Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Vulnerabilities stuffed: SAP HANA makes safer

SAP has sealed twelve vulnerabilities within the in-memory platform HANA.

Vulnerabilities stuffed: SAP HANA makes safer

SAP has in May and April this year, closed twelve security vulnerabilities in the in-memory platform HANA. Onapsis has gaps disclosed only now bundled, it is apparent from a study published on Tuesday of yesterday security warning from Onapsis.

HANA was vulnerable to SQL injection, XSS attacks and memory fault. In the course of an attack, an attacker could execute commands, among other things on the platform, delete user data and can read any information stored in the database.

According to SAP Admins must itself ensure that the patches are installed. If updates are available, the system displays.

SAP users are demanding more openness in HANA

SAP tries of course to position its own database technology in the market. Nevertheless, many users do not want investments in Oracle, DB2 and other databases must simply jettison.

The DSAG, the German-speaking SAP user group, wants to round the database technology of SAP more openness. SAP, the SAP user, declares that allows the power potentials of SAP applications to fully exploit only through a deep integration of SAP HANA.

SAP users are demanding more openness in HANA

In the still conservative ERP environment but businesses often have already invested in different databases and platforms, and companies can and do often denounce these investments.

And not all users always see benefits by switching to in-memory. As Gartner analyst Alexander Drobik explained in an interview with known sources, switchover implies also more dependent on one supplier. He also criticized SAP to the effect that the manufacturers too little talking still about use cases, where a clear added value through in-memory has been achieved.

"Therefore, the DSAG calls from a technological perspective enhance the openness of the systems. It must be admitted alternatives without sacrificing the functionality and performance, "says Hans-Achim Quitmann, chief technology officer of the DSAG.”This will require standards and disclosure of specifics, so that other database vendors have the ability to be used in the context of SAP."

Brand new this requirement is not, however. Already at the presentation of S / 4hana explained Sven Denecken, GVP Co-Innovation and Strategy S/4 hana that SAP offer open standards here. However, he also restricts that unfortunately no database technology on the market available today, which could fulfill the specifications set by SAP.

For Drobik is also clear that migration is thus excluded on the technology of a third party more or less. "The suite is optimized and tuned to HANA. It is very unlikely that you simply can exchange the database here. "

As Gartner analyst Drobik also sees the DSAG that the IT becomes stronger by the shifts in the market for printing and the focus is increasingly on the provision of flexible processes.

Even with the DSAG one sees the established procedure in the IT "made new business models to the test" by what show primarily in new requirements for applications and application solutions.

Drobik: "Even if you have a single vendor such as SAP, one often gets an integration problem." So it was often not possible to synchronize the plethora of products such as Ariba or Success Factors simultaneously. And in this respect do SAPs new suite also from the perspective of analyst’s sense.

"There are many indications that the sustained, rapid and profitable implementation of a digital transformation is only based on a reassessment of the role of IT in the enterprise and its performance contributions are possible," says Gerhard Gottert, board application portfolio at the DSAG. And here S/4hana could actually provide an answer to the requirements in the field of applications, explains Gottert. But apparently, the assistance, the SAP here not the users in the form of targeted information on the benefits of S / 4hana and the transformation process sufficiently. Again, the DSAG demands more initiative from SAP.

With the transition from the ERP world to S / 4hana advances the theme upgrades to the fore. "We need a roadmap for the digital transformation and not only for the orientation on S / 4hana. This means that even the existing Business Suite must equal to S / 4hana and be fully developed primarily "is a requirement of Andreas Oczko, Chief Operating Officer / Service & Support.

Because even if many SAP customers are affected by the digital transformation, they change not necessarily on S / 4hana. "You expect the systems to be maintained, in whose maintenance they invest regularly," says Andreas Oczko. Has the customer but positioned with its investment strategy with SAP. Consequently, he expects a pricing policy that allows adequately innovations in the future, and that of the maintenance (software maintenance), the solutions are held technical and content up to date. It looks Andreas Oczko an important task for SAP to its role as a strategic partner of the customer to meet.

Last year SAP Mainstream had promised support for the on-premises version of the Business Suite to 2025th this means investment protection for existing applications, but not that SAP also with the same verve classic suites evolved as the new S / 4hana.

The question of support which business processes and models S/4 hana for hot topics and industry 4.0 Internet of Things was loud DSAG often still open. Clear, however, is for Otto Schell, professional board industries / business processes that an end-to-end view must be possible on the business processes with S/4 hana. Precisely because many industries are in the transformation, he expects the integration of new intuitive applications taking into account the existing. The same applies to the integration of hybrid on-premise or cloud solutions and their interaction. Otherwise, necessary additional products would need to be easily and smoothly integrate, so the demand of Otto Schell.

Viewed across all areas is clear: the use of new technology is only a means to an end. More important for the company to develop individual strategies for the digital transformation or consider new business models. There are many possibilities - one should not only be deterred by external factors and rather pursue food for thought in all directions.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

SAP add-ons by FIS on the DSAG Technology Days 2015

Your current solutions in the SAP environment shows the Business Unit Smart Products FIS from February 24 to 25 in Mannheim

SAP add-ons by FIS on the DSAG Technology Days 2015
On the DSAG Technology Days FIS GmbH presents its latest solutions for SAP: SAP add-ons for document management, master data management and data, invoice processing, document capture, auditable SAP HCM and eShop. Trade visitors find the FIS on level 1, Stand in Section 4.

With the add-ons FIS SAP users can design their processes in SAP faster, more efficient and safer and simultaneously improve data quality. The solutions SAP Gold Partner integrate deeply into the SAP environment and are quickly adaptable to specific customer requirements. They are focused on the needs of the department out for process integration as well as master data maintenance, automated inbox or electronic data interchange.

SAP experts FIS show in Mannheim, such as "Invoice Processing 2.0" works and present the integrated SAP incoming invoice book by FIS/edc®, the process Turbo for accounting. On the topic of master data management, the FIS with their solution FIS/mpm® the indivisible nature of the business processes and master data fro. On the DSAG Technology Days will be demonstrated how processes can be optimized through decentralization of data maintenance.

In order to increase customer benefits, the FIS dovetailed their individual components closely. Demonstrated in Mannheim is the latest development in this area: a merger of the OCR solution FIS/February and accounting Monitor FIS/edc® with functions for master data maintenance via a proprietary EAI component. The result for users is accelerated processes and thus safe, more comfortable and efficient work in SAP.

About the FIS Information Systems and Consulting GmbH

The FIS Information Systems and Consulting GmbH is an independent company with about 500 employees, which has its main focus on SAP projects. In its subsidiary FIS-ASP GmbH operate and administer over 80 specialists SAP systems to customers in FIS-ASP data centers that are equipped with the most modern standards. The FIS is an SAP system house with Gold status of the partner for the planning of systems, their infrastructure and implementation of the systems to the support after go-live. The FIS GmbH works on all shared by the SAP hardware platforms and maintains long-term, good partner relationships with SAP AG, Walldorf and Wincor Nixdorf, Paderborn. FIS GmbH is ISO 9001 certified.

SAP Public Services Forum 2015 mark the future

SAP Public Services Forum 2015 mark the future
Lucerne - For the thirteenth time take place on 17 March, the SAP Public Services Forum held at the Culture and Congress Center (KKL). The popular event for public sector organizations, health and education is this year's theme, "With a tailwind in the future." A variety of practical presentations and lectures illustrates how can economy and efficiency in public service connect successfully. They provide an insight as growing demands on the financial management can be done, and how does the management of future fit for new technologies.

Studies show that the public service will face because of societal developments in the near future with a variety of challenges. It applies not only to meet needs of the state, citizens or patients, but also to create transparency, to discover new opportunities and to find the best employees. On Public Services Forum in Lucerne, participants learn how public authorities and organizations with the help of modern instruments of labor can make analytical solutions and new technologies fit for the future.

The Forum 2015 is divided into five thematic strands. The focus in Lucerne new solutions in the financial and human resources that promote agility and operational excellence in financial management or public companies position themselves as modern employer. Another focus is on innovation for transparent and effective processes in management with a special focus on the harmonization of specialist applications, processes, data management and technologies. Two other thematic lines illuminate opportunities, approaches and methods that lead to simplifications in use and operation of IT solutions. Simplified SAP as a key for optimizing the IT landscape is in the foreground.

Keynote by futurist Lars Thomsen

Will open the 13th SAP Public Services Forum 2015 by the futurist Lars Thomsen, who gives a vivid glimpse of the future in his keynote address. It describes the major trends and tipping points that will shape our lives, our work and our society over the next ten years. Check out a village in the SAP strategy to give customers and partners into three breakout sessions with five parallel-guided presentations insights into their solutions. They deal with issues such as governance, risk and compliance, e-recruiting and Real Time Analytics with SAP HANA. Chance to speak for completed projects come from the public sector, including a paperless Dossier Management in the canton of Valais, the use of BW on HANA in Berne Inselspital and mobile maintenance of trains at SBB. Through the day takes you again this year sports presenter Sascha Ruefer.

The forum provides an excellent opportunity to meet IT decision-makers of many organizations at the national, cantonal and municipal levels and share experiences.

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