SAP is one of the most powerful software suites for running a modern business. Because of its broad and wide-ranging capabilities, it’s also notoriously complex and difficult to install and integrate. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify your efforts.
Midsized companies (less than 1,000 employees) are likely to spend around $10 million to $20 million to implement SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite. For a Fortune 500 company, software, hardware and consulting costs can easily exceed $100 million. In addition to the cost, implementation can take years of tweaking and refinement.
Analyst firm Gartner estimates that 55–75% of all ERP projects fail to meet their objectives. SAP warns its customers that companies planning to implement or upgrade an SAP ERP system should pay strict attention to system integration to save their implementation from failure. Only with system integration in place, can data flows move correctly among various SAP ERP components, not only streamlining business processes but also eliminating or minimizing redundant data entry efforts.
But how do you make data flow smoothly between SAP components when your data, documents and workflows are often outside of the SAP ecosystem? It turns out that the best way to make your SAP integration efforts work is to have a solution that can connect your existing documents, workflows and data with SAP’s processes.
Making A.P. A-O.K.
I know what you’re probably thinking; if you’re investing millions of dollars and thousands of hours into implementing SAP, why consider also using a separate document management system? The fact is, even though SAP represents a multi-million-dollar investment and can manage complex business processes for all kinds of organizations, it can’t do everything. Every organization is going to have software systems and data stores that are not part of the SAP platform. This is especially true for processes that involve approvals, human resources and accounts payable functions.
Consider your hardworking accounts payable department. This vital function is responsible for vendor invoice processing, approvals and payments. Within these functions, there are several different workflows, and these are notoriously difficult to tie into the SAP ERP ecosystem. Successful workflow management involves managing related tasks necessary to complete an operation from initiation to completion. Its basic activities include planning, execution, testing, tracking, optimization and reporting.
Speak Fluent SAP
Making these varied and complex processes operate within multiple SAP modules will take translation and coordination. We believe it’s possible to bring two of the best software solutions together with LFIntegrator for SAP to automate the AP process. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) recently certified our LFIntegrator 1.5 for SAP ERP powered by SAP NetWeaver. This simple but powerful tool integrates Laserfiche with SAP ERP so that SAP users can have the combined power of Laserfiche’s document management, workflow and business processes alongside the enterprise management capabilities of SAP ERP, supporting custom workflows for approvals, automation, records retention capabilities and all kinds of applications.
Customers can benefit from improved interoperability with SAP applications and with the large ecosystem of solutions that run on SAP NetWeaver. I also know that choosing an SAP-certified solution can help reduce overall IT investment costs and risks. Most importantly, by leveraging SAP’s powerful enterprise management application and Laserfiche’s rich feature set, LFIntegrator delivers document management capabilities that are flexible and robust enough to support the unique business processes of any organization.
For example, LFIntegrator customers will be able to access Laserfiche’s search and scan options from the menu within the SAP user interface. Users can search all documents in the appropriate Laserfiche repository and populate Laserfiche template fields with metadata from SAP ERP when launching the Laserfiche scan client. And, best of all, LFIntegrator will update data from SAP in your SAP repositories and vice versa, ensuring that all your business processes and departments are speaking the same language.
SAP is a wonderful platform, but it can’t possibly run every single business process or manage every type of workflow or invoice, file and document needed to manage your business. For those gaps, we’ve found the LaserFiche solution is the perfect middle man. Given the investment in time, money and resources in getting SAP up and running, you can’t afford to not consider this solution.
If you’d like to learn more about LaserFiche or other technologies that can help ensure the success of your SAP ERP and help your organization reach its business goals and improve efficiencies, contact one of our technology experts today.