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Kevin Wilson

Founder and CEO - ERPGenie LLC

kevin@erpgenie.com | Mobile: +1 (760) 809 1495 | Skype: sapgenie

Principal Solution Engineer

SAP Event Management (EM), Workflow, ABAP, ALE / EDI / IDoc, Global Batch Traceability (GBT), Object Event Repository (OER), Global Track and Trace (GTT), Operation Process Intelligence (OPInt), Business Process Observer (POB), Application Interface Framework (AIF)

I'm a Supply Chain guy that knows a lot about SAP...

 

Objective

As an evangelist in the SAP Supply Chain Visibility space, I am looking at bridging the gap between business and IT by enabling positive change through people, process and systemic adjustments. I focus on using the right combination of tools for the job....


Summary

I am the founder and CEO of ERPGenie LLC which is a focused company bringing together highly skilled and reliable consultants in the SAP Supply Chain Visibility space. Our main focus and drive is to bring great value to a client. The buck stops with us, we'll get it done!!!

Previously I worked as a partner for Reveal with a primary focus of facilitating solutions for companies experiencing SAP Supply Chain process and technical integration pains. My solutions covered the various applicable toolsets provided by SAP to accomplish real value, whether it be SAP Workflow, Global Batch Traceability (GBT), SAP NetWeaver PI, EDI, ALE, ABAP, SAP Object Event Repository (OER) or SAP Event Management (EM). Since 1996 I have utilized these skill sets to help many companies automate their processes and more recently bringing the visibility of their statuses to the end users through SAP Event Management and the Object Event Repository.

I am an active leader in the SAP Event Management community as the Influence Council representative working with fellow users and SAP to help better the product and I help moderate the EM forum on SAP SCN.

I speak regularly at user group meetings and at conferences and have spoken in Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Brazil, Czech Republic, South Africa and France. I regularly give seminars and training sessions to users on all topics within my area of expertise including SAP Event Management, SAP Workflow, EDI, ABAP, XI BPM and ALE.

I have founded and run several SAP related on-line communities including ERPGenie.COM, EDIGenie.COM and the SAP Community Network’s SAP Event Management Forum.

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Experience

  • Expert in SAP EM (SAP Event Management) and OER (Object Event Repository) configuration and development with 10+ end-to-end implementations
  • Expert in EDI / IDoc config, development, installation and mapping with 7+ full cycle implementations. Gentran NT Server software.
  • Expert in ABAP, IDocs, dialog, reports, function modules, BAPIs, control framework, … “ABAP”ing since 1996.
  • Expert in workflow setup, development and configuration. Development of custom roles, workflow templates, workflow related reporting, objects, methods, … “Workflow”ing since 1996.
  • Expert in ALE config and development with 5 full cycle implementations. “ALE”ing since 1996.
  • Strong in SAP GBT (Global Batch Traceability) - Conducted 2 workshops on the topic - In the process of authoring a book on the topic
  • Strong in XI interfaces with 1 full cycle implementation.
  • Strong in ITS config and development with 3 full cycle implementations.
  • Strong in cross application areas like document management, archiving, business connector, XML and basis.
  • Strong FTP scripting, DOS batch, Unix commands, especially in the EDI sense
  • Strong in functional areas, including BW, SD, MM, FI / CO, QM, AFS.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science - University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) (1990) - Mathematics and Computer Science (with Distinction)
  • Project Management Diploma (1995) Cum Laude

Accomplishments


Employment and Project History

05/2017 -> Current
: Employed by ERPGenie LLC

Founder and CEO

Projects and key clients for ERPGenie LLC are listed below:


5/17 –> Current : (Oil and Gas Company) - Houston, TX

Thought Leader

  • CYCLES: Supply Chain Optimization
  • SAP ECC, SRM and Maximo
  • Scope: Led a global 2 team effort to optimize the usage of SAP for the client's Supply Chain bringing about over $10m in savings in less than 6 months.

5/17 –> Current : (Wig Company) - San Diego, CA

Technology Advisor

  • Scope: Help the owner and CEO of the company with strategic IT direction and decisions. Inserting policies, procedures and infrastructure in place to be able to run a lean IT service delivering both great value to the customer and cost efficiency to the owner.

5/17 –> Current : (Corporate Apparel Company) - Cincinnati, OH

SAP Event Management Advisor

  • Scope: Offer strategic advice and support to the overall project to ensure the best opportunity to deliver a quality solution that is efficient, reliable, scalable and easy to maintain.

03/2003 -> 05/2017 : Employed by Reveal USA, Inc.
Reveal Value

Partner

Projects completed for Reveal are listed below:


12/15 –> 5/17 : Microsoft - Washington

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Go-Live
  • SAP Release EM 9.0
  • Scope: Designed and implemented a serialization solution to track devices for warranty purposes. Responsible for designing the returns process leveraging SAP Event Management as well.

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6/14 –> 5/15 : Indigo Books (Bookstore Company) - Canada

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Config, Training, Go-Live, Support
  • SAP Release EM 9.0
  • Scope: Designed and implemented a transportation Track and Trace solution incorporating EDI carrier status notifications (Bookings, Shipments, Containers) in to the SAP EM suite. Integrated the solution with the PO to GR process, also tracked through SAP EM. Co-ordinate remote resources to deliver desired results on time and within budget.

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06/10 -> 04/2017 : HD Supply Facility Maintenance (Catalog sales) - Poway, CA

Enterprise Architect, SAP EDI Lead, SAP Workflow Lead, SAP Event Management (EM) Lead, Designer, Configurer, and Developer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Config, Training, Go-Live, Support
  • SAP Release ECC 6.0, EM 9.0
  • Scope: Implemented SAP Event Management procurement visibility process, Order to Cash, Delivery, Invoice, and Production Order tracking Event Handlers. Provided direction and advice to client on the processes, technologies and techniques to employ, to help achieve business goals. Created training material and delivered training on SAP EM, IDoc and EDI development, Workflow development and design, and ABAP debugging tips and tricks.
    Currently project managing and architect 2 projects in the EDI area. 1 project is dealing with Supplier EDI and ensuring that standard processes are being adopted by the business and IT (associated documents 850, 855, 856, 810, 824, 864, 870). The 2nd project deals with bringing a 3PL warehouse in to the mix (associated documents: 856, 944, 940, 945)

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01/13 –> 05/2017 : SAP and Q Data - Naperville, IL

SAP Global Batch Traceability Implementer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Config
  • SAP Release GBT 1.0
  • Scope: Attended the “by invitation only” SAP GBT workshop in Newtown Square provided by SAP’s product development team. Installed and implemented SAP GBT on the Q Data servers.

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01/13 –> 11/2016 : Apple - Bay Area, CA

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Go-Live, Support
  • SAP Release EM 9.0
  • Scope: Provide SAP EM architectural knowledge to design the required solutions. Also assisting with the mentoring and education of the on-site SAP EM consultants. Co-ordinate on-site resources to deliver desired results on time and within budget.

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11/13 –> 12/13 : Pharma Company - Switzerland

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, POC
  • SAP Release EM 9.0
  • Scope: This was a 6 week POC project to show whether SAP EM was a good fit for the business need. Designed the SAP EM solution by running workshops with the business users to extract requirements and convert those in to our SAP EM Design template. Worked with another Q Data USA SAP EM consultant to execute on the design. Completed the 6 week POC on time and in budget.

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9/13 –> 9/13 : Perrigo (Pharma Manufacturing Company) - Michigan

SAP Architect (SAP OER and AII)

  • CYCLES: Quality Review
  • SAP Release AII and OER
  • Scope: Conducted quality review of current SAP OER and AII design. Guided the client towards a standard solution providing a path forward to resolving found issues.

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04/13 –> 08/13 : CCA (Bottling Company) - Sydney, Australia

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect, Configurer and Developer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Config, Development, Go-Live
  • SAP Release EM 9.0
  • Scope: Designed the SAP EM solution for providing visibility to shipments through integration with ECC and the handheld devices of the drivers. This solution made the first use of the SAP EM 9.0 map functionality using SAP Visual Business. I was the SAP assigned ramp-up coach for the SAP EM 9.0 implementation.

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07/13 : Large Micro Chip Manufacturer (Top 100 of Fortune 500) - Phoenix, AZ

SAP Event Management (EM) Education

  • CYCLES: Training
  • SAP Release EM 7.01, 9.0
  • Scope: Trained a team of resources on the methodology for a SAP EM implementation followed by a hands on education session covering the configuration of an end-to-end SAP EM visibility process (Order to Cash). This session was run on site at the client but utilized Q Data’s internal SAP EM installation of SAP EM 7.01 and SAP EM 9.0.

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01/13 –> Current : DeLaval - Hamburg, Germany

SAP Event Management (EM) Support

  • CYCLES: Support
  • SAP Release EM 5.1
  • Scope: Provide ongoing support for the current customized SAP EM application as part of our Support On Demand offering. Co-ordinate remote resources to deliver desired results on time and within budget.

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03/12 -> 12/13 : Canadian Pacific Rail - Calgary, Canada

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design
  • SAP Release EM 7.01
  • Scope: Assisting CP with their SAP EM architectural design around the integration of SAP Transportation Management (planned) and SAP EM. The solution will cover using SAP EM to address the billing of customers for assessorial charges.

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06/11 -> 03/12 : Large Micro Chip Manufacturer (Top 100 of Fortune 500) - San Jose, CA

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect, Designer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design
  • SAP Release EM 7.01
  • Scope: Implement enhanced SAP Event Management outbound delivery visibility process made available through the configured SAP EM Web UI. Created training material and delivered training to team on SAP EM development.

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11/12 -> 11/12  : DeLaval - Hamburg, Germany

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design
  • SAP Release EM 5.1
  • Scope: Retained by DeLaval to review the current SAP EM implementation and provide an assessment of where things could be improved and to scope out a potential upgrade from SAP EM 5.1 to SAP EM 7.01 or SAP EM 9.0.

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03/12 -> 03/12 : Linfox - Melbourne, Australia

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect

  • CYCLES: Analysis
  • SAP Release EM 7.01
  • Scope: Assisted Linfox with their SAP EM architectural design around the integration of SAP TM 8.1 and SAP EM 7.01. The solution will address the gaps in being able to apportion out and charge the relevant applicable fees.

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08/10 -> 03/11 : Large Micro Chip Manufacturer (Top 100 of Fortune 500) - Chandler, AZ

SAP Event Management (EM) Architect, Designer, SAP Workflow Developer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Config, Training, Go-Live
  • SAP Release AII, OER, NetWeaver PI
  • Scope: Implement enhanced SAP Event Management procurement visibility process, including inbound delivery, invoice receipt and tracking Event Handlers. Created SAP EM development training material and delivered training to team

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06/08 -> 04/09 : Large Computer Chip Manufacturer - Chandler, AZ

SAP Event Management (EM) Lead
  • CYCLES: Analysis, Prototype, Training
  • SAP Release AII, OER, NetWeaver PI
  • Scope: Implement SAP Event Management (SAP EM) OER interfacing with AII and SAP NetWeaver PI.  Implementing the RTI and PTA scenario on an OER instance interfacing via XI to AII and the EPCIS capture interface


06/09 -> 06/10 : Amkor (Large IT Technology Company) - Chandler, AZ

SAP ABAP and Workflow

  • CYCLES: Configuration, Development
  • SAP Release ECC 6.0, SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1
  • Scope: Develop custom SAP Workflows and Interfaces. Developing custom objects, methods and events to work with custom workflows.

06/08 -> 07/09 : AFS - Footwear and Apparel Manufacturer - Irvine, CA

SAP Event Management (EM) Project Manager

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, QA, Go-Live, Operations
  • SAP Release ECC 5.0, SCM 5.1
  • Scope: Implement SAP Event Management (SAP EM) between SCM 5.1, and ECC 5.0.
    Implementing a new end-to-end order to cash visibility process covering events in the Sales Order, Delivery, Shipment, Purchase Order, Goods Receipt, Acknowledgment, Invoice, Accounting document. Used the SAP EM AI, BAPI call and IDoc to interface with SAP EM. Developed custom report to interface with the SAP EM data. Also implemented the Web Dynpro UI to SAP EM.

SAP EDI Project Manager

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, QA, Go-Live, Operations
  • SAP Release ECC 5.0
  • Scope: Re-Implement SAP EDI for customer facing and vendor facing transactions: 850, 855, 860, 810, 856, 812, 816, 830, 824.
    Some current EDI functionality is trapped in a custom made system. I was responsible for bringing these transactions out and into SAP by using EDI IDoc, dialog module and workflow techniques. As project manager I was responsible for ensuring the projects were implemented, testing was conducted, training was delivered and the solution was implemented. As new users of workflow I had to establish a workflow culture at the client.

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06/08 -> 04/09 : Large Computer Chip Manufacturer - Chandler, AZ

SAP Event Management (EM) Lead

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Prototype, Training
  • SAP Release AII, OER, NetWeaver PI
  • Scope: Implement SAP Event Management (SAP EM) OER  interfacing with AII and SAP NetWeaver PI.
    Implementing the RTI and PTA scenario on an OER instance interfacing via XI to AII and the EPCIS capture interface

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10/08 -> 02/09 : Large Movie Studio - Burbank, CA

SAP Event Management (EM) Lead

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Development, Testing, Go-Live
  • SAP Release ECC 5.0, SCM 5.1
  • Scope: Implement SAP Event Management. Implementing a custom Purchase to Pay scenario as well as an Order to Cash scenario. As mostly a remote consultant I was able to train up the functional consultants on SAP EM functionality and the ABAP consultants on how to code in the SAP EM space.

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06/06 -> 10/08 : Insight Enterprises (Computing and electronics VAR) - Tempe, AZ

SAP Event Management (EM) Lead, Designer, Configurer, and Developer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, Training, QA, Go-live and Operation
  • SAP Release SCM 4.1
  • Scope: Implement SAP Event Management (SAP EM) between SCM 4.1, 46C and ECC 5.0. Developed new visibility processes to show the flow of an order through the system. Integrated several standard event handlers in a custom visibility process. Solution comprised of raising events in sales order, delivery, invoice, purchase req, purchase order and inbound POD IDoc. Developed training material and trained other ABAP resources on SAP EM technology and development techniques. Configured and Developed standard Production Order Malfunction scenario as well as the purchase order scenario in prototype environment. Implemented reporting through the WCL.

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07/08 : Linon (Furniture Manufacturer) - Pennsylvania

SAP EDI Lead

  • CYCLES: Configuration, Development
  • SAP Release ECC 5.0
  • Scope: Outbound 855, 846, 810. Configured the outbound 855 order response and developed a template for the EDI mapper to implement the transaction. Continued with managing their SAP EDI need. They have no SAP EDI skills in-house so have outsourced this to me.

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06/07 : Eclipse Aviation (Aircraft design and building company) - Albuquerque, NM

SAP EM Trainer

  • CYCLE: Proof of Concept, Training
  • SAP Release: SCM 4.1, WCL
  • Scope: SAP EM Training with implementation of visibility process.Implemented the standard Production Order malfunction visibility process. Ran through custom made training on SAP Event Management functionality with developers and analysts. Task was to quickly bring the client up to speed on SAP EM functionality and to highlight potential areas for SAP EM usage.


06/05 -> 10/08 : Insight Enterprises (Computing and electronics VAR) - Tempe, AZ

XI Team Lead, Designer, Configurer, and Developer

  • CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, QA, Go-live and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.6.C, XI 3.0, CRM 4.0, ECC 5.0
  • Scope: Implement XI interfaces between 4.6C, ECC, CRM and external systems.Developed new interfaces using the IDoc, FTP / File, SOAP and HTTP adapters. Defined data types, message types, interface mappings, message mappings. Performed sender / receiver determinations, communication channel set up and sender / receiver agreements. Developed training material to teach other ABAP employees XI.

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01/04 -> 06/05 : Insight Enterprises (Computing and electronics VAR) - Tempe, AZ

Workflow Team Lead, Designer, Configurer, and Developer, EDI Analyst

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, Go-live and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.6C, ECC 5.0. XI 3.0
  • Scope: Implement workflow in the EDI, SD, MM, HR, SRM and FI environments.
    Developed new objects in order to implement custom inbound IDoc error processing. Custom roles, dialog modules and numerous multi-step workflow tasks. Developed training material and trained ABAP resources on workflow and ALE development techniques.

    Developed prototypes using dialog modules, custom business objects, roles, workflow templates, internet application components, ABAP ALV control report and user exits to enable the capturing of data on a sales order save and making this data available to an external party via the ITS and email notification. Developed extensive training material on SAP business objects and workflow technology. Gave training to entire ABAP team to try and convert them to workflow developers… Continued to lead Workflow team in resolving SAP related Workflow issues.

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03/03 -> 11/03 : Insight Enterprises (Computing and electronics VAR) - Tempe, AZ

EDI Analyst / Team Lead, Designer, Configurer, and Developer, Workflow Team Lead

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: TLE for Unix
  • Scope: Currently 80+ EDI partners, 500+ messages
  • Inbound 850, 855, 856, 810, 824, 860, 830, 214, 832, 846 messages
  • Outbound 810, 856, 850, 855, 810, 856, 215, 867, 846 messages
  • Standards / versions implemented: ANSI X12: 4030, 4010
  • Description: Helped manage the transition from a company acquired in to the parent company. My main role was to facilitate the EDI and workflow integration. EDI existed in both companies prior to the acquisition and we had to move all EDI partners to a new translator (Mercator to TLE) as well as move the parent company on to SAP. The company has extensive EDI relationships on the customer side as well as the supplier side. Workflow was a new innovation for the project. I spearheaded the development of the required workflows as well as in excess of 15,000 lines of EDI related code. I developed custom reports using control techniques. I develop several custom EDI scenarios both inbound and outbound and did the configuration for it. I liaised with the TLE mappers and spearheaded the development of the mapping templates for them. Provided my own personalized tools to process inbound IDoc errors and view IDocs in “English”.

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09/02 –> NOW : Maisto International (Toy car manufacturer and distributor) - Fontana, CA

EDI Team Lead, Designer, Configurer, Mapper and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, Go-Live, Operation, Outsourced support
  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: Gentran NT Server V3.2, GEIS VAN, Wal-Mart WINS config
  • Scope: Currently 6 EDI partners, 7 message types
  • Inbound 850, 860, 812, 820, 864, 824 messages
  • Outbound 810, 856 messages
  • Standards / versions implemented: ANSI X12: 4030, 4010, 5010, VICS
  • Description: Provided comprehensive documentation to the client on the installation of SQL Server, Gentran software and configuration required for comms with VAN and Wal-Mart WINS using bisync modem (CLEO 3780Plus and 3COM modem). This allowed the client to install Gentran to a working state without the use of Sterling Commerce consulting resources. Provided my own copyrighted ABAP application to create Gentran DDF files for IDocs. I am basically the outsource partner for this client for all their EDI needs from mapping through to IDoc development and functional configuration.

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04/2001 -> 02/2003 : Employed by Synapptix Software
Sr. SAP Consultant

Projects completed for Synapptix Software as follows:


07/02 -> 02/03 : Eclipse Aviation (Aircraft design and building company) - Albuquerque, NM

Workflow developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Installation, Configuration, Development
  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Scope: Developed complete new workflow enabled ECM module in SAP. 7 Workflow definitions with over 50 custom workflow tasks and over 10 custom role definitions. Around 50 custom table definitions with data model. 4 Custom objects with related methods.
    Implemented workflows on material master creation, goods movement, engineering change management, notifications and vendor master. Developed several custom roles to be incorporated in workflows. Developed several custom objects with their related dialog screens, authorization objects and roles that flow through the ECM workflows. Developed org structures to test relevant scenarios.

    Made use of advanced ABAP techniques including ABAP control framework programming to implement ALV grid control reports, tree reports, text edit controls and split screen functionality. Web enabled custom transaction to capture notification creation process using the WAS. Implemented ALE between QA and DEV system to update HR org structure.

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02/02 -> 05/02 : Wella Corporation (Shampoo and cosmetics manufacturer) - Los Angeles, CA

EDI Team Lead, Designer, Installer, Configurer, Mapper and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Installation, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.5B running on AS400 / Unix
  • Software: Gentran NT Server V3.2, Sterling Commerce VAN, Walmart WINS config
  • Scope: 11 EDI partners, 7 message types
  • Inbound 850, 824, 875 and 864 messages.
  • Outbound 810, 880 and 856 messages
  • Standards / versions implemented: ANSI X12: 4010, 4030, 4010VICS, 4030VICS, 4010UCS
  • FTP scripting in UNIX environment
  • Description: Installed SQL Server, Gentran software and configured coms with VAN and Walmart WINS using bi-sync modem (CLEO 3780Plus and 3COM modem). Completed 21 maps for 11 partners and installation in +- 25 days on site. Wrote custom reports to help functional people identify and rectify EDI errors in inbound IDocs. Implemented various user exits to extend order, invoice and shipping notice functionality.

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04/02 : EFI (Electronic Goods Manufacturer) - Bay Area, CA

EDI Developer

  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: Harbinger
  • Standard: EDIFACT
  • Scope: Developed SAP inbound process to handle order changes via custom tables and function modules. Developed operations program to help functional people identify and rectify EDI errors in inbound IDocs

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12/01 : Dallas European (Automobile Spare Parts Distributor) - Dallas, TX

ABAP / BAPI Analyst Programmer

  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: Siamease (Transaction capture tool used in data migration). Brought in to design an interface from an external interface in to SAP for the sales order create function. Created and populated custom tables for access by the front-end GUI. Specified BAPI interface for use with DCOM connector, developed test programs to verify interface and worked closely with VB team to implement the functionality via the DCOM connector

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11/01 -> 01/02 : Northrop Grumman (National defense contractor) - Baltimore, MD

EDI Team Lead, Analyst, ABAP Team Lead

  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: Gentran NT Server. Gentran SAP Extension.
  • Scope: 2 partners, 2 message types
  • FTP scripting
  • Description: Performed analysis on inbound 850 and outbound 810. Configured inbound 850 and outbound 810 for 2 partners

ITS Team Lead, Designer, Configurer and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, Testing
  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: ITS Web-studio
  • Description: Implemented online store, order status, ATP, my profile, customer account information and reports. Implemented add-ons to standard features including my profile, PO number and date entry, ATP on browsing, credit card entry, shipping method, floating shopping basket, same ship to address. Modified SAP transactions to achieve easier searching, simpler screen flow and look and feel. Made use of ABAP and HTML Business

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05/01 -> 11/01 : Taiyo Yuden (Electronics and microchip manufacturer) - San Marcos, CA

EDI Team Lead, Designer, Configurer, Mapper and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.6C
  • Software: Gentran NT Server v3.1. Gentran SAP Extension. SAP Exchange connector.
  • Scope: 4 partners, 8 message types
  • Inbound 850, 830, 860 and 862 messages
  • Outbound 855, 856, 810 and 865 messages
  • FTP scripting
  • Description: Implemented Inbound IDoc processing modules. Implemented IDoc user exits and function module user exits. Utilized workflow functionality to process certain file processing errors.
    Implemented Outbound IDoc processing module. Extended IDocs and implemented user exits. Implemented reports on IDoc tables integrated with Document flow to ease EDI operations. Implemented EDI error handling through workflow. Set up workflow and organizational structure. Implemented various new output types including output to email using the Exchange Connector. Exchange connector configuration to automatically output order responses to email in PDF format. Performed SQL queries to the Gentran database. Utilized FTP to transfer files to and from SAP Unix machine

ALE Designer and Configurer

  • Implemented 2 master 2 scenarios for material groups / hierarchies

03/1999 -> 04/2001
: Employed by Spearhead Systems Consultants
Sr. SAP Consultant




Projects completed for Spearhead Systems Consultants as follows:

06/00 –> 04/01 : iLogistix (Logistics company) - San Jose, CA

EDI Designer, Configurer, Mapper and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.6C, 4.0B, 4.5B
  • Software: Gentran NT Server v3.1. Business Connector, Delphi
  • Scope: 10 EDI partners, 8 message types
  • Inbound 850, 824, 830 and 856 messages
  • Outbound 855, 856, 810 and 870 messages
  • FTP scripting
  • Description: Implemented IDoc and function module user exits. Implemented custom IDocs and custom IDoc processing function modules. Implemented reports on IDoc tables integrated with Document flow. Performed SQL queries to the Gentran database. Utilized FTP to transfer files to and from SAP Unix machine. Worked with Business connector installation. Supported and modified custom Delphi program to manipulate inbound order files in to mappable format for Gentran mapping.

ITS Designer, Configurer and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release: 4.5B
  • Software: ITS Web-studio
  • Description: Integrated custom transaction with the web front-end using Business HTML, JavaScript and ABAP dialog programming knowledge. Made BHTML and JavaScript changes to internet templates using SAP@Web Studio. Implemented email notifications using output determination and SAP hypertext documents

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06/99 –> 04/00 : goodhome.com (Online furniture store) - Brea, CA

EDI Team Lead, Designer, Installer, Configurer, Mapper and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development, Go-live and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.5B
  • Software: SPS Commerce’s eVision
  • Scope: 2 partners, 3 message types
  • Inbound: 527 and 856 messages
  • Outbound: 850 message
  • FTP scripting
  • Description: Sole resource for all EDI work from SAP through to the EDI mapping and VAN linkup configuration. Implemented outbound deliveries and order processes, fully automating the back-end of an Internet on-line shopping company.
    Implemented inbound goods receipts, issues, responses, … in order to fully automate the shipment process to the point of billing document creation. Implemented workflow error handling, including workflow organizational unit development. Set up and implemented archiving of IDocs. Performed SQL queries to the Gentran database. Utilized FTP to transfer files to and from SAP Unix machine

ITS Team Lead, Designer, Configurer and Developer

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release 4.5B
  • Software: ITS Web-studio. Vertex
  • Description: Installed and configured the standard IACs for Consumer 2 Business. This includes sales order creation, catalogs, on-line stores, order status and available to promise. Designed new process for adapting the standard IAC to work with the Internet retailer (client). Implemented this scenario using ABAP and HTML Business. Developed new IAC to input entries into custom SAP tables using ABAP and HTML Business. Implemented custom reports with drill downs, on the web using WEBRFC. Made changes to internet templates and published to the web server using SAP@Web Studio. Assisted in the development of an interface to SAP using DCom connector and standard BAPIs. Implemented Vertex interface for web orders

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1999,2000 : Aquaria (Fish tank manufacturer) - Los Angeles, CA

EDI Team Lead, Designer, Configurer and Project manager

  • FULL CYCLE: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Go-Live
  • SAP Release 4.5B
  • Software: Gentran server
  • Description: Implemented the SAP portion of the EDI solution for Aquaria. Completion accomplished in 2 days, including documentation and training. Led the consulting team to successfully complete the 2nd phase of the project, which was to develop the inbound order processing from Walmart via EDI. Performed all the SAP aspects of the solution and designed the EDI mapping portion.
    After being asked to return: Led the consulting team to successfully complete the 3rd phase of the project, which was to develop the outbound invoicing to Walmart via EDI. Performed all the SAP aspects of the solution and designed the EDI mapping portion

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03/00 : Spearhead System Consultants (SAP consulting firm) - New York, NY

ITS Designer and Configurer

  • SAP Release 4.5B
  • Software: ITS Web-studio
  • Description: ITS installation and configuration. ITS Accelerated Internet Shopping configuration and demonstration.

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05/99 : Carrier (Air conditioner manufacturer) - Syracuse, NY

mySAP.com Analyst

  • Scope: Compiled an extensive report and put together a strategy on E-Commerce for Carrier’s management board. In-depth mySAP.com investigation.

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04/99 : Compaq (Computer manufacturer) -  Atlanta, GA

ALE Team Lead, Designer and Configurer

  • SAP Release 3.1H
  • Scope: Implemented an ALE scenario between SAP R/3 V4.0B and an external system. The middle-ware used was Compaq’s BusinessBus.

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03/99 : Pitney Bowes (Postage equipment manufacturer) - CT

ALE Team Lead, Designer

  • Scope: Performed investigation for interface between external C++ system and SAP, making use of the IDoc class library.

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01/1991 -> 03/1999
: Employed by Eskom
Sr. Business Analyst

Projects completed for Eskom as follows:

1996-03/99 : Eskom (Electricity utility) - Johannesburg, South Africa

ALE Team lead, Analyst, Designer and Developer, ABAPer

  • 4 FULL CYCLES: Analysis, Design, Configuration, Development and Operation
  • SAP Release 3.0G, 3.1H
  • Scope: 14 master data scenarios, 4 transaction scenarios, 11 SAP systems, 80+ clients, Archiving
  • Description: Configuration of ALE on 80+ SAP clients on 11 separate systems comprising of between 2 and 6 clients (R/3 3.1H and R/3 3.0G). 14 Master data distribution scenarios configured as well as 4 transaction scenarios: distributed contracts, Financial accounting, Stock transfer & Stock transfer modified. Configuration of the stock transfer & custom scenarios to work on the same client.
    ALE Areas configured and implemented: IDoc reduction, change pointers, ALE audit, conversion rules, filters, workflow task configuration/ error handling, and IDoc background jobs. (Full spectrum of ALE functionality). ALE configuration tuned for peak performance in the Eskom environment. ALE disaster recovery tool implementation, configuration and testing. ALE archiving strategy and procedure development. ALE archiving configuration and implementation. ALE configuration change management across +80 clients / 11 systems. ALE documentation of procedures to configure for ALE. ALE Implementation Methodology Documentation. Gave ALE Training to other would-be ALE configurers. ALE Production support for 4 production clients on 3 systems.

EDI Analyst

  • Software: Gentran NT
  • Description: Integrated EDI team efforts with ALE team efforts ensuring congruency between the 2 solutions

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PRE-SAP Career

1991-1996 : Eskom (Electricity utility) - Johannesburg, South Africa

Senior Information Management Advisor

  • Coordination of all hardware / Software and Network activities for a client / server, nationwide integrated systems implementation project. Hardware worth +-$5 Million.
  • Definition of System Management and future capacity planning requirements.
  • Distributed UNIX Client / Server Disaster Recovery Plan: Analysis, Proposal, Development, Implementation and Auditing.
  • Investigation into optical technology leading to the acquisition of jukebox technology.
  • Investigation of the legalities of electronic documents within an imaging solution.
  • Technical software evaluation. Technical design & costing.
  • Email, WWW (Scripting) and newsgroup internet services implemented.
  • Workflow system evaluation and implementation.
  • Development of the Information Management Strategy for the Generation Group (16000 employees).
  • Extensive research into current processes in the Engineering drawing office in order to move to an electronic system based on CAD and Documentation workflow management.
  • Project planning. Development of work plans. Team management. Individual cost center management.
  • Implementation of Configuration management, Documentation Management at Lethabo Power Station, Workflow Implementation at Duvha, Koeberg and Megawatt Park.
  • Project managed the implementation of GroupWise for the Finesse Project at Eskom South Africa.

Integrated System Implementation

  • Implementation of configuration management system and electronic documentation management system in an integrated environment on a power station and for the Generation Engineering Department.
  • Client \ Server Training Course Compilation: Training material, presentation, evaluation, and organization.
  • Implementation of electronic workflow and development of specification thereof. Workflow process analysis / development. Acrobat / FTR & Optical Character Recognition implementation. Electronic CAD drawing office process engineering with workflow. System evaluation & performance testing.

Education

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

  • BS Computer Science (Mathematics and Computer Science (with distinction)) - 1990

School of Project Management

  • Diploma in Project Management (with distinction) - 1995

SAP

  • SAP GTT (Global Track and Trace) beta-testing (2017)
  • SAP GBT workshop, Newtown Square (2013)
  • SAP TM / EM Integration Workshop, SAP Labs – Palo Alto (2012)
  • TM100 Processes in SAP Transportation (2012)
  • SAP TM Workshop, Waldorff (2011)
  • TM110 Planning in Transportation Mgmt (2011)
  • SRF010_52 SAP RFID-enabled Supply Chain (2011)
  • TZAI7e SAP Auto-ID Enterprise 7.0 (2011)
  • SRF010 SAP RFID-enabled Supply Chain Execution (2011)
  • SAP Transportation Management (TM) 8.1 Bootcamp, Waldorf (2011)
  • RASCEM training (November 2007) – Ramp up Training on SAP EM 5.1
  • WAS development (SAP Developers Conference 2002)
  • BW205 Business Information Warehouse overview (V4) (1999)
  • BW210 Configuring Business Information  Warehouse (V4) (1999)
  • BC400 Development workbench (1998)
  • BC410 Dialog programming (1998)
  • CA910 SAP ALE (1998)
  • CA920 Internet application component development (1998)
  • ALE Scenario Development course (SAP development partner) (1998)
  • BC50 Basis Overview (1997)
  • BC40 Functional Overview (1997)

Internal Training

  • Web Application Server (March 2002)
  • Business Connector (March 2002)
  • FI, CO and SD configuration
  • EDI Configuration
  • Workflow configuration and development
  • Advanced ABAP techniques

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Languages

  • English - Read, Speak and Write
  • Afrikaans - Read, Speak and Write

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Affiliations

Computer Society, South Africa

  • Full member (1996 – 1999)

ASUG

  • Presented Papers on SAP EM (Event Management) at as an ASUG Partner

ALE International User Group

  • Presented company specific ALE session at 5th International ALE User Group (Apr 1998 - Boston).

Business Process User Group, South Africa

  • Co-chairman (1998)
  • Presented ALE paper at SA ALE User Group (Feb 1998 - SAPSA).

SAP SCN (Formerly SDN and BPX) Communities

SAP Insider

  • Presented Papers on SAP EM (Event Management) at SAP Insider SCM conferences worldwide
  • Presented Papers on SAP EM (Event Management) at SAP Insider Reveal Seminars

SAP Related Websites

  • Founder and webmaster of an extensive ERP portal, ERPGenie.COM providing detailed functional and technical information to fellow ERP consultants. Website voted one of “SAP Best Links” by searchSAP.com. One of the largest ERP portals on the web with over 3.5 million hits per month to the site.
  • Founder of EDIGenie.com a portal for sharing Electronic Data Interchange content.
  • Founder of Genie Press, a publishing company for SAP related books.

Technical

  • Languages: ABAP/4, mySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, FTP scripting, Unix, Gentran NT, XI
  • Industries: Utility, .COM, Logistics, Manufacturing, Consulting, Defense contracting, Sales and Distribution, AFS

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