Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Practices for SAP Cash Application Process in Accounts Receivable

Reducing costs is one of the main reasons why companies attempt to improve their accounts receivable order-to-cash cycles. However, it's complicated. According to Dolphin Corporation, "Accounts receivable is much more than just collecting what is owed. It has become a core business process." More importantly, accounts receivable is a customer-facing process.

Monday, December 22, 2014

How Will a Nearline Storage Solution Cut Costs and Speed Data Access?

When it comes to storing data, businesses have several choices: online storage, offline storage, and nearline storage. Most businesses use a combination of online and offline storage. However, many can further reduce their costs and improve data access by adding nearline storage to the mix.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Encrypt, Mask, Purge: A 3-Step Approach To SAP Security

Last year, PC World published an article discussing SAP security. Though SAP has consistently improved its data security, the article highlighted inconsistent security practices used by users of SAP products. For example, one expert cited in the article estimated that 5 to 10 percent of SAP users expose critical services to the Internet that ought not to be publicly accessible. These services are vulnerable to hacking. Another expert felt that those numbers were low and that many of the systems were still vulnerable to well-known exploits.

Friday, December 5, 2014

5 Benefits of Cloud-Based Computing Analytics

Analytics aren’t new nor is the cloud per se. In fact, according to, the first business and consumer cloud computing services, Salesforce and Google, were both launched in 1999. However, the combination of analytics with cloud-based computing is relatively new — and it’s powerful.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

4 Tips to Develop a SAP Archiving Strategy

A few years ago, Dolphin sponsored an ebook, How to Develop an SAP Data Archiving Strategy, which was featured on TechTarget's SearchSAP site. Loaded with tips, this ebook covered everything from building a business case and prerequisites to best practices. In this article, the author discusses a few of Dolphin's most important tips for developing your own SAP archiving strategy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Benefits of Automated Accounts Payable Workflow

Since the dawn of business, service providers and merchants have had some sort of accounts payable and accounts receivable process. After all, business requires the exchange of money for goods and services rendered. After centuries of commerce, accounting continues to evolve to this day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SAP Order Management: Tips to Streamline Processes

One of the problems with managing the sales order process has to do with how orders come in. For example, it's not uncommon for orders to arrive via both fax and email. What if you could digitize all orders from diverse sources, validate them, and optimize the entire order management process? What if you could standardize the order process while still allowing your customers to place orders the way they prefer? Use the tips below to get the best of both worlds and streamline your SAP order management process.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What Are the Advantages That SAP Hana Brings to Retailers?

Today’s retailers face many challenges that didn’t exist in years past. For example, consumer behaviors have changed thanks to social networks and mobile devices. Meanwhile, huge retailers such as Amazon and eBay have smaller retailers scratching their heads wondering how they can possibly keep up.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Benefits of Incorporating Customer Order Management for Your Business

Businesses of all types can benefit from a customer order management system. For example, according to Dolphin, successful companies respond to orders fast. The goal of customer order management is to: confirm orders quickly, make sure customer information is correct and complete, process the order, and schedule it for on-time delivery. If you can do all of the above quickly, efficiently, and successfully, your company will likely be successful.

Friday, October 24, 2014

How Does Technology Support Small Businesses?

Technology is changing rapidly, and small businesses are enjoying access to better software at more affordable prices. In this article, the author discusses a few of the many ways that today's technology is supporting small businesses.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How Does Dynamic Discounting Improve the Buying-Selling Process?

Dynamic discounting is a means of offering discounts for early payments on invoices that have been approved, yet are not due for several weeks. For example, an invoice due on a net 60 basis may be approved within several days, but not paid until the last minute.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Business Value of Information Lifecycle Management

Businesses generate a huge amount of information each day. Information managers face a paradox: a desire to keep information locked up and a need to make sure access to it is readily available to knowledge workers, partners, and those who need it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How Does SAP Order Management Help Tough Economic Times?

Though the great recession has been technically over for years now, we're still in tough economic times. SAP order management systems are useful when the economy is doing well, but they're an absolute must when it's struggling. After all, when times are tough, companies need to work as efficiently as possible.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How Safe Is Storing Data in SAP Cloud Solutions?

Depending on who you ask, storing data in the cloud is either risky or perfectly safe. Recent threats, such as the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability and a cyber-espionage threat dubbed "Dragonfly," remind us that cloud security is an ongoing process. Fortunately, organizations such as Symantec, the Open Data Center Alliance, and SAP take cloud security seriously.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Did SAP Hana Help Germany Win the World Cup?

When it comes to winning a major sports championship, coaches often push athletes to their limits. This year's FIFA World Cup championship series was no different. Athletes trained long and hard to prepare for the 2014 World Cup. What was different, however, is the role that technology played in helping Germany's national football team take the title.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How Can Big Data Improve Healthcare and Medical Research?

Big data in the healthcare industry is about to get even bigger thanks to the move toward electronic health records. Electronic medical records are getting a boost due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As a result, medical researchers can expect a massive influx of healthcare data to analyze.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Banks Invest in Information Lifecycle

Why Should Banks Invest in Information Lifecycle Management? No doubt, banks accumulate a wealth of data. Not only do banks have millions of customers, each generating transactional data multiple times per day, bank employees also generate huge amounts of data on an ongoing basis. Whether generated by customers, employees, or both, all of this information needs to be managed and stored.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How is Big Data Used to Enhance Marketing Strategies?

As you likely know, big data is a term used to describe the collection and analysis of information. In marketing, collecting information about your customers, their demographics, their preferences, and their buying habits allows you to gain deeper insights and potentially predict future behaviors. Big data in marketing is commonly used to improve the customer experience and business performance.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cloud Computing is On the Rise | Pretty Machine

A few years ago, the word “cloud” referred to white, puffy formations in the sky. The definition of “cloud” today has been expanded to include a type of computing where hardware, applications, storage, desktops, and even entire networks are hosted elsewhere and accessed via the Internet. Cloud computing is “an airy term for real systems of cleverly networked computers, powers thousands of mobile games, workplace software programs and advanced research projects” — and it’s on the rise. (1)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lowering Business Costs with SAP Cloud Storage

Surveys by Cisco (Global Cloud Networking Survey) and Storage Magazine / (Spring 2012 Purchasing Intentions Survey) reveal that storage is the “most desired application to be moved to the cloud” and that it places an important role in overall storage planning (1). Cloud storage is attractive for many reasons, one of which is costs. SAP cloud storage allows businesses to reduce costs in several ways.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Choosing a Data Archiving Platform

Data archiving is used to move less frequently accessed data off of primary storage systems into a less expensive archive. This is information that your company doesn't necessarily need on an ongoing basis but may need occasionally. In fact, you may even be required to keep some information for a prescribed period of time before you can delete it. No matter why you must keep files, you may not want them cluttering your primary systems due to performance and document management concerns.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How to Optimize Business Processes

Businesses cannot thrive and grow without efficient business processes in place. From recruiting and hiring employees to sales, marketing, accounting, and managing computer networks, virtually every business function requires a series of processes. The process of business ensure that all related tasks are documented and well organized.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Business Process Management Benefits

Business process management aligns customer needs with a company’s internal functions, resulting in: improvements in efficiency and productivity, reduced costs, and less risk. BPM also helps organizations optimize their resources and determine how the business is performing.

How Data Lifecycle Management can Control Capacity

Though data lifecycle management has been subject to a great deal of hype and disappointment over the years, it remains a necessary process. Not only is data lifecycle management essential for legal purposes, it can be used to control capacity. This means moving data off of primary and more costly storage systems to cost-effective data archives.

Improving the Order Management Process

Online shopping and intense competition have made order management a critical success factor. Today's businesses tasked with order fulfillment, distribution, or manufacturing need a fast, efficient means of processing orders to compete.

How to Create a Successful Data Archiving Strategy

With massive amounts of data being generated day in, day out, organizations require significant amounts of storage. However, as data accumulates, much of it is not necessary for day-to-day business purposes. Yet, you can't exactly delete it due to both business and legal concerns. That's where data archiving comes in.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Brief Overview of Order to Cash

The term “order to cash” (sometimes referred to as OTC or O2C) is used to describe one method for analyzing activities within the sales funnel at each stage. Though viable for consumer interactions (retail), it is most commonly used to analyze the sales transactions between companies. Paper-based systems exist, but more than likely a modern business will utilize a computer-based system that automates the process of breaking down and analyzing each stage of a sale. The basic process of receiving, fulfilling, and charging (an order) constitute the stages in order to cash.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

SAP HANA Outperforms Oracle Exalytics/Timesten

Financial institutions, marketing firms, and a host of others in the business of anticipating consumer patterns, depend on rapid analytic platforms to provide insights into their respective industries in lightening speed. The powerhouses behind this analysis were traditional databases, and among them, Oracle has been the leader. But that may be changing, in no small part to arch-rival SAP’s recent unveiling of HANA which allows complex and ad hoc queries of billions of records in seconds versus hours.

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Getting the Most Out Of Your Accounts Payable

Getting the most out of any team requires knowing when, what and to whom to delegate. Getting the most out of any accounting division requires knowing the difference between those functions that require “hands on” and those that don’t. Non-core functions and business processes, such as those within the accounts payable (AP) division, are increasingly being outsourced to protect core functionalities and staff. AP outsourcing (APO) has gone from nascent trend to standard operating procedure, as companies fight to stay solvent and competitive. Taking a proactive approach to minimizing unnecessary costs can enable companies to get a leg up and offer better and more sustainable business value to their customers. 

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Procure To Pay Best Practices

When costs come under the microscope, companies look to more creative cost-saving solutions. The traditional options - streamlining operations and boosting efficiency - are reliable, but they can only be enhanced by looking at a company's purchasing patterns. To profile a company's procurement and accounts payable divisions is an excellent way to better managing the finances of a company, enabling executives to check the pulse of their organization's economic health.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Evaluating Information Lifecycle Management Vendors

Information lifecycle management, or ILM, involves the management of information from its creation through its deletion. ILM, which is also commonly referred to as “data retention” covers everything from provisioning data, monitoring it, storing it, protecting it, restoring it, replication, data access and sharing, and data migration to archiving and deleting data.

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Preventing Data Breaches and Hacking

First it was Sony, then it was Target - two major companies hacked and millions of consumers alarmed about the theft of their personal information, passwords, and credit card numbers. Now, it's the Internet at large -- or at least a good portion of it -- thanks to the so-called Heartbleed bug which involves a vulnerability in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. If data breaches and hacking can happen to the likes of Sony and Target, it can happen to virtually any business. Now that the Heartbleed bug has been exposed, preventing data breaches and hacking is on everyone's mind.

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Credit Card Data Still Too Vulnerable

An article today in Computer Weekly, “PCI DSS compliance still too low”, had me thinking of several recent high profile cases of customer data and credit card breaches. Whenever there is a customer data breach, it is BIG news. Maybe you know someone who was personally impacted by one of the recent credit card breaches .

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Data Archiving – An Important Solution to Big Data Headaches

We all understand the importance of backing up our data. After all, losing your data could spell disaster for your business! However, many confuse backing up data with data archiving. Though the two share similarities, they are vastly different. Thus, they require vastly different approaches.

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Best Practices for Buying Order Management Systems

Buying order management software requires extensive pre-purchase research. Not only do you have dozens of potential solutions to evaluate, your existing system processes may need to be updated. As you know, the fulfillment process has grown increasingly complex. Investing in an enterprise order management system can help you streamline your processes, integrate with existing CRM software, and manage transactions across multiple channels. That said, it's not a simple matter of picking a product, installing it, and watching the magic happen. Use these best practices to make the best buying decision possible.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

How Automation Improves Business Performance and Overall Society

In the corporate world, many companies receive critical discounts from their vendors by paying their invoices early. Should the invoice be sufficiently large, one missed discount by an accounts payable clerk can offset months of small, positive gains.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Advantages of SAP HANA

SAP HANA is a platform that internalizes database, data processing, and application capabilities, moving them into memory. This allows SAP HANA to provide predictive text analytics, spatial processing, data virtualization, and other advanced capabilities while simplifying application development and large-scale data processing . SAP HANA is deployed either as a managed cloud-based service or as an optimized, on-premise appliance.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Improving Performance through SAP Enhancements

Dolphin execs talk about the company's sole focus on the SAP customer and why their solutions for improving performance of SAP applications have been a win/win for their customers and Dolphin.

How Automation Improves Business Performance and Overall Society

From the cotton gin and assembly line to electronic gas pumps, ATM machines, self-checkout lines, and tax software, automation has changed the economy. Automation has replaced jobs and spawned self-service. For example, you’re likely used to pumping your own gas. Electronic gas pumps made this possible. As a result, you won’t encounter too many full-service gas station attendants unless you live in a state such as Oregon or New Jersey which prohibit self-service gas stations.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2014 Retail Trends

Now that 2013 is a distant memory, what's in store for retailers in 2014? Here are a few predictions based on consumer behaviors, technology trends, security breaches, and holiday mishaps experienced in 2013.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Mitigating Business Risks With SAP Retention

This article offer are a few ways that SAP retention helps mitigate risks for business.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SAP Procure-To-Pay Improving Cash Management

Have you ever spent 20 minutes or more filling out a purchase order or requisition for something that cost just a few dollars? Chances are, the time you spent on paperwork cost the business far more than the item you needed to purchase.

Dilbert: Big Data

SAP Fast Facts

Has anyone ever asked you, "what does SAP do?" Have you yourself ever wondered just how broad SAP's range of customers is? Take a look at this video and you'll see!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How Does SAP Accounts Receivable Provide Fast Cash Application?

Today’s accounts receivable departments receive payments from a variety of sources including traditional paper checks, EDI, and ACH.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dolphin Announces New Accounts Receivable Solution to Rapidly Accelerate Processing Time of Decoupled Electronic Payments in SAP® Solution Environments

The new Dolphin solution rapidly accelerates the processing time of electronic payments by automating the capture of remittance information and its matching to the decoupled electronic payment.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dolphin to Showcase Data Archiving and Business Process Management Expertise at SAP Best Practices Oil & Gas Conference

A fast-growing company focused exclusively on providing solutions that improve SAP business performance, Dolphin will demonstrate how it is helping oil and gas companies regain control of financial processes and manage Big Data challenges to achieve newfound cash flow.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Amcor on SAP Data Archiving

Check out a short YouTube clip of Amcor's testimonial of Dolphin Corp. SAP data archiving.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Big Data in 2014

We’re one month into 2014, and many enterprises we work with are now moving full speed ahead to shift their Big Data projects for this year from the planning and proposal stage to actual execution.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2014 Predictions for SAP Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been growing non-stop with start-ups and big players alike offering applications in the cloud. One of the major players has been SAP. What does 2014 hold for SAP cloud computing?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How SAP Procure-To-Pay Improves Cash Management

SAP Procure-to-Pay can improve cash management in several ways, two of which are: improving Accounts Payable and reducing payment costs.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How Does SAP Retention Mitigate Risks For Business?

SAP's data retention and archiving tools allow enterprises to more effectively manage their data by moving older data into archives.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Dilbert: Big Data

SAP Business Process Improvement -- Dolphin's Approach

Big Data in 2014

We’re one month into 2014, and many enterprises we work with are now moving full speed ahead to shift their Big Data projects for this year from the planning and proposal stage to actual execution. For the past few years, Big Data has generated an increasing amount of discussion in board rooms, blogs and the IT press. Rightfully so, too. Big Data holds the promise to unlock valuable new insights that can help drive customer sales and grow the bottom line. Read more here:

How SAP Procure-to-Pay Improve Cash Management

SAP Procure-to-Pay can improve cash management in several ways, two of which are: improving Accounts Payable and reducing payment costs. Let’s take a look. Read more here:

How Does SAP Retention Mitigate Risks For Business?

SAP's data retention and archiving tools allow enterprises to more effectively manage their data by moving older data into archives. Not only does this result in leaner databases for day-to-day operations, it also helps organizations mitigate risks associated with regulations, system performance and availability, ever-growing IT costs, and legal discovery. Below are a few ways that SAP retention helps to mitigate risks for business. Read more here:

2014 Predictions for SAP Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been growing non-stop with start-ups and big players alike offering applications in the cloud. One of the major players has been SAP. What does 2014 hold for SAP cloud computing? Here are a few predictions. Read more here:

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dilbert: Data Breach

Benefits of an Employee-Owned Company

The Big Challenges of Big Data for Oil, Gas

Now that the oil and gas industry has addressed the challenge of storing Big Data – the collection of data sets so large and complex that processing it with traditional data applications is difficult – oil and gas companies are seeking how to leverage Big Data to improve their business strategies. Read more here:

Role of SAP in Business Development

Systems, Applications and products are simply called as SAP. It is one of the largest software development companies. Small and large size industries understand the SAP solutions, are really necessary towards the growth and durability of their business. Read more here:

How Can Business Benefit From SAP Data Encryption?

SAP data encryption is used to encrypt information so that unauthorized users cannot make sense of it. When data is encrypted, only authorized users can access it. Anyone else is shut out completely.

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