Supply Chain Management

Managing your Design to Operate process lifecycle has never been more challenging, as customer demand patters and supply networks are constantly in flux making it more difficult to coordinate planning, production, and logistics.  Content in this group of categories will help customers understand what it takes to create nimble, flexible, product design and development, planning, production, and logistics. We’ll cover core solutions with SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA as well as cloud based, planning, manufacturing and procurement solutions. You will learn from both thought leadership as well as case studies and best practices to get the most out of your investment in both SAP and non-SAP solutions


  1. Manage Material Requirements Planning Exception Messages in SAP

    Reading time: 12 mins

  2. Industry 4.0 – The Journey to the Future of Productivity

    Reading time: 5 mins


  1. Q-Perior

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Manufacturing companies are often overwhelmed by the breadth of Industry 4.0 technologies and are not quite sure where to begin their digital transformations. Learn how to assess product bottlenecks and inefficiencies and how to build incrementally on end-to-end processes such as design to operate. Because unique customer demands heavily affect product design and manufacturing, manufacturers…
  2. Automate Shop Floor Scheduling Rules with APO PP/DS

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) heuristics and optimizer support constraint-based shop floor production sequencing. Through implementation of the right components, PP/DS helps you automate the production planning process to avoid customer delays or increased setup costs and time. Key Concept You can use Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) in SAP Advanced Planning and…...…
  3. Avoid the Top 3 Common Mistakes in Supply Chain Optimization

    Reading time: 39 mins

    Find out some best practices to follow when you want to incorporate new technology and software into your supply chain processes. Key Concept In any supply chain optimization project, you must address strategic factors to ensure your business benefits from sustainable improvement. These factors include the project vision, reward systems, and use of tools. I’ll…...…
  4. Improve Your Scheduling and Delivery Visibility with SAP Yard Management

    Reading time: 9 mins

    Understand the features of SAP Yard Management. See some configuration tips, and peek into its interface, scheduling, and integration capabilities. Key Concept Yard Management (YM) is a module in which various modes of transportation, such as trucks and containers, are parked and moved. This can occur before or after freight unload or when load activity…...…
  5. The PDF Toolbox for ABAP — a Cost-Effective, Open-Source Solution for Integrating PDF Forms into Your BSP Applications

    Reading time: 2 mins

    Business Server Pages (BSP) is a mature technology you use to develop HTML-based Web applications. But what do you do when you want to take advantage of the high-quality output, Web-friendly forms, and flexibility of the latest Portable Document Format (PDF) technology by Adobe (and still protect your BSP investments)? This article shows you how…...…
  6. See All Your Incomplete Sales Orders with Just One Transaction

    Reading time: 8 mins

    See how you can use the incompleteness procedure along with the application log to quickly find incomplete transactions in SAP CRM. This process provides similar functionality to the R/3 Sales and Distribution transaction V.01. Key Concept The incompleteness procedure is a list of incompleteness checks against fields contained in a transaction. You can use it…...…
  7. What You Should Know About Kitting and Its Benefits

    Reading time: 22 mins

    Implementing a kitting process in a discrete manufacturing environment allows you group items that are part of the same assembly into kits, which you can then track together. Find out about the functionality in R/3 that supports this process. Key Concept A kit contains a group of individual parts that may come from the same…...…
  8. A Guided Tour of Java Software Development Lifecycle Management with SAP NetWeaver Development Infrastructure (NWDI): Part 1 — Fundamental Concepts

    Reading time: 2 mins

    Java developers have long enjoyed the freedom of developing and managing Java applications locally on their PCs, relying solely on centralized source code control systems for change management. In an enterprise environment, however, with developers in distributed locations sometimes working on the same code at the same time, this model quickly becomes a nightmare to…...…
  9. 5 Ways to Handle Sales Orders in IC WebClient: Which Is Best for You?

    Reading time: 20 mins

    Learn about the five different sales entry options in Interaction Center WebClient, and determine which is the right choice for your organization. Key Concept One of several ways to capture sales orders in Interaction Center WebClient, the ERP sales order fully integrates CRM Marketing product proposals. It provides access to ERP order functionality via an…...…
  10. Use Driver-Based Planning to Assign Your Service Costs

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Most organizations use assessment cycles to assign the expenses planned on their service cost centers to their profitability segments so they can ensure that they have all relevant plan values in Profitability Analysis (CO-PA). The template function allows you to replace some of these assessment cycles with a more causal cost assignment that uses rules…...…