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. GE Digital

    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. Enhance R/3’s Product Allocation Tool by Integrating It with APO’s DP and GATP Modules

    Reading time: 26 mins

    SAP R/3 and Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO) provide several different ways to manage planning hierarchies for product allocation purposes, each with benefits and drawbacks. The author shows how to optimize product allocation in R/3 and presents examples of how R/3 integrates with APO’s Demand Planning (DP) and Global Available to Promise (GATP). Both SAP…...…
  3. Borrow SD Functionality to Implement Export Checks for STOs in MM

    Reading time: 10 mins

    Stock transfer orders (STOs) in standard R/3 can be problematic because R/3 does not provide necessary foreign trade and export checks for STOs. The author demonstrates a helpful workaround to this issue by utilizing SD’s export check functionality and applying it to the STO document through a user exit. He also explains how to extend…...…
  4. Add a Step to SD’s Third-Party Order Processing to Fulfill Special Requirements

    Reading time: 8 mins

    Although SAP’s SD module accommodates the third-party order processing’s drop-shipment requirement, there are a few demands that the standard functionality cannot meet. In this article, the author provides a helpful alternative that customizes SD’s third-party order processing functionality. Anyone who works for a company that trades and distributes goods is likely to know about the…...…
  5. Model Your Direct Ship Functionality for Maximum Benefit

    Reading time: 24 mins

    Reducing order cycle time is a priority for many companies. The author demonstrates how to correctly configure your direct ship functionality. He also explains the benefits of a successful direct ship model, which include the ability to ship from the site closest to the customer, reduced shipping costs, and an increased return on inventory investment…....…
  6. What Are Target Costs in Cost Center Accounting and Why Should You Calculate Them?

    Reading time: 13 mins

    Many reports that monitor cost center performance are incomplete because they account for the planned output rather than the actual output of the cost center. The author demonstrates how to use adjusted costs called target costs. Calculating target costs will provide you with a report that more accurately reflects the performance of your cost centers…....…
  7. Performing a Successful and Cost-Effective Migration of Your SAP System: Understanding the Export Process

    Reading time: 2 mins

    ManagementEver more complex business requirements, and the widening array of technologies that address them, are in turn increasing application development time and pushing the limits of development environments. To address this, SAP Web Application Server 6.40 includes SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio, an IDE that greatly simplifies Java development and enables you to leverage technologies like…...…
  8. 0% Tax Code Users: Beware of a Surprise Consequence to Long-Term Database Cost!

    Reading time: 8 mins

    Disk space availability is a concern for every business. It is possible that your company’s tax calculation functionality, even if you use a zero percent tax code, is slowing down your system. The author explains how a little-known table may be to blame for your company’s lack of disk space. Once your site has been…...…
  9. The WM-PP Interface: Key Issues for Filling Materials for Production or Process Orders

    Reading time: 11 mins

    The WM-PP interface integrates the SAP R/3 Warehouse Management (WM) with the R/3 Production Planning-Process Industry (PP-PI) module to allow for correct quantities of production materials at the right time. The author shares his advice on how to avoid potential complications with the interface, including problems with production supply areas (PSAs) and failed goods movement…...…
  10. ABAP Program Streamlines Flexible Spending Account Reconciliation

    Reading time: 11 mins

    The standard R/3 transaction to track flexible spending accounts is limited, making it difficult to perform the year-end reconciliation process or to track the current fund balance. The author provides an ABAP program that streamlines the process. Many U.S. companies offer so-called “flexible spending account” (FSA) plans that allow employees to pay certain expenses with…...…