Often times, it seems like people in the SAP world use a completely different language, full of esoteric and important sounding acronyms like ABAP, iDocs, FICO, PLM and others.
In fact when I was at SAP I often heard it referred to as SAPanese.
But when someone uses it on you, it's no laughing matter as its usually as part of an explanation on how to solve a problem and your stress levels are already high enough with people adding to it.
So as time progresses I will try to explain some of these that you may encounter as an SAP Business One user to help clear the confusion and give you something to talk about at parties.
So, many of the systems and portals at SAP are locked down so that only Authorised users can access them.
The codes that are provided can be a number of different ones - for example if you are an SAP employee in Germany, you are given a D-number, International employees get I-numbers, contractors get C-numbers and customers and partners get S-numbers.
If you need to access the SAP Help Portal and many of the Customer only documents, you'll need an S number and the place to go to get that is your partner - as an SAP customer you are entitled to access these resources (don't let anyone tell you differently) as long as you are current on your SAP annual maintenance.
Once you have an S-number you can access the areas that SAP have determined are appropriate for you as an SAP Business One customer including the software downloads area.
To make it easier you can also apply for an SAP Passport which is a digital certificate that you can install in your browser and use instead of remebering your S-number and password.
I'll cover that process in another blog shortly - oh and by the way I was only joking about talking SAPanese at parties - unless its an ASUG party, if you do it you'll most probably not get invited back