The Power of Process

'Tis the season of out-of-control diets and talk of trimming the fat. As year-end nears, we often contemplate how to rid ourselves of unwanted pounds, live better, be more efficient, save more money. The same is true of managing business processes. How can you do more with less and still operate at peak performance? By automating your business processes—procure-to-pay, order-to-cash and other back-office operational procedures—you save time and money because your employees aren’t engaged in non-value added activities. No more researching, reconciling exceptions and tracking down where something is within the process. Once routine tasks have been automated they become part of the natural flow of how tasks are handled and productivity is heightened. An automated SAP business process speeds up your business by making your knowledge workers more efficient and your executives more effective. They now have access to real-time information that helps them make more informed decisions about managing the business. A proven process that reduces errors and increases both system and process performance translates to sustainable cost savings and increased cash flows. This is the power of an automated process. Dolphin’s business performance improvement solutions for SAP environments maximize your investment in SAP applications by saving you time. By automating how the data enters your system as well as the process for handling exceptions and approvals, we take the time and cost out of manual processing. We also place information at your fingertips to give management the visibility it needs to actively manage your organizations' cash positions. In other words, we take SAP transactional information and make it available at the right place at the right time. Dolphin has helped some of the world’s biggest brands for nearly 20 years optimize their SAP applications and systems. Learn more about the power of process and how we may be able to help you get the right information at the right time at the right price. Contact us at or 888-305-9033.

The Power of Process

‘Tis the season of out-of-control diets and talk of trimming the fat. As year-end nears, we often contemplate how to rid ourselves of unwanted pounds, live better, be more efficient, save more money.

The same is true of managing business processes. How can you do more with less and still operate at peak performance? [Continue Reading]

The top three myths about SAP Data Archiving

Data archiving is an event—Wrong. Data archiving is a process, not a project. Many companies archive their critical business data on an arbitrary schedule—whenever someone thinks of it, once a year, or even just once. But proper data archiving is a constant, ongoing process. Effective data volume management requires consistency, especially considering the pace at which contemporary corporations generate new transactional data. Whether an hourly, daily or weekly archiving schedule is appropriate for your business needs, archiving is an ongoing process and should never be considered a special occurrence.[Continue Reading]

Anyone can tell you how great they are. That’s easy. The hard part is proving it.

That’s why companies seeking an SAP solution provider should demand references. When you speak with a long-time or recent customer, you get the real story about their level of satisfaction. And, you’ll learn about the nuances that made their situation and purchasing decision unique. Often you’ll find that your own organization shares some similar challenges and can learn best practices from others in the business.[Continue Reading]

Top 10 Reasons Why Using SAP Workflow are the Sensible Choice for your AP Process

Based on Dolphin’s many years of helping customers with the most efficient and flexible improvements to their SAP business processes, we’ve gained insight as to what works best in the SAP environment. Here are  the Top 10 Reasons why the ‘best practice’ third-party solutions for Accounts Payable automation and enhancements for SAP applications is one that leverages your SAP system.[Continue Reading]

Why is legacy decommissioning so important?

Simply put, Legacy Decommissioning improves efficiency and lowers total cost of ownership of an IT infrastructure. Conversely, keeping legacy systems alive translates to high costs for IT in terms of maintenance for hardware and software. Plus, it requires skillsets to keep operational and the access and retrieval of information is usually inefficient. There are ways to retain historical data and documents and even access them from your system of record like your ERP. Like to hear about your experience in handling legacy systems.

Dynamic Discounting for Accounts Payable

Many suppliers are willing to agree to discounts in exchange for earlier payment of their invoices. But for scores of companies, the financial supply chain is just not equipped to take advantage of the opportunity—missing out on early pay discounts because it is too difficult to change payment terms, or the accounts payable tools simply aren’t in place to offer or accept a change in payment terms.[Continue Reading]

Are you Ready for an Audit?

When the IRS or other tax and regulatory agencies call, are you ready? There was a time in the SAP world that being “audit ready” meant implementing SAP DART before archiving. But for many companies, being audit data ready means having a process in place to enable them to respond at a moment’s notice to requirements and information requests from a dizzying array of tax authorities and regulatory regimes. It is an issue that impacts the bottom line: a multi-national company might expect to pay millions in penalties, simply because of their inability to report in a timely manner.[Continue Reading]

SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA): Are the benefits worth the cost?

In a story, editor Courtney Bjorlin reports that many users are upset about the cost of improving SAP NetWeaver BW performance with its BW Accelerator. In the article, Dolphin’s CEO Werner Hopf offers insight into how to assess your own needs for speeding up queries, and into the need to make your choices in the context of your company’s information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. [Continue Reading]

A Risk is a Risk is a Risk

What’s risk? Wikipedia defines risk as ‘the expected value of one or more results of one or more future events’. Technically, the value of those results may be positive or negative; general usage tends to focus only on potential harm that may arise from a future event, which may accrue either from incurring a cost or by failing to attain some benefit.[Continue Reading]

Information Lifecycle Management – Defined

Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) is the practice of strategically managing the data within your organizationincluding determining where it is stored, how quickly it can be accessed, how it is tracked, and how long it must be retained. With a well-planned ILM initiative, companies can ensure that their SAP solutions live up to their promise of high compliance and high performance; ILM helps companies manage data retention and access requirements to protect their organization from risk.[Continue Reading]

Dolphin and Brainware Deliver SAP® Invoice Automation Solution

Dolphin and Brainware Deliver SAP® Invoice Automation Solution to Global Manufacturer
Accounts Payable Solution Allows Users to Capture, Process, View and Analyze Invoice Information

WEST CHESTER, Pa and ASHBURN, Va. (February 25, 2010)Dolphin, a top provider of business process optimization and information lifecycle management for customers using SAP solutions, and Brainware, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent data capture and enterprise search solutions, have announced a collaboration on an accounts payable automation solution for an international manufacturing company running SAP.[Continue Reading]

Save Time and Cost in Order-to-Cash Process for SAP

The Order-to-Cash process is at the heart of your business. And yet, it is often surprisingly inefficient and difficult to track. Even the smallest error can make the process inefficient, quickly draining available capital and resources. Automating O2C processes and linking documents improves cash availability by decreasing the number of touch points at each step of the cycle.[Continue Reading]

Our Solution Your Way

What does this mean….  we give you our solution, your way? Business processes are inherent in any business and each business has adapted what they do to their own needs and their internal culture. Because of that, it is often difficult to find third party out of the box software solutions that ‘drop in’ actually do what they advertise. Nothing really mirrors your environment exactly. So what about customization? A tweak here and there and you’re good to go.[Continue Reading]

The New Reality for Financial Business Processes

The cover story in November’s CFO magazine offers a smart overview of the new reality for  financial executives to effectively manage  business processes in a time when even lean departments are being forced to cut back.

The article, “The Incredible Shrinking Finance Department”, by Alix Stuart, talks about a transition that Dolphin is seeing in our work—from manual process management to automated and optimized strategic management of cash flow in key business processes like accounts payable, accounts receivable and order management. [Continue Reading]

Green IT Saves More than Dollars

For some, going green means going out of the way to do good. For others, going green is a by-product of doing right by the business.

Rebecca Newell of SAP effectively illustrates the latter point in her article in the October issue of SAPinsider. Her article, “Realizing the Environmental and Financial Value of Green IT,” points out that going green in IT benefits the environment, and sends dollars right back to the company—and, typically, the IT department.[Continue Reading]