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Title:   SAP Event Management - SAP's Best Kept Secret
Author: Kevin Wilson
ISBN:   978-0-9842350-1-8
Size:  B&W 6.14 x 9.21In OR 234 x 156mm (white) case laminate (hardcover)
Price:  $79.95
Published: 2/5/2010
Publisher: Genie Press
Book website: http://www.geniepress.com/books/sapem.htm
Kevin's SCM Community bio page: https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/profile/Kevin+Wilson

This book reveals the secret of SAP Event Management by describing exactly what it is and what it can do for your company. As a very powerful module of SAP, SAP Event Management provides companies with the functionality to track and monitor their business processes and allowing them to expose processes that have exceptions raised against them. i.e. SAP Event Management allows companies to manage their process by exception.

Highlights include:

  • Executive overview of SAP EM describing what it is, what it comprises of, where the benefits lie and ultimately what value it brings to the table. This is a must read for the executives and system architects of companies.
  • Technical architecture covering its core services, deployment options and the differences between the various releases.
  • Application system and SAP Event Management functionality
  • An implementation methodology showing the steps required to implement SAP EM at your organization successfully.
  • Troubleshooting guide.

Intended Audience

This book is intended for the following audience:

  • Executives looking for ways of reducing their costs through process optimization, status management and process visibility
  • Project team members using SAP EM related functionality
  • System Architects who need to know about the best kept secret at SAP in order to possibly utilize it in future designs

About the author

Kevin Wilson is an Associate Partner and Sr. SAP Consultant at QData with a primary focus of facilitating solutions for companies experiencing SAP process and technical integration pains. His solutions cover the various applicable toolsets provided by SAP to accomplish real value, whether it be SAP Workflow, SAP NetWeaver PI, EDI, ALE, ABAP or SAP Event Management. For the past 13 years he has utilized these skill sets to help many companies automate their processes and bringing the visibility of their statuses to the end users through SAP Event Management.

He is very actively involved in the SAP Event Management community as the Influence Council representative working with fellow users and SAP to help better the product. Kevin speaks regularly at user group meetings and at conferences and has spoken in Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, Philadelphia, Illinois, Nevada and Nice. He regularly gives webinars and training sessions to users on all topics in his area of expertise including SAP Event Management, SAP Workflow, EDI, ABAP, XI BPM and ALE.

Kevin runs several SAP related on-line communities including ERPGenie.COMEDIGenie.COM, myPIGenie.COM and 2 SAP Event Management Forums (LinkedIn, Ning).

Kevin holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and a diploma in Project Management (Cum Laude).

http://kevinwilson.erpgenie.com/ contains more links and information on Kevin.

Table of Contents

The book covers the following areas (click the links for a preview of the chapter):

  • Chapter 1 gives an executive overview of SAP EM describing what it is, what it comprises of, where the benefits lie and ultimately what value it brings to the table. This is a must read for the executives and system architects of companies.
  • Chapter 2 describes the technical architecture covering its core services, deployment options and the differences between the various releases.
  • Chapter 3 covers the application system giving details behind what is available on the side of the solution where the events and processes are generated.
  • Chapter 4 covers SAP Event Management giving the details behind what is available on the SAP EM system, what functionality lies there and what it's used for.
  • Chapter 5 provides an implementation methodology showing the steps required to implement SAP EM at your organization successfully.
  • Chapter 6 provides general useful information on SAP EM including a troubleshooting guide.

Foreword

Sustainability has entered the business lexicon in recent years, and has rapidly risen to the top of the agenda in many boardrooms around the world. Concerns about operating businesses in a sustainable way have shed a light on systems that can eliminate opacity to enable internal and external processes to be clearly viewed and actioned. With such systems, operational anomalies that lead to resource waste or product adulteration can be intercepted and acted upon. In summary, to succeed in the today's "sustainable" economy, companies need to change the way they do business by seeing, thinking and acting with increased clarity.

Organizations today operate in a highly networked business world - and at the heart of this interconnected world is the supply chain. As globalization reaches across all industries, supply chains have had to become much more agile, efficient, and collaborative. Complex supply chains demand a sophisticated ability to monitor, report, adjust to, and analyze the flow of events that occur as business processes play out every day. Being able to manage these events - in coordination with partners and suppliers of products and services who are involved - is crucial to transform organizations from "plan and execute" to "sense and respond" behavior. With the product being explored in this timely book, SAP Event Management, companies can manage the full range of events taking place across the value chain involving processes, inventories, assets, and partners. An open, highly configurable event management and resolution engine, this application provides the tools and framework to monitor, notify, adjust, and analyze business events that may lead to waste and even to product safety issues. From capturing event information to analyzing it against preset milestones, and then alerting appropriate parties when there is a discrepancy, SAP Event Management supports real-time responsiveness and adaptive collaboration across the business network.

SAP Event Management provides the power and sophistication to manage every link in the extended supply chain. A wide range of reconfigured visibility processes integrates with the SAP ERP, SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure, and advanced supply chain management applications. And because it is built on an open architecture, it can easily be connected to data warehouses and capture data from carriers and service agents, web-based event sources, mobile devices, and myriad other information sources.

I am delighted to see that this powerful application, which forms part of many processes within the SAP Business Suite as a technical component, is now being brought forward in this book as an application that deserves its "time in the sun". I am sure you will find tremendous value in the many insights that Kevin is sharing, from the architectural to those at the application level, and I look forward to learning of new and exciting applications that you may create to move your enterprise to a Clear New World.

By Stephen Cloughley (Senior Director at SAP Labs LLC)