IDES – the “International
Demonstration and Education System”
in the R/3 System, represents a model company. It consists of an international
group with subsidiaries in several countries. IDES contains application data
that can be used to portray numerous business scenarios in the R/3 System. The
business processes in the IDES system are designed to reflect real-life business
requirements, and have access to many realistic characteristics. IDES uses
easy-to-follow business scenarios to show you the comprehensive functions of the
R/3 System. The focal point of IDES, however, is not the functionality itself,
but the business processes and their integration.
These IDES business processes are described in
detail within this online documentation. The individual demos provide you with
an overview of the sample data, and contain step-by-step instructions of how to
execute the individual processes.
IDES not only covers the Logistics area, but also
Financials, and Human Resources. It demonstrates how the R/3 System is able to
support practically all types of industries, from discrete production through to
process industries, from engineering-to-order to repetitive manufacturing.
However, IDES is not a sector-oriented model company. The individual processes
are based on practice-oriented data for sectors such as Retailing or Aerospace
and Defense. The IDES group manufactures products as diverse as elevators,
motorcycles, and paints.
IDES is managed by SAP just as any regular
business enterprise. SAP regularly updates the IDES data (master data,
transaction data, and customizing). We also carry out period-end closing and
plan with different time-horizons. Transaction data are generated to ensure that
the information systems in all areas have access to realistic evaluation data.
We are constantly implementing new, interesting business scenarios to highlight
the very latest functions available in the R/3 System. New functions, such as
internet technology, are represented and documented by IDES scenarios.
Above all, IDES demonstrates the incredible
potential of the integrated applications within the R/3 System. We cover all
aspects of a business enterprise, including human resources, financial
accounting, product cost planning, overhead management, profitability analysis,
planning, sales and distribution, materials management, production, and much,
much more. We have also integrated document administration and third-party CAD
systems within the IDES system. This means that you can call up and display
external documents, or access CAD drawings.
IDES shows you how the R/3 System supports
production processes, the supply chain, and the efficient usage of global
resources. Or perhaps you would like to increase your understanding of
just-in-time-production or the integration of the electronic KANBAN system in an
MRP II environment? IDES provides the ideal way to learn about areas such as
Product Cost Controlling, Activity-Based Costing, or integrated Service
Management and Plant Maintenance. How to manage high inflation is just one of
the ever-growing number of IDES business scenarios that you can choose from.