Last November, I wrote about the plans from SAP for Windows 8 apps, so that users can access SAP systems and data in a touch-centric interface created for Windows 8. There are many SAP users in Australian education institutions, across schools, TAFE and higher education. Many education organisations are using SAP for their financial and HR systems, and a challenge for these conventional ERP systems is to make them more user-friendly – especially as so many employees are using self-service systems for every day tasks. As an ex-SAP user, anything which would have helped me get at my data and workflows in SAP more easily would have been a great thing.
If you already access SAP from an existing Windows device, you can still do that on Windows 8 device, using your existing software, web portals etc. The benefit of a native Windows 8 app is that you get touch-enabled, visually appealing access to your systems and date. The apps are all now in the Windows Store, so if you're a SAP user, you can download the free apps on a Windows 8 device, and if you're using a touch-enabled tablet or laptop, start whizzing across your data with your fingertips (ouch, does that line sound corny?)
There are six SAP apps available now in the Windows Store:
- SAP WorkDeck
A new persona-centric app that offers contextual integration of various information sources and processes into a role-based view. SAP WorkDeck allows employees to initiate new requests, oversee upcoming events and monitor the progress, as well as enables managers to react and process workflows on-the-go, such as travel, leave and purchasing requests.
As you can see from the screen shot below, these SAP apps provide a very modern, graphical interface to your SAP data.
- SAP Manager Insight
An employee profile app that provides managers with access to key indicators, such as diversity, headcount, employee talent by location, as well as employee profiles, to drive collaborative and informed human resources (HR) decision-making.
- SAP Learning Assistant
A training app that gives on-the-go workers tag-along teachers. It makes on-demand, online training available anytime, anywhere so workers can access required classes to address compliance and job requirements.
- SAP Interview Assistant
A recruiting app that eases the cumbersome task of arranging interviews. It also helps managers review candidate information, prepare notes, record results, and provide immediate feedback to HR.
- SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet
A customer profile app for account executives to access financial data, invoices and critical sales orders in real time.
- SAP GRC Policy Survey
A policy app for employees to review and acknowledge relevant policy changes and fill in surveys to ensure they understand the policies.
If you're reading this on a Windows 8 device right now, then the links above will take you onto the website page of the Windows Store for each of the apps, and you can install from there. Otherwise, the link will allow you to see the description and screenshots for each app. (If you prefer to find them in the Windows Store directly, then just load the Store app on your Windows 8 device, and search for 'SAP' to get the list).