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Hope all of you had a great time tuning into our first SAP Procurement goes mobile: what’s in it for you: Part 1, as we had promised, each of the sequels would address the use cases that are made available to the customer base. Am sure the folks that have read the blog have reached out to Ramin Bagheri -Solution Owner- SAP Procurement Solutions for On-Device Solutions for Procurement. with your suggestions and feedback for follow-on of the ASUG webcast on SAP Procurement mobility.

As we had mentioned earlier, the biggest business process in the Supplier Relationship Management, happens to be the Shopping Cart Approval process.

1.0 Why? Lets face it: Managers really don’t have the time, at-least that’s what they show to the Rest of the World (unquote from Dilbert)

I had to remove the graphic, but this is hillarious and sarcastic at the same time that depicts the long standing lead-times and cumbersome processes that surround Shopping Cart Approvals defeating the purpose of the Shopping Request

Check this link for more http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-05-15/

This is the process that is done maximum in an enterprise when the term “Buy products or services come into the picture” and is a key element for “Decentralized Procurement” in the SAP SRM Operational Procurement process map.

2.0 Legacy

Gone are those days, when a paper requisition used to travel to multiple desks seeking approval and with semi-automation and other features.

Gone are the long cycle times from cart creation to goods receipt

The bridge that took long to cross:  The Approval process: has been cut-short using technology empowerment. 

3.0 How has the Shopping Cart approval process moved up the technology ladder

1)      Shopping Cart created and goes through SAP Business workflow (1 Step, 2 Step, nStep) – SAP SRM 5.0 and below

2)      Shopping Cart created and goes through SAP Business Rule Framework – SAP SRM 7.0 and >

3)      Shopping Cart created and goes through SAP Mobile Workflow (new App now available on the App Store) Note: Please state that the required release is SRM 7.0 SP02

4.0 What is the Business Process in SAP SRM Operational procurement that’s been addressed mint-fresh

There are more such amazing use cases that are going mobile shortly, watch the SAP Procurement Mobility space for more

5.0 Statistics

Use Case Delivered in Oct 2011 (Live and Running on the iTunes and app store)

6.0 What are the Functionalities that have been leveraged on the SRM Shopping cart approval on the Mobile platform

 Workflow decision buttons made available to the user for approval

 Enables processing of any decision based workflow items supported

 Two Taps and your shopping cart is approved! It's that simple


7.0 What are the Business benefits that customers get for on-boarding SRM Shopping cart approval on the Mobile platform

 Access to approve workflow items while away from the desktop

 Helps increase operational efficiency by providing up to the minute notifications on required approval decisions

 Native device (Blackberry, iPhone, iPad) experience

 No new training/learning needed. Intuitive to use

 Speeds decision-making and responsiveness on alerts, notifications


8.0 Now lets see, how this wonderful game-changing app in action on the iPhone


9.0 Also wanted to give you a cluster into our feed for recent tweets highlighting the launch of the SAP SRM Shopping Cart approval work-flow, screenshots of the app etc below


10.0 Downloading the iPhone App from the Apple app store

Go to the App Store on the iPhone or iPad and put the search term SAP AG, you might not see the app on the first page, in the bottom of the page click “Load 11 more”, you would then see the app “SAP Cart Approval”, if you are searching on iTunes, the link is


11.0 Follow-up

Ramin had also sent the survey document to all the folks that attended the #ASUG webcast, for more follow-up information on your thoughts and impressions and what more to expect, you can contact ramin.bagheri@sap.com

12.0 SAP Procurement : The Social Outreach

And as always, here’s leaving you on a sign-off note to be tuned in Socially into our SAP Procurement timeline

Please follow @SAP_Procurement on twitter for the latest trends from the SAP Procurement portfolio of solutions, you can also follow my handle @tridipchakra for a dope of procurement xChanges in the SAP world (articles, blogs, whitepapers)

Focused hash-tags for SAP Procurement: #SAPSRM #SAPSourcing #SAPCLM #procurement #SAPSLM and there will be more in the making.