Recently, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf was asked how companies can prepare SAP Systems for the future. He stated that SAP is “going away from on-premise custom programs more toward the SAP Cloud platform.” Companies, therefore, will need to reconsider how they think about customizations or unique features in the future.
In this interview with Thomas Wailgum of ASUG News, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and Chief Strategy Officer Brian Shannon have advice for companies that are putting a plan together to move to HANA; discuss the importance of managing the lifecycle of information to support emerging audit and compliance requirements; and talk about Dolphin’s recent announcement about joining the Hanse Orga Group.
Advanced Approvals Add On for Accounts Payable
Dolphin Advanced Approvals is an add on solution for Dolphin Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable. The application enables business users to approve or manage exceptions on vendor invoices using the web or a mobile device. Listen to Dolphin CTO Vishal Awasthi explain the benefits of using this application and watch a demo to see how it can:
- Reduce costs
- Improve efficiencies
- Reduce cycle time for processing invoices
Dolphin is an AppDev partner with SAP. We help our customers improve the performance of their business processes by giving them the solution that optimizes and automates them. At the same time, we also help them improve the performance of their SAP systems through data volume management.
The solution that we are going to show here is called the Dolphin’s Advanced Approval for Accounts Payable. It runs on the HANA Cloud Platform. This solution is essentially an extension app for our on premise accounts payable application (PTS-AP). The app allows us to extend the reach of our on-premise solution to the new user base.
In this demo we’re gonna see the example of Dolphin’s advanced invoice approval application that runs on the HANA cloud platform.
Here we’re going to take the example of the invoice that has just been sent by the accounts payable team for approval and the verification of the accounting information.
To take an action the user can actually click on this web approval link which you can see down here. That link essentially points to the HANA cloud platform base UI5 app. When they click on that app link using the single sign-on option, they might be taken to a screen like this here.
I can see the image side-by-side with the invoice information, which is shown here on the left-hand side.
We can see information like the PO number, the invoice number, the date, the amount, the reason code, why the invoice was sent
This application isn’t just limited to the invoice approvals, so it can also be used to resolve the exceptions such as the price mis-match between the PO and the invoice.
I can scroll down and I can see the notes from the accounts payable team in case they have some special notes about this invoice.
I can see where the invoice is going next.
I can see the invoice history as to what has happened to this invoice from the point it came into the accounts payable team.
I can upload any extra attachments.
I can put some notes of my own.
But finally, I can simply approve or reject the invoice using these two options.
When that happens, at that point, I can say accept and now basically the invoice will be approved. This actually will be sending a real time approval to the Dolphin add on solution (PTS-AP) that runs on the ECC which will then allow the accounts payable [team] to post this invoice or if you have the rules configured to auto post the invoice, the invoice will actually post automatically in the finance module in SAP.
We offer deep integration to SAP and at the same time we bring deep domain knowledge in accounts payable.
Our solution really plugs into SAP and now with the HANA cloud extension app we can bring the innovation at a much faster pace in the cloud and also extend the reach of our on-premise application (PTS-AP).
We chose to go with the HANA cloud platform because it really does offer us seamless access to the on premise components of the Dolphin solution. It allows us to give our customer the options for the user authentication and it really makes it very easy for us to manage the deployment and the ongoing maintenance of the solution.
Hear Gretchen Kincade of GE Water & Process Technologies speak about how the company created a global center of excellence for controlling accounts payable activities across a broad multi-national organization to ensure maximum performance, achieve superior match rates, and capture all available discounts.
By integrating the Dolphin Accounts Payable solution with Ariba, GE Water has been able to gain better cost control over the procure-to-pay process with:
- Increased visibility and global metrics enables centralized oversight of an off shored Accounts Payable process
- An optimized the entire Buy-to-Pay process to meet and surpass corporate document retention and compliance standards
- Coordinated large multi-national project with a change leadership strategy to put the right pieces in place for success
Dolphin’s SAP-certified solutions for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Sales and Distribution, and Finance and Administration ensure that you get the innovative capabilities you need. Dolphin solutions let your business adapt quickly to new requirements and continue to benefit from running the world’s leading enterprise applications – SAP.
The PTS Launchpad provides users with a graphical dashboard that acts as a centralized reporting hub for reporting on Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Sales and Distribution and Finance and Administration processes in SAP systems. Users can monitor business processes from start to finish with the vast library of reports and key performance indicators that are available out-of-the-box with the Dolphin Process Tracking System. The Launchpad enables users to view any Dolphin, SAP, or custom report; group reports by categories; and save personalized report variants so they always have access to the information they need.
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