RFID Primer for the SAP SCM Professional

  • by Shreekant W. Shiralkar, Global Head, SAP Analytics CoE, Tata Consultancy
  • April 1, 2005
Introducing RFID to a shop floor, warehouse, or retail environment requires that the SAP professional learn about new kinds of hardware and standards. Discover the differences among the different RFID tags and readers, and see how you might integrate them into an SAP landscape.
Key Concept
The SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure (AII) integrates data from smart-item devices like RFID components with enterprise applications. SAP AII is part of the SAP NetWeaver technology stack and converts RFID data into business process information by associating it with custom mapping rules and metadata.
Unless you live under a rock, you're hearing a lot about RFID these days —some good, some bad. If your company manufactures consumer products, you know that the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, is mandating that its vendors ship RFID-tagged products. Parts of the US government are also making similar demands on their suppliers, and more organizations are sure to follow.

Deploying RFID involves selecting the right tags and readers as well as maintaining an IT infrastructure that can process the data the hardware gathers. I will give you the basics of wireless supply chain technology and what it entails in terms of hardware and software. I will also explain how you can use RFID and what it takes to implement the technology. Then I will show you how it integrates with your SAP landscape.

Shreekant W. Shiralkar

Shreekant W. Shiralkar is a senior management professional with experience on leading and managing business functions as well as technology consulting. He has authored best selling books and published many white papers on technology. He also holds patents for innovations. Presently he is global head of the SAP Analytics Centre of Excellence at Tata Consultancy.

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