Solving SAP’s power vs. usability conundrum – Cordis Solutions
When ERP and office systems are deployed in an organization, the predicted efficiency gains, and other advantages are usually not fully realized. Reasons for this occupy and pay the mortgages of technology consultants the world over, but there are methods that can be used to wring out the fullest benefits possible from expensive software rollouts.
Cordis Systems‘s raison d’etre is to empower businesses to release maximum value from the costs of the deployments of both SAP and Microsoft solutions such as Office on the client side and the SharePoint server side portfolio.
Put simply, Cordis’s products use the power of SAP, but present information (and places to interact with that information) in ways users are familiar with: in the Office environment or via a web front to cater for the mobile user experience, using SAPui5 (Fiori).
The founders of Cordis saw that users were comfortable with the digital environment, interacting every day with systems like email, tasks, and websites like eBay. When was the last time you saw a job description only accepting candidates able to use email and electronic calendars?
The company stresses the apparent simplicity of its products: easy to use, easy to deploy and easy to manage. A point of pride is that there’s no user manual, no training program for Cordis Solutions’s applications; after all, is there an official how-to PDF for Amazon buyers?
Despite the seeming simplicity, with Cordis’s apps, the full power of SAP can and will be harnessed, without extensive training, secondary consultancy fees and those eye-watering SAP specialist development costs.
SAP’s multifaceted possibilities and power are reflected in the suite of apps available from Cordis: myFinance, myApproval, myMasterData, myHR and myPurchase. But rather than using a proprietary user interface, staff at all levels of the enterprise can use MS Office or web based environments to work in.
In several of Cordis’s apps suites there are discrete modules: for instance, in myFinance it contains an app to enter and approve journals via Excel (myFidoc), a web app to manage complex intercompany postings, an app to enter “one-off” invoices into the “source to pay” process (myInvoiceScan), an app to present potential accrual journals to the management accountant/cost center manager (myAccruals) and so forth. Granular SAP inherited permissions allow staff access to specific data and privileges, just as they would in the host system.
Cordis Solutions are the world’s only partner approved, by both Microsoft and SAP, to provide applications to link the two. In 1997, Bill Gates and Hasso Plattner (of SAP) responded to criticisms from their customers that 70% of software spend was on the two companies’ products, yet the companies didn’t talk to each other. The ensuing collaboration produced Duet in 2006, and is now manifest in Gateway for Microsoft (GWM).
Those tasked with SAP administration will be happy to learn that Cordis Solutions’s app myMasterData offers a set of applications that simplify the process of creation and editing of SAP master data records. This particular area of SAP has traditionally been the strict domain of high-level DBAs and systems administrators. With literally thousands of master data fields within a master data set, managing it can be highly complex. However, if master data is in some ways incorrect, SAP may well behave unexpectedly.
myMasterData uses Excel to collect, update, change and delete data. But as data never leaves the SAP system, data integrity is preserved. The app can also provide dynamic data sets tailored to exact business requirements.
Cordis’s discovery process can set any organization on its way to realizing its software investments’ true potential. With offices in two time zones, now is the time to get in touch.
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