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webMethods BAM Tool Taps SAP Processes

It's notoriously hard to get real-time process data out of the black box of SAP, yet such measures are crucial to improving any process dependent upon the ERP system. webMethods Optimize for SAP, a business activity monitoring (BAM) module introduced this week, is designed to provide instant access to in-process metrics and decision criteria locked in SAP.
It's notoriously hard to get real-time process data out of the black box of SAP, yet such measures are crucial to improving any process dependent upon the ERP system. webMethods Optimize for SAP, a business activity monitoring (BAM) module introduced February 12, is designed to provide instant access to in-process performance indicators and decision criteria locked in SAP.As the third-party provider behind SAP's seven-year-old Business Connector integration tool, webMethods says it has the experience and technical know-how to tap data at any point in a process handled in the ERP system and in supporting systems. The BAM tool includes predefined content that maps to SAP order-to-cash processes and taps data on steps such as order acceptance, inventory checks and customer-credit checks. It also provides a real-time view of transaction volumes, individual order dollar amounts, total- and step-by-step cycle times as well as error-resolutions times, defect rates and risks. In addition to providing real-time data, the BAM tool builds libraries of normal, expected process behavior so you can then configure alerts on variances.

Based on the vendor's existing Optimize BAM tool, webMethods Optimize for SAP starts at $100,000 and is available as a stand-alone module or as a complement to webMethods integration or business process management deployments. The vendor says BAM is increasingly used as a front-line diagnostic tool to identify and prioritize process-improvement projects.It's notoriously hard to get real-time process data out of the black box of SAP, yet such measures are crucial to improving any process dependent upon the ERP system. webMethods Optimize for SAP, a business activity monitoring (BAM) module introduced this week, is designed to provide instant access to in-process metrics and decision criteria locked in SAP.