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. Stellium

    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. Ease Supply Chain Planning with APO Transportation Lanes

    Reading time: 8 mins

    APO allows you to create and maintain lanes of transportation for your own facilities as well as those to and from your suppliers and customers. It also provides the tools to determine the most cost-effective way to transport materials. This overview explains the technology and provides some great tips for using it. Key Concept The…...…
  3. Custom Applications and Standard SAP Solutions: What’s the Difference When It Comes to Lifecycle Management?

    Reading time: 20 mins

    These are some of the major tasks for a BW to HANA migration. by Peter Graf, Vice President of Marketing, SAPMarkets SAPinsider - 2000 (Volume 1), June (Issue 1) by Peter Graf, Vice President of Marketing, SAPMarkets SAPinsider - 2000 (Volume 1), June (Issue 1) by Karl Kessler and Joachim Jakob, SAP AG SAPinsider -…
  4. Cost Conditions in R/3: Are You Sending Your Financials Team an Unpleasant Surprise?

    Reading time: 22 mins

    Cost values sent to the R/3 General Ledger and the CO-PA ledger can be based on different logic if you do not properly maintain the cost and future price in the material master. The key is to understand the relationship between the R/3 future price feature and condition type VPRS. Key Concept VPRS is one…...…
  5. Supply Network Planning

    Reading time: 18 mins

    SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) offers the technology required to streamline complicated planning processes. The system supports hierarchical data structures, giving planners the possibility of focusing on information that has been consolidated into families rather than juggling lots data for individual SKUs, plant, warehouses, etc. Key Concept Hierarchies consolidate master data objects into groups…....…
  6. APO’s Capable-to-Match Functionality Eases Multi-Site Supply Planning

    Reading time: 8 mins

    The Supply Network Planning (SNP) module in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) technology allows organizations to plan for sourcing, production, distribution, and purchasing. Use the SNP Capable-to-Match (CTM) planning tool to maintain inventory levels across the supply chain and to eliminate procurement shortfalls. Key Concept The Capable-to-Match (CTM) planning algorithm in SNP supports rule-…...…
  7. Spend More Time Modeling Your Java Applications and Less Time Trying to Persist Your Data — Java Data Objects (JDO) Makes It Easy!

    Reading time: 3 mins

    As the power and complexity of Java applications increase to serve expanding business needs, so does the need for the reliable availability — the “persistence” — of the data in your data stores. This article introduces you to the SAP Web Application Server 6.40 implementation of the Java Data Objects (JDO) standard, a simple interface…...…
  8. 11 Steps to a Successful Year-End Close for Fixed Assets

    Reading time: 9 mins

    Year-end closes often present problems both big and small. You can minimize these problems for both the current and subsequent year-end closes by following these simple steps. Key Concept The Fixed Asset module (Asset Accounting) is used to manage and supervise fixed assets within SAP R/3. It is a subsidiary ledger to the G/L, providing…...…
  9. Identify Non-Compliant Transactions Faster and Reduce Costs with GTS Business Package

    Reading time: 7 mins

    Trade services representatives and compliance managers need a variety of reports for screening and monitoring business partners and countries under embargoes as well as for general importing and exporting checks. With the GTS Business Package, they can stay current with circumstances related to their business partners, transactions, and verify sanctioned or embargo situations as well…...…
  10. VOFM Routines Help Make Logistics Processes More Versatile

    Reading time: 15 mins

    R/3 systems provide the flexibility to support a diverse list of logistics processes including purchase orders, deliveries, invoices, price determination, pricing calculations, as well as many others. Each of these processes often comes with its own set of demands. Using transaction code VOFM, you can maintain standard routines and create and deploy customized routines that…...…