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

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  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

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  1. accenture

    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. Transfer Control Can Produce Unexpected Results in Costing Runs

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Transfer control is standard R/3 functionality that allows the transfer of existing component cost estimates to new product cost estimates. The author explains the costing run process and how transfer control selects cost estimates. He also discusses the importance of the “Always recalculate material” check box and provides an example of how it impacts transfer…...…
  3. Ask the BW Expert: Extract Pricing Conditions from the R/3 Module into BW

    Reading time: 15 mins

    Although SAP does not offer an extractor to transfer pricing conditions from R/3 to BW, there is a solution. The author describes how R/3 subtotals offer an approach that avoid the performance issues caused by many common workarounds. He describes the function of subtotals in R/3, and demonstrates how to use them to transfer sales…...…
  4. How Using Capacity Versions in R/3 Can Help Ease Manufacturing Capacity Constraints

    Reading time: 10 mins

    You have several options for handling capacity overload, a common logistics problem, in R/3. Capacity versions are an effective way to quickly determine the amount and duration of overtime needed to resolve capacity overload. The author demonstrates how to create capacity versions in the work center and use them in the capacity evaluation. Manufacturing operations…...…
  5. How to Avoid the “Domino Effect” in Production Planning

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Changes made in the short-term planning horizon often create problems for the mid-term horizon, moving operations that should remain stable. You can avoid this problem in APO Production Planning/Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) using the deallocated status functionality, and the author explains how. Most companies divide their production planning horizon into several segments that correspond to short-,…...…
  6. “What’s in My Transport?!”

    Reading time: 11 mins

    During configuration, a transport (or change request) can pick up more changes than the configurator intended, thus causing system errors. The author explains the potential for mistakes and how to avoid them when using automatic change requests in the Change and Transport System (CTS). Not too long ago, an experienced R/3 configurator came running over…...…
  7. Realign Your R/3 Logistics Org Structure to Better Meet Your Current Requirements

    Reading time: 15 mins

    Although maintaining a less-than-optimal org structure has obvious drawbacks, many companies keep their current system because of the perceived difficulty involved in changing it. The author introduces an unconventional way of changing an org structure and compares it to the traditional method. If you are a member of a team of business analysts in charge…...…
  8. SAP’s Overlooked Electronic Kanban Can Bring New Efficiencies to Your Shop Floor

    Reading time: 19 mins

    As a logistics professional, you might know that Kanban is a system to manage the execution of a manufacturer’s shop floor/distribution processes. It is a variation on the “two bin” system where parts are delivered to an assembly area in bins or other containers, one material per container. In Kanban, the assembly worker uses the…...…
  9. UDConnect in SAP BW 3.5 Enhances Native Data Acquisition

    Reading time: 21 mins

    The SAP BW ETL services layer in BW 3.5 features UDConnect, which allows users to extract data from a variety of sources. The authors introduce this new functionality and examine its advantages. They also provide an example of a common use scenario.   Since the launch of SAP BW, users have demanded the ability to…...…
  10. Are My A/R and A/P Figures in PCA Wrong?

    Reading time: 19 mins

    Discrepancies between FI and Profit Center Accounting (PCA) figures often confuse even the most experienced controllers. The author shows how the transfer of balance sheet A/P and A/R accounts from FI to PCA can produce unexpected and bewildering results. He also explains the logic used to obtain PCA data. In numerous projects, I have been…...…