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 sap data flow diagram


Demystifying SAP Solution Manager
Many large organizations are struggling to manage all their software systems—let alone the different software versions across departments. In his article, TEC

sap data flow diagram  should have only one SAP client (sub-instance) per se. I am aware only of Siemens having two live instances, but with a bunch of accompanying issues with synching up the data and transactions between the two systems on the daily basis. I am not sure whether the “one can never be too careful” attitude (and thus let’s have two live systems just in case one goes down) has been worth the additional effort and pain.  When the live SAP systems are being configured functionally, the work starts in the

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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