SAP Tech Tips: Advanced Available-to-Promise (aATP) in S/4HANA 1610 Configuration (Part 1)


The annual SAP SAPPHIRE® NOW and Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) Annual Conference is right around the corner. As an SAP Gold Partner for Services and Global Premium Supplier of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, we’re looking forward to sharing and hearing best practices at the event.  And in that spirit, we want to share some configuration and master data setting tips to help you implement the Advanced Available to Promise (aATP) process available with the S/4 HANA 1610 release so you can improve order fulfillment execution and supply chain processes.

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Software Testing and Quality Assurance: It Takes a TEAM


In the digital world, agility is key and organizations everywhere are racing to speed up application creation and delivery. As companies turn towards DevOps and other agile models, the pressure is on to tackle the relentless speed of automation accompanying Software Quality Assurance (QA) and testing.  Quality releases paired with dramatically reduced cycle times are now the norm, mandating enterprises to embrace the demands of agility. The testing environment leveraged across digital transformation is one fully supported by efficiency and stability. Oftentimes, the solution is built around the right TEAM (Testing, Environment, Automation, Monitoring).

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NASCIO Attendees Set Path to Future of Digital Government


In an age of social media, smartphones and other digital distractions, many people worry that we aren’t spending enough time talking to each other face to face. But, conversation flowed freely around a table I recently hosted at the NASCIO (National Association of State Chief Information Officers) conference in Arlington, VA. As governments at all levels wrestle with what digital transformation means for any given agency or service, I thought sharing the consensus of opinions from three different groups of state IT professionals and vendors might be useful for all. The topic of conversation focused on how the participants defined the concept “digital transformation” and how that concept is translated into tactical action.

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Connecting the Future of Business


“What business are you in?”

It’s a frequent question at social gatherings. The answers are usually well practiced: I’m in retail. I’m a small business owner. I’m an executive at a global IT services company.

At CenturyLink, we are in the connections business. We help customers large and small make connections to the people, services, assets and information that matter. We think making connections is a key requirement in the age of digital transformation—where network effects, data analytics and robust platforms can make the difference between being the disruptor and being disrupted.

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People First: Building a Rock Star Cybersecurity Team


Back in the 19th Century, famed industrialist Andrew Carnegie spoke on the importance of putting people first. He believed success of any organization relied on finding the best people for the job. Fast-forward to 2017 – and what was true then is even more relevant today. All winning organizations have one thing in common: great strategies supported by the most qualified, rock star professionals.

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Make Your Shift Left at STAREAST 2017


Quality assurance and software testing professionals are gathering in Orlando, Florida on May 7-12 at STAREAST. The conference encompasses more than 100 sessions and I along with my colleague, Scott Bell, are hosting one of them on Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Together, we’ve been in the software testing world for more than 40 years and we’re excited to bring our knowledge and best practices for testing and APM to this conference. 

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Taking on the Business of Big Data Management

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Data is at the core of every organization and the pressure is on to get insights faster from an expanding universe of data sources to guide business decision making and transform the customer experience as we know it.  This is a foundational component of digital transformation across industries and will enable delivery of personalized shopping experiences, telemedicine, accelerated supply chain and IoT expansion…just to name a few.

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Planning Your Journey of Transformation


Summer is almost here. Time to start planning the vacation road trip.

I’m old school when I plan a trip. I spread out maps to see where I’m going and the entire landscape I’ll be driving through. When I’m driving, I use the GPS in my phone to actually navigate; but for the planning stage, I like to take a step back and see the whole route. That way I can see the terrain I’m going to cover, plan any interesting side trips and even avoid some things that I know from experience are worth avoiding (hitting cities at rush hour, for instance).

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