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2022 Releases: Integrated Software for SAP

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2022 Releases: Integrated Products for SAP ECC 6 + S/4HANA

New Releases of the FIS SAP Integrated modules include:

FIS / fci - an advanced OCR application used for reading the key content of invoices, sales orders, payment advice notes, vendor statements. The application uses a machine learning knowledge base to improve recognition rates.

FIS / edc – Electronic Document Centre: An SAP “add-in” technology to accelerate data matching and the posting of invoices, sales orders, payment advice notes and supplier statements into SAP.

FIS / mpm – Master Data and Price Management. An SAP “add-in” technology for simplified maintenance of SAP Master Data with integrated validation checks and workflow solution – allowing data to be exchanged with SAP.

FIS / xee – XML and EDI Engine: A business system integration module that provides connectivity for information exchange between SAP and other ERP Business Systems.

FIS develop a complete suite of SAP integrated products (add-in applications) to provide business process improvements for organisations with SAP S/4HANA or SAP ECC 6. The FIS modules for 2022 releases are documented in the Download Centre.

For Product Roadmaps, FIS customers, please email your request to info@fisuk.co.uk

 

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2021 Releases: Integrated Software for SAP

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2021 Releases: Integrated Products for SAP ECC 6 + S/4HANA

New Releases of the FIS SAP Integrated modules include:

  • FIS / edc – Electronic Document Centre: An SAP “add-in” technology to accelerate data matching and the posting of invoices, sales orders, payment advice notes and supplier statements into SAP ECC 6.
  • FIS / mpm – Master Data and Price Management. An SAP “add-on” technology for simplified maintenance of SAP Master Data with integrated validation checks and workflow solution – allowing data to be exchanged with SAP ECC 6.
  • FIS / xee – XML and EDI Engine: A business system integration module that provides connectivity for information exchange between SAP ECC 6  and other ERP Business Systems.

FIS develop a complete suite of SAP Integrated products to provide business process improvements for organisations with SAP S/4HANA or SAP ECC 6. The FIS modules for SAP S/4HANA are continually being developed and their 2021 releases are documented in the Download Centre.

For Product Roadmaps, FIS customers, please email your request to info@fisuk.co.uk

 

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FIS / mpm – Simplified Master Data and Price Management

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Simplified Master Data and Price Management

FIS / mpm (Master Data and Price Management) aligns specific routes and roles when creating master data in SAP 

Master Data complexity solved

 

The FIS / mpm application has been developed specifically for organisations with SAP ERP who face issues when adding new or maintaining existing master data. FIS / mpm also provides functionality to upload large data volumes.

FIS  / mpm is an "SAP centric" application with FIS proprietary technology running on SAP standards (i.e. with familiar SAP GUIs, Fiori and NetWeaver interfaces). FIS / mpm is an add-in application, deeply integrated into SAP standard with releases for both either SAP ECC 6 and SAP S/4HANA.

The technology works with extended tables in the SAP ERP database, therefore eliminating the need for file exchanges and data mapping between SAP and non-integrated software.

One of the primary functions of the FIS / mpm application is to address the issue of master data governance. FIS / mpm provides a clear method of controlling master data updates for all participants in pre-defined roles.

Staging Area

 

Master Data complexity solved

 

Central to the FIS / mpm add-in application is the staging area. These data tables are created, modified, enhanced, checked within FIS / mpm prior to the master data being transferred to SAP ERP.

Identifying Most Common Processing Issues

FIS / mpm fundamentally addresses the most common issues when creating master data in SAP.

  • Inefficient use of email as a workflow tool
  • Working with complex and bespoke Excel spreadsheets that are difficult to maintain
  • Processing data that includes detailed data completion notes
  • In-house solutions that required bespoke coding
  • Working with external applications that exchange files with SAP standard - which can cause issues with table synchronisation with SAP upgrades and enhancement packs
  • No governance with the process of creating and checking data prior to transferring into SAP

 

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Issues with non-defined roles mean that employees that may have the most expertise of the data (i.e. for vendors, customers, materials, prices etc.) may not be aware of the stringent data requirements of SAP. In practice this usually results in data omissions and invalid fields.

Secondly, the SAP data custodians may have the knowledge of the strict master data stipulations of SAP but may have less knowledge of the initial data that is being added or maintained.

IFIS / mpm reduces the time taken by senior master data teams correcting minor errors from initiators.

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Roles and Processes Defined

In an effort to resolve the most common issues, FIS / mpm defines typical roles (Initiators, enrichers, SAP key-users, SAP power-users etc.) and workflow procedures for SAP ERP master data. This means that data is reviewed by the correct people and in a stringent process and workflow and therefore controlling way master data is created and maintained.

FIS / mpm addresses the core issues by defining the common tasks within the process and then providing a methodology controlled by the SAP master data team.

  • FIS / mpm provides an easy-to-use interface at source for the data initiators - significantly reducing the number of fields for completion, identifying mandatory fields and provides drop down choice selections for data import
  • Bulk uploads can created from FIS / mpm by defining Excel worksheets with clearly labelled tables
  • The FIS / mpm Web Dynpro workflow module allows  data checking by a supervisor
  • The FIS / mpm application validates fields for feasibility and completeness prior to advancing the data to the SAP supervisors
  • The FIS / mpm staging area is a workplace that provides a checking area before releasing of master data into SAP.
Summary

For organisations who wish to save time and effort when creating new or maintaining existing master data within SAP.

For organisations who wish to create clear roles and governance for master data changes and additions.

An alternative to:
  • Complex forms and Excel sheets for participants with data expertise moving backwards and forwards between parties
  • Using Email as a workflow – no clear governance on processes – process unlikely to capture all necessary data comprehensively
  • Tasking SAP experts with minor data management issues
  • Inefficient methods of data management handling in SAP
Key technologies and benefits:
  • Versions available for both SAP ECC 6 or SAP S/4HANA
  • Flexible Data Imports including data from Excel, PDFs, SAP ERP, Financial Accounts Systems and other ERP systems
  • Web Dynpro workflow – allows participants with minimal SAP expertise create new and maintain master data
  • Ability to ensure clear governance of roles and responsibilities – from initiation to final SAP release
  • Allows bulk upload of master data (Excel) as well as single records
  • Provides intelligent data validation checks prior to transfer into the FIS / mpm staging area
  • FIS / mpm staging area provides final checking of data before release into SAP ERP
  • Automatic reports to show the success of data transfers into SAP ERP
  • Timed events to release data from FIS / mpm staging area into SAP ERP
FIS / mpm components

FIS / mpm is currently available in English, German and French with further versions available on request. Releases available for SAP ECC 6 and SAP S/4HANA

  • Article master, purchasing info records and source list
  • Vendor master
  • Customer master
  • Bill of materials
  • Document Maintenance
  • Conditions
  • Sales Functions

 

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SAP – Business Process Optimisation

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SAP Business Process Optimisations

FIS automate business processes by creating proprietary add-in products. No modifications to SAP standard are required. All FIS products have releases that optimise business processes in both SAP ECC6 or SAP S/4HANA.

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FIS Information Systems add-value to our clients' businesses by creating software technologies that improve processes for organisations running SAP ERP. FIS have a 30 year history as an SAP GOLD partner and are recognised as the leading developer of SAP add-in applications.

FIS create proprietary applications that run on SAP standards such as Fiori Apps, SAP Web Dynpro and SAP GUIs – ensuring that adoption rates are fast for employees already familiar with SAP.

Digitised Business Processes: One of the key tasks for every company today is to optimise business processes by minimising manual tasks and increasing automation where appropriate. Those organisations who enhance processes effectively are also able to improve data quality as well as making cost savings.

FIS software simplifies tasks by bringing together information and documentation required for decisioning in one location. Managing the processes is made easier with a dashboard overview of the current status and tools to highlight bottlenecks and pressure points.

  • Processing times are shorter
  • Idle times are identified
  • Errors are recognised and corrected
  • Processes are recorded and made transparent

FIS develop a comprehensive range of SAP add-in products - deeply integrated technologies to SAP ERP standard (SAP ECC or SAP S/4HANA). The technologies create additional functionality to optimise business processes in SAP enabling financial savings and providing more effective tools for SAP users.  The applications work on the existing SAP ERP infrastructure.

FIS Technologies include:

Automated Invoice Data Reader: FIS / fci is a technology that reduces time consuming task of manual data-entry when processing invoices. The software automatically extracts the key content of documents imported such as an email attachment or from a scanned image.

FIS / fci incorporates "free-form recognition" technology, multiple-OCR engines, "fuzzy" matching of data and an intelligent knowledge database - to read invoice data automatically from day-one.

Automated Invoice Posting and Workflow: FIS / edc (invoice monitor) is an SAP add-in product to improve invoice processing in SAP. Typically the integrated technology is utilised to automate first-time match rates for invoices. In addition, routing of invoices is configured so that invoices can be  approved via FIS workflow applications running on SAP Web-Dynpro or Fiori apps.

FIS / edc works with real-time SAP data with enhanced tools for processing invoices prior to exporting to SAP.

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Automated Matching of Vendor Statement or Payment Advice Notes: The technology is utilised to automate the comparison of incoming statements (from vendors or customers) with balances in SAP ERP.

FIS / edc (statement monitor) is an SAP add-in product that reduces the number of documents reviewed by the accounts team - highlighting "exceptions" compared to vendor/customer data on SAP ERP.

Automated Processing of Orders  FIS / edc (sales order monitor) converts an inbound customer order into an SAP sales order with or without a reference (e.g. quotation).

The supply chain process such as order confirmation, shipping notification, goods issue and billing documents can be triggered immediately.  Customer orders that do not pass the “plausibility checks” successfully are highlighted and post-processed in the monitor.  

  • Automatic posting of customer orders (OCR or EDI data records)
  • Overview of all purchase orders received
  • OCR image or EDI data visualisation as PDF form
  • Full integration in SAP with all order processing functionalities
  • Quick error analysis with intelligent message log
  • Direct communication due to integrated email system
  • Post-processing option in the split screen display with direct access to scanned and archived customer orders.

SAP Master Data and Price Management: FIS / mpm  is a simplified SAP centred application add-in that is utilised by all employees tasked with master data maintenance of materials, price and conditions, vendors, customers and bill of materials. The FIS / mpm add-in has built-in duplication checks and defined roles for initiators and master data custodians.  FIS / mpm is an SAP add-in product that runs on SAP standards such as SAP GUI and SAP Web Dynpro.

Cross Company Electronic Transactions: FIS / xee provides organisations with a tool for electronic data exchange between SAP, internal systems, and import/export with external suppliers and customers.