By Alex de Wet, SAP Consultant, Seidor Africa
Seidor Africa encourages SAP clients to use Workbench, a graphic programming to develop various applications create programs, interface, web services, and access database connections.
Most of the information that people process is visual. Even the most complex ideas can be easily explained through pictures. That is what makes illustrations popular and helpful in creating user interfaces.
Whether you are the boss, the team manager, or starting your first job, having a visual representation of processes is always insightful as it tells you exactly where you are and how to move forward. This is true for simple processes, and even more so for complex procedures involving multiple steps and stakeholders. “That is why we encourage our SAP clients to enable Workbench widgets, to standardise and visualise the most common business processes,” says Alex de Wet, service delivery manager SADC at Seidor Africa.
Seidor Africa clients use Workbench to simplify the flow in linking and accessing the different processes and documents required for day-to-day processing in the organisation. It is also used for additional shortcuts, activities, and reports to be created, which is far easier than having to navigate through the standard menu options.
“Around 95% of our newest customers have access to this functionality; it simply needs to be configured and activated for their unique business needs, and then edited to conform to their business processes and flows, says de Wet.
Setting up Workbench is straightforward, and offers great value to customers, especially during phase two of a SAP implementation, when the customer has accumulated enough information and data.
Part of the ERP solution’s cockpit – a personalised work center where users can view, search, organise, and perform their regular work and associated activities – these widgets illustrate the business processes followed by the company. By simply clicking on an icon, users can open a menu of common reports and functions related to the given step they are working on.
This simplifies complex functions by grouping common tasks together according to different business purposes and provides users with a consolidated entry to perform various kinds of jobs.
Four pre-defined workbenches are provided for sales, purchasing, financial, and inventory management processes, all of which can be customised by users to meet their business requirements. These can be added to the cockpit from within the widget gallery. Users can also edit or create their own workbench widgets by using Workbench Editor.
With Workbench Editor, users can perform the following actions:
- Create, edit, and delete entities in the templates.
- Change the layout of the workbench templates.
- Detail and customise information and their representative icons.
Workbenches can facilitate orientation and training for employees new to the organisation, exposing them to all the processes and flows they need to become familiar with.
Click here to watch a video that will show you the abilities of the tool step by step.