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. How Internal Orders Differs from Project System in Overseeing Capital Projects

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Often managers are unsure whether to use Internal Orders or Project System (PS) for managing capital projects. The author compares the two methods so that you can make your own decision about which is best suited for your capital project. For example, did you know that PS allows you to create multiple versions of a…...…
  3. R/3’s Accrual Option: Same Setting, Different Functions in Sales Orders and Purchase Orders

    Reading time: 7 mins

    Freight costs are not easy to account for. The challenge comes from timing differences. You often might not know the real costs for a month or so. One functionality in R/3 that can help accountants with the timing issue is referred to as the “accrual” option in sales order and in purchase order (pricing) condition…...…
  4. Event Management Offers a Real-Time Window on Your Supply Chain

    Reading time: 8 mins

    SAP recently introduced its Event Management application, which allows users to monitor the supply chain and react to problems when they arise. This overview of Event Management explains the features of the functionality and provides ideas for how you might use it at your site. SAP’s newly launched event management system is designed to allow…...…
  5. Start-to-Finish Guide to Creating APO DP Alerts Using Macro Builder

    Reading time: 17 mins

    Alerts in the planning and forecast process let you quickly identify exceptions and trends, and SAP APO allows you to create custom alerts through the Macro Builder in Demand Planning. The author expands on the SAP documentation by sharing his experience in creating DP alerts with Macro Builder. In a previous article on APO Demand…...…
  6. Improve APO Load Performance with Three Advanced Filtering Techniques

    Reading time: 12 mins

    ou probably don’t need to use all the data in your APO source system for your BW-generated demand planning reports. Filtering that data so your query uses only what’s relevant will boost performance. Learn about three methods for carrying out this filtering: filtering in the source system, using the InfoPackage selection criteria, and filtering in…...…
  7. Demystify Safety Stock Calculation Methods in PP/DS

    Reading time: 13 mins

    Subtle differences in the way SAP APO SNP and the Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) applications calculate safety stock are often a source of confusion. Gain an understanding of these differences and see how you use the SAP safety stock methods in PP/DS. In most cases, the safety stock calculation methods in the SAP…...…
  8. What You Need to Know About Textbook vs. SAP R/3 Activity-Based Costing

    Reading time: 17 mins

    The case for Activity-Based Costing (ABC) goes something like this: Traditional accounting methods do a good job of calculating product costs for the purposes of inventory valuation for financial statements, but a poor job of allowing a cost accountant to validate the cause-and-effect relationship assumptions on which managers base their daily decisions. The case for…...…
  9. Profit Center Accounting – Track Internal Revenue and Costs Using Transfer Pricing

    Reading time: 15 mins

    Profit Center Accounting: Track internal revenue and costs using transfer pricing. I’ve been hearing a lot about this question: “What are the possible ways to record the internal sales for an organization?” Let’s say you are required to track the profitability of a certain product. However, the product is sold as a consumption material to…...…
  10. Keep Track of Returns in R/3 from Sales to Inventory

    Reading time: 10 mins

    Setting up the return-order process so that it matches your model in R/3 can be a challenge because you have a lot of configuration points. Learn enough of the details about the available options to set up your own end-to-end returns process. Returns, reversals, return material authorization, and return delivery are different terms used for…...…