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Performance Bits and Bites for SAP HANA Calculation Views

By Christina Adams Development, SAP Customer Activity Repository In this article I will provide some suggestions on potential areas to consider when trying to improve the performance of a SAP HANA calculation view. View Layering Layer only for warmth, not style The layering of views should generally have no performance …

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How to Hide TLOG Fields in POS Workbench

By Cosmin Jimborean Lead Architect, SAP Customer Activity Repository In this article I will show how to hide certain TLOG fields from the POS Workbench in such a way that they are visible for some super users but invisible to regular users. Getting Started Assume you have a requirement that …

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New Blog Series: CAR Tip in a Minute

We know our partner community is itching to demonstrate amazing things with SAP Customer Activity Repository powered by SAP HANA. To accelerate your critical path to success, we’ve tapped directly into the development team behind the product in order to introduce this new blog series. With the CAR Tip in …

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Shopping For Talent: Why Retail Needs A New HR Mandate

With the recession now firmly in the rear view mirror, many consumers are getting back to spending. Good news for retailers. But unfortunately life is never that simple is it?  Retailers face another looming challenge. The problem is no longer about lack of customers or sluggish sales, but rather a …

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How The Digital Economy Is Upending The Retail World

By . Since the age of 15, I always found myself linked to the business side of retail. From my early years working on the daily books for a local retailer to my current responsibilities helping retailers and retail vendors best address their customers, it’s safe to say that retail …

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SAPPHIRE NOW: Helping the Store Run Simpler

Few industries are more demanding than the retail industry. Whether you run a small local corner store or are a C-level executive of a retail chain, you are subject to the well-known maxim that “to succeed, you must know how to do every job in the store.” Some may think …

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SAPPHIRE NOW: Retailers Run Simple in the Digital Age

In Bill McDermott’s opening SAPPHIRE NOW keynote on Monday, he stated that every business today is in a state of transformation.  With data as the foundation for every digital enterprise, we need to create the “simple business”  by being data-driven and seamless (see Bill’s SAPPHIRE highlight video). Against this backdrop, …

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Time is Right to Move from Silo’ed to Omni-Channel Commerce Now!

Dear Retail community, Omni-channel commerce is going beyond the hype phase towards being mandatory for every retailer across all retail segments, as it promises to address the customer in a personalized way with offerings harmonized across all channels, called “omni-channel”, resulting in superior customer experience and satisfaction. This expects to …

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Loss Prevention Analytics in POSDM – Patterns

Loss Prevention Analytics (LPA) component integrated with POSDM works based on patterns. These patterns represent a specific type of behavior, and they are used to detect suspicious activities at a POS counter. Here, I have tried to give one liner explanation for the available standard LPA patterns. This can be …

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Data Product for Cross selling & Shopping Basket Analysis

I am sharing a data product http://ohrivikas.weebly.com/forecasting.html (select Market basket analysis option) for doing Shopping basket analysis. This application suggests items for cross selling when a user selects any item from the buy or shopping items as part of order,  as shown in following image. By default it is using …

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Creation Of Collective Purchase Order

In the retail Business process Collective Purchasing documents are used to combine the Store requirements supplied by their Distribution Centres. WF10 Transaction is used to create Collective Purchase Order. Process Flow : The Process One Collective Purchase Order will be  created from multiple Store Stock Transport Orders .One STO can …

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Store Cluster Analysis using R powered by HANA – prototype

Store Cluster Analysis giving retailers insight into the  optimal number of  zones, and will align your retail stores to the appropriate zones. This is a minor attempt with R Powered by Hana. What is R? R is an open source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. …

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SAP CAR (Customer Activity Repository 2.0) powered by HANA

SAP Customer Activity Repository is a foundation that collects transactional data that was previously spread over multiple independent applications in diverse formats. The repository provides a common foundation and a harmonized multichannel transaction data model for all consuming applications.   Retailers can use SAP Customer Activity Repository to gradually transform …

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Engage Stores Associates with Game Dynamics- Part 2

In my last blog, I discussed why companies need to engage Store Managers and Associates with Game Dynamics and how a custom solution can help solve the issues.  In this blog, I will discuss some of the specifics of how this would actually work. The custom solution will contain two …

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Connecting Sports Teams and Retailers

If you are a retailer attending NRF’s Annual Conference this January, and also claim to be a sports fan (or even fanatic), smile! Execs from the NFL, NHL, NBA, WTA, and Germany’s World Cup team will be on stage on Sunday morning. http://bigshow15.nrf.com/session/game-changer-loyalty-and-performance-lessons-passionate-sports-fandom Why mix Sports with Retailers? Sports teams …

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Engage Stores Associates with Game Dynamics-Part 1

Retail industry is undergoing unprecedented change. Demographic changes, technological advancements and new business models from aggregators like Amazon, Alibaba and eBay are disrupting retail setup much faster than retailers can react. Consumers are using technology more and more to take control of retailer-controlled processes. Retailers need to transform their businesses …

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Smart Recommendations for GTM Trading Expense

Smart Recommendations for GTM Trading Expense This is the continuation of the blog posted by Sudhir Verma on Jul 3, 2012 http://scn.sap.com/people/sudhir.verma/blog/2012/07/03/static-to-smart-recommendations-for-gtm-costingexpense In his blog, he has already mentioned that the purpose of this enhancement is to make the user interface smart. Purpose: Suppose a new user who is creating …

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Create Generic and Variants Using LSMW

Article Master – LSMW – Generic/Variants – ARTMAS05 This subject raised a few questions in an SCN thread with the title of Error while trying to create Generic Articles with variants using LSMW (ARTMAS05). A document that I wrote in response to that question is requested frequently. This post replaces …

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Enhancements for 0RT_PA_TRAN_CONTROL POS Analytics (POSDM) Datasources

The below documentation explains the enchancement approch on POS Analytics datasources, Refer the Customer Enhancements from the POSDM structure /POSDW/EXTENSIONS (FIELDGROUP, FIELDNAME and FIELDVALUE). Modify with the Enhancements in the BADI /POSDW/OUT_BW. (T-code: /n/POSDW/img). The path of the BADI object as shown below: Enhance 0RT_PA_TRAN_CONTROL in RSA6 + append structure. …

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The Next Big Thing Is The Internet of Things

OK, so it might not be breaking news, but while the Internet of Things (IoT) has been talked about for a while, it’s genuinely starting to hit a tipping point in relation to its impact in the retail industry. Analyst IDC has forecast that the IoT will represent a $326bn …

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Enhancements for POS Analytics (POSDM) Datasources

The below documentation explains the enchancement approch on POS Analytics datasources, Refer the Customer Enhancements from the POSDM structure /POSDW/EXTENSIONS (FIELDGROUP, FIELDNAME and FIELDVALUE). Modify with the Enhancements in the BADI /POSDW/OUT_BW. (T-code: /n/POSDW/img). The path of the BADI object as shown below:    Enhance 0RT_PA_TRAN_CONTROL in RSA6 + append …

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