SAP Material Determination

I recently had an opportunity to reacquaint myself with material substitutions in SAP — also known as SAP Material Determination. This is a standard function within the Sales & Distribution module which allows for one material to be substituted for another under certain circumstances. In this article, I’ll provide a brief overview of the functionality, how it can be configured and the master data the supports it. Read on for more.

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SAP Delivery Blocks

Being a digital pack-rat, I end up with a lot of old random documents on my PC. I recently found an opportunity to do some spring cleaning (in winter) and came across an old document where I was researching Delivery Blocks. So… Let’s talk about SAP Delivery Blocks. There’s much more to these fields than meets the eye. In this article I take a deep dive into Delivery Blocks, what they do, where they come from, and why.

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SAP Settlement Management: The Multiple Contract Condition Problem

I have had the opportunity to steep myself in SAP S/4’s new SAP Settlement Management module. While I’m sure that I’ve barely scratched its surface, it has a demonstrated a strong capability to provide a framework for structuring complex Trade Promotions agreements. One particular scenario seemed like it was going to require some development, but I was surprised at some of the legwork SAP has already done to assist us consultants. Read on to learn more.

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Website Update: Chatbot

I recently wrote a ‘first impressions’ piece on the SAP Conversational AI chatbot platform. As part of my research, I created a basic implementation of the SAP CAI chatbot on my website. I’ve been learning quite a bit and wanted to share some information on what I have accomplished.

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SAP Conversational AI: First Impressions

Create an intelligent, chat-based interface and integrating it with your SAP backend to collect and serve information to any user? This would have sounded like science fiction a few years ago, but this is the promise of SAP Conversational AI. Read on for my first impressions.

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SAP Sales Order Delivery Status vs Overall Delivery Status

If you’re writing an ‘Open Orders’ report, chances are you are intersted in the delivery status of your Sales Order.  You man have noticed that there are two delivery statuses (stati?) found on the Sales Document Header and Item level: “Delivery Status” and the “Overall Delivery Status”. What do these statuses represent?  Read on to learn more about the SAP Sales Order Delivery Status fields.

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What I Use: Tech In My Bag…

I’ve previously taken you on a virtual tour of tech I use in my home office. This time, let’s take a peek inside at the tech in my bag and see what type of gear I use to keep myself charged, connected, and organized when I’m on the go.

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SAP Subcontracting PO Delivery Setup

Subcontracting is a critical process for many organizations, and from an SD consultant’s perspective it’s quite unique.  Let’s take a closer look at the handoff from Purchasing to the SD Delivery.  Read on for more about the SAP Subcontracting PO Delivery Setup.

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SAP: Your own S/4 HANA system?

I’ve previously written a four part guide on how to install your own ECC 6.0 IDES server. This has by far been my most popular series and I think it speaks to the importance for consultants to have a readily available reference system. Many consultants have access to test and demo systems through their employer, but many consultants do not have this luxury or would simply prefer access to a private system for their own use. S/4 HANA introduces a new challenge to do-it-yourself-ers because of its hefty hardware requirements (and price tag). If you are interested in running your own SAP S/4 HANA system, I’m going to run down a few options that may be within reach.

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What I Use: Tech In My Home Office…

Not a day goes by where I take for granted the ability to work from home. I have my own custom work space where I can comfortably work and take conference calls. I have customized my home office with a variety of technology and convenience that helps me stay productive and focused. Read on for a curated list of my work from home tech.

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