gain practical mastery from the ground up on topics such as security, governance, validations, release management, SLA, and legal issues.


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common questions, issues, and tasks.
Quizzes and exercises help you build and test your knowledge.
Notes present interesting pieces of information.
Tips offer advice or teach an easier way to do something.
Cautions advise you about potential problems and help you steer clear of disaster.


Learn how to…

  • Understand SAP terminology, concepts, and solutions
  • Install SAP on premises or in the cloud
  • Master SAP’s revamped user interface
  • Discover how and when to use in-memory HANA databases
  • Integrate SAP Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions such as Ariba, Successfactors, Fieldglass, and hybris
  • Find resources at SAP’s Service Marketplace, Developer Network, and Help Portal
  • Avoid pitfalls in SAP project implementation, migration, and upgrades
  • Discover how SAP fits with mobile devices, social media, big data, and the Internet of Things
  • Start or accelerate your career working with SAP technologies

New to this Edition

40% of the book will change. Massive updates around SAP’s solutions, the underlying technology, the overall competitive landscape, and even how SAP is configured and deployed. The new book will also feature more “how” alongside the necessary “what” details, making it the most useful TYSAP yet.

A big new part of SAP is HANA, and this will be covered: SAP HANA, short for "High-Performance Analytic Appliance" is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system developed and marketed by SAP SE. HANA's architecture is designed to handle both high transaction rates and complex query processing on the same platform.  It is a revolutionary platform that's best suited for performing real-time analytics, and developing and deploying real-time applications.

Table of Contents

Introduction   1

Part I: Introduction to SAP

HOUR 1: SAP Explained   7
  Overview of SAP: The Company   7
  SAP Business Applications   9
  Connecting the Dots   11
  Summary   14
  Case Study: Hour 1   14
HOUR 2: SAP Business Basics   17
  The SAP Business Roadmap   17
  SAP’s Purpose: To Run the Business   19
  Other Perspectives: Mapping Business Needs to SAP Applications   23
  A Sampling of SAP Business Processes   26
  Summary   28
  Case Study: Hour 2   29
HOUR 3: SAP Technology Basics   31
  SAP Technology   31
  What Is the Best Platform for SAP?   37
  Memory: Fast but Volatile   40
  Storage: Hard Disks and Other Disks   40
  SAP System Landscapes   42
  Database Basics for SAP   45
  Future Developments   47
  Summary   48
  Case Study: Hour 3   48
HOUR 4: SAP Project Basics   51
  Running an SAP Project: The Basics   51
  First Steps in Pursuing an SAP Project   52
  The SAP Project Lifecycle   54
  Organizing a Project by Tasks   59
  Organizing a Project by Roles   61
  Summary   65
  Case Study: Hour 4   65

Part II: SAP Applications and Components

HOUR 5: Overview of SAP Applications and Components   69
  A Real-Time Vision   69
  SAP Business Suite Components   72
  SAP NetWeaver Components   75
  Small and Medium Enterprises   76
  SAP Business One   78
  SAP Business ByDesign   79
  SAP All-in-One   81
  Selecting the “Best” SME Solution   83
  Choosing SAP SME Offerings over Business Suite   85
  Summary   86
  Case Study: Hour 5   86
HOUR 6: SAP NetWeaver and HANA   87
  The Foundation for SAP   87
  The SAP NetWeaver Umbrella: Six Areas   88
  Bringing It All Together   93
  The Business Case for HANA   97
  HANA Cloud Offerings   104
  Summary   107
  Case Study: Hour 6   107
HOUR 7: SAP ERP and Business Suite   109
  SAP ERP Business Scenarios   110
  Summary   126
  Case Study: Hour 7   127
HOUR 8: SAP on the Cloud and New SAP Solutions   129
  What Kind of Cloud?   129
  SAP’s Way to the Cloud   133
  Newly Acquired SAP Solutions   136
  Summary   145
  Case Study: Hour 8   145

Part III: SAP for Business Users

HOUR 9: A Business User’s Perspective on Using SAP   149
  Before SAP Is Deployed: The Business User’s Role   150
  A Sampling of SAP Business Transactions   153
  Summary   159
  Case Study: Hour 9   160
HOUR 10: Using SAP’s Traditional and New User Interfaces   161
  The SAPGUI   161
  SAPGUI Elements and Other Basics   165
  SAPGUI Navigation Basics   166
  SAPGUI Screen Objects   170
  Using the Windows Clipboard   172
  Additional Legacy Interfaces   172
  SAP’s New User Interfaces and Tools   174
  Summary   178
  Case Study: Hour 10   178
HOUR 11: Using SAP ERP to Do Your Job   179
  The Four SAP Business Scenarios   179
  Other Popular Business Transactions   193
  Summary   196
  Case Study: Hour 11   196
HOUR 12: Using Other SAP Business Suite Applications   197
  Using SAP SRM   197
  Using SAP CRM   199
  Using SAP SCM   200
  Using SAP PLM   202
  Summary   203
  Case Study: Hour 12   203
HOUR 13: Using SAP for Reporting   205
  Types of SAP Reporting Users   205
  SAP Business Objects   208
  SAP NetWeaver BW Family   211
  SAP ERP Operational Reporting Tools   212
  Legacy SAP Reporting Options   213
  Summary   219
  Case Study: Hour 13   220
HOUR 14: Using Simplified Finance and Office Integration   221
  SAP Simple Finance Add-On   221
  Integrating SAP with Desktop Applications   230
  Using %pc to Download Data   231
  OpenText Archiving for SAP   239
  SAP and Adobe Forms   240
  Summary   241
  Case Study: Hour 14   241

Part IV: SAP for IT Professionals

HOUR 15: An SAP Project Manager’s Perspective   245
  The SAP Implementation Methodology   245
  Introduction to ASAP   246
  SAP Program and Project Leadership   251
  The Project Team’s Subteams   256
  Project Team Member Characteristics   260
  Project Tools and Other Methodologies   260
  Project Closeout   261
  Summary   262
  Case Study: Hour 15   262
HOUR 16: A Technology Professional’s Perspective on SAP   265
  Shifting Focus: From Business to Technology   265
  Understanding the SAP Quicksizer   270
  Beyond the Quicksizer: Measurement-Based Sizing   272
  Can Performance Be Guaranteed?   273
  Understanding SAP Availability   274
  Security Considerations   278
  Network Considerations   282
  Operational Considerations   284
  Summary   286
  Case Study: Hour 16   286
HOUR 17: An SAP Developer’s Perspective   287
  Programming Tools   287
  Developer and SAP Methodologies   290
  Configuration and the SAP IMG   293
  Different Views of the IMG   294
  Additional IMG Fundamentals   297
  Summary   300
  Case Study: Hour 17   301
HOUR 18: SAP Installation and Implementation   303
  First Steps   303
  SAP Installation Preparation   304
  Locating and Downloading SAP Software   306
  Infrastructure Readiness   311
  Installing the SAP Trial Version   314
  HANA on Public Cloud Platforms   316
  The SAP Cloud Appliance Library   320
  Introducing SAP Single Sign-on   322
  Summary   323
  Case Study: Hour 18   323
HOUR 19: SAP and the Cloud   325
  Forecast: Fairly Cloudy   325
  Bringing Together SAP and the Cloud   328
  Moving SAP Systems to the Cloud   330
  SAP as a Service?   331
  Project Monsoon   334
  Integrating SAP SaaS Solutions   337
  Summary   342
  Case Study: Hour 19   342
HOUR 20: SAP System Administration and Management   345
  Management Tools   345
  Day-to-Day SAP Monitoring   354
  Summary   358
  Case Study: Hour 20   358
HOUR 21: SAP Enhancements, Upgrades, and More   359
  Setting the Stage: Making Changes to SAP   359
  Enhancement and Upgrade Terminology   360
  High-Level Project Planning   366
  Summary   369
  Case Study: Hour 21   369

Part V: SAP Careers

HOUR 22: SAP Careers for the Business User   373
  Types of Business Jobs   373
  First Steps: Experience, Training, Networking, and Certifications   374
  Other Ideas   379
  Preparing for a Business Career in SAP   381
  Summary   386
  Case Study: Hour 22   386
HOUR 23: SAP Careers for the IT Professional   389
  SAP, Its Partners, and Its Customers   389
  Types of Available Opportunities   391
  Preparing for a Career in SAP   393
  Using Your Existing Technical Expertise   394
  Working on the Intangibles   396
  Summary   396
  Case Study: Hour 23   397
HOUR 24: Other Resources and Closing Thoughts   399
  Professional Resources   399
  Internet Resources   405
  SAP Conferences and Events   406
  Employment and Career Opportunities   408
  Summary   409
  Case Study: Hour 24   410

APPENDIX A: Case Study Answers   411
  Case Study: Hour 1 Answers   411
  Case Study: Hour 2 Answers   412
  Case Study: Hour 3 Answers   412
  Case Study: Hour 4 Answers   413
  Case Study: Hour 5 Answers   413
  Case Study: Hour 6 Answers   414
  Case Study: Hour 7 Answers   414
  Case Study: Hour 8 Answers   415
  Case Study: Hour 9 Answers   416
  Case Study: Hour 10 Answers   417
  Case Study: Hour 11 Answers   417
  Case Study: Hour 12 Answers   418
  Case Study: Hour 13 Answers   418
  Case Study: Hour 14 Answers   419
  Case Study: Hour 15 Answers   419
  Case Study: Hour 16 Answers   420
  Case Study: Hour 17 Answers   420
  Case Study: Hour 18 Answers   420
  Case Study: Hour 19 Answers   421
  Case Study: Hour 20 Answers   421
  Case Study: Hour 21 Answers   422
  Case Study: Hour 22 Answers   422
  Case Study: Hour 23 Answers   423
  Case Study: Hour 24 Answers   423

Index   425


Dr. Michael Missbach, Manager of the Cisco SAP Competence Center, focuses on best practices for SAP HANA and other mission-critical applications in public and private cloud scenarios. Earlier, he worked as IT Superintendent for ALCOA. He has also written books on SAP hardware, SAP system operation, adaptive SAP infrastructures, SAP on Windows, and SAP on the cloud.

Dr. George Anderson, senior architect and program manager for Microsoft Services, specializes in designing and deploying mission-critical SAP and Microsoft Dynamics solutions. A certified SAP technical consultant, PMI PMP, and Six Sigma black belt, he has also written books on SAP implementation, performance testing, and project management.