Many organizations use SAP as their ERP system connecting them to multiple locations and suppliers around the world. Currently, a user of SAP can print from within any module to a printer they are directly connected to. But what if the user needs to print specific documents to other printers at their location or across networks to another corporate office, supplier or customer? These locations may currently use expensive dedicated VPN connections, leased lines or hard copies may be mailed to the destination which is time consuming.
The availability of the third-party PrinterOn Connector for SAP now extends the capability of both PrinterOn printing solutions, cloud-based and on-premise, to enable secure remote printing from any SAP module to any printer at any location. The PrinterOn Connector for SAP is a third-party application developed by Automation ERP Inc. The connector provides integration between the SAP platform and PrinterOn. It allows users to print documents, labels or bar codes from SAP to any printer, at any location that is PrinterOn-enabled inside or outside the corporate network.
Benefits of the PrinterOn Connector for SAP
- Key: desired printer does not need to be on the same secure network as the SAP user
- Enables secure enterprise printing from SAP to virtually any printer including page printers, label and RFID tag printers
- No VPN required means savings on VPN costs and faster deployment
- Uses existing SAP UI so no re-training for SAP users, does not require any software or workflow changes
- PrinterOn printing solutions support desktop, laptop, or mobile print submission
- Enables secure remote printing to suppliers, customers, third-party locations
- Fits best in manufacturing and other supply chain use cases
Use case: Printing shipping documents from SAP to third-party locations
A product manufacturer receives an order for products which must be fulfilled with product stored at a third-party location, such as a contract warehouse. The contract warehouse has no dedicated secure connection to the manufacturer but the manufacturer needs to print customer order product pick tickets and shipping documentation directly to remote printers at the third-party warehouse. This need is independent of the order management or ERP system the manufacturer is using.
How the PrinterOn Connector for SAP works
The PrinterOn Connector for SAP provides integration between SAP and PrinterOn cloud printing solutions. It enables users of SAP to print to any PrinterOn-enabled printer at any remote printing location. Based on SAP standards for the Output Management System (OMS), it is implemented in the SAP instance with no need for external middleware. Through standard SAP spooler configuration, the PrinterOn-enabled printers are attached to the PrinterOn Connector.
When an SAP user wants to print to a PrinterOn-enabled printer, they simply select the printer from the same list as any directly connected printer and press the print button. The PrinterOn Connector receives the spool job and then it is processed, encrypted and delivered to the PrinterOn Delivery Hub (PDH) where it waits to be released. The PrinterOn Connector queries the PrinterOn service for the status of the print job and reports that status back to the SAP ECC spooler. In the event of a failure, the PrinterOn Connector can send emails or SAP workflow events to the user.
The PrinterOn Connector for SAP is delivered as a fully integrated package that can be installed directly on the SAP ECC instance. The package can be configured by any Basis administrator the same as they would configure any other OMS solution.