SAP Workflow ensures "the right work is brought in the right sequence at the right time to the right people". It is a tool designed to facilitate and automate business processes that require tasks to be performed by people. Ideal for casual or non-SAP users, since all the work items can be performed outside of SAP by simply responding to an email, SAP workflow can be linked to Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes. Each step of a business transaction can be easily monitored and processes are completed from the beginning to the end. Workflow allows process owners to keep an eye on deadlines, provides statistics on the length of time to complete work processes, determine the workload with regard to individual employees and save processing time.
As the productive operations progress in a SAP environment, the amount of transaction data and master data expand rapidly, often leading to poor application performance and increased demand on resources. In such a scenario, an ABAP application tested and accepted at one stage, may very well found to be alarmingly slow at a later stage. ABAP optimisation gives the solution for ensuring efficient performance of SAP applications. Standard SAP tools are used for a systematic analysis of the applications to quickly identify the performance bottlenecks. Performance tuning is then done using Optimised ABAP coding and/or alternate technical settings. It is therefore important that SAP applications are optimised for better performance.