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Phoenix Workflow Framework
Called the Phoenix Workflow Framework (PWF), Phoenix has developed a proprietary workflow management tool which greatly facilitates the visualization and management of workflows in SAP. PWF has many powerful features and offers our clients the following benefits.
Called the Phoenix Workflow Framework (PWF), Phoenix has developed a proprietary workflow management tool which greatly facilitates the visualization and management of workflows in SAP. PWF has many powerful features and offers our clients the following benefits:
- Standardized development methodology – PWF provides a table driven approach for various agent determination techniques and standardizes features such as comments, displaying approver hierarchy, adhoc approvers, and reviewers. It also provides an enhanced workflow overview that simplifies workflow development.
- Reusability – Approver determination is often complex in business workflow and often changes based on the business object involved. PWF is table driven to enable seamless integration of workflow rules /responsibilities for easier role resolution. These approver rules can be reused in the framework to simplify workflow design; with the advantage that one template can be easily applied to multiple business requirements.
- Maintainability –Each step in PWF is discrete and table driven, making it easy to understand. This reduces the amount of code required, reduces complexity, and makes it easy to track issues.
- Uniformity – The PWF User Interface is standardized with three different sections:
- Meta data – Configurable per business object
- Approval hierarchy – Provides features such as add approver
- Comments – Approvers can write comments and the comments are kept in historical order
- Reduced project time and costs – PWF reduces the development team’s efforts to build development objects, offering a robust, rapid, and efficient deployment of development objects. It is also flexible enough to easily adapt to changes in user’s expectations.
Sample screenshots of the PWF can be seen below:
PWF can be deployed as a standalone tool or as part of an implementation project. Contact Us to see how PWF can help enhance your SAP workflow development efforts.
Phoenix RapidFIRE (Fast, Integrated, Reliable, Effective) is a cutting edge, Public Sector project implementation accelerator that has been designed to accelerate the initial implementation of SAP solutions following our SAP for Public Sector Leading Practices approach.
Phoenix RapidFIRE™ (Fast, Integrated, Reliable, Effective) is a cutting edge, Public Sector project implementation accelerator that has been designed to accelerate the initial implementation of SAP solutions following our SAP for Public Sector Leading Practices approach. Using the fiscal-oriented SAP for Public Sector Best Practices as a foundation, and leveraging other standard SAP features (including those designed for private sector organizations), Phoenix Rapid FIRE enables an SAP system to be deployed more quickly and thus at a lower cost.
Our RapidFIRE Fiscal Management solution has the following attributes:
- Simplifies use and support
- Role-based access and use
- Automatic defaulting of data structures
- Flexible reporting
- Minimized customizations
- Minimizes re-work and re-integration
- Post to the lowest logical level possible
- Proper use of master data structures
- Provide for future growth
- Simplify implementation and integration of additional SAP solutions and components
- Supports comprehensive management
The following functionality is incorporated into the Phoenix RapidFIRE solution:
- Integrated business blueprint
- End-to-end business process design documents
- Security roles and authorizations
- Customer-specific reports, interfaces, conversions, enhancements, forms and workflows (RICEFW)
- Integrated business process master list (BPML)
- Requirements gap analysis and resolution
- Requirements traceability matrix (RTM)
- Seven SAP end-to-end business processes
- Hire to Retire (foundation to support security, workflow and travel reimbursement)
- Procure to Pay (basic procurement and accounts payable)
- Receive to Distribute (inventory management and basic warehouse management)
- Acquire to Retire (asset accounting and control)
- Offer to Cash (grant and receivable management)
- Cash to Invest (cash management and control)
- Plan to Report (budgetary, financial and managerial accounting and reporting)
- Four SAP solutions integrating 24 components
- Enterprise Portal
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- Accounts Payable
- Accounts Receivable
- Asset Accounting
- Bank Accounting
- Cash and Liquidity Management
- Cost Center Accounting
- Internal Order Accounting
- Fund Accounting
- Funds Management
- General Ledger (new)
- Grants Management – Grantee
- Logistics Execution
- Materials Management
- Organizational Management
- Personnel Administration
- Project SystemTravel Management
- Sales and Distribution
- Warehouse Management
- Supplier Relationship Management
- Catalog Management
- Contract Management
- Operational procurement
- Procurement for Public Sector
- Strategic sourcing
- Business Warehouse
- 50,000+ system configuration settings
- 8,900+ material groups/product categories
- 3,000+ integrated general ledger accounts
- 1,000+ Enterprise Portal business process iViews
- 135+ end-user roles
- 130+ asset classes
- 10+ master data loading programs
If your organization is looking for an affordable Fiscal Management Solution, the Phoenix RapidFIRE system would be an excellent option to consider. Please Contact US to see how Phoenix RapidFIRE can be configured to meet your requirements.
Phoenix Interface Framework
The Phoenix Interface Framework (PIF) is a powerful development tool that provides a common architecture for all your file-based data conversions and external system interfaces. Based on an object-oriented framework, the PIF dramatically reduces development costs.
The Phoenix Interface Framework (PIF) is a powerful development tool that provides a common architecture for all your file-based data conversions and external system interfaces. Based on an object-oriented framework, the PIF dramatically reduces development costs while simultaneously providing a management tool to run and schedule connections to applications external to your SAP system.
It is common practice among developers to meet the specific needs of an interface by developing a custom program. These custom-built interfaces add complexity and cost to the development process. In contrast, the PIF was developed according our Best and Leading Practices approach to project development, which is based on core principals like maintaining uniformity, enhancing maintainability, enabling audit controls, providing simplified error handling procedures, and the reusability of components.
By incorporating the PIF during the development process, our clients gain the following benefits:
- Standardized Development Methodology – Requires developers to use ABAP objects to build their programs.
- Uniformity – The PIF has a super class outlining every public method and public attribute.
- Reusability – Kept in a super class, every interface has common functions for file handling (Read/ Write/ Archive), error handling procedures, E-Mail notifications, and basic validations. Application-specific common logic is kept in application adapters that requires developers to reuse objects.
- Audit Control – The PIF provides a summary of interface execution – statistics, standardized logs (Error log, Warning log and Success log) as well as a standardized error correction process.
- Scalability – As the PIF was built using an object oriented approach, it offers unlimited inheritances.
- Maintainability – The PIF has a basic encapsulation principle which is easy to understand. Each method/ class is discrete and reduces the number of lines of code. Also, core logic is optimized on base classes which automatically minimizes logic specific to individual interfaces.
- Upgradability – Since the PIF is based on new technology that encapsulates code, it is easy to upgrade and test individual components.
- Crash Recovery – This is a critical aspect of interface development that is often neglected. The PIF uses cluster tables to store detailed logs that track what happened with every record in the input file. The PIF recognizes if the same file is processed twice, which is treated as a rerun and returns previously processed records from the cluster. Developers can easily program PIF to skip already processed records and to only process errors and/or unprocessed records.
- Ease of Use – The PIF only has three T-Codes. This ensures that all of the system’s interfaces have similar features, making it easy to deploy and train users.
Phoenix recommends incorporating the PIF into any SAP development process. Contact Us to find out how the PIF can be incorporated into your development efforts.