Because SAP was originally designed for printing basic form and report data, printing multiple formats is time consuming and expensive. It provides minimal functionality when tasked with grouping different attachments stored in SAP into a single place.
Users must undertake an exhaustive and lengthy search for files associated with a single work order. This disjointed, non-linear process often results in the oversight or incorrect assignment of safety critical information. After all documents are gathered, users are required to license the authoring application with which a document was created in order to view it properly. This can be an expensive and logistical nightmare just to view a single document.
When surprise single-use licensing requests begin piling up, it adversely affects a company’s ability to operate with a consistent budget. In addition, workflow is stunted and employees are rendered less productive because they cannot easily view important, time-sensitive information.
Many companies find it necessary to hire extra personnel simply to handle the burden that SAP printing creates; an extra outflow of cash that could be put to better use elsewhere inside the company.
Without a single software solution to streamline the viewing and printing of SAP business objects, your company will continue to struggle with slow turnaround times, the omission of critical attachments and the unpredictability of one-time licensing fees.
What are the Alternatives?
Whilst other printing software options have been available to industries utilizing SAP, these are typically more expensive and time consuming, lacking in functionality and file types as well as being limited to the maintenance module. The other alternative is to accept the limitations of the SAP printing process and calculate man-hours and turnaround times accordingly.
In order to accommodate the shortcomings of manual SAP printing, companies now respond by:
1. Hiring extra personnel for printing and work pack assembly…
Due to the complicated steps and the risk of duplication, errors and omissions, companies often find it smartest to hire a dedicated staff member to handle SAP printing tasks and maintenance pack assembly. This diverts valuable company resources that could be better spent on internal operations or growth.
2. Licensing additional applications to view and print documents…
In order to simply view a file associated with an SAP business object, companies are forced to spend additional money on 3rd party viewers and integrations tools. This wastes valuable time on requesting access to appropriate applications or requesting conversion to more suitable formats
As you can see, instead of permanent solutions, the only options available have been costly stop-gap measures that don’t allow maximum efficiency or cost savings.
Solution: “Push Button Simple” Printing in SAP
Companies utilizing SAP are looking for an affordable “install it and forget it” software solution that will simplify and streamline the SAP printing process. They must find a solution that frees up man hours, lessens stress in the workplace and reduces the possibility of errors in maintenance pack assembly.
The solution must be a smart, integrated approach that allows for a seamless and headache-free assembly experience. Better yet, once implemented, this “push button simple” solution should pay for itself in a matter of weeks by:
1. Reducing employee time spent manually collating documents, and
2. Significantly reducing the likelihood that crucial documents have been omitted
Snatcher Print Manager satisfies a customer demand for the cost-effective viewing and printing of attachments stored in SAP as service objects and document information records in a single streamlined process.
To see how Snatcher Print Manager can work for you, request a free demo today.