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SAP HANA: A Fast Developing “Toddler” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed a snapshot of the SAP HANA offerings’ achievements at the time of the product’s first anniversary in June 2012. SAP is now a

cp dfd diagram level 2  the multi-central processor units (CPU’s). PJ : The same question for the functional consultants: will there be major changes and re-training necessary with regard to configuring SAP systems on HANA vs. how it used to be done in SAP R/3, SAP Enterprise Core Component (ECC) 6.0, SAP NetWeaver 7.3 , and SAP Business One? SAP : Yes and no -- the current training is two to three days. We have a HANA system integrator (SI) certification program as well. Developing or integrating with HANA is more about

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Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

A warehouse management system (WMS) should provide database and user-level tools in order for a company to optimize its storage facilities while at the same time providing user level task direction and activity support. The WMS should enable warehouse operators to optimize pick, put-away, and replenishment functions by employing powerful system logic to select the best locations and sequences. 

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