With the right tools, printing from SAP can be easy. [Shutterstock: 317914307, Rawpixel.com]

With the right tools, printing from SAP can be easy. [Shutterstock: 317914307, Rawpixel.com]

Printing from SAP? It’s easier than you think!

You probably already know this from your SAP system: the importance of printing is mostly recognized when something goes wrong. No other topic prompts users to call their hotline more quickly than printing problems.

In the worst cases, printing problems lead to downtimes and enormous costs, and this even though many IT experts no longer want to even deal with the subject of printing! We’ll show you that it can be done differently, and that printing from SAP is less complicated than you think.

Printing from SAP is actually quite simple: one links the SAP printer to the corresponding Windows printers and then it works. But does it really? Why then, does SAP offer a standardized interface linking to external output management systems? Well, because naturally SAP is aware of the weak points in printing requirements.

In order to issue forms and lists from SAP to printers, the forms from the developer must be adapted to the capabilities of each output device. If the machine is replaced, in most cases the form must also be adapted because the layout no longer fits, the frame is out of alignment or the bar code can no longer be read.

This can lead to no small costs with different form programming like SAPscript, Smartforms, ADS or external form systems.

The right output to all channels

To remedy the problem, the user has the option to use third-party applications like the one from SEAL. Here is how it works:

Thanks to the output management engine, all forms and lists are issued identically to every printer in the company. Working with generic, not device-specific printer types (SAP GOF or PostScript) and ensuring processing at the central output server for the right output to all printers but also to electronic channels like e-mail, mobile devices and many more.

Furthermore, the user has control of the entire data stream, wherever a given print job is being processed at any given moment. A positive report is issued only after the printer has actually processed the paper. The setting up and managing of printers in complex SAP landscapes can be carried out centrally.

You set up your printer in one place and distribute these with one click to all connected SAP systems and output servers. Windows users can also then set up these printers in their workplaces.

Many business processes, however, are described not only through forms, but also through attached documents. We at SEAL Systems have solved this by giving you the possibility to trigger these document couplings right as the forms are issued, and send out complete structures for a business process over far-reaching filtering options.

This way you can completely automate the supply of documents for processes like production, maintenance, orders, or the entire document flow.

Because what really matters for you: Secure and faster print processes arise through high availability of the entire print process, transparent order tracking, and reduced administration costs!

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