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 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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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 SE16n Table Display: Use it Like a Pro

For consultants and power users, viewing SAP table contents is a necessity.  I use the SAP SE16n table display transactions daily to sift through records while analyzing data issues, finding example records,  or simply finding that Sales Order I created months ago in a client system.  I nearly always rely on SAP’s SE16n transaction for these activities for a variety of reasons, but during a recent client meeting, I learned that there appears to be some hold-outs who still use the older SE16 transaction.  If you choose not to use SE16n, or are simply not aware of its capabilities, read on for my top 6 reasons to become an SAP SE16n Table Display fanatic.

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SAP Delivery Quantity Fields Demystified

Picking, Packing, Shipping… Seems straightforward, right? But when you introduce batch splitting and factor in product availability issues, reporting against delivery quantities can be a challenge. But there are some interesting fields that exist under the hood that can help you build a more powerful report. I have previously demystified Sales Order Date fields.  This time, let’s dive into SAP Delivery Quantity fields.

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SAP: How to find Best Practices Baseline Content for ECC 6 (ERP607)

Search Google for “SAP Best Practices” and you will quickly find SAP’s Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) website. On that site you will find a wealth of information relating to S/4 HANA, S/4 Cloud, Hybris, and Analytics among other things. But what if you need to reference Best Practices content for ECC 6.0? Read on to find out where to find the Best Practices Documentation for what’s quickly becoming an SAP legacy product.

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SAP: First Impressions of SAP Fiori 2.0

I’m currently in the midst of two SAP S/4 Hana projects — one conversion from ECC 6, and one implementation.  Both projects have given me ample exposure to SAP’s S/4 Hana system and the new Fiori front end.  Is the newly polished SAP Fiori 2.0 interface ready for prime time?  Read on for my first impressions.

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