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October 27, 2013

End of life program for SAP systems

Typically End of life period for hardware will be 5 years and software will be 2 yrs (It may differ vendor to vendor and depends on organization policy). SAP EOL policy is different from other softwares. It spans 3 or more years for software and extend the support for hardware in coordination with hardware partenrs. SAP policy for End of Patch, End of Maintenance, and End of life (support) is available and it is well monitored with solution manager maintenance tool. For example EOL for SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1: December 31, 2015 this is the date that patch support will end. It is scheduled to reach End of Priority-One Support on December 31, 2017. For End of Life - Support (Product) cases customers should explore the migration options with their SAP Sales Account Executives.


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January 22, 2013

Upgrades: Marvel, Marketing Hype, Necessary Tension or Simply Avoidable

"All I wanna be .... Everything at once" Jingles the new promo for Windows 8.
Vendor makes you feel he is offering the world to you. Even before you realize, the product has occupied your mindshare.
The pace of technological advancement and changes is so rampant that everywhere we can see newer, better and upgraded products tempting you to avail the benefit. These may be consumer marketed products like IPod, IPhones, LED or Enterprise software like SAP, Oracle, Windows etc.

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October 12, 2010

Is Your SAP Application Compatible With IE8

Organizations across the world over are either planning or have already rolled out Internet Explorer 8 for use as an Internet Browser. If the company is also having an SAP System as an ERP solution for the business than it may be worth while to check the compatibility between IE8 and SAP ERP Applications. This is important because SAP Applications  e.g. SRM, APO, SAP ERP, Enterprise Portal uses the Internet Browser to perform certain business transactions. The blog explores options to analyse and how to achieve compatibility between SAP Aplications and IE8.

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October 8, 2010

SAP Security design strategy for a transformation program (Part 2)

In the part-1 blog, the main topics in a business transformation were covered at high level.
In current Part-2 blog, the global process will be discussed.
A global process-oriented approach requires generally accepted (standardized) and comparable descriptions of work processes. Therefore, the key purpose of global SAP Roles is to have a uniform basis with global principles.

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March 9, 2009

SAP moves from 5-1-2 support to 7-2

SAP modifies the support windows

SAP used to follow the 5-1-2 rule till recently. All products were covered under the mainstream support for 5 years at a fixed price of 17% AMC. This was followed by a penalty of 2% for 1 year and 4% for the next two years.

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December 16, 2008

Overview of Unicode


Fundamentally, computers deal with just numbers. Characters are converted to predetermined numbers in order to be stored in the system. For example in the ASCII encoding “A” is stored as 65 (Dec) and “a” as 97 (Dec). As the need to store characters from different languages arose, different forums were formed to create different code pages that would suit their requirement. However, there was no order maintained to ensure that the numbers consumed by characters in other code pages are not reused. Soon there was a mess with different characters being represented by the same number in different code pages and also because of the repetition of some of these characters.

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